Timeshares are generally a brilliant, safe and accommodating way to experience many popular vacation hotspots or secluded geographical treasures in the United States or abroad. However, you should take note also there are some common pitfalls with such option. This includes less-than-honest dealings by some companies who are offering timeshares. As a matter of fact, a scam which victimizes owners who are trying to get out of their timeshares is listed on top consumer complaints last year. But there are a number of ways to avoid being caught unaware while searching for and purchasing the timeshare plan best suited for you and your family.
First, go with the larger, well-established companies. Common sense would tell us that if they have been around for years, it is less likely that they would ruin their impeccable reputation with any type of fraudulent behavior. This is especially true during the initial purchase or resale of a timeshare package.
More importantly, make sure that you fully understand the contents of your contract. The contract literature is at best an art form and since art comes in various disguises and at times carries a subtle dagger, you should be sure of the contents of your timeshare contract. Again, this is simple common sense as you would carefully consider the contents of any contract before signing on the dotted line.
Also, be particularly wary of European and other overseas destinations if you aren’t familiar with the company offering such vacation option. Moreover, be wary of any timeshare company asking for upfront fees before they will engage in the selling of property. Blacklists are available to inform the companies that have engaged in a timeshare fraud. Both ordinary citizens who have banned together and wish to inform other consumers of their fraudulent timeshare experiences and timeshare companies have created these blacklists.