Buying a car is an exciting adventure, something that brings you to independence, or a clean break from a car that was giving you troubles, either way, it is a fresh start. There are many variables to consider when you are looking to purchase a vehicle that is pre-owned, but everyone has a couple things at the top of their list that they consider before making their final decisions.

– Is the car safe?

– Is the car affordable?

Whether you purchase from a brand name dealership, a small dealership, or an individual owner, those two questions come in to play.

When dealing with a high-end dealership, there are pros and cons. A huge plus is that dealerships go through extensive testing before allowing a pre-owned vehicle to be purchased under their name. There are many dealerships to choose from that will lift the stress of trust off your shoulders, and that in itself can be a good enough reason to go this route. The disadvantage to choosing large dealerships is that they pay for and go the extra mile to back these cars and sell them for their highest value, so pricing can be a bit higher than choosing a different route. Also, tons of paperwork comes with big name dealerships, if that is not something you like then I would suggest looking into other options.

Another option when used car shopping, is to find a smaller company. This is not altogether a bad choice, and this may be a path that works for you and your needs. This is a good idea if you are trying to be extra financially cautious with your vehicle purchase and make sure these smaller dealers have motor trade insurance. Smaller dealerships can offer warranty packs just like their bigger competitors and can be trustworthy as well so don’t rule them out. These places might still be trying to get their name out there which and grow so they could be selling cars at wonderful rates in order to do so, or may offer cars you can trust that just have minor flaws in appearance, things like:

Upholstery damage

– Dents or scrapes and scratches

– Ugly or tarnished paint

A different route to go when searching for a used car is with an individual seller. This is honestly the riskiest option and could lead to a good experience or a disaster, but might be necessary given your financial needs. If you choose this direction then you are responsible for investigating the condition of the car, unless the seller agrees to a vehicle inspection at a location you trust. If not, it is up to you to determine whether the car is safe to drive, and worth its price. It is on you to handle all DMV paperwork that comes with the purchase of any vehicle, which can be a timely and costly process. Another thing to consider is that chances of warranties are slim. If something needs to be fixed or replaced, it is one hundred percent your responsibility. Nonetheless, it is an option worth looking into.

No matter which option you use always make sure that you have done your research and are heading home with a vehicle that you feel confident with.

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