You can buy a used vehicle from just about anywhere nowadays. A quick Google search will bring up a seemingly endless list of websites where you can buy or sell a used vehicle. It sounds simple enough, but there is more than meets the eye when it comes to buying a used vehicle online.
Kijiji is one of the more popular “Buy-Sell” sites in Canada, with cars and trucks listed beside mattresses, old skates, toys, and other random objects. While it may be tempting, there are a lot of downsides to doing your car shopping on listing sites like Kijiji.
Here’s why Kijiji makes car shopping suck:
Ready to Haggle?
When someone lists their vehicle to sell privately, they can set the price for the vehicle at any number they think they can get for the vehicle. That also means they can potentially bump that price up if they’re getting a lot of attention from prospective buyers. Do you feel like haggling with an anonymous individual online over the price of a vehicle?
When you’re doing business with a reputable dealership like Auto Depot Sudbury, the price of the vehicle you’re looking at is displayed clearly and won’t change suddenly when you start to show interest.
Purchasing a vehicle privately doesn’t give a lot of options as far as payment is concerned. There are very few individuals who will allow you to pay in monthly installments. Auto Depot Sudbury, on the other hand, has a finance team dedicated to finding the most affordable options available. We can set you up with an affordable auto loan and affordable monthly payments so you don’t have a big upfront cost.
If you decide to purchase a vehicle from a private seller, it’s really important that you have the vehicle looked at by someone you trust, preferably a trained technician. Sometimes sellers simply don’t know if the vehicle they’re selling is in good condition or not. You can’t blame them—few people are trained automotive technicians—but you also can’t take everyone at their word.
When you purchase a vehicle from a dealership, like Auto Depot Sudbury, all vehicles put up for sale go through an extensive inspection to ensure they look and run like-new.
How well do you really know the person you’re thinking about buying a vehicle from? When you purchase a vehicle from a private individual you’ll have to meet them at some point to complete the transaction. Going to a stranger’s house, potentially with a pocket-full of money, can be a dangerous situation. You shouldn’t be paranoid, but it’s good to be cautious and bring a friend with you for added security.
“Anyone who sells cars privately without the proper licensing and permits is known as a ‘curbsider’. These individuals prey on unsuspecting car buyers, often using false identification, false vehicle information and false circumstances throughout the sales process.” - Wheels.ca
Or, you could always avoid all of that and browse our inventory of affordable, and reliable used vehicles. Our professional, friendly team is here to help put you behind the wheel of a vehicle that suits your needs and your budget.