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Latest Threat to Carbuyer Safety: The Evil of 'Curbstoning' Page 2

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The campaign was founded by AutoTec, which sells AuctionACCESS, a product it calls "the automotive remarketing industry standard for managing dealer access to wholesale auto auctions."

In other words, a company that gives cars dealers access to wholesale auto auctions (from which the public is prohibited) wants to make life more difficult for private sellers who compete with its customers.

In the good old days, it cost used-car sellers $15 to $50 for a classified ad, and newspapers were neither searchable nor sortable. Now, Craigslist ads are free, and reach hundreds of millions of people on both sides of the transaction.

Buyers can even exclude all ads placed by dealers, searching only vehicles from private sellers. We call that reducing market friction by using information technology. (And caveat emptor still applies.) But we understand why used-car dealers might bitch.

Frankly, we're surprised it took them this long.


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  1. A good amount of these people are also "jumping title" meaning that that since they don't have a dealers license they should be paying sales tax, but they are not.
     
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  2. I don't see a problem with a lot of casual curbstoners. They pick up a repo car on http://repofinder.com and sell it on http://craigslist.com two days later. What's the big deal?
     
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  3. This practice has been around for as long as there has been used cars. In Ontario(Canada) this is known as "curbsiding" I believe because the people operate the business at the side of the road, the showroom is often a curbside in your neighbourhood. Anyhow it has been illigal for many years and if convicted large fines and even jail-time is handed out to those charged. The very method of marketing these cars is often thier down fall as they usually have more than 2-3 cars listed on-line with the same phone number. Government agents scan the sites looking for these multiple listing.
     
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