Vehicle Purchase Process Mini Guide

purchasing used vehicles

When it’s finally time to let go of your old car, there are many different ways to go about it. Most people tend to opt for these two options: organizing a private sale or selling it to a dealership.

Selling a used car to a private buyer requires some time and effort. However, some people simply don’t have the luxury of spending time advertising the car, meeting with potential buyers, and waiting as a buyer tries to secure their financing.

So if you’re looking for an easy, no-pressure sale, the best option might be to talk to a dealer, like for instance. Whether you’re selling or just upgrading your car, a dealership can help you have everything sorted out in just one visit. 

What Makes Car Dealerships A Good Option?

Some of the reasons why dealerships are a great option for selling your car include:

  • Quick sale. A dealership sale is typically straightforward and fast. 
  • Can’t sell the car privately. If your car is in poor shape, you’ll probably struggle to sell it because most private buyers are usually looking for a car. They will get some long-term use of it and that’s not the case with a dealer. A dealer may be more willing to take the car as scrap. 
  • Possibility of buying a new car at the same place and at the same time. Trading up your old car for a newer model will often get you a better price on your next car and minimize the stress of finding a new buyer.

Checking Your Car’s Condition

Before you ask a car dealership to buy your car, one of the things you should definitely consider is the type of car you own. You might have trouble getting an offer from many car dealerships, especially if it’s an older model with numerous imperfections. Think: bad tires, dents, scratches, bad parts, faulty electronics, etc.

A dealership representative is obliged to inspect the car you’d like to sell. You will also have to answer a few questions about your vehicle, such as car model, mileage, engine, fuel capacity, and other features.

Best to be completely honest when they ask you about the condition of the car. The level of damage and engine power can often make or break a deal when someone is interested in buying or selling a used car.

Test Drive

The dealership representatives might take your vehicle for a test drive to evaluate its full potential. Let’s be honest, you would do the same if you’re a buyer.

Goes without saying, used cars with repaired engines and features are more eligible for purchase – which might explain why their prices are often higher.

Engine power (or lack thereof) is also a significant factor when buying a used car simply because it reveals how fast it can get us from one place to another. That, and how much money you’ll need to spend on gas. Unless you prefer a roaring engine under your hood, striking a balance between horsepower and convenience is the way to go.


If your car lives up to your description, you will likely sell it very quickly. On the other hand, if your car’s condition is poor, the dealer will surely adjust the offer.

You have to be honest with evaluating what, where, and how you drive so that you can find the vehicle that fits both your needs and budget. Typically, many dealerships will be interested in buying your used car regardless of condition – as long as it’s not in total shambles. 

And remember, we’ll always give you the best price we can for your vehicle! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us.