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.
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.
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.