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Where Should I Purchase a Pre-Owned Car?

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How Do I Look For the Best Deal on a Pre-Owned Car or Truck?

There are almost too many places to shop for car buyers of today. From classifieds to social media to websites, we’re flooded with options and a seemingly endless supply of vehicles. So just where can one go to get the best deal? It boils down to 3 choices: a private transaction, a dealer, or a used car lot. Every choice has its pros and cons, but when you’re making such a big decision you want the absolute best deal possible.


Purchasing From a Car Lot

An independent used car lot can offer a few of the conveniences as a big dealer, like a big selection of cars and the ability to view them online. You can still get a bigger selection of cars, trucks, or SUVs and the ability to view them online at a used car lot, but they also do offer more risks. While some car lots might be entrenched in the local community, many others tend to come and go quickly. Here are some of the other important differences between a dealer and a car lot:

  • No CPO – Certified Pre-Owned cars are available only at manufacturer-certified dealerships.
  • Vehicle Financing – The interest rates are generally higher than most if they even provide financing.
  • Vehicle Condition – Watch out for vehicles that have high miles with potentially questionable pasts.
  • Character – Some used car lots choose profitability over customers.
  • Repair Technicians – Used car lots usually only have limited on-site technicians, some with limited experience.
  • Pre-Sale Repairs – ‘Quick fixes’ may be utilized to maximize profits and save money.
  • Inspections – Inspections at used car lots are generally not quite as comprehensive.
Buying From a Pre-Owned Car Lot

Buying Used From a Private Seller

Buying Pre-Owned From Independent Sellers

If you are seeking a specific car, especially an old car, then a personal seller may be your best option. You may get a great price, but you as the buyer assume all of the risk. You would be responsible for all of the items found here at the dealer:

  • Reviews – There may be absolutely no background info. Can you believe the seller?
  • Warranty – Buyer Beware, Caveat Emptor
  • History of the Vehicle – If you want the history report, you’ll be paying for it.
  • Inspections – An inspection by a 3rd party is suggested, but you would be on the hook for the bill.
  • Financing – While many personal sellers want cash, you can also try getting a loan through your own lender. Your choices are smaller either way.
  • The Car’s Current Condition – There might be reasons why they are selling the car.

Used Car Buying at Your Dealership

While most of us would agree that it’s the simplest way to buy a used car, there are some that believe they can score a cheaper deal somewhere else. Nothing can equal the customer service we provide, even if you could get a cheaper price somewhere else (likely with even more miles and with fewer guarantees on condition).

A few of the benefits of buying your next car here include:

  • Multiple Options for Financing – We have multiple ways to get you financed.
  • Easy to Access Reviews – It’s easy to see what other buyers think.
  • History Reports of the Vehicle – Get the history of your new-to-you car.
  • Straightforward Pricing – Our experienced pricing professionals work diligently to set good prices.
  • Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles – We offer CPO vehicles for your peace of mind.
  • Selection of Used Vehicles – Our selection is bigger than most.
  • Delivery of Your Car – We will deliver. Just ask and we’ll see what we can do. (Exclusions apply)
  • Buying Online – If you can’t make it to the dealer, you can buy online 24/7.
  • Convenient Hours – We’re open long hours of business to be ready when we are needed.
Used Car Shopping at Your Local Auto Dealer


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