Three Ways to Buy a Car in Miami

 

You’ve saved up. You’ve decided you want a new car. You’ve even narrowed it down to the type and style of vehicle you want. But now comes the hardest part: where to buy?

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One thing is for sure, there are no shortages of places to buy a car these days. The reality is that with the boom in technology and the Internet, it has made it especially easy to locate and buy. So what are we here to tell you today? We at HGreg want to help spotlight the most popular ways to find a car today and what’s going to work best to get you into your new car.

Personal Ads

Personal car listings have been around for a long time. They originated in places like newspapers, but quickly became so popular publications began printing their own classifieds. Even with all the digital options today, people still can find print classifieds and most major newspapers, even the local ones, have a section for them.

Now back to those digital options. Historically, platforms like craigslist have been an ideal place to find people selling their own personal items, such as a vehicle. However, A multitude of others exist as well. Similar to a listing you’d see in the paper, the online versions provide type, style, details and pricing.

When it comes personal ads, our recommendation is to basically be careful. While you can sometimes find one hell of a deal, the reality is that dealing with other individuals selling their vehicles leaves you vulnerable to many things, including false ads and uninspected vehicles. Now, that’s not to say it’s not a viable option, but one should be careful.

Online Sales

While online personal ads are a dime a dozen, there’s a recent trend in websites that are attempting to sell cars directly to you without you having to leave your couch. By visiting sites like Carvana, you can search an inventory of vehicles from anywhere. From there, you can check out all the details, including price, take a virtual tour and have it delivered to your door.

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We aren’t sure about you, but this makes us nervous. There’s something about being able to physically see a vehicle and drive it that makes you feel better about the amount of money a car costs. Now that’s not to say that these types of selling options will not someday be the primary way people buy cars, but for now, this is another one to be cautious of.

Dealerships

There’s something about driving onto a car lot with the gleam of the cars, shine of the tires, and smiles of the sales associates, that makes dealerships a special experience. Now, we are a bit biased, but if you look at the reasons why a dealership is a great place to buy a car, we think you’ll agree. There may be fewer physical dealerships in Miami than any online options, but it also gives you the one thing those others don’t have, the opportunity to look, touch and drive immediately.

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Some other reasons that a dealership might be the way to go for your next vehicle is that most offer an exchange policy. We know we have returned a few things in our days after buying them in the store and cars should be no different. For example, at HGreg, if you drive off the lot and don’t love your car, we have a 30 day exchange policy! Another reason dealerships are ideal is that they thoroughly inspect their vehicles before selling them. Most of them, like HGreg, have on-premise mechanics that make sure your new purchase is in top shape before you drive it home. Our cars are all HGreg TRUST Verified, too. You can read more about that here.

Lastly, in an age of screen to screen engagement that rules most of our days, it’s really nice to shake someone’s hand, look them in the eyes, and work together to find you what you need.

 

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3 Things to Look for in a Miami Dealership

Congratulations! You’ve likely decided that you’re in the market for a new or used car. That’s the first big step. Now, comes the process of deciding what and where you’ll want to purchase your car. While many people may think that all dealerships are made equal, the reality is they are not. You’ll want to ensure that the dealership you buy your next car from has the right experience for you. So, we’ve gone ahead and listed our three insider tips of what to look for in a Miami dealership!

Location, Location, Location

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We all live busy lives and the weekends are spent, for the most part, trying to do what we really love (shopping, family, exercise, etc). So when it comes to finding a dealership, you’ll really want to have one that’s centralized and easy to access. There are no shortage of dealerships in the Miami area, but many lack the ability to get to easily and efficiently when your time is very valuable.

So what’s next for location? For the most part, you’ll want to try to stick to a dealership that is accessible by more than one main road. For example, at HGreg, we are not only accessible by Rt. 836, but also Rt. 826 and very close to the Ronald Reagan Turnpike. If the dealership you’re looking at for your next car is off the beaten path, then you may end up struggling to beat traffic there after or during work for a test drive, or even worse, spending your valuable weekend time trying to get there.

Finally, you may not have a current car to get to a dealership. With that said, you’ll want easy access to mass transportation options, like the bus. Having a dealership that’s on the bus route, like Hgreg, will make it a lot easier to get that new car you want and need! At the end of the day, make sure to keep location top of mind!

Price is Right

No, not the game show. We know that everyone talks about having the best prices. It’s a common message among dealerships. However, it’s fairly easy to do some simple research, such as calling the dealership, visiting and talking to a salesperson, or checking out an online selection, to weed out those that are true to their word. At Hgreg, we are true to our word and we do so through our lowest price in Miami. If you find a lower price it’s most likely that something is wrong with that car.

When it comes to comparing prices, there are several things to think about when you’re doing your research. First, remember that the price you’re seeing most likely doesn’t include vehicle registration fees, sales tax, documentation fees, and dealer fees. This is one reason it’s super important to find the very best price for the car itself. In addition, one dealership may have a great rate on a car only to find out they make up the difference elsewhere. Sneaky, sneaky.

Another great option for comparing prices and making sure you’re getting the very best deal is to use third-party independent car services. These services use data from dealerships to not only compare prices, but also the features you’re getting, and more. For example, at HGreg we use PureCars. The service is integrated into every one of our listings and allows you to easily see how the price, mileage and features compare to other similar cars. We believe that our listings are the very best and we back it up by using PureCars. Plain and simple.

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Use Your Gut

Most of us can tell pretty quickly if something feels right or if it doesn’t. The reality is if you come to a dealership and it just doesn’t feel right, then you should walk away. Whether it’s a pushy salesperson, rude phone conversation, or glitches with the online search, you have the right to a great experience and should use your gut feeling when purchasing a new vehicle.

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One way that HGreg makes our customers feel at home is what we call being Trust Verified. It’s our version of a seal of approval. Our goal is transparency. We check out our vehicles thoroughly and if it’s not good enough for our own families then we won’t sell it to you. We even allow you to drive the car off the lot and get it checked by your own mechanic before purchasing. It’s our way of gaining your trust and working to create a long term relationship with the customer.

At the end of the day, finding a dealership in Miami isn’t hard, but finding the right dealership that you can trust and have a great experience can be difficult. Do your homework, be knowledgeable about what you want, and use these tips. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at HGreg.com. We are here to give you the very best experience when it comes to purchasing a new car.