When you are looking to purchase a new car, the process is fairly simple. You go to the dealership that sells the vehicles you are interested in, and you talk with a representative there, book a test drive, learn about specs and colors, sign the papers and drive off. But when you are looking to buy a pre-owned vehicle, there are a lot more options.
Indeed, there are dealerships that specialize only in pre-owned vehicles that join new-car dealerships that also happen to have a few pre-owned cars lying around. How do you decide which dealership to do business with? Well, ultimately, there are pros and cons which each dealership, but the first thing you should focus on is the quality of the pre-owned vehicle you are looking to purchase.
Quality can sometimes be ascertained with more certainty at a new-car dealership selling pre-owned vehicles. We cannot forget that these dealerships have a major manufacturer backing them, and often they will feel like they have more to lose should their reputation be damaged by selling a lemon. They also often are able to provide a more detailed and complete history report of the vehicle, and sometimes they even conducted a full inspection on site with their trained mechanics.
Moreover, if there should be a problem with your vehicle, you know the dealership is not going anywhere, unlike some smaller corner used car lots. Also, new-vehicle dealerships are often able to offer extended warranties that comes straight from the manufacturer, giving you added peace of mind.
Finally, they may have better financing deals as well, simply because the volume of transactions is higher.
Thank you to Bruce Ford for their help with this article.