Many buyers prefer to buy used cars over new models because they don’t incur the immediate depreciation of taking a car on the road for the first time. Buying a used car from a private seller isn’t always risk-free, however, as it can be difficult to prove the car’s history. Your dealership might not be your first thought when it comes to buying a used car, but this could actually be a great way to save some money. Here’s DCH Toyota of Simi Valley's guide how!

The benefits of a trusted dealer

You may already have a relationship with your dealer, or they may simply be an established business in your neighborhood. In either case, you can be much more assured that your dealer is going to offer you a genuine sale. If a private seller rips you off, it can be extremely difficult to get your money back, but a dealership relies on a strong, trusted reputation. Money wasted on problematic cars, unwanted repairs and parts, and constant visits to the garage can be avoided by buying from a dealer you trust. What’s more, many will offer you a solid guarantee of the quality and road worthiness of your vehicle.

As part of a larger operation, your dealership may also be able to give you a better selling price. An individual private seller will probably need to hold on for the best price possible. A dealership, however, runs a much bigger operation, with a larger number of income streams. When negotiating with a dealer, you may be able to agree a better price, because he or she will be looking to shift the stock more quickly and won’t need to hold out for a certain price to make a specific margin.

A relationship that's built to last

It’s much easier (and more likely) to maintain an ongoing relationship with a dealership too. You may have previously bought a new car, or you have all your servicing done in the service department. Your dealer will acknowledge this and will be looking to retain your business. So as well as offering you a good price, you may be able to save money in other ways too. You may get 10 percent off a valet and service, or discounted rates on parts and accessories. Don’t forget to look at the bigger picture.

On that basis, it’s wise not to dismiss the idea of using a dealership for your next used car. Talk to your dealer first – you could be surprised how much money you could save!