Buying used cars from Individuals vs LA car dealerships

Posted Monday, Jan 06, 2014 by nhtwpprod

For people looking for cheap used cars in Los Angeles, a vehicle that is offered for sale by an individual may seem like too good of a deal to pass up. Although you have probably been told that it is cheaper to get a good used car when you buy it directly from the seller instead of going to a car dealership, there are a number of reasons that it might not be the best choice for you.

When you purchased a vehicle from a Los Angeles used car dealerships, the dealer will take care of transferring the title of the vehicle to you. This is your proof that you own the car. When you purchase a vehicle from an individual, it is up to you to go to the DMV and apply for a title. In addition to having a California Certificate of Title or the application for a duplicate title that has been signed by the seller of the vehicle, you should also be prepared to pay the transfer fee. In some cases, a vehicle will have more than one person’s name on the title, and you will have to have all of their signatures to get the title transferred. In California, this must be completed within 10 days of making the deal.

California also requires sellers of vehicles that are more than four years old to provide proof that the vehicle has smog certification that is up to date. If the vehicle is sold without this certification and the vehicle fails to pass, the seller has the responsibility of making repairs needed to get the vehicle to smog certification standards.

The biggest problem that people have buying vehicles from individuals, and not from licensed car dealerships, is knowing the value of the car. Dealerships are held to stringent operating/selling procedures. When you purchase a used vehicle from the Toyota dealer in Los Angeles, you will get a warranty, and, in most cases, a Carfax that tells you the service history of the vehicle. If you are like the average driver, you will need to get a car loan for your Los Angeles vehicle purchase. The dealership offers a variety of financing options to meet the needs of the individual. You can also rely on the dealership for service and repairs from certified trained technicians to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Finally, the dealership is the only place that you can get a certified preowned Toyota that you can feel confident in purchasing.

These are just some of the advantages that you will get from purchasing a used vehicle from your Los Angeles Toyota dealers. With regular specials, online deals, and savings programs, you can also get better quality vehicles at lower prices.