Let’s face it. When you really are gung-ho about buying a car but you don’t have the cash, what do you do? You go to a used car lot and choose from rows and rows of pre-owned vehicles. Problem solved. Or is it?
When you are in the market for a pre-owned vehicle, do you buy from just anyone? The answer should be a resounding “no.” If you think your problem is solved just because you see a car lot full of used cars, then think again.
There are questionable dealers out there that can rob you of your hard-earned cash simply by giving you a bad deal on a used car. You might get a shiny-looking vehicle on the outside but, upon closer inspection, you are actually getting a horrific car with sucky interiors and worse, engine or other mechanical problems. Sounds like something straight out of Harry Wormwood
’s world of used car sales, right?
Purchasing a car this way means you are losing part of your hard-earned cash; worse, you just might be risking your life
, too. Driving a clunky car will be problematic, to say the least.
This is why it is highly advisable to only buy from a Certified Pre-Owned car
dealer. These authorized used car distributors – especially ones that are ISO certified – guarantee quality pre-owned units. Aside from that, you also get other sales offers and services that will make owning a pre-owned car easier and more enjoyable.
Here are some of the perks of buying from a trustworthy pre-owned car dealer
Cars go through a stringent inspection
before being approved as certified pre-owned vehicles. This, in itself, is already a guarantee that the range of vehicles for sale in a certified used car dealership already got a stamp of quality. You know that each unit has gone through a screening process that has checked on both the inner workings and the exterior of the car, so you don’t get any nasty surprises.
Additionally, these cars that have passed through a quality test also carry a warranty that is good for up to 30,000 kilometers
(18641.136 mi). (Your actual warranty may vary.) This will assure you that whatever happens with the car, you are guaranteed coverage.
Exchange and buy-back policies
Since Certified Pre-Owned car dealers are satisfied with their car acquisition process, they are also confident that the units that have gone through screening are of good quality.
In the event that something goes wrong with the car after you’ve purchased it, however, you are given a chance to exchange it
. To consistently maintain their customer satisfaction index, problematic units that they can’t fix can be exchanged with another as long as you do so within 30 days of purchase.
Should you also lose your job or means of financing and maintaining your car, certified car dealers also have a buy-back program
in place. If this happens within six months from the date of purchase, the company can buy back your vehicle at a depreciated value.
24/7 roadside assistance
One of the most important perks of buying from a Certified Pre-Owned car company is that you have access to 24/7 roadside assistance
. This will come in handy, especially when you get stuck in the middle of nowhere with a car or road emergency, or when you can no longer drive the car.
Instances such as a flat tire, dead battery, running out of fuel, or being locked out of the car can be such a hassle when they happen in the wee hours or in far-flung areas. With access to round-the-clock car assistance, you will have peace of mind
that you and your car will be towed out of the unfortunate circumstance should the need arise.
Auto convenience at your fingertips
Buying a pre-owned vehicle is easier and less worrisome
when you purchase it from a Certified Pre-Owned car dealer.
Aside from an established system, quality-driven process, and customer-oriented service, you also get the expertise and experience of car consultants and technicians who are all trained to look after you and your car.
Under their expert care, your car will be kept in tip-top shape and you will be left with many more miles of safe and comfortable driving.
Mahesh Rohra is the Managing Director of AWR Strategic Ventures, part of the AW Rostamani Automotive Group, a trailblazer in the automotive fraternity with a legacy of over 50 years.