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If you are looking to purchase a new car soon, but are looking to save money in the process, you might be tempted to buy one through a direct owner rather than through a dealership.
While the prices you see in trading magazines might have you drooling at the prospect of saving a few bucks, it is a better idea to use an authorised car dealer instead.
In the paragraphs that follow, we will share several reasons why we believe this is the best option for you…
1) You have access to financing programs
Even if you are in the market for a used car, there is no question that purchasing one is not a cheap endeavor.
Unless you’re willing to settle for a lemon that may break down at any given moment, then you are better off going with a dealer that has access to financing sources.
This way, you can get behind the wheel of an affordable new car, or a quality used car that has limited kilometers on it, all with affordable monthly payments tailored to meet your financial situation.
2) Warranties and specialised car servicing are available
When you purchase from a direct owner, you don’t get the benefit of getting a warranty on the car that you purchase, nor does the private seller own a garage that is staffed with licensed mechanics that know your type of vehicle inside and out.
When you purchase from a dealership you get these benefits from the moment you sign the agreement. No more worrying about costly repairs due to an unexpected breakdown, or taking your vehicle to mechanics that have no clue where to start with your ride.
3) No worrying about shady sources
Do you know where that direct owner procured his vehicle? There are more sellers out there than you would ever expect that sell cars that are stolen, or have a liens placed on them by a financial institution.
If you don’t want a repo man or the police to show up at your doorstep unexpectedly, it is best to go with a reputable dealer then take your chances with a stranger.
4) Cars sold by certified dealers are in tip-top shape
A private owner that is looking to offload their vehicle is inclined to tell you anything you want to hear in order to make the sale; this includes lying about the physical state of the vehicle.
In the case of a certified dealership, all vehicles, whether new or used, are required by law to pass a government inspection.
As a result, those that buy cars from a dealership are far more likely to end up with a vehicle that will be in good working order for some time to come.