How to avoid dodgy car dealers

​Buying a car can be an exciting and daunting experience, especially when dealing with a car dealership. Unfortunately, some car dealerships engage in shady practices that can leave customers feeling ripped off and unhappy with their purchase. To avoid falling victim to these dodgy dealerships, here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for a car.

Research the dealership

Before visiting a dealership, take some time to research them online. Check their website and social media pages, read reviews from previous customers, and look for any red flags such as negative reviews or complaints filed against them. This will give you a better idea of what to expect when you visit the dealership.

Check for licensing and accreditation

Make sure the dealership is licensed and accredited by the relevant authorities. This information should be displayed on their website and in their showroom. If you can’t find this information, ask the salesperson or manager. An unlicensed dealership is a red flag and should be avoided.

Beware of high-pressure sales tactics

If a salesperson is pressuring you to make a purchase, walk away. A reputable dealership will give you the time and space you need to make an informed decision. High-pressure sales tactics are often used by dodgy dealerships to force customers into making a purchase they might regret later.

1. Check the vehicle’s history

Before purchasing a car, ask for its history report. This will give you a detailed report of the car’s accident history, maintenance records, and ownership history. This information will help you make an informed decision and avoid buying a car with hidden problems.

2. Take a test drive

Always take a test drive before making a purchase. This will give you a chance to get a feel for the car and make sure it’s the right fit for you. If the dealership refuses to let you take a test drive, it’s a red flag and you should walk away.

3. Get everything in writing

Make sure to get everything in writing, including the purchase price, financing terms, and any warranties or guarantees. This will help protect you in case of any disputes or issues down the line.

In conclusion, buying a car can be a stressful experience, but by following these tips, you can avoid falling victim to dodgy car dealerships. Remember to research the dealership, check for licensing and accreditation, beware of high-pressure sales tactics, check the vehicle’s history, take a test drive, and get everything in writing. By doing so, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect car for you.

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About the Author

Daniel is the founder of Double Chex Vehicle Inspections and proudly holds a Motor Vehicle Repairers licence, memberships with NSW Fair Trading and associated statutory bodies as required to complete independent vehicle inspections that are accepted across various industries nationwide.