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looking at buying a car and the is on craigslist and the seller

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looking at buying a car and the is on craigslist and the seller wants to go through google checkout and i havent used this service before.

wondering how secure and if they warrenty the products we buy through them or check for scams from people.

thx greg

Thanks for your question.

There are many scams involving vehicles advertised on Craigslist and Google Checkout. I would highly recommend that you do not purchase a vehicle by using this service. In fact, you should contact Craigslist and report the advertisement.

Google Checkout is merely a payment processing system. It processes credit card payments between the the buyer and seller. Google Checkout does not have any involvement with the goods, which are shipped from the seller. Google Checkout therefore does not provide a warranty. It does check for fraud, however, the fraud protection benefits the seller, in the event that the buyer is using a fake credit card - the fraud protection does not in any way benefit the buyer.

When purchasing a vehicle, it is always best to do it in a face to face transaction - never sight unseen over the internet, or through a service like Google Checkout. While Google Checkout may be good for other sorts of transactions, it is not good for vehicle purchases.

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