Looking For Used Cars at Bargin Prices? The Secret to Buying Used Cars That Will Save You Thousands!
When buying a new car, one can never go wrong by going to a franchised new car dealership. They will have anything that you want and can even custom make the vehicle of your choice. However, the tables turn dramatically when you are in the market for a used vehicle. There are so many options out there to choose from, but the question is where you start. Here are some resources that are available to you and should be considered when choosing a place to purchase your used car.
The Big Used Car Superstore:
Think about a place like the Wholesale warehouses where you buy food (i.e. Samís Club or Coscoís). Wouldnít it be nice to find a place like that where you could just go and pick from thousands of cars to get the one that you want. Well, over the past few years, there has been a large amount of used car superstores opening up nationwide. At these superstores you will find a large inventory of used cars to choose from. Most often, these superstores are selling cars that are current and up to date. They also offer warranties on their cars that equal the warranties of those that you would get at a dealership. Just remember, make sure to do your homework and compare prices.
New Care Dealerships
Okay, so you are wondering why the heck you would go to a new car dealership to get a used car. Well, it is simple, since new car buyers usually trade in their old cars; the dealerships always have an extensive amount of used cars to unload. The advantage here is that there is a wider range of makes and models to choose from. They also provide reconditioning to the vehicle before they resell them. Buyer beware though, they actually may attempt to persuade you to purchase more than what you actually are looking for. Make sure to have your game plan mapped out before going to a dealership.
Used Car Dealerships
You can find a used car dealer virtually on every corner of every town in the United States. They will sometimes be very tiny with only a small stock of cars, or they can be part of a dealership where there will be hundreds of used cars for sale. The difference between used and new car dealers is that the prices at used car dealerships is much less than if you were to purchase it at a new car dealer. Most used car dealers are much easier to bargain with when making your purchase. What you need to be aware of is that the quality of these cars is not as wonderful as those that you would purchase from a new car dealership. The selection may not be as wonderful either.
In the past several years, there has been a big increase in public auctions as a way of purchasing cars and trucks. It used to be the auctions were only for licensed dealers. Fortunately for the benefit of the average Joe who is looking for a used vehicle, there are a lot of used car auctions that are open to the public. What you need to be aware of when it comes to auctions is that the selection and quality of the vehicles will vary. One week you may see top of the line vehicles and then the next nothing to write home about. The prices that you see at the auctions are substantially lower than at the dealerships. Just keep in mind, you see what you get. There is no chance for you to have the vehicle inspected before you purchase it and all sales are final. You also need to be aware that a bidding frenzy could occur. Just be careful when going to a car auction.
Buying a car from a private seller has its ups and downs. On the positive side, you will be able to talk to the owner and see how the car was actually cared for. You can also get a much more reasonable price because they are usually priced as per Blue Book values. On the downside, it can be a hassle to go from private owner to private owner to look at several different cars to determine which is better. This means that you would have to set up several different appointments and then if you donít act quickly, they may sell to someone else. Buyer Beware: if you see someone with a bunch of cars for sale, they actually may be a dealer. Always ask to see the title and registration of the car. If it is a few days old, be very wary.
About the Author: Bryan Matikcars an ex-salesman in the auto industry and is a regular writer and consultant for Sacramento Used Cars and works on Ethics with dealers nationwide.