Buying Used at Dealership vs. Craigslist Houston

January 22nd, 2019 by

For sale sign on windshield of car.

If you’re searching for a quality used Ram truck, you have plenty of options between dealers like Clear Lake Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT and those listed on Craigslist Houston and other Clear Lake area resources. We’ll look at a few of the pros and cons of each to help you decide which method is likely to save you more time, money, and hassle on your next vehicle purchase.


Both Craigslist and dealer websites offer you access to an ample supply of pre-owned vehicles and make it easy to narrow down your options based on whether you want a hard-working used truck like the RAM 1500, or an SUV like the ever-popular Jeep. But, while Houston Craigslist ads do change frequently, only a Houston area dealer can notify you when the vehicle you’re looking for comes into stock.


Depending on the vehicle you’re searching for – and the seller’s motivation – you can score huge savings buying from a private party desperate to get rid of the vehicle, but that isn’t always the case. Many sellers base their prices on sites like NADA and Kelley Blue Book, which can recommend far higher prices than a dealership asks. And, since the dealership is eager to move inventory and make room for new products, they can be more negotiable on price than a private seller may.

Vehicle History

While a private seller is far more likely to know the actual history of the vehicle, they aren’t necessarily going to share it honestly. Was the vehicle only used to commute from Pearland to League City, or was it hammered on the trails, then cleaned up for your inspection. Many dealers offer free vehicle history reports to allow you to see where your vehicle has been and what damage it may have suffered.

Quality Used Cars and Certified Pre-Owned Cars

Private parties can sell you a low-mileage used car on Craigslist Houston, but they cannot offer you any type of warranty to protect you from manufacturer defect. Houston used car dealers like Clear Lake Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT are beholden to quality guarantees. Moreover, we offer Certified Pre-Owned options that have been inspected, reconditioned, and warrantied against defect, giving you peace of mind with your used vehicle purchase.


If you have cash saved and can pay for your entire vehicle outright, you could save with a private party but, if you need financing, or have less than perfect credit, a Deer Park area dealership could be a better choice. Dealers like Clear Lake CDJR work with local lenders to provide affordable financing to most buyers – even those with less than perfect credit. Drop by and see how easy getting the perfect ride can be with us.

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