Choosing a Reliable Car Dealer


Buying a car from a dealer ensures you the maximum legal protection should anything go wrong, but that doesn’t mean every dealer is reliable. There are dodgy dealers out there though, so it’s worth taking some steps to make sure you’re buying from a reputable one. Here’s a guide to help you take those steps and make sure your dealer follows a code of practice, stays within the law, and gives you all the information you need.

Finding a Dealer

The first step is to find a dealer – it might seem easy, but getting it right at this stage can save you time and money further down the line. It’s always best to try and find an established firm with a proven track record and good reputation as Ridgeway – ranked as a Top 20 Largest Motor Retail Group in the UK. Going with a well-known dealer like them will give you reassurance that the car you’re buying is reputable and reliable. You could also ask friends and family where they bought their cars – you’ll get recommendations, and potentially find out where to avoid! Once you think you’ve found somewhere, go for a look around; there’s no pressure to buy at this stage, but it’ll give you a chance to scope it out and chat with some of the salespeople. At this stage ask any questions and make sure you feel comfortable. Check if there’s a trade association sign displayed anywhere, as if there is it’ll mean the dealer follows a code of practice; also have a look for a sign that says the cars have been inspected by an independent engineer or motoring organisation.

Choosing a Car

Once you’ve considered all of those factors and found a dealer you’re comfortable and confident with it’s time to choose a car! As a general rule, if possible you want a car that’s 3 years old or less, though it’s about the miles on the clock as well as the years since it was new. You should be aiming for 50,000 miles or less over that three-year period, that way you know it hasn’t been overdriven. You should also always perform standard checks, like making sure the MOT is in date, and for any scratches or chips on the paintwork. Once you’ve got a shortlist of specific cars to look at you of course need to take them out for a test drive – the fun bit! Many owners say that they just knew which was the right car for them by the feel of the drive, even if the models they were considering were identical on paper – so trust your instinct and enjoy.

About Carson Derrow

My name is Carson Derrow I'm an entrepreneur, professional blogger, and marketer from Arkansas. I've been writing for startups and small businesses since 2012. I share the latest business news, tools, resources, and marketing tips to help startups and small businesses to grow their business.


  1. I always ask my family and friends where they bought their cars because I am thinking about getting a new one. Doing that has given me quite a bit of references to choose from. I need to remember that checking out a dealership does not necessarily mean that I need to buy from them that day. Some times I feel pressures like I should, but just checking out different venues is part of the shopping process.

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