What You Need To Know When Buying A Used Car At A Dealership

Are you looking for a new car?

Shopping for a new vehicle can be stressful. To make an informed decision about your purchase, you’ll probably want to do a lot of research about which car you should buy.

Part of that research will be whether you should get a new or used car. There are many advantages to buying a new car, but getting a preowned vehicle from a used car dealership is also a great choice.

Here’s everything you need to know about purchasing new versus used, and why you should strongly consider getting a used car.

New Car vs. Used Car

The first decision you’ll have to make when figuring out what car you want is whether you want a new car or a used car. Some car dealerships offer both new and used vehicles. Others offer only used vehicles.

Car dealerships that sell new vehicles have a relationship with a specific vehicle manufacturer like Subaru, GM, Ford, etc.

The manufacturer provides them with brand new vehicles that they sell on their lot. New car dealerships also offer used vehicles that they get from trade-ins or auctions.

Used car dealerships focus solely on used vehicles.

They get their used cars in a couple of different ways. Most of their used car inventory comes from vehicles that people trade-in. The rest of their used car inventory typically comes from vehicle auctions that only car dealers can attend.

Used cars always go through an extensive service process before they’re available for sale. Everything is fixed up, the vehicle is thoroughly cleaned inside and out, and the vehicle gets new tires and accessories.

Most used car dealerships have a point by point inspection and service process to ensure that their used vehicles are like new by the time they hit the sales lot.

Should You Buy New or Used?

There are advantages to buying a new vehicle. More bells and whistles, manufacturer warranties, low or zero mileage, and little to no wear and tear are a few of those reasons.

However, new vehicles are more expensive than used. You can get a high-end used car for the same price you can get an economy new vehicle.

Used vehicles are often in almost or just as good shape as new vehicles.

Some used cars have more wear and tear and more miles on them. But because of the extensive service process that they undergo before their sale, they are just as functional and reliable as new vehicles.

The price tag on a used car is much more affordable too. If you’re budget shopping or want to get more car for your buck, used is the way to go.

Why Buy From a Used Car Dealership?

Since new and used car dealerships both sell used cars, you might be wondering why you should buy from a dealership that focuses specifically on used vehicles.

The simple answer is that used car dealerships specialize in used vehicles. They’re constantly servicing used vehicles, improving and upgrading them prior to sale.

Used car dealerships also cater to the buyer more than some new car dealerships can. Used car dealerships often have more options for financing and offer custom warranties that are sometimes better than the manufacturers.

Ready to Purchase?

If you’re ready to start shopping or have a few more questions about car shopping, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Contact us today, and one of our sales professionals will be happy to help. We’re here to walk you through the process, assist with financing, and help match you with your perfect vehicle.