Where Should I Purchase a Used Car or Truck?

where should I purchase a used car or truck

What’s the Best Way to Look For a Great Deal on a Pre-Owned Car, Truck, or SUV?

There are nearly too many places to shop for today’s car buyers. From online classifieds to social media to websites, we’re inundated with options and a seemingly infinite supply of cars. So just where can you go to receive the best deal? It boils down to three options: a small car lot, a private seller, or a dealership. Each choice has its good and bad parts, but when you are making such a large decision you want to give yourself the best opportunity of getting the best deal possible.


Pre-Owned Vehicle Lots

An independent used car lot offers a few of the same benefits as a bigger dealership, like a big selection of vehicles and the ability to browse them online. You can still get a large choice of cars, trucks, or SUVs and the possibility of viewing them online at an independent pre-owned car lot, but they also do present more risks to buyers. While some car lots could be entrenched in the local area, many others appear to never last all that long. Here are a few of the other important differences between a car lot and a dealer:

  • No CPO – Certified Pre-Owned cars are only available at manufacturer-authorized dealers.
  • Vehicle Financing – If they provide financing, their rates are often higher than most.
  • Car Condition – Watch out for high mileage vehicles with potentially dubious backgrounds.
  • Character – Some used car lots choose profits over customers.
  • Mechanics – Used car lots often only have limited mechanics on-site, possibly with limited experience.
  • Repairs – ‘Quick fixes’ may be employed to save money and maximize profits.
  • Vehicle Inspections – Inspections at used car lots are usually not quite as thorough.
Shopping at Your Dealer

Buying at the Dealership

Car Buying at the Local Dealer

While most of us would agree that it is the simplest way to buy a used car, some think they can get a less expensive deal somewhere else. While you might get a cheaper price somewhere else (likely with a lot of miles and with fewer guarantees), absolutely nothing can beat the customer service we can provide you.

Some of the advantages of buying your next car here are:

  • Helpful Hours of Operation – We have long hours of business to be accessible when needed.
  • Buying Online – make it to the dealer, you can shop online 24/7.
  • Speedy Delivery – We can deliver. Just ask and we will see what we can do. (Exclusions apply)
  • Large Selection – We’ve got a much larger selection than most.
  • CPO Vehicles – For your peace of mind, we have Certified Pre-Owned cars.
  • Pricing – Our qualified vehicle specialists work hard to provide good prices.
  • Vehicle History Reports – See the historical data of the car you might purchase.
  • Lots of Customer Reviews – It is easy to see what others think.
  • Many Options for Financing – We boast multiple ways to get you financed.

Buying with an Independent Seller

If you are seeking a particular vehicle, especially an older car, then a private seller might be your only real option. You might get a seemingly great price, but you take on nearly all of the risk in this scenario. You would be accountable for all of the things found at the dealer:

  • Reviews – Good luck finding any info. Do you believe the seller?
  • No Warranty – Caveat Emptor, Buyer Beware
  • History of the Vehicle – If you want a history report, you will be paying for one.
  • Pre-Purchase Maintenance Inspections – An inspection by a 3rd party is suggested, but you would be on the hook for the cost.
  • Financing – While many private sellers want cash, you can also try getting a loan through your own lender. Your choices are smaller either way.
  • The Vehicle’s Current Condition – There might be underlying or unknown reasons why they are selling the vehicle.
Pre-Owned Cars & Trucks From a Private Seller


Choose Team Gillman Honda North for Used Car & Truck Sales

Team Gillman Honda North delivers on our promise of exceptional service and value. Find out why Team Gillman is Houston’s source for used cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans for sale near you. Our team members are standing by ready to help you find your next new, pre-owned, or certified pre-owned vehicle. Get pre-approved for used car financing online or in-person. Swing by for a test drive or conveniently shop online.

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