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View Poll Results: For a used car, what is the better way to go
Buy from a Dealership 2 40.00%
Buy from a Private Party 3 60.00%
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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-27-2008, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Private Party or Dealership

What do you guys think is a better way to go when buying a used car? I think that a car from a dealership isn't any more reliable than a private party, plus I think you can get a better equipped car from a single-owner private party sale than have to go through all the dealership bull. Thoughts?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-27-2008, 03:48 PM
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Re: Private Party or Dealership

This question is pretty dificult to answer without hearing about your knowledge of vehicles in general. Can you make a good assessment on a vehicle's condition on your own? If so, dealership and private are even on reliability (because you can give yourself a reasonable estimate) but private wins out on price.

If you aren't very versed in vehicular anatomy, a dealership may be better because of the backing they have...this all depends on the sale contract though

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Re: Private Party or Dealership

At least if you purchase from a dealership, they usually give you some type of warranty. If you purchase from a private sale, wysiwyg.


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Warranty= dealer
Private Party = cheaper

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-27-2008, 04:06 PM
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Re: Private Party or Dealership

It depends on a few factors. I think buying from a name-brand associated dealership is the way to go. (Not those ABC Used Motors dealerships). Private parties tend to bend the truth with vehicles, do "quick" fixes right before the sale, and lead you to believe that "They're only getting rid of the car because they had to." I'm not saying all private parties are that way, but there are too many unknowns with a car that most people need to be reliable. I've had terrible luck with buying cars from private sellers in the past and it cost me so much more in the long run. Not to mention, the seller of the car has to pay tax on the vehicle they're selling you, so they always try to mess with the "selling price" on the DMV paperwork.

With dealerships, the vehicle is inspected, you normally get some type of warranty, and most dealerships now give you a free CarFax report with the used car. Yes, dealerships can be a PITA, but at least you get more piece of mind. Especially on something you rely on.


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Re: Private Party or Dealership

Most dealership offered warranties transfer from owner to owner until the warranty expires. Food for thought.

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Re: Private Party or Dealership

Buying from a dealer is the only way to go.
1) You don't have to worry about any outstanding liens on the car,whereas the private seller is really under no obligation to disclose.
2) Contrary to popular belief, you can usually negotiate a better price from the dealer. He does not want to keep his money tied up in the used vehicle.
3) When buying from a dealer there is usually a warrenty, and also the availability of extended warrenty.
4) The dealer has certain guidelines and laws he has to follow. when you buy from a private seller it's buyer beware.
5) All cars need service sooner or later. If you buy from a dealer,he is going to look after you first and better than if you had not bought your car from him.

When I speak of "dealers", I am referring to New car dealers, and Used car dealers who have a good reputation and have been around for a while. Beware of the fly-by-nites.


Having said all of this......wanna buy my car,????? lol
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Re: Private Party or Dealership

If I were buying a sled I would go with private party. By sled I mean something less than 4k. Anything over that I would only buy from a dealership. I would want some added protection so should something go wrong shortly after the sale I have someone to turn to.

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