• Published: 16 April 2020

The classified ads are always alluring when it comes to browsing for, or buying, a new car. Whether it’s looking online at private ads or using the local newspaper, as a nation we still enjoy buying from private car sellers. Often the price is a lot lower than with a car dealer and it can feel like the pressure isn’t there compared to being sold a car by those highly trained sales professionals. Plus, there are times you might even know or know of the private seller and so what could possibly go wrong? Well, plenty…

Nobody is disputing good deals can be found. However, buying from a private seller carries many risks, risks which can cost money down the line; some of these risks are obvious whilst others are less obvious. A car is an expensive purchase and should always be made with good information and an element of caution. With this in mind, we have put together our top reasons why you should always go with a reputable car dealer when you are purchasing a car.

Knowledge

Car dealers know about cars. They understand the inner workings of a car and they know how a car is supposed to run. Private dealers cannot perform services on cars they are selling and so it is more likely you could be buying a car with an issue from a private seller than from a used car dealer.

Finance

Another advantage when you buy from used car dealers is that they can organise finance for you, something private sellers can’t do. Many private sellers will only accept cash which doesn’t work for every purchaser. Transferring ownership over is also something the dealer will do and while it isn’t the end of the world to do it yourself, it still reduces the burden when a dealer does it.

Trade-ins

Trading in your existing vehicle is one of the biggest advantages of using a car dealer. If you are buying a used car from a private seller, the burden is on you to sell your own car first, unlike with a dealer where you can use your existing car as a trade-in. This can save a lot of time when buying a used car. Plus, a used car dealer will be happy to take your car as is, rather than you having to spend money on fixing it up for a new buyer.

Choice

Today’s world is a busy place. We are all time-poor and always on the move. As a purchaser, you may not have the time to spend looking online or going through newspapers for the car of your dreams. This is where a used car dealer once again pays off. They have multiple cars in the same place and so there is much more choice than buying from a private dealer. And, if they don’t have exactly what you are looking for, they can usually source it.

Buying a car from a private seller can be cheaper than a used car dealer. But at what price does that saving come? Buying from a used car dealer ensures you have: more choice in terms of what you buy; access to finance; the opportunity to trade in your old vehicle; security in the knowledge that your car has been inspected properly. In short, it is much more advisable to buy your new car from a car dealer.

To view our cars for sale, head over to our used cars section -  https://www.spencerscarsales.co.uk/used/cars/

Transport For London

Cars need to meet minimum emission standards when travelling in the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) or the daily charge must be paid.

Minimum emission standards

Petrol: Euro 4
Diesel: Euro 6

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age. However:

Information from Transport For London

Check this car on the TFL website before purchasing: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/vrm-checker-ulez

Spencers Car Sales

At Spencers Car Sales we charge an admin fee of £50 when you purchase a used vehicle from us. The admin fee pays towards the preparation of your new car, to make sure it’s safe and immaculate when you drive it away.

Admin fee is charged as listed below:

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