Buying your next car can be stressful if you don’t know where to begin. From deciding on a new or used model to factoring in accessories and running costs, there are a number of things to consider - and tackling it alone can be a challenge.

If you’re looking for a helping hand buying your next set of wheels, we can help. Today, we’re taking a look at the benefits of buying your next car from new or used car dealers and how expert help and advice can get you behind the wheel of your next car sooner than you think.

1. Enjoy a professional environment

Buying from a private seller often means viewing the car at their home address or having it brought to you - while buying from a dealership means you benefit from a relaxed, yet business-like atmosphere. At Citygate, we aim to deliver an exceptional experience every time - and practising high levels of customer service comes as standard. New and used car dealerships offer a degree of professionalism that is often lacking when you buy a car privately, and we combine a friendly and helpful approach to ensure every customer leaves satisfied with their experience.

2. Get expert help and advice

Buying privately can prove challenging - especially if you’re not particularly car savvy. You’re largely left in the hands of the seller and reliant upon their knowledge of the car they’re selling. When buying from a dealership, you’ll get expert advice and you can rest assured that all technical faults will have been discovered and addressed. Whether you’re buying secondhand or new, car dealerships are committed to maintaining relationships with buyers long after the initial purchase of their car. From MOT testing to servicing and repairs, our after sale care options are designed with the customer in mind - helping you keep your vehicle in the very best condition. 

3. Take a test drive

When you buy privately, sellers aren't always happy for you to take the vehicle for a test drive. Spending some time driving the vehicle and getting comfortable with the way it works is always recommended - especially if you’re buying a used vehicle. When visiting a dealership, the salespeople are on hand to take you for a test drive and let you get a feel for the car by getting behind the wheel. Whether you’re curious about central locking or want to know more about the vehicle’s history, this is a chance for you to get your questions answered.

4. Choose to trade-in

Whether you’re planning on buying a brand new ŠKODA or looking for a used VW that meets your needs, trading in your old car can be a great way to get you one step closer to your next set of wheels. Buying privately requires you to pay the full amount the seller is asking for, which can be expensive and often delay a sale - but part exchanging with new or used car dealerships means you can use your old car to cover some of the cost. With professional salespeople taking care of the exchange, the process is as quick and stress-free as possible - meaning you can be driving away in your new car sooner.

5. Benefit from convenience

If you decide to buy privately, this often involves spending hours searching through car ads and then time to view each vehicle by each seller. Choosing to buy from a ŠKODA or VW dealership means you can view a selection of cars in one place - and all on the same day. By expanding your options, you can view a range of cars and features - meaning you’re more likely to find a vehicle that suits you. Buying your next car should be an exciting time - and whether you decide to buy from a private seller or seek guidance from a dealership, make sure you spend some time thinking about the best choices for you. Ready to find out more about our VW, VW commercial and ŠKODA dealerships? Head to your nearest Citygate branch to explore our range of new and used VWs and ŠKODA today.