Does It Make Sense To Buy Your Car From A Dealer?

Are you going to buy a car soon? If so, one of the decisions you face is whether to buy from a dealership or an individual. We all know that both options have their pros and cons. It might surprise you to know that dealers are often considered the better choice, believe it or not!

Let me stop you before you head out and buy a car! Give me a few minutes of your time, and I’ll tell you why it may make perfect sense for you to buy from a car dealer.

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More Come Back if Things Go Wrong

A friend of mine once bought a car a few years ago from a private seller. In fact, it was the first and only time he did this. About a mile down the road, the car’s engine seized. The reason that happened was because of a major oil leak that was not identified before the car was bought.

When my friend phoned the seller, they offered some sympathy but nothing else. Especially no chance of a refund! That’s a pretty tough thing to deal with, especially if you’ve spent a few grand on the car of your dreams!

Had my friend bought his car from a dealership, they would have had a legal obligation to put things right. After all; it’s not unreasonable that you expect a car to still work as described a mere mile down the road!

For instance, let’s say that you saw an ad for a car on sale at If it’s in good condition, you expect that car to still work for a long period.

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Proof of Purchase

Following on from the above point, when you buy from a car dealer you are given a receipt for your payment. It’s a document that is, in essence, a proof of purchase. Should something go wrong with the deal, you’ve got proof of where and when you bought the vehicle, and for how much.

Some private sellers are reluctant to offer any evidence of purchase. They are usually people that are evading detection by the law. In other words, people selling “hot” cars!

Aftercare Service

When you buy from a dealership, the relationship doesn’t just end as soon as you drive away from the showroom. For instance, let’s say that you want to buy another car from them in the future but don’t have all the cash available. You could always use their finance facilities to help you spread the cost.

Many car dealers also offer servicing, repairs and emissions checks. Larger dealerships may even offer body repair facilities.

Better Deals

Believe it or not, it’s possible to get a good deal on a car when you buy from someone “in the trade” as it were.

Yes, you can negotiate with private sellers on the price of your next pride and joy. But, some dealers may offer bigger discounts to get rid of old stock. You can use that knowledge to your advantage and make some fantastic savings when you buy your next car!

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