The Advantages of Buying From a Dealership
Consumer habits have changed a lot since the beginning of the pandemic. The pre-owned vehicle market too. But an eternal question remains; should you buy from a private individual or from a car dealer?
Both options have advantages, of course, but the second is often preferable. Here’s why …
1. Several Options in One Place
You can consult many classified ads, but each visit will only allow you to see one car at a time. By going to a dealership that sells the model you are looking for, you’ll be able to see other options and compare them right away, inside and out and even on the road. This gives you a better chance of quickly finding the vehicle that meets your requirements.
2. Higher Quality Vehicles
People generally get rid of their vehicle when it’s old, worn, or when a problem occurs. You can also find those in dealerships, of course, but you’ll also see recent models that are almost like new. They can be lease returns or demos, for example. It makes it easier for you to find a vehicle in better condition.
3. More Peace of Mind
Car dealerships that are members of the CCAQ are legally required to follow a strict code of ethics, especially with regards to confidentiality, and to perform mandatory safety inspections on the vehicles they sell. They also offer extended warranties, and in some cases, will allow you to return the vehicle after a few days if you are not satisfied.
The certified pre-owned programs, which meet the manufacturer’s requirements, bring you additional peace of mind because you know that the vehicle was inspected inside and out and repaired before being put out for sale.
4. Sell Your Car at the Same Time
Selling your old vehicle yourself may be more advantageous financially, especially now, but trading it in with the dealer can save you a lot of time, effort, and possibly stress too.
5. More Payment Options
This is one of the main benefits of buying at a dealership. With a private seller, you’re basically on your own.
Most dealerships not only offer financing and good interest rates on pre-owned vehicles, but also offer rates that are typically lower than what banks can offer with a car loan. In addition, if your credit score is an obstacle, many dealers offer 2nd and 3rd chance financing thanks to agreements made with various financial institutions.