You hear a lot of buzz when it comes to buying cars. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry has an opinion. Whether it’s about what model or make to buy or where you should purchase your vehicle, there are varying opinions that might be helpful – or simply drive you up the wall.
A lot of people will give you advice (unsolicited or not) especially when you are in the market for a pre-owned car. There is a chance, though, that too many cooks in the kitchen, will only lead to confusion.
An Insider’s Point of View
Amidst all the comments, inputs, and suggestions of people around you regarding your car purchase, wouldn’t it be great if you can actually get information from a car company insider?
There are so many things that go into the car-buying process; it is not an easy decision to make. For one, you need to weigh a lot of things on the personal side – such as your personal preferences, needs, or budget. Then you also have to consider the technical side – make, model, features, or specifications – items you need to consider to be able to come up with a good purchase.
When you have the opportunity to get the facts straight from the horse’s mouth– in this case, a car company employee with years of experience in the auto industry – on what you should consider when buying a pre-owned car, then it will definitely help you in spades.
To help you out, here’s some very good insider knowledge on what you can expect when you buy from a certified pre-owned car dealer:
1. You get peace of mind.
When you buy from a certified pre-owned car dealer, you get the assurance that the cars you’re choosing from have undergone a thorough inspection. Whether it’s a 21-point check or a 100-point checklist, the point is that certified pre-owned car dealers do not just accept every car that is brought in for trade-in or trade-up.
Cars that have made it into the list of certified pre-owned vehicles would have a stamp of inspection signifying its quality. The checklist will also indicate basic information like the mileage of the car, variant, options, etc.
More importantly, it usually has an illustration of a basic car type where the pre-owned inspector will check which side has dings, dents, or other pertinent information about the vehicle condition. Your sales agent will inform you of these so you are also aware of what you might end up purchasing.
Similarly, you can also request your sales agent for a copy of the car’s history if you buy from a certified pre-owned dealer. This will give you a detailed account of whatever service the car has gone through – from general repair work to road accidents it may have figured in, if any.
2. You are assured of the car’s roadworthiness.
Since every car in the pre-owned inventory has undergone stringent tests, you can be assured that it is roadworthy.
Usually, when going through the checklist, the diagnostic tool will pick up updates from the manufacturer’s quality bulletins. Since technology is more advanced nowadays, certified pre-owned car dealers already have advanced tools and equipmentto install any software updates or carry on work based on recent technical reports.
At the same time, when you have chosen a pre-loved unit, it will also undergo pre-delivery inspection. This process will help ascertain if everything is working and in good condition for the unit to be released to the customer. The sales offer letter usually already contains a note stating that thecar will be released after the routine pre-delivery check.
3. You enjoy customer perks.
When you buy from a certified pre-owned car dealer, you also usually get customer perks.
Since most, if not all, car companies aim for the highest customer satisfaction score, there are normally sale offers upfront to help sweeten the deal. It can range from free tint work, mats, or even a six-month warranty for merchandise, and service vouchers.
Compared to fly-by-night used car lots that can deceive you with shady deals, certified pre-owned car dealers make sure that you get maximum enjoyment while driving your car.
Some authorized pre-owned car dealers also have exchange programs or buy-back offers. For example, when your car acts up within 30 days and the dealer can’t fix it, you can exchange it for another similar vehicle. On the other hand, in the unfortunate circumstance when you cannot keep up with the ownership costs of the car, the company can offer to buy back the vehicle at a depreciated rate.
Straight from a Trusted Source
When you want to be sure about your purchase, you would do well to listen to reputable sources. Car executives who have the breadth of experience can guide you along the purchase process and lead you to the pre-owned car of your dreams.
Mahesh Rohra is the Director of Arabian Automobiles LLC – AW Rostamani Automotive Group, a trailblazer in the automotive fraternity with a legacy of over 50 years.AUTOTRUST by AW Rostamani is the largest automotive multi-brand one-stop shop in the UAE where you can buy and sell quality pre-owned cars.