Top 10 reasons to buy a car from a dealer
Do you ever think back and say, “I bet I could have gotten my 2008 Dodge Avenger for a significantly cheaper price had I looked on the Internet first?” Well yes, that may be true you could pay less for the same vehicle up front, however, we think buying from the Internet instead of a dealership is dangerous. Here is a list of the top 10 reasons to buy a car from a dealer:
1. They offer certified cars
The one thing that really sets dealerships apart from individual sellers is that dealerships are often established. Dealerships often even have a selection of certified pre-owned vehicles, meaning they are put through a variety of tests to make sure they are up to snuff.
2. They must follow the rules
Because dealerships are liable for what they do, they must obey strict laws and procedures. This means you’re less likely to be cheated or get sold a lemon, and you’re also guaranteed a title.
3. They offer vehicle trade-in deals
When you’re getting a new car, you have to figure out what to do with the vehicle you’re replacing. Rather than having to go through the hassle of selling it or finding somewhere else to store it, most dealerships will let you trade in your old vehicle and put its worth toward your new vehicle.
4. It’s a place for one-stop-shopping
If you’re purchasing a vehicle through a dealership, you can get everything you need in one place. Dealerships offer financing, so you can get a more expensive car with less money up front, and you can get set up with insurance.
5. You’re guaranteed a phone number
By going through a dealership, you’re more likely to reach someone immediately rather than trying to reach a private seller who likely screens their calls. Follow-up is also easier with a dealership.
6. They have to follow a code of ethics
While dealers have a reputation of being sharks, there is a stringent code of ethics they have to follow in order to keep their job, whereas there are no rules or regulations for private sellers.
7. There are warehouse inspections
Dealerships have regular inspections by federal groups, they have their financials audited and their service department is subject to safety codes. A private seller isn’t going to put as much time and effort into making their vehicle up-to-snuff.
8. There’s an available warranty
Most dealerships offer some sort of warranty, even if the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. This means you can drive away in confidence knowing if something goes wrong, you’re covered.
9. They offer specialist advice
Dealers know their stuff. They live and breathe cars and make every attempt to make sure they know the answers to all of your questions, or they can get you an answer quickly if they don’t know.
10. There are pre-sale inspections and post-sale services
Dealerships put each vehicle through inspections prior to putting it for sale on the lot, and offer follow-up service. They know that word-of-mouth travels quickly, and they have a reputation to uphold. Private dealers don’t need to worry about seeing you before or after the sale.