You can buy used cars over the internet, from a car on the curb with a for sale sign, at “buy here – pay here” lots, from family members, or from a dealer.
I work at a franchise dealership for Subaru and Mitsubishi in Fresno. We get our used car inventory from cars traded in by our customers, from dealer-only brand auctions like Subaru or Mitsubishi lease returns and demos, from auto auctions and from car rental companies.
When you buy a used car from a reputable dealership like mine, you are getting a car that has been safety and smog inspected at minimum. There is a minimum standard for brake and tire wear. Often, if the car is due for a service (30,000 mile or 60,000 mile service), we will do that before we offer the car for sale.
At my dealership, cars with less than 80,000 miles get an automatic 3,000 mile or 60 day powertrain warranty. It is short, but at least an assurance that if your transmission goes out on your way home, it will be fixed!
At our dealership we always disclose the vehicle history report. At a dealership you have the option of purchasing warranties depending on the car you buy. This gives many people peace of mind. When you buy a car from a stranger you meet from an online ad or a family member, you may be getting a great deal and that person will not have to collect sales tax as we do, but there are risks you assume.
Used cars are machines subject wear and breakdowns depending on how there were treated and maintained. Buying from a dealer may be more costly as we have to pay the shop to inspect and fix things before we sell a car. Each car and each customer is different.
I am more than happy to discuss all of your options when you are considering a car, even if I’m not selling it. Just contact me here.