Car Dealer vs. Private Seller: Which Is For Me?

2022 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo
If you’re on the hunt for a used luxury car in the Arlington area, you may be debating whether to buy privately or through a car dealership. People think that purchasing a car privately is cheaper than buying from a dealership like Momentum Maserati, but this is not always the case. Buying from a dealership is the safer, more predictable option over buying privately. To help you form an opinion yourself, read on to learn the pros and cons of buying from a car dealer vs. a private seller with the Momentum Maserati finance team.



Buying from a Private Seller: Pros & Cons

One of the main benefits of buying from a private seller in Fort Worth area is that the seller has first-hand knowledge of the car you’re interested in. In the case that they are fully honest with you, a private seller can give you a good break-down of what to expect from the vehicle. Buying from a private seller is also a good idea if you’re looking for a very specific make and model that is difficult to find at a dealership. For example, you won’t find a whole lot of rare vehicles at your regular dealership, but you still can find some elusive used luxury vehicles at a dealership like Momentum Maserati.

The main drawbacks of buying from a private seller is that you won’t be getting any warranty protection. So, you may be stuck buying a car only to find that it breaks down the moment you take it out on Plano roads. You also won’t know the maintenance history of the car, which means that it may have been years since a vehicle’s last service appointment.

Buying from a Dealership: Pros & Cons

Buying from a car dealership also has its perks, as the car buying process is more transparent. They offer competitive prices that can be negotiated, and your options are wider versus a private seller. Buying from a dealership also offers warranty coverage, roadside assistance, and CPO financing.

The only real downside to buying from a dealership is the financing. When buying from a private seller, you’re expected to pay up front in cash, which is more cost-effective, but with a dealership, you can’t always do that. As a result, you’ll be paying monthly payments with insurance fees, but it’s worth it for the overall transparency and easier car buying process.

Discover Used Luxury Cars at Momentum Maserati!

If you’re looking for a coveted and rare luxury vehicle, you don’t have to scour the internet and Craigslist for a private seller. Browse our inventory of certified pre-owned cars, as well as our pre-owned vehicle specials to save more. Then, contact us to set up a test drive with your vehicle of choice at our dealership located in Hurst. We can’t wait to help you get behind the wheel of your dream vehicle for the best price possible!


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