Used cars for sale can be found all over. Dealerships have them by the dozen. Private sellers park them along old country roads. City slickers park them on retail store parking lots with big "FOR SALE" signs on the windows and dashes. They are advertised on community billboards and online classified ads. So, from whom should you buy used cars? The answer is simple-from auto dealers only. The following reasons explain why.
If There Is a Problem with the Car, Bring It Back
It does not matter which used car you buy from a dealer. If there is a problem with it you bring it back. Used cars are subject to safety inspections and subsequently, any other issues found with the car have to be revealed on the bill of sale. If something not listed on the bill of sale is not functioning or presents a safety issue shortly after you purchase it, the dealership can take it back. You will not get the same courtesy from cars bought elsewhere.
If There Is a Parts Recall on Your Used Vehicle, You Have a Place to Take It
Often, cars experience a recall due to faulty parts or other unknown dangers and flaws in their design. When this happens, owners usually receive a recall notice in the mail to take the car back to a certified dealership mechanic for the repairs and/or parts replacement. Having bought your used car from a dealership that sells your particular make of car, you have somewhere to take it for the recall repairs.
You Can Purchase an Extended Warranty from the Dealer
Used cars for sale at a dealership come with the option to purchase an extended warranty. An extended warranty on a used car is a good idea, since you are never quite certain of when something may go quite wrong with the vehicle. With any other route to purchasing another car, you do not have this option, nor do you have any sort of guarantee that the car will not fail you. In fact, the extended warranty is one of the biggest reasons why people choose to buy a used car from a dealership in the first place. It also means that you can buy a car "certified pre-owned," which means that the dealership stakes its reputation on the vehicle being free of all defects and that they expect the vehicle to remain free of defects for years.