Beware of scammers, and always meet the buyer. A genuine buyer should want to view the vehicle before making the payment.
Request the potential buyer’s contact details, such as their mobile number (especially if they call from a withheld number), landline number and full home address. This should give you further reassurances, and a legitimate buyer should be happy to provide this information.
During a viewing be sure to supervise any potential buyer closely to ensure they are not able to tamper with the vehicle in order to make it appear there is a mechanical fault which would impact the sale price.
Auto Trader will not contact you via the protected number displayed on your advert, never give out bank or card details to an unsolicited caller. If you receive an unsolicited call and would like to report it or check it is genuine, please call the Customer Security Team on 0330 303 9001
…allow a buyer to test drive the car alone.
Never leave a potential buyer alone with the vehicle, give them the keys or let them borrow the car documents. If you have a keyless fob, keep hold of it at all times, even on a test drive.
And never jeopardise your personal safety and if you feel uncomfortable at any time, walk away.