Dealer vs. Private Seller – Which is Better?

Car-buying paperwork


When it comes to car shopping in your area, you have two options: car dealers or private sellers. Are you better off going to a Ridgeway dealership or a private seller to buy your next car? We’ve put together a detailed comparison of buying from a car dealer vs. private seller below. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

Car Dealer vs. Private Seller – Financing

Most drivers need to finance their vehicles. You can’t do that with a private seller. A dealership has the resources to get you into your next car, usually regardless of your credit situation.

Car Dealer vs. Private Seller – Convenience and Safety

Most Martinsville car shoppers like the convenience of showing up at a dealership at a time convenient to them and having the choice of a wide selection of cars to choose from. With a private seller, you’ll have to set up a time that is convenient for you both just to look at one car that you may or may not want to buy. And what if the seller is a stranger or you’re not familiar with their neighborhood? Those safety concerns are not an issue at a dealership!

Car Dealer vs. Private Seller – Multiple Choices

Typically, a Danville-area dealership will have several new and pre-owned cars to choose from. So, if you don’t like one, test drive another one on the same visit. A private seller usually has only one car for sale and it is always used. What if you drive all the way to their home and you don’t like it? The process starts all over again, which can be frustrating.

Car Dealer vs. Private Seller – Warranties

Buying a used car from a private seller can be a gamble, especially if the car is not still under some kind of transferable warranty. Certified pre-owned cars, however, have to pass a strict inspection and are covered by warranty. You’ll only find these vehicles at a dealership, not with a private seller.

Car Dealer vs. Private Seller – Trading in Your Current Vehicle

Getting rid of your old car and getting your new one happens all on the same visit to a dealer. Just trade in your existing car towards your next one. But, if you buy from a private seller, you’ll have to sell your current vehicle in a separate transaction with yet another party.

Car Dealer vs. Private Seller – Paperwork

Buying a car requires a lot of registration and tax paperwork. We help you with all of that. But if you buy from a private seller, you will need to go to the DMV and take care of all of that yourself.

Check Out the New Cars at Gunter Nissan of Martinsville

We make it easy to get behind the wheel of your next car. Why not come down and take a test drive? We’re just down the road from Roanoke. And, if you’d like to learn more, check out our posts on how to sell a car at a dealership and how to trade in a car.

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