How To Avoid Used Car Scams: Learn From A 30-Year Veteran

Thirty-year used car sales veteran Ernie Mallozzi tells the secrets of the used car trade. Learn how to avoid scams!
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

Ernie Mallozzi teamed up with author Jason Vincent and web developer Paul Proto to put together this valuable course that will assist you on your next car buying adventure. Ernie has over three decades of experience in the used car business and knows every single dirty trick in the book. How? Because he's done them all. Once you have completed this course, you can go out and shop for a used car with confidence. Confidence that you can see through any scam or scheme that may be thrown at you, and you WILL save hundreds off the asking price.

Subtitles for some lectures available in Spanish.

What are the requirements?

  • No special knowledge of used cars is necessary prior to taking this course
  • You will need an internet connected device, as there will be a need to get to a couple of outside web sites as part of the car buying process. A computer, tablet, or smartphone will suffice.
  • This course contains text that is more easily read on a computer or tablet screen. All of it is narrated and expanded upon, so no worries if you are on a smartphone!
  • Be prepared to take notes or use screen capture. There's a lot of valuable information here to take with you on your next car shopping adventure!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how used car sellers can "rig" a car that has issues so that it appears to be in good shape
  • Learn how you can detect theses "rigs" and either avoid that car, or reduce the asking price
  • Establish the base price using the Kelley Blue Book
  • Get a complete Vehicle History Report without spending big money
  • Learn how to physically inspect a vehicle, as well as the best time and place to inspect it
  • Take a test drive the correct way, and what to look for during that drive
  • Learn how to thoroughly inspect the Title for hidden details
  • Negotiate the best price
  • Save at least $500 or more

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who is now or at some point will be in the market to purchase a used car

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Ernie Mallozzi, thirty-year veteran of the used car business, introduces the course.


This is the Introduction video.You will meet Ernie Mallozzi, Jason Vincent and Paul Proto - the team responsible for bringing you this course. You will also see and hear about all of the topics covered in this course, and what you will learn by the time you are finished with it.


This course will teach you to avoid the scammers and schemers you may encounter as you set out to purchase a used car.

It is recommended that when text is being presented, you pause the videos that contain the text of the course and read on your own. All of the text will be narrated and explained, but it is best to read it on your own first.

Please also take notes as you see fit. Udemy provides an online note-taking feature that can be found at the top of the column to the right of this screen. It is the icon all the way to the right at the time of this writing.

A Kickoff Message from Ernie, including some advice on not "falling in love" with a car at first sight.
Section 2: Real World Examples Of Scams

In this video, Ernie demonstrates how a simple scanner device available at any Auto Zone or similar store can be purchased by anyone and used to disable a Check Engine light or other warnings. When the customer arrives to buy the car, the light is off and will stay off for anywhere from 2 to 4 days!

Later in the course, you will learn how to detect and avoid this.


Here, Ernie will show you how an unscrupulous person can remove the speedometer in less than 2 minutes and replace it with one that has less mileage.This would lead to your buying a car with many more miles than reported, and spending a LOT more money than it's worth.

Later in the course, you will learn how to detect and avoid this.


Ernie will show you how an unscrupulous person can remove the Check Engine light or any other maintenance light in under 2 minutes.This would lead to your buying a car with costly maintenance issues, and spending a LOT more money than it's worth.

Later in the course, you will learn how to detect and avoid this.

4 questions

The first quiz has to do with the real world scams.

Section 3: Getting Your Base Price From Kelley Blue Book

Ernie Talks about the Kelley Blue Book as a resource to establish your base price.

Getting Ready To Use The Kelley Blue Book

This is a demo of a search on the Kelley Blue Book website. Even if you've done one before, please watch as I add in a couple of tips and tricks.


A Link To Kelley Blue Book

3 questions

Test your knowledge of the Kelley Blue Book

Section 4: Where To Buy Your Used Car

Where should you buy your used car? A new car dealer (yes, they sell used cars, too!)? A used car dealer? Private sale? Ernie maps out how and why for you here.


This lecture clearly defines where you should buy your car and why you should should buy it there. Used car dealer? Private sale? Ernie will spell it out for you and gives step by step instructions.

4 questions

Test your knowledge of where to buy your used car.

Section 5: The Test Drive

Ernie begins the discussion about the test drive.


This is a fairly comprehensive lesson on what to do and where to go on your test drive. You will learn what to do before, during and after the test drive. You will also learn what your destination should be for the test drive.

Be prepared to take notes or screen shots, there's a LOT of great info here!

3 questions

Test your knowledge of the Test Drive lecture.

Section 6: The Last Phase

Watch as Ernie talks about wrapping up your results and going through the final steps to the deal.


This is a link to the VINaudit Vehicle History Report website. Here, you can obtain a Vehicle History Report for only $9.99 - saving you $30 off the cost of a CarFax report, but giving you all the same information. With just one report, you will save the cost of this course!


This is where all of your hard work comes together. You will learn about the all-important Title, the Vehicle History Report, and then - how to negotiate the best deal.All of your hard work in the previous section comes together here.


Ernie thanks you a tells you about the next course he has planned for you!

3 questions

Test your knowledge of the Last Phase lecture.

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Instructor Biography

Paul Proto, Udemy Instructor

Paul is an IT Professional with 35 years of experience in all facets of the Information Technology field. He started his career coding business applications on mainframes, and then started riding the Personal Computer wave from its very beginning. Paul has travelled extensively, crisscrossing the United States and Mexico delivering IT solutions to major corporations.

Now, Paul is a Udemy instructor and starting to build a base of Udemy courses to help others along their path to education. An avid Web Designer and Developer, his services can be found at RealSimpleWebpages.

Instructor Biography

Ernie Mallozzi, Udemy Instructor

Ernie is a 30 year veteran of the used car business. Now retired, he is spending his time educating people on how to avoid the pitfalls of purchasing used cars. His first course is out, and he plans several more!

Instructor Biography

Jason Vincent, Author, Businessman, Udemy Instructor

Jason is a former businessperson, politician and private investigator now writing and publishing his own short stories and novels born out of the rich tableau of his experiences.

His first short story collection, 5 Tales, is currently available at most retail e-book purveyors and has been available in print since Christmas of 2013.

Jason also blogs at TheWritersLairBlog dot com about all things literary.

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