The Advantages of Buying a Used Car at a Dealership


If you’re considering buying a used car, you might be wondering which route to take: purchase a used car through a dealership, or from a private seller? While the allure of getting a higher price from a private seller can seem attractive, the process comes with risks that can cost you money in the long run. There are many advantages to purchasing a used car through a reputable dealership that can save you time, frustration, and cost. Here are some of the major advantages you’ll find when buying from a used car dealership.


You Can Be Certain You’re Getting A Quality Vehicle
While private sellers will usually be selling their used vehicle as-is, dealerships will inspect all of their inventory before they put the vehicles up for sale. Laws regarding used car sales vary from state to state, but dealerships are generally subject to a higher level of scrutiny than private individuals who are selling their old cars. For instance, most states don’t mandate that cars sold privately must be able to pass state inspection, which means you can be taking on a huge amount of risk through a private purchase.


Beyond what’s mandated by law, dealerships are committed to providing their customers with a high level of quality and service. They will usually provide the vehicle history, perform a multi-step inspection, take care of any needed repairs, and have the car professionally cleaned, getting your new-to-you car as close to new as possible.


You Can Easily Choose from A Selection of Cars

A used car dealership will have a large inventory of vehicles available at any one time, which means that one trip to the dealership will allow you to compare multiple makes and models, at various price points. Even if you go to a dealership with your eye on a specific vehicle, you can compare options on the spot to make sure that you’re making an informed decision and coming home with the vehicle that’s best for you and your family.


You Can Get Financing If You Need It

Most banks are reluctant to finance an auto purchase from private sellers, which means that you would most likely need to have cash on hand for the purchase. If you go through a dealership, however, you’re much more likely to qualify for financing, and you can find options that will work within a more flexible budget while still being able to afford your purchase. Many used car dealerships can offer you financing options right at the dealership, with no trip to the bank required. And even those with a poor credit history can often get financing assistance through the dealership.


You Can Trade-in Your Old Car for A New One

If you’re ready to upgrade from your old car, going through a dealership rather than a private seller means that you can usually put the trade-in value of your old car towards your next purchase. Because used dealerships are in the business of buying cars, they’ll often make you an offer on the spot. Trading in your old vehicle while purchasing your next one will make it easy to know exactly how much you can afford and will help you make the right financial decision.


Working with A Dealership Means Less Hassle

When you buy a car from a reputable dealership, they will handle all the necessary paperwork for you. That means you won’t have to worry about the title transfer or updating the registration, saving you time and getting you on the road faster.


Your Car Will Likely Come with A Warranty

Every car owner knows what an inconvenience it can be to encounter unexpected car troubles, and how hard shouldering those unexpected costs can be. When buying a pre-owned vehicle through a dealership, your newly purchased vehicle will most likely come will a limited warranty that will cover unexpected issues after you take your car home. Be aware that, when buying a used car through an individual, even if the vehicle is still covered by the manufacturer's’ warranty, the coverage won’t always transfer to a new owner. Instead of worrying about car troubles or spending the time researching what sort of warranty your car will have, you can turn to a dealership who will clearly explain what coverage your vehicle will have, and what options may be available for purchasing an extended warranty.


You Can Trust in A Dealership’s Reputation

A trustworthy used car dealership will pride itself on its reputation. There are many places online where you can research a dealership to read reviews from real customers, so you’ll know quickly if it’s one you can trust.


Ready to buy your next vehicle?

For over a decade, Best Buy Imports has been helping people in the Philadelphia area buy late model, low mileage used cars, trucks, and SUVs. All of our vehicles come with a 30-day Powertrain Warranty that covers the engine, transmission, and more. And we’ll cover the repairs for your first 30 days and make sure you and your vehicle are ready to hit the road with confidence. Take a look at the wide selection of used cars, trucks, and SUVs currently in stock at Best Buy Imports.


Our expert team of auto finance specialists is ready to help you find a great auto loan, with Guaranteed Credit Approval and an auto financing process that is fast, simple, and hassle-free. Best Buy Imports has relationships with many of the area’s biggest lenders to help ensure you get the best rates and financing options that meet your specific financial situation. You can even start the process from home by filling out our online credit application.


Contact us today to talk to one of our experienced salespeople. Our two showrooms are conveniently located in northeast Philadelphia, serving the Philadelphia area, New Jersey, and Delaware. But even if you’re located a bit further away, our extensive inventory and unbeatable prices will make it worth the trip.