With 500 Certified Used Cars in Hartford CT picking just one is not easy…
Narrow Down the Field of Options
When you know the type of vehicle you want and how much you can afford to spend, then it’s time to narrow down the field of vehicles. There’s a lot of information about buying a used car on the Internet: enter “used car sales in ct” as your search term and you’ll find information on how to buy a used car, detailed instructions for conducting a used car pre-purchase inspection, best and worst used cars, ads about commercials for cars available for sale, used car sales in CT and more.
Do yourself a favor and start by looking for a reliable make and model. You can look up car repair histories by model, maintenance costs, used car safety ratings and check for vehicle recall and safety defects online. Libraries and book stores also offer publications like Consumer Reports to compare car models, options, and costs. You’ll also find ratings on frequency-of-repair, safety tests, and fuel economy estimates both online and in print.
So What are My Options in Buying a Used Car?
Buy a Used Car from a Dealer?
The Executive Auto Group has 500 Pre-owned cars for you to choose from. You can search CT used car inventories from franchise dealers in CT by vehicle make at North Haven Used Jeeps, used Nissans in North Haven, North Haven Used Acuras, CT Used Trucks, Wallingford Used Cars, Wallingford Used Hondas, Used Autos Hartford and Hartford Used Mazdas.
Contact us to schedule a test drive to help you decide what used car is best for you. You can also search sites such as the Executive Auto Groups partner, AutoTrader and Cars.com where you’ll find our vehicles listed. Independent dealers, rental car companies, leasing companies, and used car superstores also sell used cars, but they’re often sold with warranties at an additional cost to the buyer.
You can literally buy a used car online, sight unseen, but this approach isn’t generally advisable. Ask friends, relatives, and colleagues about their experiences in buying used cars and view buyer reviews about dealerships on 3rd party websites. An example of car buyer reviews is on the Executive Auto Group Facebook page. You could contact the CT consumer protection agency, state Attorney General, and the CT Better Business Bureau (BBB) to find out if any unresolved complaints are on file about dealers, but online reviews may be more meaningful because you’ll see what positive comments customers have shared as well as the negative.
Buy a Used Car from a Private Party?
An alternative to purchasing a used car from a dealer is to buy your vehicle from a private party. Individuals offer used cars for sale online, in papers, on bulletin boards, and advertise the car for sale by simply putting a for sale sign on it. Be advised though that buying a used car from a private party is not at all like buying a car from a dealer. Private sales usually are not covered by the “implied warranties” governed by CT state law and are generally purchased on an “as is” basis. There is no warranty offered by private parties and there are many benefits to buying from a Motor Trend Certified Advantage Dealership.
Get it in Writing
Any suggestion or exception to buying a used car with a warranty must be clearly spelled out in your purchase agreement. When you have agreements in writing, the seller must live up to the promises stated in the contract. You cannot rely on spoken promises as they are almost impossible to enforce. Get all promises from both dealers and private party sellers in writing so there’s no misunderstanding. When a seller tells you the car is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty or a separately purchased service contract, confirm that it is transferable to you, and again, get it in writing from the company honoring the warranty.
Let Us Do the Work for You
If all this just seems like too much, please let us help. Call any Executive Auto Group dealership, contact us by email or submit any questions you may have in the comment area below. We’ll be happy to respond to your inquiry.