Buying a used car is a very big deal and often one of the most important decisions which you will have to make in your adult life. After buying your home, buying a car will probably be the most expensive purchase of your adult lift too . . . even if your budget won’t stretch to a new car.
So how can you be sure that you can trust a used car dealer? The profession is very, how shall we put it, littered with horror stories about dodgy dealings and people buying used cars which are not quite as reliable as they ought to be. So how can you tell if the used car dealer sitting across from you, waiting for you to sign on the dotted line and hand over your hard-earned cash can really be trusted?
Reputation – choosing a business which is well established in the community and has a reputation to uphold is always a good start. That’s not to say that the new used car dealership across the street won’t be trustworthy too, but if hundreds of drivers have had good dealings with a well-established business it is a great place to start.
No Pressure – we all have enough pressure in our lives without feeling it from the salesman at the used car lot. If you feel like the sales person is trying to pressure you into making an immediate decision you should walk away. A good, reputable dealer will have no problem with you going home to sleep on it and make an appointment for the following day. Don’t let anybody push you into buying anything which you are not completely sure about.
Financing – there’s nothing magical about car loans or leasing agreements so you should always be skeptical about any car salesmen who try to make them appear so. A reputable, trustworthy person will tell you everything you need to know about all of your options giving you the opportunity to make an informed decision yourself. Any “expert” who has to keep running to ask for the boss’s approval should be avoided at all costs. This is possibly one of the signs that they are cooking something up between them and you will be able to find a better deal elsewhere.
There are many reputable, honest and trustworthy used car businesses around, so don’t be pressured into buying anything you don’t really want from somebody who you don’t really trust.