Cars Used Ontario – Use Car Dealers

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There are previous posts here that will take you through the steps that can help you find a good quality used car. What I wanted to do was explain the difference between buying from an ABC lot and from a Dealership.

Not all used car dealers are created equal and if you see a car on a lot that is of interest to you, do your homework and make sure you protect yourself. What I mean by that is this:

1. Get a vehicle report on the car – ask to see the UCDA Report or the Car Proof to check and make sure that there are no registered accidents. The report should also tell you if the car was registered in any other Province and if it is a US car. If you get a song and dance that the car is clean but no report is presented … don’t even go any further … just leave. DON’T TAKE THEIR WORD FOR IT.

2. Test drive the car – if you get the vehicle report and it looks clean then take the car for a test drive. Check and make sure that everything works; the power windows they all go up and down, locks, keyless entry, air conditioning, heat, power seats, heated seats … you get the picture check it all.

What I have found is when people come into our dealership and it is the middle of winter or summer they fail to check the other things that they will need down the road. In the middle of winter, people forget to check the a/c, sunroof, etc and in the summer they forget to check the heat and heated seats to make sure they work.

3. Have the vehicle mechanically checked – There is nothing wrong with having a mechanic check over a car for you. There have been plenty of times when I have had a customer who has asked me if we can take the car to his mechanic or if the mechanic can come to the dealership to check it out. Typically the mechanic comes to the dealership and the car is put on the hoist. In the case of used car dealers who don’t have the facilities (and a lot of them don’t) then make arrangements with them to have your mechanic check it out.

Not all used car dealers are created equal and you can pick up some good quality used cars, but you need to do your due diligenc.

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