Should I buy a Used Car from a Dealership or a Private Seller?

Buying a used car can be a good deal, but it depends on a number of factors. One of the chief questions to ask is this: “Should I buy a used car from a dealer or a private seller?”


Dealers are established businesses, whereas private sellers could be anyone, anywhere. Do you want to go to a well-lit used car lot and talk with a professional, or do you want to go to a driveway on a dark street in a sketchy neighborhood where you don’t know a soul?


Dealers have to follow Federal Trade Commission rules along with state regulations concerning their business and the selling of vehicles, in order to protect the consumer from being cheated out of money. Private sellers don’t have to “live up” to any rules or standards—there’s no one checking on them to make sure they’re on the up-and-up. Dealers, on the other hand, have a reputation to protect. If they don’t sell cars in good-to-great condition, they’ll go out of business, so you’re apt to get a fine car from a dealer. Furthermore, dealers often offer short-term warranties and/or money-back guarantees should you experience any “buyer’s remorse” after your purchase. Try returning a used car to a private seller—good luck with that!


Used car dealers like 443 Auto Sales are good to work with when buying used cars because they can help you complete all the necessary paperwork involved in buying a car, as well as consider your old car as a trade-in to take some money off the purchase price. Dealers often connect buyers with financing options, too.


With over 25 years of serving the great people of Lehighton, PA, 443 Auto Sales helps people get dependable and reliable used vehicles. Call 443 Auto Sales today at 570-386-0443 to find out what vehicles are currently in stock and in your price range, and then schedule a test drive.