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Used Cars For Sale In Nashville Tn – If you are looking to buy or sell used cars, beware of the secrets they keep. That’s because used cars can store personal information, and now the Better Business Bureau sees an increase in identity theft associated with used cars.

With Bluetooth technology becoming standard in most vehicles, any information on your cellphone can be hacked when you sell the vehicle, according to the WSMV. Michael Martin fell in love with his new Subaru Outback. “This is the first car I have ever had that has Bluetooth technology,” Martin said.

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But when he turned it on, Martin realized that he got more than he bargained for.

“When I sat down to do a pairing, I saw that there were several other cellphones that had been paired with it,” Martin said.

By | September 4 2018 at 7:17 p.m. CDT – Updated September 5 at 7:47
NASHVILLE, TN (WMC / WSMV) – If you are looking to buy or sell a used car, beware of the secrets they keep.

That’s because used cars can store personal information, and now the Better Business Bureau sees an increase in identity theft associated with used cars.

With Bluetooth technology becoming standard in most vehicles, any information on your cellphone can be hacked when you sell the vehicle, according to the WSMV.

Michael Martin fell in love with his new Subaru Outback.

“This is the first car I have ever had that has Bluetooth technology,” Martin said.

But when he turned it on, Martin realized that he got more than he bargained for.

“When I sat down to do a pairing, I saw that there were several other cellphones that had been paired with it,” Martin said.

Selling cars without cleaning your personal data gives new owners access to everything from contact numbers, downloaded music, and login information for mobile applications to garage codes and frequently visited addresses.

“And then it also gives a pattern of time when you go or go home, thus opening an opportunity for someone to maybe rob your house or be there when you get there,” said Lisa Smith, marketing and communication manager for BBB.

Smith said people who bought used cars should want factory settings to be restored too because there are certain applications that allow you to turn on a car without a key.

“So you can get into someone else’s car a few months on the road and start and turn on the air when they have a car, and you don’t have it in a few months,” Smith said.

Fortunately, for people who have Martin’s car before, Martin is a good man.

“I just deleted everything from there,” Martin said.

But you never know who will buy your car.

“People with access to your information, it is dangerous, and in the wrong hands, it can really damage your identity and credit,” Smith said.

If you have already bought or sold a car without returning to factory settings, contact the dealer.

If your identity has been compromised as a result of buying or selling a used car, contact BBB.

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