Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dealer vs Private Seller

When you decide to get a car, you might look at a couple different options before you buy. You have the traditional dealer and the private seller. I personally prefer using a reputable dealership to shop at. I always feel a little uneasy about buying things from people I don't know. I know that there's a lot of good and honest people but I just have this little voice in my mind. I think it might resemble Judge Milian or Judge Judy depending on the day.

Dealers are professionals. They know a lot about new and used cars. It's their job to sell them. They have access to financing. Chances are there is a service center and they will make sure your car is safe and sound before you drive off. They can be held accountable and are easier to track down if there is a problem. You can find reviews and information online about them. They can't just change or block your number.

Private sellers do not have those things. People list vehicles on Craigslist that don't last very long and since it's all as is, it's easier to be stuck with a lemon. You usually have to pay upfront. You may not have the money you need to purchase a car in full. If you do decide to go through a private seller here are some tips:

Check the condition of the car and inspect the body for damages. Turn things on, honk the horn, look at every inch and pop the hood.

Check the oil, make sure the car is maintained.

Look at the odometer and make sure there aren't a ton of miles and make sure it seems reasonable.

Inspect the tires for leaks or bubbles. Make sure you also check the tread on the tires.

Trust your gut. If it sounds too good to be true, than it probably is.

Take the car to your mechanic not theirs. If you don't have one look for one. You might have to pay for the inspection but it's worth it in the long run.

No comments:

Post a Comment