Why Buy a Used Car From a Dealership vs. Private Seller?

Pre-Owned Vehicles

If you’re looking to buy a used car of any type, you may be wondering: why buy a used car from a dealership? Weighing your used car buying options between going with a dealer vs. private seller is one of many considerations Chatham drivers make, and it can be tough to decide. Here, Green Dodge highlights what to think about when you buy a used car, whether from a dealer or private seller.

Dealer vs. Private Seller Used Cars: Vehicle History

One thing a lot of Rochester drivers should consider is the history of the used car they are buying: how long it’s been on the road, what repairs it needs, and how many miles are on the odometer. Here’s how the dealer vs. private seller comparison plays out when you buy a used car:

  • Private Seller: A private seller probably knows their vehicle pretty intimately and can tell you exactly what it’s been through. They can even tell you about the little quirks that happen along the way. However, you’re at the seller’s mercy in terms of what they actually choose to disclose to you.
  • Used Car Dealership: You know that whether you get a car from a dealer or private seller, you want to know the history of your vehicle. So, why buy a used car from a dealership with lots of used cars? For one thing, many used cars you’ll find for sale at a dealership come with a vehicle history report that makes your prospective car’s past far more transparent, so you can make an educated financial decision. Plus, you can rely on the service department at a used car dealership for expert advice on car maintenance. It’s important to know your maintenance schedule to ensure your used car lasts a long time, and a used car dealership can help you with that pivotal task.

Dealer vs. Private Seller Used Cars: Selection

Some Decatur drivers know exactly the kind of car they are looking for, others are willing to explore the market. Here’s what a dealer or private seller can offer both:

  • Private Seller: You may get lucky and find a deal, but depending solely on private sellers means you’re at the mercy of a lot of factors out of your control. You may be looking for a specific vehicle and come up short.
  • Used Car Dealership: A dealership that stocks used cars will have a lot of options, even when you’re looking at a stock of used vehicles priced under $15K. The wider variety is a big advantage of a used car dealership in Springfield.

Dealer vs. Private Seller Used Cars: Money Matters

Let’s start by bringing up a word everyone thinks about but no one likes to talk about: taxes. Depending on what state you’re in, you can have tax advantages on a dealer or private seller used car purchase. But this isn’t the only thing to think about:

  • Private Seller: You can find good deals with private sellers, but you may be burdened with taxes and also confusion about taxes!
  • Used Car Dealership: Some states only tax the difference between your new vehicle and your trade-in value, so a used car dealership is a good way to go. But there are many other financial advantages when you buy a used car from a dealership with a finance center. You’ll be able to trade in many types of vehicles. You’ll also be able to get pre-approved for financing on a used vehicle, saving you the burden of throwing down a lot of cash at once.

Find High-Quality Used Cars for Sale at Green Dodge

We know that Springfield drivers have a lot of choices when it comes to their used vehicles. That’s why Green Dodge has rotating used vehicle specials on all kinds of pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs. Why buy a used car from another Springfield dealership that doesn’t have your back? Green Dodge is ready with expert service, a wide range of options, and OEM parts, so you have tons of options with used vehicles. Contact us today if you’re looking to buy a used car, and we’ll probably have something enticing in the lot!

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