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How to buy a used car?

How to buy a used car? Automotive columnist: , Updated:

When looking for a used car, and with the current market, it's really not easy. How can you be sure to find the right vehicle at the right price?

You have several choices, the car dealer, the used car dealer or the classified ads.  

There are several networks to buy a used car. When buying, it is important to make this choice by correctly defining your needs and directing you to an adapted network. It is true that with the multitude of used cars on the market, it is difficult to find your way around. By dealing with a professional, you can at least be sure that the usual checks have been carried out. 


Let's take a look at the different structures that will allow you to purchase a used car. 

          1. The car dealer
This can be a garage that groups together several brands or a brand agent (Peugeot, Renault, Citroën, etc.). The vehicles have been inspected by mechanics and warranties often accompany the sale of these vehicles. 

          2. The car dealer
The vehicles found at car dealerships are often recent, have low mileage and are often still covered by a manufacturer's warranty. The cars offered are of very good quality, but the limited choice may cause customers to turn to other sellers. 

          3. The private individual
Several platforms exist. The ads are posted by individuals, without any inspection. The vehicles may hide defects. They may have serious mechanical problems or worse, vehicle safety problems. It is mandatory to have the vehicle inspected by a specialist of the brand or by a specialized garage. 

After reviewing the different ways to find your next vehicle, you should not forget your current vehicle. You need to sell your vehicle at the real market price. The multi-brand dealer will be able to properly evaluate your car and offer you the right price. By having your vehicle bought by a professional car trade-in dealer like Elite-Auto, you will save yourself the tedious step of selling it between individuals. The agent will also handle all the administrative tasks to avoid all the hassles associated with this type of transaction. 

The advantages of buying a used car from a professional are numerous: the price, the guarantees, the availability, the trade-in of your vehicle and the possibility of delivery.