Car Dealership

Car dealerships are retail establishments that sell new and used cars and trucks. They may also provide financing, maintenance, and repair services. There are over 17,000 new car dealerships and over 140,000 used car dealerships in the United States as of 2023 country.

Benefits for Used Car Buyers

There are several benefits to going to a used car dealership instead of a private seller, such as:
  • A wide selection of vehicles to choose from
  • The ability to compare multiple vehicles and models side-by-side
  • Access to financing and leasing options
  • Professional inspections and certifications
  • Warranty and maintenance plans
  • Better consumer protection laws and regulations
  • Peace of mind and transparency in the buying process as they have a reputation to maintain.

Types of Car Dealerships

In general, car dealerships aim to provide a one-stop-shop for buying, owning, and maintaining a vehicle.

New Car Dealerships sell new cars of a particular make or brand, such as Ford or Toyota. They typically have a showroom where cars can be viewed and test-driven, and a sales staff to assist customers with the purchase process.

Used Car Dealerships sell used cars of various makes and models. They may also have a trade-in program that allows customers to trade in their old car for a new one.

Franchise Dealers are authorized by a car manufacturer to sell their vehicles. They also have a service center that is also authorized by the manufacturer.

Independent Dealers are not affiliated with a particular car manufacturer, so they can sell used cars of various makes and models.

Online Car Dealerships sell cars online, and the customer can buy the vehicle online, and have it delivered to them.