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Best Place to Buy a Used Car?
Where is the best place to buy a used car?
Should I buy my next car from a used car dealership, or from a private party?
Can I find a good used car on the internet? What about Craig's list, or the classifieds?
We hear these questions all the time. We understand completely! Remember, we the employees of Max Auto Sales have to buy our own cars too, just like you. Buying a used car is a big decision and can cause a lot of anxiety. Let's think about it for a moment.
  • Buying a used car is not something you do every day. In fact, it can be several years between each time you buy a car. This means that you have to start all over again and kind of re-learn the process. You have to relearn what the current interest rates are. You have to re-learn what the latest used car features are for the model year you are looking at in order to do a fair comparison. You have to research the common issues and potential problems for the year, make, and model of the used car you are looking at so you can know what to look out for.  
  • Buying a used car means you are about to spend several thousand dollars on something that you know is going to be a long term commitment. You are going to be responsible for repaying a loan. Or even if you are paying cash you know you are taking on a commitment that will either have hidden issues, or may be the perfect used car, but you just don't know the car's history so it is impossible to tell. Either way you know cars depreciate with time, but you have to have one so you want to make the best decision possible on getting a great used car.
  • Deciding it's time to buy another car, new or used, means you are going to spend a lot of time researching it to find the one that best fits your needs, best fits within your budget, and is the best deal for the money.
  • Searching for a used car can mean days, and weeks of searching looking for that "perfect" used car and when you finally find it not only are you excited but your anxiety goes up because you know how hard it is to find that perfect used car and now that you have it is time to make a split-second decision to buy it or not. You have to pull together all the research you've done, all the price comparisons, everything you know about the dealership history and reputation, and make a decision right now because chances are if this really is as great a used car as you think it is then someone else is looking at it too! That means you need to buy it before someone else does or you will lose it.
We get it. All those things we've mentioned are just about deciding "if" you should buy a used car, if the time is right, if the car is right, and if the price is right. Buying a used car can be a tough decision full of anxiety and questions. And one you've decided you need a used car, you still have to decide where to look for one, and where to buy it. Should you buy a used car from a friend, or a friend of a friend? Should you look in the newspaper in the classified ads? Should you drive all over town or do an internet search? Should you ultimately buy from a person, or from a used car dealership? The right answer for you can depend on many things. For us at Max Auto Sales the simple answer in our opinion is to say that you should buy your next used car from a reputable used car dealership.

Used car dealerships can offer many advantages over buying a car from an individual private party seller. But not just any dealership: instead, you should choose a legitimate, established, well-reviewed used car dealership, for many reasons. We've put together a short list of some of the many reasons you should choose to buy your next used car from a good, reputable used car dealership.
  1. A used car dealership has an interest in treating you fair and honestly. If they want to stay in business then it is in their best interest to develop a good reputation for treating people fairly and honestly. Otherwise customers who are treated poorly will tell other potential customers, and soon the dealership will lose all of it's business. Treating customers fairly leads to repeat business, and word of mouth referrals, which every used car dealership would be proud to have. It can be very hard to discover the reputation of a private party seller.
  2. Buying your next used car from a used car dealership offers you variety: they can have a much larger selection of used cars for sale so you are more likely to find what you are looking for.
  3. Many used car dealerships can offer you service after the sale. A large used car dealership typically has the facilities to handle any issues that arise after you've purchased your car. At Max Auto Sales we have 3 full time highly experienced mechanics on staff to handle all your used car repair needs.
  4. Similar to the above, used car dealerships typically also have the facilities to repair most issues with used cars before they sell them. So, not only do you get a bigger selection, but you also get cars that are typically in very good condition (assuming you are dealing with a reputable dealership).
  5. Buying your next used car from an established used car dealer means that you have the opportunity to research the dealership when deciding which car dealer to visit. You can check out their reviews online on Facebook, on Google, and with the Better Business Bureau. It's very hard to do that with a private party seller. Think about it; what do your instincts tell you? Should you buy a car, and spend thousands of dollars, from someone whom you've never met, never heard of before, and will probably never see again?
  6. Financing can be an issue when buying a used car. Sometimes it can be hard to find a bank who is willing to loan you the money to buy a used car. And to do so you have to go spend some time at the bank and complete a loan application. If they turn you down, then you have to go to another bank and repeat the process, and all the paperwork. However, when you visit a good used car dealership, they'll often have several used car financing options available, from lenders that specialize in used car sales. It can be a one stop process where you can get both the financing and a good used car, all at once.
  7. Paperwork; lots of paperwork. Buying a used car with an established dealership means that they will also handle all the paperwork for you. The dealership can do all the filing of the parish and state sales taxes, and documentation with the state for applying for a license plate and registration.
  8. What about your current car? Maybe you can sell your current car to someone and get a fair price for it. And maybe you can't. Maybe your current car is in really bad shape and no one wants to buy it. Well, what are you going to do with it? Are you going to pay a junk yard to accept it? Do you know how to send your car through an auction? If you buy your next used car at a used car dealership then chances are they will be willing to accept your current car in on trade, and even give you some money on it as a down payment on the car you are buying. Hey, ever little bit helps! Trading in your current car means you don't have to worry about what you are going to do with it because the dealership will take care of all the paperwork and headache for you. It is true that trading in your car at a dealership means that you won't get as much for it as if you had sold it to someone else, but that assumes that you'll be able to actually find a buyer to sell it to. A dealership will typically give you auction value for the car. It's what the must do. If they take your car in and can't sell it to anyone then they have to be able to take it through the auction and sell it there and at least break even on it. You may not like the idea of only getting auction value for your current car but it is usually the only way the dealership can do it, and it does make it much easier on you.

How to buy a used car and how to choose a used car dealer is the subject of many articles all across the web, such as the one we just linked to from Consumer Reports. Again, finding a great used car for sale can often be made easier by visiting a reputable, established used car dealership. It can be easier in terms of selection, financing, and convenience. Plus you can get the peace of mind that comes from dealing with an established, reviewed business. Did you know that Max Auto Sales is the longest running, A+ rated Better Business Bureau accredited dealership in Lafayette, Louisiana? FOR THE BEST USED CAR MAX AUTO SALES IS THE PLACE TO GO!

If you are looking for a great used car in Lafayette Louisiana, or anywhere in Acadiana, it's worth the drive to Max. At MAX AUTO Sales, it's all we do.


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