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Privacy Statement: Effective Date: 2013

Mechanixspecial.com respects the privacy of visitors to our website. This Privacy Statement applies only to information collected online through Mechanixspecial.com. Please read this Privacy Statement carefully so that you understand what information we collect through our website and what we do with that information. The information we gather is supplied by visitors to the website when they list a car for sale, perform a search or inquire about a vehicle listed for sale. This information is never sold or traded. The only information that is allowed to be released is the seller's name and phone number. All other information is kept private. If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, please contact us by clicking on the "Contact Us" tab.

 

Browsing our site and becoming a member:

Browsing our site and looking at cars is free and does not require you to be a member. If you would like to sell a car you must be a registered member. An account requires your first and last name, an email address, User ID, password and active phone number. A seller has the right to put their name and phone number on the listing. ALL EMAILS ARE KEPT PRIVATE AND ARE NEVER RELAESED TO THE BUYER. COMMUNICATION OF BUYER AND SELLER ARE THROUGH THE PHONE ONLY.

Visitor agreement policy:

The material that appears on the Mechanixspecial.com website is for informational purposes only. Despite our efforts to provide useful and accurate information, errors may appear from time to time. Before purchasing a vehicle you should confirm with the seller any information (including the price) that is important to your purchasing decision. Mechanixspecail.com is not responsible for and does not guarantee the performance of any such vehicles, goods or services.

 

Buying and Selling Vehicles

Mechanixspecial.com is a vehicle listing and information service that brings together buyers and sellers. Information about a particular vehicle is supplied by the seller, not by Mechanixspecial.com. The price and other terms of any sale remain subject to direct negotiation between the buyer and the seller. The prices listed by sellers on Mechanixpsecial.com often exclude sales tax, finance charges, title, license, regulatory, dealer documentary, emission testing and compliance fees, any or all of which may be added to the listed price to arrive at the final sale price of a particular vehicle. Though we hope that all who come to Mechanixspecial.com will act honorably and treat each other fairly, we cannot verify the information that sellers supply or guarantee the vehicles they offer. Nor can we assure the seller that the check he/she gets from the buyer isn't going to bounce. When using this website to find a buyer for your vehicle or a vehicle you can buy, we urge you to use the same common sense and good judgment you would use in selling a car through, or responding to, a classified ad in the newspaper.

Please read our fraud awareness tips before you buy or sell a car through a classified ad, whether on Mechanixspecial.com or in your local newspaper. There is no substitute for healthy skepticism and your own good judgment.

In connection with our efforts to combat Internet fraud, some listings may be screened before being posted publicly. This process may delay display of your listing. In order to offer a vehicle for sale through Mechanixspecial.com the terms of Sale require, among other things that you be prepared to sell that vehicle and the terms on which you have listed it, and that you have possession of the actual vehicle listed and the ability to transfer title. To list a vehicle for sale on Mechanixspecial.com, sellers also are required to provide certain identifying and contact information. The information must accurately identify the seller and the method of contact must permit buyers to communicate directly with the seller. You may not charge any potential buyer for information about any vehicle listed for sale on Mechanixspecial.com, nor may you use our website to promote, without our prior written permission, any other website, product or service.

 

 

Responsibility for the information contained in each listing lies with each seller. You alone are responsible for material you post. Nothing will undermine a user's confidence in the vehicle you're looking to sell faster than inaccurate statements or misleading representations about the vehicle. And since any erosion of user confidence in you is likely to be accompanied by erosion of user confidence in us, we care deeply about making sure that the information you supply is accurate and that, in all respects, you treat other Mechanixspecial.com users fairly and honorably.

Though we cannot monitor every transaction that originates through a listing on mechanixspecial.com, we may perform random quality assurance tests to confirm that those who offer vehicles for sale over Mechanixspecial.com are prepared to sell the vehicles they advertise and the terms on which they advertise them. By using our  service, you agree to cooperate in these random quality assurance tests.  If our tests reveal, or we otherwise learn, that a seller is engaging in "bait and switch" or other unfair or deceptive practices, Mechanixspecial.com reserves the right to cancel their membership without a refund and block them forever.

 

Fraud Awareness:

One of the things that makes us different is that we do not allow initial communication between the buyer and seller to be via email. Emails are kept blocked and private from public view and are only used if Mechanixspecial.com needs to contact you. (We will never ask for personal or financial information via email)

 

Why you ask?

It has been our experience that scammers are more likely to use emails comparied with a face to face or a phone call meeting. Think of it this way, back before email existed you bought or sold a car via the classifieds or a street corner with a phone number. The chances of getting scammed were very low. Most scammers will not take the risk or waste their time if they are forced to talk to you on the phone or meet face to face. Simply put, even if you start the deal via email it has to be finished by phone or in person anyway so why not skip that step all together. Is it fool proof? NO. Please continue to read below to learn how to further protect yourself.

