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Dealer vs. Private Seller: Where Should You Buy Used?

Auto Deals Blog October 2019

So, you’ve started your used car search, that’s great! Buying a used car is a fantastic way to get exactly what you’re looking for at price far lower than new. At Auto Deals, we have four Atlanta area used car locations with a big selection and low down payments, so you can find a great car at a great price. Now let’s say you’ve found your perfect pre-owned vehicle in our inventory, but you’ve found an identical car for sale from a private seller. What do you do? We’ve put together a handy guide to show you why going with a dealer like Auto Deals is the right way to go!


One of the main advantages of buying from a dealership is the selection. Chances are a private seller only has the one vehicle, forcing you to go with that one. A dealership will have many vehicles, sometimes even different trim levels of the same model, so even if you think you know exactly what you want, you might find a better deal on a similar model or trim. More choice is always better. If you want to check our wide selection for yourself, just click this link! We have a huge selection of reliable pre-owned vehicles in the Atlanta area.


With the reputation and reliability of Auto Deals on your side, you can shop for a pre-owned with confidence. With a private seller, not so much. Buying from a dealership includes benefits such as an AutoCheck report, the option of a warranty, and the knowledge that if there are any issues after purchase, there is a dedicated team willing and ready to assist you. A private seller is always a gamble, but you always know what you’re getting with Auto Deals!

Payment Options

A big advantage of buying from a dealership like Auto Deals is having multiple purchase/payment options available. We’re a buy here pay here dealership, so we finance your purchase directly and let you make payments. It is very unlikely you will be able to find a private seller willing to set up a payment plan with you, so you are generally left with a lump sum to pay. If you don’t have the cash to just buy the car, this doesn’t really work. If you shop with us, we’ll get you pre-approved for an affordable monthly payment with low down payment.

As you can see, there are many reasons to buy from a dealership instead of a private seller, so stop by Auto Deals today! Auto Deals is your destination in the Atlanta area for reliable pre-owned vehicles with an available limited warranty. We have hundreds of vehicles in stock across locations in Mableton, Jonesboro, Decatur, and Hiram, so check out our inventory and click here to apply online for fast and easy approval!

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