The Many Benefits of Buying a Used Car From a Reputable Dealership

For those in the market for a used car, it’s important to make sure one is getting a good deal on a reliable vehicle. One of the best ways to do this is to shop at a reputable used car dealership as opposed to buying from a private seller. All too often, private sellers are the source of “lemon” cars, or vehicles that run into a multitude of mechanical problems after purchase. On the other hand, when used car buying from an Orlando dealership, buyers can enjoy a number of benefits.

Fewer Depreciation Concerns

One of the best things about buying a used car is simply not having to worry about depreciation in value of the car as much as one would with a brand new car. This gives buyers additional peace of mind in their purchase, especially if they plan on trading the car in or selling it down the road.

Possible Warranty Included

When shopping at a reputable used car dealership, there’s also a good chance that a warranty will be offered with the purchase of the car, which is something that typically cannot be said of a car from a private seller. This can give further peace of mind to buyers, as many potential mechanical problems can be covered by the dealership as opposed to the owner having to pay out-of-pocket.

Basic Repairs Already Done

When purchasing a used car from a dealership, buyers can pretty much expect that the car is going to be in good running condition. More than likely, small repairs will have already been made that can save the buyer hundreds or thousands in the short-term. For example, bald tires may have been replaced or worn or new brake pads may have been installed. When buying from a private seller, most of the time, it will not have been reconditioned in any way.

Ability to Finance In-House

Lastly, for those who don’t plan on paying for their used car out-of-pocket, many used car dealerships offer in-house financing. This means that buyers can get approved to make monthly payments on their vehicle purchase rather than being expected to pay for it in full. Most of the time, this isn’t something that will be offered by a private seller.

These are just a few of the benefits of buying a car through a reliable dealership. Buyers should keep these in mind when shopping for a used car.

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4 Red Flags to Watch for When Shopping for a Used Car

Many buyers these days opt for purchasing used cars as opposed to brand new vehicles, and for good reason. Used cars are much more affordable and don’t depreciate in value in the same way a new car would. At the same time, however, shopping for used cars in Orlando does come with its inherent risks, such as being sold an unreliable “lemon.” Fortunately, there are some red flags all used car shoppers can be on the lookout for to avoid getting ripped off.

Suspicious Add-Ons

When obtaining used car financing through a dealership itself, it’s important for buyers to carefully review their finance agreements before signing any contracts. Specifically, buyers should be on the lookout for suspicious charges, such as add-ons for “paint sealers” or other unnecessary additions. A dealership that would try to add charges without disclosing or discussing them is not going to be a trustworthy place.

Lack of Maintenance Records

When buying a used car, it’s important to have at least some idea of how the car has been maintained by its previous owners. Specifically, records should be available of past oil changes, tire rotations, brake service, and any other maintenance. If no records are available, this is a sign that the car may not have been taken care of very well in the past, which means it could be more prone to problems down the road.

A Salvaged Title

Before buying a used car, it’s always a good idea to run a history check on the vehicle identification number (VIN). Doing so will reveal any previous accidents the car may have been in, along with the status of the car’s title. If the title is revealed to be salvaged, it’s probably best to walk away from that particular vehicle, as a salvaged title means that the car has either been in an accident or had serious damage done to it in the past.

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Buying a Used Vehicle Can Help Build Credit

There are many people who have credit challenges. These people may have lost a job or they may have had an illness that prevented them from making their monthly payments. As a result, many people have low credit scores, and they don’t know what to do to fix them. Buying a used truck in Orlando may help many people improve their credit scores.

Easy Financing When Purchasing a Used Vehicle

Another component of financing that makes purchasing a used vehicle attractive is the fact that getting financing is easier. When people purchase a new car, many dealerships have to process their credit many different times. Each time this happens, the person’s credit score drops. Fortunately, by choosing to finance a used car, getting the best financing is easier, and the dealership won’t have to keep submitting the applicant’s credit report to lenders.

Used Trucks Means Lower Interest Rates and Lower Payments

When people purchase used vehicles, they don’t have to worry about losing a lot of value in the car once they drive off the lot. It is widely known that new vehicles depreciate tremendously once driven off the lot, but people who purchase a used vehicle don’t have to worry about that. By sustaining more value, lenders don’t see purchasing a used vehicle as risky as purchasing a new vehicle; therefore people can make their payments easier. With the ability to pay easier, many people will find their credit scores improving in a matter of months, simply because they purchased a more affordable used truck.

