Retirees Beware of Auto Sales from the “Exchange”

A military retiree publication is warning retirees of misleading advertisements in Auto Trader magazine and major metropolitan newspapers offering automobile sales through a company calling itself “Exchange Inc.” Military exchanges do not have the authority to sell vehicles in the continental United States and these advertisements have left consumers from Texas to Colorado with the impression they are doing business with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Exchanges

Military Exchange facilities are located solely on military installations. While military exchanges have mail order and Internet offerings, they do not advertise in civilian outlets such as metropolitan newspapers or automobile sales magazines. All advertisements for legitimate Exchange offerings are published in outlets whose audiences are mostly comprised of military members.