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Should I Buy a Used Car from a Private Seller or a Car Dealership?

When you’ve decided you are better off buying a used car instead of a brand-new car, the next question that will come to mind is whether you should buy the vehicle from a private seller or a dealership. Let’s examine the pros and cons:

Many private sellers determine their asking price according to the Kelley Blue Book value. It is likely you would get a good price through a private seller and more room to negotiate, since many private sellers would like to sell their car quickly.

Vehicle history transparency from a private seller is only as trustworthy as the person sharing the information with you. Be sure to ask for maintenance records from their mechanic. You can also look to reports from CARFAX for info, this can get you information on a used car quickly and efficiently and we provide those at no cost at Carousel-Preowned.

Private sellers aren’t bound by the same state and federal laws as dealerships. Many private parties sell their used car “as is” meaning they are not responsible for problems that come up once you drive the car off their premises.

Private sellers also want cash, no trade-in options or car loans. In fact, many banks are wary about financing a vehicle through a private seller because of potential fraud.

If you buy a used car from a private party, both you and the seller are responsible for the paperwork – the bill of sale, transferring the title, registration, the taxes and fees. It means a trip to the Iowa Department of Motor Vehicles, and it may also need other inspections.

If you buy a used car from a dealership, you have a larger selection of cars to choose from. Most dealerships offer financing options, as well as warranties on their used cars. You can also offer your current car as a trade-in, which can help reduce the used car’s cost.

Vehicles from a Carousel Pre-owned have been thoroughly inspected. Some pre-owned cars are even classified as certified, which means they have been through several inspections and have a special warranty.

You have more legal protection if you purchase a used car from a dealership. If you run into problems after purchasing the vehicle there are strict laws to which car dealerships have to comply. Dealerships also value their reputation and good dealers will go the extra mile to solve problems that may arise after the sale, while private sellers don’t need to.

It is also more convenient to buy a used car from a dealer because the dealership handles all the paperwork.

Carefully consider the pros and cons of buying a used car from a private party, and visit Carousel Preowned. We are a trusted dealership and we work hard maintain a solid commitment to our customers to ensure their complete satisfaction. This is why we offer the widest selection of used and pre-owned Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and provide true ease of purchase in Iowa. 

Know the Difference: Vehicle History Report vs. Vehicle History

Date: May 25 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

Acquiring a vehicle history report before purchasing a used car can save you a lot of money and headache afterwards. A vehicle history report can be purchased for a fee from companies like Carfax and AutoCheck.com. Other websites, like the National Insurance Crime Bureau, can provide you with the history of a vehicle for free, but they will not provide you with as detailed information. Here's what you need to know about a vehicle history report and vehicle history.

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5 Steps to Buying Your First Car

Date: May 17 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

You got your first job and you’re renting an apartment of your own. The next testament to your full independence is to buy your first car. Buying your first car can be overwhelming, but doing research ahead of time will make it less daunting and help you arrive at an informed decision on the best car for you. Read more for a few tips.

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When to Know It's Time to Replace Your Car

Date: May 10 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

Every car, no matter how well-maintained, will reach its limit and sooner or later, you’ll have to decide whether the car is worth keeping, or whether it’s time to look for another vehicle. Read more to know when it's time to replace your care. 

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Should You Pay Cash for a Used Car

Date: April 28 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

You’ve done your research on the type of car you want and you are ready to approach the dealer. The question is, will you get a better deal if you pay all cash for a pre-owned car?

A buyer paying all cash may appeal to a seller, but cash may not always be king when it comes to buying a used car. Paying all cash for a car would save you money on interest charges and could save you time in a dealership, but it may not always guarantee that you’ll get a better deal.

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Preparing Your Car to Sell to the Dealership

Date: April 20 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

So, you’re ready to say good-bye to your car. Maybe you want to replace it because it’s giving you more trouble than you want to deal with; or, maybe just want a change - something new or newer.

Of course, you’d like to get the most money out of your car. At Carousel Pre-Owned, we want to help our customers be informed, so here are a few things you can do to prepare your car so you get the most for trade-in.

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What to Include in a Car Survival Kit

Date: April 13 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

At Carousel Preowned, we are proud to be a used car and automotive leader in our community. Our customers are very important to us and our customer care goes beyond purchasing a vehicle; we want you to be safe. We encourage everyone to carry a Survival Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Read more to learn what  you need in your Survival Kit.