Many Used Vehicles No Longer Have Expensive Mechanical Issues

Owning a vehicle will require a person to maintain their vehicle. With new vehicles, many cars experience problems that the manufacturer didn’t quite work out before placing their car on the market. By purchasing a used vehicle, most people won’t have to worry about major mechanical failures for years, which places more money in their pockets so that they pay down their balance on their truck.

Although it’s not obvious, buying a used vehicle is a great option or individuals who are interested in improving their credit. Since used vehicles cost less than new vehicles, people will have more money to put towards paying down their debt, which will help them improve their overall credit score.

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WHY BUY A USED CAR

2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla

Buying a car can feel like a daunting task. Perhaps any major purchase can feel as such. When buying a car it’s important to consider whether or new or used car is right for you. Of course, there are pros and cons to buying a car, new or used. Regardless, a car will depreciate in value. You will lose money. It’s an investment that depreciates but unless you live in a big city with great public transportation, it’s a necessary one. Buying a new car can easily seem like the logical choice, but that “new” car depreciates significantly the second you drive it off the lot. It depreciates, depending on the vehicle, up to 47 percent in the first three years. So buying a used car isn’t simply a “cheaper” option, it actually makes more financial sense.

A used car will often have lower insurance rates and depending on the manufacturer, could still be under warranty. As with buying any car, it’s important to do your research and understand the purchase you are making. If your heart is set on a certain car or even buying a new car, take that into account. Being wise with your money is great, but you want to make certain you enjoy the car!

While buying a lightly used car makes the most financial sense, do your research. Have the car checked out. Compare prices. Ask an expert or a knowledgeable friend. Choose what works for you and be happy with your investment. After all, it is an investment you will use on a daily basis for months and years to come.

RESEARCH THE DEALERSHIP 

In most shopping experiences you are familiar with the store and its policies. You understand the taxes, the return policy, and the products and services they offer. It’s within that familiarity that the shopping experience proves simple and straightforward.

This is why it is important to research the dealership. No doubt you’ve done the research on your car. The options you want. The price you’re willing to pay. And you’ve probably narrowed down your selection to one or a few vehicles. But did you research the dealership?

Do you know the policies? Do they have hidden fees? How are previous shoppers talking about them in online reviews? Do you know anyone who has purchased from them?

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Not all stores are the same. Some may be all about the sale, pushy, and try to upsell you. Yet some may be relaxed and more customer focused. Perhaps they specialize in helping those with bad credit? Just be sure to include research of the dealership in all your information gathering. It will only serve to help in the car purchasing process.

ONE PRICE STORE!

Shopping. A word that can conjure up an array of emotions depending on the product in question. Clothes shopping? Count me in! Shoe shopping? Let’s do it! Grocery shopping? Okay, I do have to eat. Car shopping? Well umm..

Evolution Auto in Sanford, Florida

Evolution Auto in Sanford, Florida

The idea of buying a car can be exciting. Driving around some “new to me” wheels is great! It’s like wearing that new dress for the first time. It feels great! You look great! You enjoy all the compliments and excitement. Yet buying a new dress is simple. It requires no negotiating or haggling or financing! It’s straightforward and easy. No pushy sales people. No annoying “add-ons” being thrown at you. No need to put on a front. No need to bring along someone who is good at negotiating. And no fear that they may take advantage of me.

I suppose that train of thought is why we are a “One Price Store”! Buying a car can be stressful enough without having the added annoyance of negotiating a price. In addition, online research becomes much easier. With a simple search you can arm yourself with all the information you need. Knowing we don’t negotiate or surprise with any hidden fees, you can rest easy as you take steps closer to making your decision.

We’ve all experienced those pushy sales people and likely, most of them were encountered in a car dealership. Yet with a one price, no negotiating environment that horrible experience can become a distant memory. As our world becomes smaller, faster, and more informed, it only makes sense that the car buying experience begins evolving as well.

Win a $1,000 Scholarship!

We are having a contest in which a high school student can win a $1,000 scholarship! It is called Show us Your Prom Ride 2015!  The rules are easy. Just send us a picture of you in your prom attire and the car you took to prom! A fancy ride is not necessary, just put those creative juices to work! Once you email us at prom@evolutionauto.com , and we have your parent’s permission, we will upload to our Facebook page and the voting begins.

The picture that received the most “likes” on Facebook will be the winner! So be sure to campaign and “share” that post!

We are accepting entries until June 1st, 2015 and we will contact the winner the week of June 15th.

We have received some great prom pictures so far, but there is still time to enter! Email us at prom@evolutionauto.com and visit our website to view the official rules.

And don’t forget to vote for your favorites on our Evolution Auto Facebook Page!

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1300 Rinehart Road
Sanford, FL 32771
407-688-5888