'Car for Sale by Owner' or 'Certified Car'. Which Should I Buy?
By Autocrisis.com ®
When looking to buy a used car, do you buy a used car for sale by owner or a certified car? Buying cars from used car classifieds from private owners, is what most people prefer, however there has been so much talk about certified cars. So what is a certified car?
Most of the time it’s just a ploy used by auto dealers to sell used cars for thousands of dollars more. Why? Because they know, that by simply putting ‘certified’ on their cars, people are will to pay a lot more for the car. So it means absolutely nothing!
When it comes to used cars, there is no legal definition for the word ‘certified’.
To be fair, there are certified used car programs. The real certified cars are those backed by auto manufacturers. With their program, when you buy a certified car from a dealer selling the manufacturers program, you pay extra money to get an extension of the manufacturer warranty that comes with your vehicle. So, any problems with your car that are covered under the warranty will be taken care of.
The downside however, is that the manufacturer does not actually certify the car as being free from defects, so there may be problems with the car that you are not aware of.
Whether you buy a used car or certified car, or you buy a used car for sale by owner, AutoCrisis.com suggests that you hire a local mechanic to help you inspect the car before making a decision to purchase it.
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