How to Avoid Disappointment when Buying a Used Luxury Car

By: trycmcw
The reasons for buying a used luxury car are plentiful. The value is unparallel and the high quality materials and improved engineering of luxury cars today keep them running and looking like new for many years. However, it's easy to jump into an unwise choice by going through the buying process led by emotion instead of facts. By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can easily avoid unforeseen pitfalls.

Research the dealership:
It's common to get caught up in searching for a used luxury car online and to fall in love with a particular vehicle's options, color, and mileage. However, before getting emotionally attached to any one vehicle, do some research on the dealership. Take a look at their standard warranty, their years in business, and their service ratings.

Many of the large used luxury car shopping portals online are middlemen for a variety of dealerships. By using these, you're never quite sure who the seller is until you find a car that you're already emotionally invested in. Whether you're shopping online or in person, it's important to start by researching the dealership and then shop for vehicles from dealerships that meet your criteria.

Dealership warranty:
The standards of the dealership and its buyers determine the quality of cars on any particular lot. Some dealerships are interested in finding the best looking car for the lowest price, no matter the performance or history. Others are focused on quality and the overall satisfaction of the new owner, not just a cheaply price vehicle that can be sold quickly to someone who doesn't do their homework.

One of the best ways to judge how much a dealership stands behind the cars on its lot is by looking at their standard warranty. Dealerships that offer warranties lasting just a few days should be avoided. The average standard warranty is between 30 and 45 days. Some dealerships of used luxury cars like AG Select Imports offer a standard warranty of 90 days.

Research vehicles:
Because cars are such an emotional purchase, it's easy to choose a used luxury vehicle based on looks alone. However, you can avoid future disappointment by doing a little bit of research online before starting your search. Look at crash test data, customer reviews, resale values, performance reviews, gas mileage, cost to repair, etc.

If safety is your biggest concern, you may want to choose the used Volvo SUV that leads its class in safety ratings. If you're concerned about gas mileage, take a look at the used Lexus SUV, which ranked first among luxury SUV's for gas mileage.

Finding the Vehicle:
Once you've narrowed down your selection of dealerships and identified the right car for you, it's time to start shopping. If the dealerships you've chosen don't have your ideal used luxury car in stock, don't settle for second best. Among the dealerships you've chosen, look for those that have a vehicle locator service. With this service, you can tell the dealership exactly what you're looking for and they can use their buyer resources to find the used luxury car of your choice.

Many times, the used luxury vehicles with the best options and mileage never make it to the showroom floor because savvy shoppers have already requested these models through a vehicle locator service. When you're buying a used luxury car, there is no reason to settle. Being selective is part of the enjoyment of purchasing a used luxury car.

Getting the value of buying a used vehicle doesn't mean that you have to take chances with quality or sacrifice selection. By first choosing the dealership and the vehicle and then shopping for the car, you can make a smart choice that you'll feel great about during the course of your car ownership.
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