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Buying a car, whether it is new or used, is a huge investment. For many people, a car is the biggest-ticket item they will ever buy. If you are in the market for a new car, you probably plan to research the features, fuel efficiency and safety features of different makes and models. Once you decide which type of car you want to buy, you’ll most certainly set your sights on finding your desired car at the lowest possible price. You might assume you’ll get the best deal by buying from a private seller. Buyer beware! There’s much more you should consider than the upfront cost. Read on to learn some of the main advantages of buying a used vehicle from a dealer.

There are advantages of buying a used vehicle from a dealer.

Advantage 1: A Dealer Can Provide a Used Vehicle History

Whenever you buy an item from a private seller, your sole source of information about the item is the seller. A seller has one goal: making the sale. While there are probably exceptions, most individuals trying to sell a car will claim they took great care of the vehicle and avoid telling potential buyers about past repairs, accidents or flood damage. Some unscrupulous sellers may lie about how many times the vehicle has changed owners. Others will try to sell vehicles that are stolen or have liens against them. Dealers are obligated to share all relevant information about a vehicle by providing a CarFax or AutoCheck report, for instance. A dealer's reputation depends on honesty and full disclosure.

Advantage 2: Buy from a Dealer and Enjoy Tax Benefits

Many car buyers don’t realize when they buy a car from a dealer and trade in their existing car toward the purchase, they’re eligible for trade-in tax savings. That usually equates to hundreds of dollars in tax savings. When you buy a car from a private individual, you’re forfeiting this significant tax benefit.

Advantage 3: Reputable Dealers Offer Warranties

One major benefit of buying your next car through a dealer rather than a private seller is dealers usually offer warranty protection. When you buy from an individual, once you pay for your car and drive away, you are more or less on your own if something goes wrong. Dealer warranties offer an added layer of protection and peace of mind.

A used vehicle history can help save you money.

Advantage 4: Dealers Usually Offer Financing Options

If you would prefer not to pay upfront for your new vehicle, it makes sense to buy from a used car dealer in Hamburg, NJ, and the surrounding areas rather than a private seller. Assume you were selling a car on Craigslist or through a classified ad. You would expect full payment upfront. When you buy from a dealer, you can take advantage of vehicle trade-in credits and financing options so you can spread out your payments over time.

If you’re considering buying a used car soon, make the smart choice and focus on dealers’ preowned car sales in Sussex County. Buying from a dealer rather than a private seller protects your interests and has financial benefits. For a large selection of quality pre-owned vehicles with great terms, contact us at DeBoers Automotive & Sales.

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Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.