Dealer Fraud: Window Etching Fee
According to statistics a vehicle is stolen in the United States every 23 seconds. If you believe departments and insurance companies, one of the most effective anti-theft devices is VIN etching. Car dealers use this information to convince their consumers to purchase window etching with their vehicle. This is when one of the common dealer scams, the VIN etching car scam occurs.
Usually car dealer offers car buyers to window etch the VIN number in the window of the car he/she wants to purchase. The dealership charges from $300 to $1000 for this service. However, you should know that the service is now worth it and the dealer simply makes a profit of a few hundred dollars. In fact, this car fraud is even ridiculous, as you can simply buy a window etching kit at any auto parts store for only $20.
Sometimes car dealers will add this to your car agreement as an option and you will never even notice what you are paying for if you are not careful enough.
The easiest and the best way to avoid this car dealer fraud is to simply refuse to buy it when the car dealer offers VIN etching.