Used Vehicle Shopping: Craigslist Vs Dealership


It’s an age-old question for consumers in the market for a used vehicle – is it best to go to a used car dealership in Evansville? Or is it best to go with a private seller on Craigslist? One of the reasons people avoid a car dealership is because of dishonest establishments that have created a bad rep for others.

However, in this digital age, you can take advantage of online reviews, forums, and social media to get a good idea of how a dealership does business. The Internet offers the opportunity for consumers to shop in the comfort of their own home, view a dealership’s vehicle inventory, and even apply online.

Customers who buy a used vehicle from a dealership often have a hassle-free experience with the following benefits.


Unlike a dealership, a private seller on Craigslist will not offer you a warranty or even a guarantee on their word. At Edge Auto Sports, we offer an extended warranty to cover any repairs, depending on the vehicle. Each of the vehicles goes through an inspection and we make sure it’s in great conditioning before putting them up for sale.

You also have the right to schedule a pre-purchase inspection at your expense, and at a service center of your choice for your peace of mind. We’re not here to sell you junk – we’re here to help you find the car that you need or the one you’ve always wanted.


If you have a vehicle trade-in, your best bet is to go to a dealership. One of the benefits of this is that you don’t have to go through the hassle of selling your car privately. Trading in your vehicle can also lower your monthly payment on your ‘new’ used vehicle. It’s a rare instance that a private seller on Craigslist will take your trade-in for the vehicle that they’re selling.

Financing for good, bad, or no credit

One of the biggest advantages of doing business with a used car dealership in Evansville is that if you don’t have the money upfront, you can finance a vehicle – regardless of your credit history. You can’t do that with a private car seller on Craigslist.

Again, you can apply online before you visit a dealership for the car that you’re eyeing which helps save you a lot of stress and wasted effort. When you go through our dealership, you have access to a network of different lenders that we work with to secure a competitive rate for you.


The greatest risk of purchasing a vehicle on Craiglist is that you can run into a dishonest seller – and you won’t know it until your car breaks down two weeks later because of an issue that they failed to disclose. Of course, there are dishonest salespeople and dealerships out there too. However, you can do a quick Google search on the business to find out what their reputation is. Be wary of any establishment that has been in business for a while but doesn’t have any reviews or testimonials.

Used car dealerships today operate on a much higher standard, which we are all for here at Edge Auto Sports. In fact, it’s one of the reasons we started a used car dealership business – to provide honest, good service to the community of Evansville. Get in touch with us today for additional information.

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