A car company may offer guaranteed second hand price guarantee for a new car or parts that are available at a dealership, but it may also offer the promise of free shipping if the seller doesn’t have the cash to pay.
While some companies may offer the guarantee to their consumers for free, other manufacturers may charge a flat fee for shipping, according to TechCrunch.
The firm found that some companies would not charge the fee even if the buyer paid it, while others would charge a percentage.
“If you don’t want to be charged for shipping and you want to get it for free you can get a car for free if you pay $250,” TechCrunch editor Josh Zahar told TechCrunch in a statement.
“That means you can sell for $250 and have it shipped for free.”
“If the company is charging $250 for shipping they are not guaranteeing that it’s going to be delivered,” Zahar added.
“A lot of these deals are very misleading and I’m sure they have no idea what they’re talking about.”
Zahar said the practice of using the guarantee is common.
“Most manufacturers are selling cars for a fixed price and they have the right to set the price,” he added.
“There are a few exceptions where they may be asking the seller to pay, but that’s pretty much all they are doing.”
The report also looked at a handful of different car manufacturers, including Audi, Hyundai, Volkswagen, and BMW.
It found that all of these companies would offer a guaranteed secondhand price guarantee if the owner of the car or car parts didn’t have cash to cover the cost of shipping.
“In the case of a car, the car manufacturer is the buyer,” Zhar said.
“So the guarantee applies if you don’ want to pay and if you can pay for the shipping.
If you’re not able to pay then they’ll give you a free shipping guarantee, but they don’t guarantee it for you.”
Zhar said that he has contacted a number of companies to find out if they are offering a guaranteed guarantee for customers, and that they would likely offer a flat shipping fee.
“They might ask you to pay $100 for shipping because they can’t afford to charge it,” he said.