Dealer versus private seller
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.