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15 Car Buying Questions You Should Ask

Date: Mar. 29 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

It’s a rare person who enjoys the car buying process. More often than not, we find ourselves wondering what questions we should ask when we’re at the dealership. And when we do purchase a new car, we wonder “Did I get a good deal?”

Getting a good deal is more than just price. At Carousel Preowned, we want to help our customers be informed; help them know what questions to ask. So, we’ve compiled a list of 15 car buying questions you should ask. Some of these questions may not be applicable to your situation and there may even be more that we forgot, but it’s a start and we hope it’s helpful.

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Cost Considerations for Used Cars

Date: Mar. 22 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

You’re considering purchasing a new or used car, but when it comes to the cost and your budget – what should you know about? For starters, used cars are the most affordable. The average new car can range anywhere from $20,000 to $55,000 according to Kelly Blue Book. While the average used car can range anywhere from a few thousand to the average $13,000.

Beyond the sticker price, it’s smart to get ahead of expenses like maintenance, repairs, parking, gas and more. To get a handle on your budget, determine ceilings for down payment costs, monthly payments, insurance in addition to miscellaneous expenses like parking and gas. Here’s what you need to remember when budgeting for your used car.

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Types of Used Cars

Date: Mar. 15 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

If you’re shopping for a used car, you’ll want to understand what types of used cars there are and what to look for before setting out on your search. Here’s a look at the types of used cars and what to consider.

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What to Know if You're Selling Your Car to a Dealership

Date: Mar. 6 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

You’re ready to sell your car. You have a few options, some easier than others. You can sell it on your own, privately. This will often get you the most money, however it requires a great deal of time and effort. You can use sites like Cars.com or AutoTrader, which also require time and effort. Or, you can sell your car to a dealership. Here’s what you need to know if you’re selling your car to a dealership.

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How Much Mileage Is Good For A Used Car

Date: Feb.22 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

There are many reasons why buying a used car rather than a new car is a wise choice. But there are also factors that should be taken into consideration before purchasing a used car. Good mileage is one them. But how much mileage is good for a used car? Here’s what to know before purchasing a used car.

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Buying A Car for Your Teen

Date: Feb.1 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

If you're buying a used car for your teenager, here are a few things to keep in mind before you go to the dealership. 

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What You Need to Know When Test-Driving A Used Car

Date: Jan. 18, 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

Buying a car can be a big decision. Making the most of a test drive is a simple matter of common sense, careful observation, and knowing what to look for. Read on for how to prepare yourself for this all-important experience and what to keep track of when taking a car out for the first time.

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Used Car Buyers Checklist

Date: Jan. 18, 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

You’ve decided to purchase a new car – fantastic! We invite you to look at our online selection of  used cars and certified pre-owned vehicles. We are confident that your dream car is here on our parking lot.  As you’re looking for your vehicle, we’ve compiled a helpful checklist for you to reference to help ensure a fantastic customer experience.  

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Advantages of Buying a Used Car

Date: Jan. 11, 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

Used cars are a great option for all kinds of drivers. They offer benefits like having more options and lower prices, making them an excellent and affordable choice. If you’re considering buying a used car, read on to find out more about how Carousel Preowned can help.

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The Carousel Preowned Difference

Date: Dec. 29, 2017 | Category: Car Shopping

When you decide to purchase a car, truck or SUV from a Carousel 2, you’ve made a good decision. Shopping at Carousel 2 ensures that you’ll obtain a high-quality automobile that has already met our high standards. Read about a  few benefits you can experience when you shop with us in Iowa.

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10 Things to Do Before You Buy a Car

Date: Dec. 19, 2017 | Category: Car Shopping

Buying your first car can seem a little daunting. There are many makes and models to choose from with a variety of features. It can be difficult to sort through the options and find the best car for you. Consider these ten tips before you buy a car.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Used Car

Date: Nov. 13, 2017 | Category: Car Shopping

If you are looking to buy a car for yourself or a family member, consider purchasing a used car instead of a new car. Carousel Preowned is a trusted used car dealer, and we believe that our high-quality used cars will fulfill your transportation needs.

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