Buying from a car dealer

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Buying from a car dealer might cost you more than a private purchase, but you have greater legal protection if something goes wrong with the car.

The benefits of buying from a dealer

When you buy a car from a dealer, you are in reality purchasing benefits that are not available from a private seller. These include:

  • Better legal rights.
  • Options to part exchange your old car.
  • Dealer finance.
  • Pre-sales check.
  • Warranties are also available.

Many people feel more comfortable to pay the extra and buy from the dealer, rather than have any additional uncertainty of buying privately.

Your legal rights

When you purchase a car from a dealer, your money is safer than buying privately,  because you have the Sale of Goods Act, to protect your rights which requires that the car sold by the dealer is:

  • Of satisfactory quality.
  • Fit for purpose.
  • “As described” in the sales advertising.

Ask the right questions

When buying a used car from a dealer, ask the right questions as this will help you to avoid buying a problem car and protect you legally.

Dealer finance

The dealer may offer you finance on the car, but before signing up to any agreement, you should probably check out the availability of other finance options, you could get a better deal.

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Pre-sales check

The dealer should also be making sure the car is roadworthy. Check the mileage is correct and confirm that the vehicle is not on the stolen list.

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