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October 28, 2015

3 Things You Don’t Know About Car Dealers


When it comes to buying cars, knowledge is power—and not just knowledge about the car for which you’re shopping. It is equally important to know about the car dealer you are buying from. Here are three things you should know ahead of time about car dealers that can make your car buying experience the best it can be!

1. Manufacturer-Trusted Auto Repair Services

Many car dealerships offer repair services, but not all repair services are created equally. Mechanics who work at authorized dealerships are often more experienced and typically hold more credentials than individuals who work at regular auto repair shops. Manufacturer-approved dealership mechanics have to undergo rigorous testing to earn their certifications and are considered to be experts in the automotive repair field. This type of repair service is a major advantage because it can keep you from having to search endlessly for a trustworthy and affordable mechanic you can depend on when your car is running rough.

2. Warranties and Peace of Mind

Most people never really think about the cost of auto repairs and maintenance until those services are needed. When it comes to purchasing a vehicle, take advantage of any warranties that are offered. Don’t look at warranties and guarantees as superfluous expenses; instead, you should view them as additional protection that can give you a great deal of peace of mind and save you a lot of money, especially if your vehicle breaks down unexpectedly.

3. Leases Can Be More Beneficial Than Financing

It’s true: sometimes leasing a car is more financially rewarding than financing one. It really depends on how you look at it. For example, if you want to finance a car and are enticed by the thought of having a low monthly payment for the next several years, do the math first. Don’t just look at your monthly costs. You need to consider what happens when your new vehicle has depreciated in value and cost of ownership, once it has been paid off and is no longer covered by a warranty. Leasing allows you to enjoy the benefits of having lower monthly payments and not having to worry about owning a car that is old and expensive to maintain. The bonus is you have the opportunity to lease a new vehicle when your old lease is up.

Make sure you are an informed customer before you go to any car dealership. Take the above tips into consideration so you can get the best deal for your lifestyle and financial situation.


Ken Honda of Salt Lake City is a car dealership that offers auto repairs and sells new and used cars at great prices in downtown Utah.

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