 

Mechanixspecial.com does not offer automotive warehousing, vehicle inspections nor do we get involved in the shipping of items. Any communication that requests a deposit or payment for a shipment of a car stored in a mechanixspecial.com warehouse is a scam. Mechanixspecial.com doesn't own a warehouse and we don't ship cars. Simply put, we don't get involved in transactions between buyers and sellers. There are many reputable warehousing and shipping services that can make long-distance transactions easy. Make sure you investigate your shipping service and feel comfortable with them before making arrangements. A proper shipper will require signed paperwork before the car is picked up and will be license and bonded.

We don't get involved in transactions between buyers and sellers. Don't respond to any communication call that appears to come from machanixspecial.com (for example, by displaying our logo) and urges you to complete the sale or purchase of a car listed on our site. Such communication is a sure sign of a scam. Any email that you receive from Mechanixspecial.com will be addressed to you with your first and last name. Other signs of fraud are:

  • Claims the security of a transaction is guaranteed by mechanixspecial.com, eBay buyer protection or PayPal buyer protection.
  • Imply we've verified information about a particular buyer, seller or listing.
  • Describes a "preferred" or "pre-approved" buyer or seller program.

Mechanixspecial.com doesn't guarantee or endorse transactions, and we don't have preferred or pre-approved buyers or sellers. We'll never encourage you to buy any particular vehicle listed on Mechanixspecial.com or to sell your vehicle to any particular buyer.

Mechanixspecial.com will never ask you for:

-Personal or Financial information via email. Online fraud often begins with a spoof email requesting financial information. These spoof or scam emails often impersonate a reputable company such as Mechanixspecial.com by illegally displaying a company's name, logo or trademark.

 

Common-Sense Advice for Buyers

Buying a car you find online is a lot like buying a car through a classified ad in the newspaper. In both cases, use your best judgment.

Know the car's market value

Be suspicious of a vehicle priced significantly below market value. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Obtain a vehicle history report. A vehicle history report can provide useful information, such as who holds the title to the car and whether the car has been in an accident reported to authorities. You'll also find out whether the car was ever reported stolen, salvaged or damaged.

Inspect the car. Schedule an inspection with a professional mechanic or hire an inspection service if the car is not in your area. An early inspection can help you identify problems. However, keep in mind that an inspection isn't a warranty and won't guarantee a car is free from defects or that inspectors have identified all existing problems.

Confirm contact information. Before you send payment, verify the seller's street address and phone number, an email address is not enough. Zip codes, area codes and addresses should match up. Be wary if the seller is located overseas.

Get a detailed receipt. Ask the seller for a receipt that states whether the vehicle is being sold with a warranty or "as is."

Get title to the vehicle. Make sure you know what is required in your state to transfer the title to the vehicle you're buying.

 

Common-Sense Advice for Sellers

Selling a car you online is a lot like selling a car through a classified ad in the newspaper. In both cases, use your best judgment.

Confirm contact information.

Be particularly wary of buyers willing to purchase your car sight-unseen, especially buyers located overseas. Always verify the buyer's street address and phone number.

Secure payment first.

Do not transfer the title until you have payment in hand at the agreed upon price.

*******Verify that a certified check is genuine

Before you deposit a certified check, verify authenticity with the issuing bank-not just your bank. Make sure the account contains sufficient funds and the issuing bank guarantees payment on the check. It may take a week or more for the check to clear. It hasn't cleared just because your bank has accepted it and credited your account.

Beware of overpayment or other complicated payment schemes.

Don't agree to any plan where the buyer asks to send a check for more than the sale price and requests that the seller refund the difference. And be suspicious of any buyer who proposes making payment through a friend or agent of the buyer.

Beware of fraudulent escrow services and protect yourself with secured payment.

For a fee, an escrow service holds the buyer's payment until the seller has delivered the item purchased. Such a third-party service can protect both parties from fraud. However, scammers often set up fake escrow services. They claim an affiliation with well-known companies like TRUSTe, for example, to create a sense of security. Mechanixspecial.com does not endorse all escrow services and TRUSTe does not operate an escrow service.

Remember these tips before you agree to use an escrow service:

  • Avoid any service that implies an affiliation or partnership with Mechanixpsecial.com.
  • Avoid any service that claims to be operated by TRUSTe. TRUSTe doesn't operate an escrow service.
  • Verify an escrow service's legitimacy by checking with state regulators.
  • Research the escrow service.
  • Decline the transaction if the other party insists on using an escrow service that you’re not sure about.
  • Use a search engine to open the website in a different browser-don’t click on a link the seller provides.
  • Dial the contact number listed.
  • Search for the company on the BBB website.

And once you find an escrow service you're comfortable with, be sure you understand:

  • What conditions must be met before the payment is released to the seller.
  • What the escrow service charges.
  • Which party is expected to pay the fee.

If any escrow-related email or website implies an affiliation with us by displaying our logo or by other means it's a scam.