Finding a good used car dealer can be quite challenging. Car dealers have a bad reputation, but there are several reputable dealers out there and finding them only requires a little leg work. You can utilize online reviews, referrals from friends and family, inventory selection, and dealer pricing to help you select a great dealer for your next used car.
One of the first places to check for a local car dealer is online. This can greatly reduce your list once you start reading online reviews. Some used car dealers have horrible reputations and you can immediately see which ones they are and eliminate them from your list. A few bad reviews should not completely rule out a dealer, but if the majority are negative then you should view that as a red flag. There are specific sites you can visit that will help you find reviews of dealers. Cars.com and dealerrater.com are just two sites which have reviews of dealers. You can also visit the Google+ page of local dealers to read Google reviews.
Another great place to find reputable used car dealers is friends and family. Just ask these people where they bought their vehicles and if they would buy from the same dealer again. People love to talk about their bad experiences and if someone you ask had a bad encounter at a dealer you are sure to hear it. People also love to spread the word about a great customer experience and you are sure to hear a few of those also.
Once you have narrowed your list down a bit you can see what kind of inventory the used car dealer carries. You do not want a dealer with a very small selection of inventory. They do not have to have the largest inventory, but you also do not want to be limited. Whatever type of vehicle you are considering, you want them to have many to choose from and many different manufacturers.
Finally, pricing will play a major factor in your decision when choosing a dealer. Many dealers choose to place a high markup on their cars to allow negotiating room. Other dealers will price their vehicles aggressively to move them quickly. Just because a dealer is higher on price than another does not mean they will not come down to match another dealers price. If you see a vehicle you really like at a dealer you do not want to do business with, see if the reputable dealer will match the price.
Following these four simple tips should help you to find that perfect used car at a dealership you can trust. Just remember to check out local online reviews, get referrals, ensure a sizable inventory, and don’t be afraid to negotiate.