Should You Buy Your Used Car Privately?

Posted on December 31, 2009 @ 8:56 am

When you buy a used car from a private seller you would normally expect to get a cheaper price than if you bought from a car dealer. But it is not always a good idea to buy privately and you may not always get the best buy. When buying from a private seller you cannot be guaranteed that the car you are buying is in good condition and you have no come back should anything go wrong. Buying a car privately means that you will not get a warranty.


Buying a car from a private seller can be risky. You are basically agreeing to pay for the car as you see it. You could also face the chance that the car has been stolen or involved in an accident. You simply cannot tell. Fortunately most privately sold cars are genuine and you can get a great car at a cheaper price.


Even though used cars which are bought from a dealer may be more costly, there are a lot of advantages to buying them. Because a car dealer will not want to sully his reputation you can be almost sure that any car you buy from them will have been thoroughly checked out. A dealer must by law check whether any car they are selling has been stolen or whether it has a lien against it.


Car dealers may also offer warranties and after sales offers with their used cars. You may also be able to avail of a finance agreement through the dealer. You can also normally take your old car in as a trade in off the used car.


Both private sales and sales from dealers offer advantages and disadvantages. As long as you do your homework before buying you can be sure which type of sale is best for you.


When you think it’s time to look out for used cars, you are always better off trying to research your vehicles beforehand. Good research lets you find only the best models available. Once you’ve finished, you could find youself driving away from the dealers in a used aston martin or even a used audi.

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