Purchasing a vehicle from a used car dealer seems to be a somewhat controversial issue. I have heard the stories about someone getting burned, or getting a bad deal, but I honestly have to say we have always bought from used dealers, and have always gotten a really good vehicle. I guess it depends on where you shop, but I am a firm believer in the value of getting a used car. (By the way, if you're looking for a Used Car Dealer MA, you may want to follow this link).
Our recent purchase from a used car dealer was a Ford Explorer, and it is one of the best deals-and one of the best vehicles-we've ever had. We actually have had some debate over this issue, because some of the family prefers our big ol' Chevy Suburban. Now don't get me wrong, I do like our Suburban. For family trips (with our family of 8) you can not get a better vehicle than that Suburban. Personally though, I much prefer driving my little Explorer (affectionately called SueVee. Get it? SUV? Yeah, it's kind of a family joke!). Anyways, back to the vehicle debate. I enjoy the smaller size of the SUV, both for maneuvering, for parking, and for the gas mileage we get. Especially with the price of fuel, and as much as we travel, the SUV far outdrives the Suburban on a single tank of gas! And, even with the more compact size (at least compared to a Suburban, I know an Explorer is not considered a compact car :) the SUV is still sturdy and dependable. We have never had a serious breakdown or mechanical problem with it. Yes, the normal flat tire or a light that needs replaced, but what car doesn't need that? Honestly, for the price we paid, we really got a really good deal when we purchased this Explorer. Call me strange, but I prefer the SUV over any other vehicle I've driven! I am very glad we chose to go with a used car dealer!
Do you have a preference when it comes to buying a vehicle? Do you opt for a used car dealer, or are you a strict has-to-be-new buyer? Please share your thoughts!