The advantages of going to a used car dealership over a private seller
11th June 2015
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If you are thinking of going a down the second hand route then there are numerous advantages of going to a second hand dealership rather than buying a car from a private seller, mainly because you will have more rights through a dealer than you will if you buy privately.

By buying a car from a dealership, you will have stronger consumer rights compared to if you buy a car from a private seller. These protect you in the event that something unforeseen happens. If you have issues with a car brought privately, you will have little in the way of comeback. There are rules that govern used car dealerships whereas a private seller only has to have the right to sell the vehicle (i.e. that they own it), ensure that the vehicle is roadworthy and that it is as described in the advert.

A car brought from a dealer is also likely to have a warranty that comes with the car, something a private seller will not offer, to cover you in case something mechanical makes itself apparent after you’ve brought it. It’s worth checking over the warranty and finding out what it won’t cover and if there are any restrictions so you know what would and wouldn’t be covered.  

You should also be able to part exchange your existing car if you’re looking for a replacement for it. This could mean that you will have to pay less for the car and you won’t have the hassle of having to sell the car yourself.

If you haven’t got all the money needed for the car then there are second hand dealerships that are able to offer finance options to help, including hire purchase etc. If buying privately, you would need to arrange your own loan before purchase to ensure you have all the money upfront.

There is also security that comes with having a car that has gone through a dealership as they will have checked it over and ensured that it is roadworthy and that all major faults and problems have been addressed before selling it on.

Buying a car from a private seller means that all of your checks are vital as if you buy a car that turns out to have problems, there can be no comeback on the seller as long as they haven’t done anything wrong. Buying from a trusted dealership, however, you can be assured that all the checks will have been carried out for you to ensure the car is in the best condition possible.

If you are in the market for buying a second hand car then don’t hesitate, get in contact with A&M Car Sales today and speak to your local, trusted car dealer.

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