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10 Guaranteed Ways to Know When a Used Car Salesman is "Taking You For a Ride"

Updated on March 30, 2016
Make sure that the used car salesman's smile is not fake.
Make sure that the used car salesman's smile is not fake. | Source
There he is just waiting for a customer like you.
There he is just waiting for a customer like you. | Source

The challenge

Can I write and publish this hub about the "shady" side of life, namely, the "shady" used car salesman? Yes. At least I think I can. Sure thing, boss. I will treat this hub as if it were just another hub. No sweat.

We are all guilty

Of being overly-suspicious of every car salesman "after" "that" under-handed, double-tongued, two-faced, shifty, used car salesman took us for over $3,800.00 in a so-called "deal of a lifetime," when we were young and gullible. Okay. I will be exact. When we turned 18 and "thought" that we were adult enough to know when we are being robbed.

"Did you say, 'do we have any wrecked cars in stock'"?
"Did you say, 'do we have any wrecked cars in stock'"? | Source
This is the goal: To put the keys to a used car in your hands.
This is the goal: To put the keys to a used car in your hands. | Source

Since then

And many years later, we now "are" adults older and wiser, but "that" little devil (sitting on our shoulder) starts whispering, "trust this guy. He is so good hearted, he almost got fired for almost "giving" a family a car last week." Then our little angel has his rebutle. "Hey, remember when you turned 18? And you got robbed of $3,800.00 and had to work three summers at two jobs to pay your dad back this money he loaned you for getting your first car?"

"This" is the type of used car salesman to avoid.

 1930s new and used  car lot at Sixth Avenue  and Waverly St.,  Greenwich Village, New York City.   Photo made  Jan 1, 1930.
1930s new and used car lot at Sixth Avenue and Waverly St., Greenwich Village, New York City. Photo made Jan 1, 1930. | Source

Yes, it is "that" sense

Sort of like "Spider-Man's" "Spidey sense," iwhen we approach (a) used car salesman to see what kind of deal he will give us on our family car that we have "babied" over the years (and since we are not young anymore. We are adults. Responsible, quiet-natured, and trusted members of society), this "suspicion sense" starts itching and we suddenly get our guards up as to not be beaten out of our money again.

Listen to this car salesman talk

Most shifty used car salesmen have "that" sly look on their face.
Most shifty used car salesmen have "that" sly look on their face. | Source
To the crooked used car salesman, you are nothing more than a few more bucks in his pocket.
To the crooked used car salesman, you are nothing more than a few more bucks in his pocket. | Source
This photo was taken in circa 1955 of Neal Cassady  looking at used cars.
This photo was taken in circa 1955 of Neal Cassady looking at used cars. | Source
This is what sometimes happens to a shady used car salesman when the law catches him.
This is what sometimes happens to a shady used car salesman when the law catches him. | Source

Welcome to

10 Guaranteed Ways to Know When a Used Car Salesman is "Taking You For a Ride"

10.) The used car salesman's probation officer has his own office at the car dealership.

9.) The used car salesman is still wearing his orange jumpsuit (he wore in jail) underneath his suit.

8.) The used car salesman asks, "how much you got in your checking account?" before you even tell him your name.

7.) After you introduce yourself to your used car salesman, he quickly whips out his cell phone and says, "Yep, 'Butch,' got another sucker for ya'!"

6.) The used car salesman keeps ducking down behind cars which puzzles you. Then the local police come slowly driving around the car lot and you are not puzzled anymore.

5.) Your used car salesman refuses to give you his last name.

4.) Your used car salesman meets you wearing sunglasses and fake beard and never takes either off throughout the car negotiation.

3.) The car lot owner pages him over the P.A. system like this: "'Fingers,' you are wanted in the accounting office and do bring your records from last week."

2.) The used car salesman has his bags packed and they are sitting near the door to his office which is not decorated. He only has a desk, chair, and a phone.

1.) Your used car salesman uses this slick sales strategy: "I have a five dollar bill in my left hand with Abraham Lincoln's picture on it. If you can tell me who's picture is on this currency, you will pay full-price for this 2003 Camry with 200,000 miles."

Note: If it were not for your loving wife, you would have been taken again.

Know the terms used with "shady" used car salesmen

  • "Getting taken for a ride"
  • "Getting your shirt taken off."
  • "Burned."
  • "Took."
  • "Bamboozeled."
  • "Hood-winked."
  • "Conned."
  • "Saw your coming."
  • "Suckered."

All of these terms along with more that I did not find, all mean one thing: ROBBED.

This photo was  made Nov. 6, 1962, of a used car lot "back in the day."
This photo was made Nov. 6, 1962, of a used car lot "back in the day." | Source

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