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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