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What Is a Used Car Dealership?

A used car dealership is a business that sells vehicles for a profit. The business typically stocks a variety of makes and models from which customers can choose, and provides financing options for those who need it. The car dealership may also provide services like detailing, maintenance, and warranty repairs to help customers get the most out of their purchases.

A car dealership is often a large, well-lit facility with comfortable chairs and a clean showroom. It may also have a service department where technicians inspect and repair vehicles before they are sold to customers. Unlike private sellers, car dealerships are often required to follow certain laws and regulations when they sell cars. They are also more likely to offer warranties on their cars than a private seller is.

In addition to the regular sales of new and used vehicles, a car dealership may also have an in-house finance department. This can connect buyers with lenders who may offer them more flexible credit terms than banks or other financial institutions.

Some larger used-car dealerships are owned by the same automakers as their new-car showrooms. They carry a selection of low-mileage, certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles that have undergone a rigorous inspection process.

CPO vehicles are usually considered to be in excellent condition and offer better financing terms than standard used vehicles. In some cases, they have an extended warranty from the car manufacturer. These vehicles are generally a good choice for buyers who have a strong attachment to the brand or model of vehicle they own and want to be able to maintain it at a dealer-backed service center.

Other used-car dealerships do not have an affiliation with any particular auto manufacturer, and they buy their inventory from auctions or other sources. These are generally the least expensive choices for a customer, but they are not as reliable as CPO vehicles. In either case, a buyer should thoroughly check out the vehicle before signing any documents and paying for it.

Regardless of where the vehicle was purchased, the dealer must have it inspected by a state-licensed mechanic before selling it to a consumer. This inspection must take place within 30 days of the sale and be completed before a buyer takes delivery of the vehicle. The inspection must show that the vehicle is in “a condition and repair to render it safe and suitable for use on a public highway.”

In some states, the dealer must also certify that the vehicle has been properly maintained. This includes oil changes and other routine maintenance. A dealer must also certify that the vehicle meets all safety and emissions standards.

If a dealer is unable to meet these requirements, it must disclose this information on the bill of sale. The dealer must also provide a copy of the owner’s manual for the vehicle and all maintenance records. Finally, the dealer must certify that the vehicle has been in continuous service for the last 12 months.