Dealer ver­sus pri­vate seller

Classic Cars (UK) - - Letters - Tony Woods

My ex­pe­ri­ence with dealers has de­te­ri­o­rated, par­tic­u­larly the grow­ing use of POA in ad­verts with a re­quest that you email or con­tact the dealer. Email re­quests for a price are usu­ally ig­nored and phone calls are usu­ally met with a state­ment that you need to see the car.

Why the re­luc­tance to state a price? Not ev­ery­one is a time waster!

An even greater is­sue is the re­luc­tance of some dealers to state that they are sell­ing the car on com­mis­sion, or claims that cars have had a nut-and-bolt re­build that can’t be backed up with ex­actly what was re­built and when.

There are many dealers who are very upfront which makes it eas­ier when de­cid­ing which cars to view. My ex­pe­ri­ence with pri­vate sell­ers has gen­er­ally been good and I am more pre­pared to pay closer to dealer prices even though there are not the same le­gal guar­an­tees.

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