Best Place to Purchase a Used Car

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Where Can I Look For a Great Deal on a Pre-Owned Car, Truck, or SUV?

There are just about too many places to shop for car buyers of today. From classifieds to social media marketplaces to websites, we are flooded with options and a seemingly infinite supply of vehicles. So just where can we go to find the best deal? Ultimately it comes down to 3 choices: a small car lot, a private seller, or a dealer. Every option has its good and bad parts, but when you’re making such a big decision you want to give yourself the best chance of getting the best deal possible.


Buying From a Second-Hand Car Lot

A used car lot has some of the same benefits of a bigger dealership, like a big selection of cars, trucks, or SUVs and the possibility of browsing them online. You can still get a big choice of vehicles and the possibility of browsing them online at a used car lot, but they also do present more risks to buyers. While some car lots may be an established part of the community, several others appear to never last very long. Here are a few of the other important differences between a dealer and a used car lot:

  • Car Inspections – Inspections at used car lots are usually not as detailed.
  • Mechanics – Car lots often only have limited service technicians on-site, some with minimal experience.
  • Quality of the Vehicle – Watch out for cars that have high miles with questionable backgrounds.
  • CPO – Certified Pre-Owned cars, trucks, and SUVs are available only at manufacturer-certified dealerships.
  • Pre-Sale Repairs – To maximize profits and save money ‘quick fixes’ may be used.
  • Reputation – Some car lots choose profitability over customers.
  • Used Car Financing – If they even offer in-house financing, their rates are usually higher.
Shopping at a Used Vehicle Lot

Private Seller Sales

Used Vehicles From Private Sellers

If you are looking for a particular car, particularly an old car, then a personal seller may be your only real option. You might get a great price, but you assume all of the risk in this scenario. You would be responsible for all of the things found here at the dealership:

  • Customer Reviews – There may be absolutely no background information. Can you believe the seller?
  • History of the Car – If you want a vehicle history report, you’ll be paying for it.
  • Payments – While many personal sellers want cash, you can also try making payments through your bank. Either way, your options are smaller.
  • No Warranty – There is none, you buy as-is. There is no guarantee.
  • Inspections – An inspection by a 3rd party is suggested, but you’re on the hook for the cost.
  • Current Condition of the Vehicle – There may be underlying or unknown reasons for selling the car.

Car Shopping From Your Local Dealership

While many of us will agree that it’s the simplest way to buy a used car, there are some that believe they can get a better deal somewhere else. While you might get a less-expensive price elsewhere (most likely with even more miles and with fewer guarantees), nothing can equal the customer service we provide.

Some of the benefits of buying here include:

  • Helpful Hours of Operation – We have extended hours to be ready when needed.
  • Buy Online – Buy online if you can’t make it to us.
  • Delivery of Your Car – We deliver. Just ask. (Exclusions apply)
  • Selection of Used Cars – We have a much larger selection than most.
  • CPO Vehicles – For your peace of mind, we have Certified Pre-Owned cars.
  • Pricing that is Objective – Our trained appraisal consultants work diligently to set good prices.
  • Vehicle History Reports – Know the history of the used car you may purchase.
  • Easy to Access Customer Reviews – It is easy to see what others think.
  • Multiple Options for Financing – We have multiple options.
Pre-Owned Car Buying From the Local Dealership


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Visit Freedom Chevrolet for Used Cars & Trucks

Freedom Chevrolet welcomes you to discover our outstanding selection of used cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans for sale in San Antonio, TX. Buy, sell, trade, or even get pre-approved for financing, online or in-person. We provide quality, convenience, and competitive pricing that you can believe in. Visit our San Antonio area used car lot today. We look forward to serving you.

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