A man came to ask to buy my car… IS THIS A SCAM?

Someone knocked on my door today, and asked randomly if my car was for sale and if they could buy it. The car is parked outside the house and not on the drive, with a flat tire and isn't a new flash top of the range car that someone would be keen to buy, it's pretty standard and old. I told them I

Someone knocked on my door today, and asked randomly if my car was for sale and if they could buy it. The car is parked outside the house and not on the drive, with a flat tire and isn't a new flash top of the range car that someone would be keen to buy, it's pretty standard and old. I told them I wasn't sure and he said he'd called two weeks ago and I can remember getting to the door just as he had left, so this was true.. however I said I'd think about it then he said he'd come back in a weeks time, he didn't leave a phone number or ask any important details about the car.. we also live in a culdesack in a small village, it really seems strange how he has approached us randomly when there is no for sale sign in the car; I'm worried this could be some sort of scam but not sure how or what, as there no other information online.. has anyone else had anything similar happen? I'm abit worried as my partner let slip that he works nightshifts and they will know I'm alone in the house. has this happened to anyone else and do I need to be worried?

Best Answer:

bethany: Idk mate, the whole thing sounds shady, especially that he didn't leave any contact. Also the fact that it is not near main roads makes it the more shady. I would just recommend adding another lock to your door, double your windows, hide a baseball under your bed and prepare for the worse?

Other answer:

bethany:
That's how I sold my car; some random guy driving by and then asking me, even though I didn't have a for sale sign on it.

Another reason I dont think it's a scam is because what is he going to do? You are still in possession of the pink slip. The only thing I can think of is that he would try to convince a tow company that it's his car and to tow it somewhere, but then again if thats the case why would he knock on your door to begin with?

It wouldnt hurt to hear his asking price. You can always say no

Never:
Some people knock on doors & try to buy unwanted cars. Its probably not a scam. But you could probably get a bit more by cleaning it up and selling it yourself.

Scams are usually online or if checks are involved. If you agree on a price, he either brings you cash or he doesn't. It unlikely you will be scammed unless you accept a check. Depositing a check doesn't prove its good. Trying to CASH IT, in person at the bank its from will.

Scott H:
It happens. I used to have a 1991 Bronco sitting in my driveway and would get people asking all the time if I was interested in selling it. Probably not a scam, just someone looking for a cheap vehicle.
AlCapone:
Since it has a flat and seems to be unused, the guy is simply looking for a cheap car to fix up and drive, or sell.
mccoyblues:
Everything is for sale if the price is right. Tell him the car is for sale. Ask him to make you an offer. If it isn't a strong offer tell him no deal.
Bill:
Old dead cars attract car nuts. If you want to sell it, tell this guy to return with cash.
 Fred K:
What car is it?

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