Vetting your local Car Dealerships

Buying and part-exchanging from a car dealership, what do you need to know? Buying a car from a dealership or even car exchange can sometimes be more expensive than buying one privately, but you do have a fair degree of legal protection if things go wrong.

Car Dealerships

The first step in your quest for the perfect car is finding a reliable car dealer. Almost always, buying a car from a dealer is often the safest way to buy a car as it affords the maximum legal protection.  But be aware not every dealership is an honest john. You’ve probably seen the programmes such as rogue traders or watchdog about unfortunate souls who have been the victim of dodgy dealers. Being vigilant will prevent such an event and here a few helpful ways to find yourself a reliable dealer.

First and foremost ask your friends, co-workers and family as well as doing online and paper research for an established firm with a solid reputation. Key signs to look out for will be a trade association sign which will mean that particular car dealership will follow a code of practice. However be warned that this sign is not the be all and end all and it is strongly advisable to check with the trade association advertised to ensure they are a fully-fledged member.

Once you have had a look at all your local car dealerships, and chosen the one you think would be best, it is important to know your rights. It may seem obvious but make sure the car you purchase is satisfactory, fit for use and most importantly it matches the description.  If the latter is different then it is against trading standards and you should walk away. Some car dealers may attempt to lure you in with disclaimers such as sold as seen or no refunds, be sure you only pay, sign and exchange money if you are wholeheartedly confident.

So remember, be vigilant, be sensible and know what to look for the next to set foot on the forecourt, otherwise a rogue dealer may see you coming.