Tuesday, February 3, 2009

An Introduction to Used Car Dealers

(Source: Eric Morris)

Used car dealers are the largest source of used cars nationwide since they offer a lot of variety and choices, offer financing deals, and even throw in maintenance services including road-side assistance for free. Aside from all these, it is deemed better to buy from registered car dealers and is even safer for consumers compared to buying from private dealers.

Registered Car Dealers

It is important to check the credibility of used car dealers before being sweet-talked into buying a used car that you do not even need. Registered car dealers may be checked for records of bad deals in consumer welfare government offices. Also, registered car dealers offer extended dealer's warranty which is greatly beneficial to the buyer. The extended warranty stretches long after you have acquired the vehicle. They also protect their business and the consumer by providing title guaranteed against stolen vehicles since the government implements strict laws against the sale of stolen vehicles. Larger used car dealers may also offer financial assistance at low interests and varying time periods. This makes car payments easier on the budget-savvy buyers. Trading in your old car for a newer vehicle is also an option that car dealerships may propose. When planning to sell your car, this may be one of your best options since it takes away the worry of looking for perspective buyers for your car. Further, a dealer's compensation fund that protects consumers from defective vehicles is also provided by car dealerships. Consumers who buy vehicles from registered dealers are also protected by the government through numerous consumer protection and business acts.

Despite all these, consumers must still be aware at the risks of buying used cars from even the most reputable car dealer. Inevitably, used car dealerships are not charitable institutions but in the competitive business of selling used cars, used car dealers are more interested in gaining more satisfied customers rather than earning large profits. Nothing sells better than referrals made by satisfied customers. Before selling a pre-owned car, car dealerships first thoroughly inspect the vehicle then if feasible, repair the car and make it fit to be sold.

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