(KAKE) -  With the cost of brand-new vehicles skyrocketing, many people are seizing the opportunity to try to save money with the purchase of a used car.
Online scammers are counting on potential buyer's desperation for a lower payment to try and bilk them out of their money.
Police departments are warning buyers to remember that, while Facebook Marketplace can be a great place to find a used vehicle, it's not without the danger of people looking to take advantage of others. They offer these tips for those looking to buy a new set of wheels:
• If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Check Kelly Blue Book for pricing on used vehicles to get an idea of what you should be paying.
Never buy gift cards to purchase a car online. Just don't. No, not even then
• Ask for the VIN (vehicle identification number) to verify the car matches the pictures and description on the ad (https://vpic.nhtsa.dot.gov/decoder)
• If the post appears to be from a dealership, call to verify they created the post. It only takes a moment and can save you a lot of heartache.
• Don't send the seller money before you've seen the car in person. You're not buying a toothbrush, here. 
• Check to see if the seller has the vehicle listed in several states.