Car buyer's SSN a Homeland Security requirement?
I didn't get any responses on the 'Cars' forum so I thought I'd try here.
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. I checked my credit report this morning and it doesn't appear he used my SSN to run my credit but I still 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,