What to Look for in a Used Car Dealership

A Red 2016 Chevy Malibu on a highway

Shopping at a used car dealership can help you save a lot of money and get more personalized service. However, not all used car dealerships offer the same quality of vehicles or service. Learning how to evaluate your options can help you make the best selection to ensure that you have a great experience. Buying a car is too big a purchase to leave to chance.

Here are a few things that you can look for in a used car dealership to ensure that you get a great car and have a great experience:

Excellent Reputation 

You can quickly learn about the quality of goods and the service of any business by researching its reputation online. If the used car dealership you are interested in has a reputation for poor service, high-pressure tactics or shoddy merchandise, you will quickly learn about it through online reviews and customer reports. 

Review sites like Yelp are a great place to start, but you should do a thorough online search to uncover information. You could also find people writing about their experiences with the dealership on social media or their own personal blogs. 

Check with agencies like the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the dealership, as well. 

Vehicle Certification

You may feel hesitant about buying a used vehicle. After all, you have no idea who owned the vehicle before and how they treated it. However, if you shop at a used car dealership that offers vehicle certification, you can feel confident in the purchase you make.

Dealerships that certify their previously owned inventory thoroughly inspect the vehicles to ensure that they meet minimum quality standards before they are offered for sale. Vehicles that don’t meet the grade are sold at auction or wholesale to other dealers. 

Good Prices

Not all used car dealerships offer good prices on used cars. Some act like they are selling the latest models when they price them. You can get a sense of pricing to see if you will get a good deal by checking out the dealerships inventory online before you go.

Of course, you may have room to negotiate for a better deal, but you should see that prices are already set fairly and affordably.