Looking for a Used Car? Buying from a Certified Chevy Dealer is the Way to Go
Finding that certified Chevy dealer in Columbus is your key to having the best used car experience of your life. Why? Because, dealerships don’t operate the way people often remember or assume. For some reason, the sleazy reputation that dealerships had when they first opened has followed them into 2016. I admit, they used to engage in more unscrupulous ways in which they cheated a consumer out of some money. But, the amount of checks and balances that have been implemented to protect consumers in 2016 makes it nearly impossible for a dealership to jerk a customer around when it comes to the actual car buying process. Not to mention, your certified franchised car dealers have more hoops they need to jump through than ever before in order to keep selling cars.
Therefore, 2016 proves to be safer than ever when it comes to purchasing a used car from a dealership. Best part is, buying from a certified Chevy dealership provides you with unique benefits not found anywhere else, such as peace-of-mind when buying a used car (no lemons here), the certified pre-owned advantage, and vehicle service you can trust.
No Tricks or Lemon Cars
Unless you are shopping at an unheard of BHPH dealership, tricky sales tactics and lemon-quality vehicles have been relegated to the past. When I say “lemon-quality,” I’m not talking about the sour citrus fruit. I’m talking about a lemon car. For those who don’t know, a lemon is a vehicle that has had one (or multiple) manufacturing defects that negatively impacts either the safety, value, or performance of the vehicle. But, it’ still sold as a vehicle that’s in good or like-new condition.
In simpler terms, it’s an old trick that dealerships once used to move cars that had been significantly damaged off the lot. They make the surface look new, and hide the true damage underneath. Thanks to the Lemon Law (which varies from state to state depending on what’s considered a lemon), consumers are protected from getting both new and used vehicles that might be considered a lemon.
Along with the Lemon Law, there are plenty of other rules and regulations that prevent dealerships in 2016 from using any other method of trickery in order scam money from you. Nowadays, most dealerships — especially certified franchised ones — understand that what sells cars is providing help, and having an honest approach to the sale. This is what drives business in the modern car market, and deviating from that approach will compromise a dealership’s continued business in the long run.
Certified Pre-Owned Advantage
Shopping at a certified dealership ensures that you won’t get bamboozled during a deal, but also provides a better value option when it comes to used cars: certified pre-owned vehicles. These offer even bigger advantages for the consumer because certified pre-owned vehicles are accompanied by one of the most comprehensive warranties on the market. Of course, these warranties vary between automakers, and can also depend on the type of dealership you go to. It’s also important to note that only certified franchised dealers offer CPO vehicles. You won’t find a legitimate CPO vehicle backed by manufacturer warranties at a buy here, pay here dealership, or any other type of independent dealership.
Grabbing a certified pre-owned vehicle not only gets you more bang for your buck, but it also gives you guaranteed peace-of-mind. The uncertainty all too often inherent in used car shopping is the primary reason many people don’t buy used vehicles, because they are afraid of the wear-and-tear and mileage on the vehicle. Here’s how a CPO vehicle combats that issue:
Let’s take a look at Chevy, since they have some of the best CPO vehicles out there. First and foremost, for a vehicle to even be considered a CPO vehicle, the Chevy model must be five years old or newer and have less than 75,000 miles on its odometer. Then, the car or truck must pass a 172-point inspection (where the technician inspects the vehicle from bumper-to-bumper) and come backed by a clean vehicle history report.
If it passes the inspection process and meets the mileage and age requirements, it will be considered a certified pre-owned vehicle. Once certified, these vehicles offer consumers additional perks like a 3-day/150-mile satisfaction guarantee, 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, and a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty (which was recently revamped), along with courtesy transportation for the duration of the powertrain warranty. Trip interruption protection, 24-hour roadside assistance, and a 0$ deductible are also included.
These warranties guarantee that you’re car is completely protected for at least 12 months or 12,000 miles, and the powertrain warranty is one of the best in the industry. Combined, this equates to $2,800 in built-in-value, which you won’t find on a used car bought online or from a non-certified dealership.
Car Service you can Trust
If something does go wrong with your certified Chevy (even though that’s highly unlikely) you’ll want to have those warranties honored, right? Certified Chevy dealerships will be able to work on your car, since they have a service department that has factory trained technicians and the proper tools required for maintenance and repairs.
You won’t find this type of service at your local corner garage. Being factory trained means these technicians know your vehicle like the back of their hands, and are very familiar with working on any warranty-based issues that might pop up. Not only that, but the service is trusted. Simply because the technicians at these certified dealerships are both more knowledgeable than the other guys, and held accountable for their work. Plenty of consumers have had bad experiences with corner garages or quick-lube changes. Whether those experiences were because of a thieving garage, incompetent mechanics, or just carelessness, purchasing a used vehicle (CPO or non-certified) means you’ll have the opportunity to get your vehicle serviced in a trusted, safe, and knowledgeable place. As we all know, peace-of-mind is worth its weight in gold.
Remember, these advantages are unique only to a certified dealership. If you buy a used car from a non-certified dealer, you won’t gain the benefits mentioned above. In particular, if you don’t buy from a certified Chevy dealer, you’ll miss out on one of the best certified pre-owned programs in 2016.