Dealership vs private seller
If you’re going to buy a used car, where should you get it from? Dealerships are usually more expensive, but they do offer additional benefits compared to a private seller. Car dealers will often have part-exchange deals available, they may offer some sort of warranty and you can be pretty confident that the car you buy has been mechanically and safety checked, so it won’t break down just before you get home.
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The price you pay to a private seller might be more attractive, but you’ll be responsible for checking everything’s in order with the car. You can, of course, hire a mechanic to check it over for you, but prices for doing this vary and it can be an inconvenience to get it organised.