The Benefits of Buying Pre-Owned Vehicles Vs. New Vehicles
In 2018, people in the United States bought 40.42 million used cars. This number far outweighed the number of new vehicles on the market. Many of the used cars bought in 2018 were through private sellers using platforms such as Craigslist. Though purchasing a used car from a place like Craigslist may seem like a good idea upfront, there’s no guarantee that the vehicle will be reliable or usable even a few months down the road. So, what are the options for people who don’t want to gamble with a used car purchase from someone they don’t know?
New cars can have their own benefits and are a great option for many people. However, not everyone has the money or desire to purchase a new car. And even if you do have the money, buying a used car might still be a better option.
Here are some of the reasons why buying pre-owned from a dealership like Zeck Ford is your best bet.
You Save a Lot of Money
You can save thousands of dollars by purchasing a pre-owned car from a dealership. Unlike buying a fixer-upper from a private seller, there’s no need to take the car into a mechanic before purchase to vet its capabilities. Car dealerships take pride in the reputation of all the vehicles on their lot, so they put in a lot of extra work to ensure that the cars they sell are reputable. Additionally, federal law makes sure that any car dealership selling pre-owned cars discloses to the buyer everything that may or may not have been done to a vehicle they’re selling.
Therefore, when you buy a used car at a dealership, you don’t have to worry about running into problems soon after purchasing the vehicle. What you pay for is what you’ll get.
You Never Have to Worry About Reliability
As we mentioned before, the reliability of the cars they sell means everything to a dealership. Unlike a private seller, who usually sells one car every few years, dealerships depend upon successful sales to continue their businesses. Dealerships like Zeck Ford will do all the detailing, paint, and bodywork a used car might need before they put it up for sale. In-house mechanics available at dealerships are the masterminds behind the pre-owned vehicles in their lots, and they only hire mechanics who have the best interest of the customer in mind. You’ll never end up paying for work a car doesn’t need at a dealership. Additionally, you’ll be able to drive away from the dealership with a vehicle that will look good and last a long time.
You Might Have a Great Warranty Deal Attached
You won’t get warranties on all the used cars you encounter, especially if you buy somewhere other than a dealership. Warranties are abundant at dealerships, however. Warranties help customers and dealerships alike. For customers, they save on repairs with things like drivetrain and engine warranties, lifetime oil-change deals, and more just for choosing to purchase from their store. What’s not to love about that?
Leasing Pre-Owned Vehicles is Also an Option
Another option, if you are not sure about purchasing a used vehicle, is leasing it. Let’s face it – most of us in the market for a used car are not looking for a car that they’ll be driving forever. They’re looking for a reliable vehicle that will get them where they need to go safely, usually only for a short period. But why go through all the trouble of buying a car when you’re only going to have it for a few years?
People who think along these lines often lease their vehicles. Leasing is, essentially, a long-term rental option with the choice to purchase the car at the end of the line. With a lease, you can choose to return the vehicle and instead lease a new one, or buy the car outright once the lease term is up. This offers you more choices for the same price range.
You Can Finance Pre-Owned Vehicles Through The Dealership
Finding a loan from a bank that will pay for a random used car posted online can be difficult. The bank loans depending on the value and perceived worth of the vehicle, as well as your financial history. If your credit is poor, or the car is on the older side, the bank will be less willing to lend to you. This can make the process of applying for a loan especially frustrating, as well as longer than necessary.
If you buy your car through a dealership, everything you need to buy a car is available to you in a one-stop-shop. Not only can you find great deals on cars, trucks, and SUVs, but you can also work with the dealership on financing a new or used vehicle. No need to reach out to your bank before you come in, and no need to wait to hear back about financing. Buying a pre-owned car at a dealership is simpler, friendlier, and ultimately more satisfying.
Are you looking for a quality pre-owned vehicle in the Leavenworth and Kansas City area? Zeck Ford has a massive selection of quality pre-owned vehicles available to browse from. Browse our selection online, or schedule a viewing here. Alternately, you can call us at (844) 645-5448. We are open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm, Friday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. We look forward to helping you find a great used vehicle.