One year ago, the Kenyan Embassy in Japan warned car importers from East Africa to be wary of fraudulent car dealers in Japan. the embassy raised this alarm after many alarms were raised by people who had lost money to unscrupulous dealers. Sadly, the trusted Japanese car market had been invaded by swindlers and this warning, albeit very helpful, was one little bit too late.
With the traditional ways of stealing cars becoming more dangerous and outdated, these cons have turned to better and less riskier methods. However, did you know that with just a little caution, you could just save yourself a lot of money? Read on
How to spot fraudulent suppliers
Before we handle the tips that can help spot genuine suppliers online, it would be prudent first if we looked at the ways to spot the fraudulent ones. This way, the alarm will be heard by both the fraudsters and the buyers alike.
Requesting ongoing fees
Genuine suppliers do not go about requesting their customers for ongoing fees. This means that these fraudsters exploit their customers’ privilege of doing business with them. In case a supplier requests for monthly membership fees then they are highly likely not to be genuine in their business dealings.
Targeting the general public
It is important to mention that there is nothing wrong when a sale is made to the public. After all, the public provides the best selling opportunity. However, since some automobile buyers are looking to benefit from wholesale pricing, it is important to watch out for some of the suppliers who sell to the targeted general public at ‘whole sale prices’. As the case maybe, such suppliers are but retailers offering to sell to the public at inflated prices!
How to spot genuine online suppliers
Having the background on how check for the bad guys in this business, it makes good business sense to avoid them. additionally, the tips that follow will officially come in handy when spotting the real deal.
Conduct a search- part 1
It is obvious that you will need to conduct a good search (using your preferred search engine) before you settle for a particular supplier. At least things were done this traditional way even when taking businesses online had not gained preference. By comparing the different customer services by the different potential suppliers, you will then make an informed choice.
Conduct a search- part 2
Under this criterion, you will need to undertake an extensive search for the right supplier. The suppliers website can give very useful details. This should be a good pointer the appearance of the website should not scare you away.
Conduct search- part 3
You may consider searching in supplier directories for genuine supplier. Supplier directories are usually organized by markets or niche to ensure that the suppliers that are listed are genuine.
Find out whether the car exporters that you have in mind are registered with any association or organization. Assuming that they are from your country, say, for example Kenya, you should look for their physical address and visit them. If they do not provide physical addresses on their website, you should be wary.