If you’re interested in buying a used car, you have several options. Many people choose to buy a used vehicle from a dealership, but cars are hard to come by these days. The global microchip shortage is restricting new car inventory, and this has led to restricted used car supply because fewer people are trading in their vehicles.
With less used cars at the dealership, more people are turning to banks and private sellers. Let’s look at the differences between buying cars from a bank or credit union versus a private seller and what option is best for you.
A private seller will typically have more information on a vehicle’s history than a bank. Private sellers are usually selling a car they own or have driven, so they’ll be somewhat familiar with its history. However, not all private sellers are honest, so it’s up to you how much you want to trust them.
Banks and lenders, on the other hand, might repo hundreds or thousands of cars per year, so they usually know very little about a car’s history. Your best option is to request a Carfax report so that you have access to the vehicle’s history. Having some background information will offer you peace of mind.
Financing a used car is a bit trickier than financing a new one. Interest rates are higher, and some banks won’t finance cars that are past a certain age or mileage. It’s also harder to find financing when you buy a car from a private seller. Lenders worry about dishonest sellers that could result in the buyer defaulting on their loan.
When you purchase a repossessed car from a bank or credit union, you’ll have a much easier time getting a loan. In fact, many of the banks that sell vehicles on RepoFinder are highly motivated and often willing to negotiate financing. Plus, it’s one-stop shopping! You can buy a car and get financing all in one!
Another important factor to consider is the purchase price of the vehicle. Many people think that private sellers are cheaper, but this isn’t always the case. It’s not uncommon for private sellers to price their vehicles higher because they have an emotional attachment to them.
Banks have no attachment to their vehicles so they’re usually in a better position to negotiate. When you use RepoFinder to buy a repossessed car, either a price will be listed or the seller will be taking bids. Do your research so that you can make a strong bid!
Hopefully this information has helped determine what is best for you – buying a used car from a private seller or a bank. If you’re interested in browsing the latest repossessed inventory, click on your state on RepoFinder and find a vehicle that works for you!