The term curbsider is well known to those in the automotive industry and government, but what does it mean to the consumer? Curbsiders present a great risk of harm to consumers. They will attempt to sell re-built insurance write-offs, odometer-tampered vehicles, cars with liens on them, and vehicles which have undergone cosmetic repairs. A curbsider is an individual selling vehicles to the public for the primary purpose of making a profit, but poses as if he or she is selling their own personal vehicle. The curbsider may try to convince you that they don’t care about the money, which is why the car is such priced for a quick sale. There is a one in four chance of dealing with a curbsider.
Curbsiders are usually advertising the "family car" for sale, using a story such as:
When you respond to an ad, say “I’m calling about the car you advertised.” Curbers will often say “Which one?”…Stop…You’ve got a curber.
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