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Where to Buy Great Used Cars
A franchised new car dealership is a reliable, if not the only,
source for anyone who wants to buy a new car. But to those who
prefer buying used or previously owned cars, there are plenty of
options and sources one could choose from to be able to make that
vehicle purchase the perfect one.
The following are some of the readily as well as easily available
resources to consider when buying a used car.
The Used Car Superstore
Imagine it as the Wal-Mart of used cars. There have been
numerous used car superstores that have mushroomed over the last
five years. These superstores usually have a large inventory
of used cars, and can number anywhere from 400 to 500 vehicles.
The cars found in these stores more often than not are late models.
The vehicles found in these stores come from auctions that cater
specially to car dealers. The good thing about buying from
these used car superstores is that the warranty they provide are
often equivalent to the warranty coverage provided by dealers who
sell new cars. However, it is still best to compare.
New Car Dealer
The logic here is that since new car buyers usually trade in their
old cars when they buy a new one, the collection that new car
dealerships have are almost always extensive. So used car
buyers have a wider range of vehicles to choose from. Also,
new car dealerships provide better reconditioning to the used cars
traded to them. They are also a more reliable source of used
cars because their business is more established compared to other
used car dealers. Be aware though that sometimes it would take
a lot of negotiation on the price of the vehicle to be purchased.
They may also attempt to make you buy more car than what you would
Used Car Dealers
There are usually hundreds of used car dealerships in every state.
Sometimes, they are small operations that contain not more than
fifteen cars in a lot.
Established used car dealers, can have as many as 100 cars or more
on their lot. The great thing about buying from used car
dealers is that the prices they offer are a lot less than new car
dealerships. Also, it is fairly easier to negotiate with them.
Not so good news though, the quality of these cars are usually less
than the new ones of course. There also may be a smaller
selection of makes and models.
The good thing about buying from private owners is that the prices
that they offer are usually reasonable compared to dealers because
this is in accordance with book values. You also get the
opportunity to actually speak with the owner of the vehicle and
witness for yourself how the car was or was not, cared for. A
potential disadvantage of this scenario, however, is that it could
be a bit inconvenient driving to the private owner’s place
especially if you are considering looking at eight different cars.
Basically that would be eight different places, time and
Beware though private owners who have a stable of used cars to sell
may actually be a dealer. Do not be afraid to ask if you could
possibly see the title and registration. Start to get
suspicious if you see it is only a few days old.
The last decade has seen the development of public auctions for
vehicles. Originally, auctions like these were reserved
primarily for licensed car dealers. Now, even individuals have
the opportunity to bid aggressively for used cars. The quality
of these cars put up for auction, as well as the selections of
vehicles, actually vary from one auction to another. There are
those auctions that specialize in late model vehicles while there
are others which dedicate themselves to cheaper and less expensive
vehicles. The good thing about buying used cars from auctions
is that you can conveniently compare prices and cars because they
are shown side by side with each other.
Also, the prices that they offer are most likely lower than
dealerships. However, there is not much chance for you to
thoroughly inspect the vehicle being auctioned off. And since
you are buying from an auction, it is therefore understood that all
sales are final. Any car purchased is automatically yours.
Plus, the bidding frenzy could take a hold of anyone and there is a
great possibility that you could pay way more than what a vehicle
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