Selecting a Dealer
Consider the Used Car Dealer Before Buying
Buying a car is the second biggest investment most people make, which means you want to choose a used car dealer who will be your partner the entire time you own your car. Ask these questions of auto dealers when shopping for your next used car.
Used Car Prices
Do They Offer Haggle-Free Used Car Prices?
Some used car dealers set used car prices high, knowing that there is room for negotiation. Of course, they are going to push for the top used car price they believe you are prepared to pay, which could be different than what they think the person next to you will pay. Other dealers offer a no-haggle used car pricing, where everyone pays the same price, which is great because it takes away one of the frustrations of buying used cars.
Used Vehicle Certification
Who Certifies The Car?
Some used car dealers will say their vehicles are certified, but ask them who inspected the vehicle. You need to make sure it was performed by an ASE-Certified technician.
Do They Offer a Return Policy?
Return policies are important because they tell how much the car dealer stands behind the value of their used cars and believes in satisfying their customers.
A good used car dealer will offer a return policy, allowing you to return the car after your purchase, for any reason, if you so desire.
Protection After the Sale
Does Your Purchase Include a Warranty?
Most late-model, low-mileage used cars carry the balance of their factory warranties. Some dealers even offer additional warranties for added protection. Note that not all warranties are created equal. Be sure to compare those offered by the used car dealers you are considering.
Do They Offer a Service Contract?
Most used car dealers offer vehicle service contracts that address mechanical repairs either beyond the warranty period or not covered by their warranty. It is important to understand what is or is not covered as programs vary by provider. It is also important that your provider is a reputable and stable company that has nationwide coverage to ensure you have coverage when you need a repair.
What If I Have a Problem While On The Road?
At some time, we all have problems on the road – whether it’s a flat tire, lost key or an empty gas tank, you’ll need help at some point. See if your auto dealer provides roadside assistance with a used car purchase.
Knowing more about your dealer and how they stand behind the used cars they sell will help ensure you have a better ownership experience.