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Buying from a Dealer vs. Private Seller

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If you’re in the Toledo market shopping for a used car, you can choose to buy from a private seller or a dealership. But, if you’re not sure the difference between buying from a dealer vs. private seller, Exceptional Motorcar in Defiance is here to help. Many shoppers often think privately selling automatically leads to cheaper prices, but that’s not always true. Read on to compare car dealer vs. private seller buying options below, then browse our vehicle specials



Car Dealer vs. Private Seller: Private Seller Option


  • Owner’s Perspective: One of the main differences between buying from a Dealer vs. private seller is that Findlay private sellers have first-hand knowledge of the vehicle.
  • Niche Market: If you’re on a hunt for a very specific model, model year, and make, it might be easier to find and buy from a private seller.


  • No Coverage/Protection: When you purchase from a private seller, there are no warranty protections on the vehicle if it breaks down. Even if it breaks down on your way back home to Lima after you purchased it, you are still 100% responsible for the repair bill. 
  • Iffy-at-Best Service History: Private sellers aren’t required to prove a maintenance history record, you could find yourself with a car that needs a lot of work.

Car Dealer vs. Private Seller: Car Dealer Option


  • Competitive Prices/Wide Selection: Dealerships offer plenty of inventory with a wide variety of makes and models with prices that match market value. Typically, they’re more willing to negotiate.
  • Service & Parts Centers: Many car dealerships near in Defiance offer a stellar service team and parts center to take care of all your vehicle’s needs to keep it in a great condition. 
  • Certified Pre-Owned Inventory: Unlike private sellers, dealerships offer you the option to purchase a certified pre-owned vehicle, roadside assistance, warranty coverage, CPO financing, and much more.
  • Trade-Ins: If you plan to sell your current vehicle to purchase your new one, you’re able to value your trade at dealerships as well. 


  • Financing: While most Lima shoppers do finance their vehicles at dealerships, some may see this as a negative factor of purchasing from dealerships. 

Purchase a Vehicle at Exceptional Motorcar 

Now that you know some of the main differences between buying from a dealer vs. private seller, contact us at Exceptional Motorcar to schedule an appointment to talk about next steps!


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