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Buying cars from a Car Dealer or Dealership

Use Car Dealer Near Me to find car dealers or car dealerships near you. Buying a new car can be an expensive and daunting process as it could be the first (or second) biggest purchase in your life. Buying a car for personal or business reasons requires you to think differently. However, it's not something to be taken lightly as it could cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars by making a poor choice by not doing enough research. The most important thing to keep in mind when buying a new car is to go for the car that is the most suited for your needs and your budget. Always research the market first so that you know what to expect in terms of value for money. Online research is an excellent way to find cars that are within your price range and can fit your needs. When it comes to investing in a new car most people prefer to approach a car dealer or dealership whereas for used cars buyers can opt for dealers, private sellers or auctions.


Check online for some car brands, makes and models that may be of interest and ask family and friends for their car experiences and advice. Once you have decided on a few makes and models you should find and read the respective car reviews. You should also get an idea of the market and how much the different car models cost brand new and second hand so that you have this information when negotiating with a car dealer.

Car Dealer Reputation

When buying a used or new car, you should look for a few local dealerships to see what cars they have available for purchase. Once you have a shortlist of car dealers you should check if the dealership is well-known, if they have a good reputation and if they are members of any trade associations. You can look for reviews on online platforms and from local social media accounts. When you are ready to purchase a car, you will need to negotiate a price with the car dealer. It is important that you are firm on your price but also ready to compromise if there are additional features or if you really like the car. But if you feel uncomfortable or pressured then it’s best to walk away and find another car dealer.

Inspect the car

Once you have chosen a car make sure that you carry out a detailed inspection of the car both inside and outside. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself and don’t know someone who could help, you could find a local mechanic to assist you.

Test Drive

No matter what you do, don't forget to test drive the car before purchasing it from a car dealer. Remember, a test drive is important to determine whether the car is in proper condition and if you are comfortable driving it. Take your time with the test drive and if possible, get a family member, friend or a mechanic to come with you.

Car History and MOT

You should also check the car's history, MOT and service history and if there are any outstanding debts on the vehicle. You can use the MOT and DVLA’s free online vehicle checker for some of this information or you could pay for a Private History Check or an Independent Car report which are more expensive.

Car Financing

Financing is another important element for buying a new or used car unfortunately getting car financing or a car loan for a used car is not easy. There are a number of ways to get and types of car financing and car loans, you could approach the dealer, your bank or financial institution, loan brokers, etc. As with any financial decision you should always talk to your accountant or financial advisor where possible. You should also fully read and understand any financial documents or contracts before signing them.

Car Insurance

Before you acquire the ownership of the vehicle, don't forget to get the car insurance. Ideally compare between 1 and 5 quotes from different car insurance providers to narrow down your decision. Car insurance is not straight forward and you should understand what type of cover you want and the associated premiums and excess amounts payable. As with car financing talk to a professional or advisor if possible and once again you should also fully read and understand any insurance documents or contracts before signing them.

Documents and Paperwork

Make sure all the documents and paperwork of the car purchase are intact and that the car dealer or seller gives you copies of everything so that you don't find yourself in any kind of trouble later on.


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