When you’re in the market for a used car and you’re just starting to look around there are generally two places to look. You can either hunt through the classifieds trying to find a good deal or you can go straight to a dealer. It might seem from this point of view as if you’re trapped between a rock and a hard place, as driving all over town inspecting privately sold vehicles probably doesn’t sound appealing, but going through a dealer can sound equally unpleasant at least if you give any credence to the fact that the profession has been notoriously maligned.
To free yourself from this dilemma consider the following: not all dealerships are created equally. You’re not going to be confronted with identical service no matter which dealer you show up at. If you take some time and do a little research you’ll be able to discover a dealership that offers quality customer service and takes pride in its ability to create long standing relationships with its clientele, relationships that are mutually beneficial, that lead the customer base to actually valuing and appreciating the dealer in question. If you can find such a dealer you might also find the following benefits.
The first one is: you’ll save time. Driving all over the city looking at vehicles is not the most efficient way to shop. Being able to take in a wide selection of vehicles all in one spot is by far a better way to do your used car shopping. You’ll also be able to get a lot of helpful information on each vehicle by the knowledgeable sales staff.
You’ll also be able to rest in the peace of mind that your vehicle has been worked on and tuned up and is mechanically sound, under the attention of the dealership’s garage and garage mechanics. This is a lot more than could ask for if you were simply buying from a private seller. Additionally, if you are not the sort of person who can tell much about a vehicle’s mechanical soundness, the mechanics are able to assure you what kind of condition your vehicle is in.
But what is perhaps the most significant benefit of working with a dealer is the many financing options that you receive when you buy from them. Almost all dealers offer terrific financing on all of their cars and trucks, giving you the option of spending a small amount of money per month instead of having to come up with the whole lump sum right there on the spot. Of course, car loans are available from other sources, but the terms are usually much worse than what you would find at a dealer, and soliciting a bank for a car loan is a major headache all on its own.