8 ways to avoid getting scammed when buying a car online

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  • Consumers are increasingly turning to the internet to make car purchases.
  • Scam artists take advantage of car shoppers in several ways, and people should always be on the lookout for deals that look too good to be true.
  • We asked the Better Business Bureau for tips people can use to avoid getting scammed when they're shopping for a car online.

As commerce continues its evolution to the digital world, consumers are starting to buy cars online in large numbers.

While most drivers still head to the lots for their future cars, buyers are increasingly checking websites for new, used, and collector cars. And just like in other parts of the online world, scam artists are looking for car shoppers to take advantage of.

The Better Business Bureau has general guidelines to avoid falling for online scams , and many of them apply to shopping for cars online, said Katherine Hutt, director of communications for the BBB.

Its a simple list. If everybody does the 10 suggestions, wed drastically reduce the number of scams," Hutt told Business Insider.

Here are eight tips to avoid falling prey to online car sales scams.

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