Car buyer's SSN a Homeland Security requirement?
I've read in Consumer Reports that you should never provide your Social Security Number to an automobile dealer unless they are arranging financing for you. However, when I went to pick up my new car last week (credit union check in hand) the finance guy asked me for my Social Security Number and when I refused to give it to him he said he had to have it for Homeland Security purposes. Since my car had been on order for more than 2 months and all I wanted to finish the paperwork and get out of there, I gave in and provided my SSN. Since then I've been beating myself up wondering if he ran a credit check on me which, according to CR, can affect my credit score. I haven't checked my credit report yet because I just checked it (free) recently and I don't want to pay for another report unnecessarily. But I want to determine whether or not I was scammed before I complete any 'customer satisfaction' surveys. Of course, I also want to warn others.
Thanks for any insights you can offer,