Whether you’re looking for a new or used vehicle in Guelph, the Auto Mall is a great place to start your search. There’s about 20 new and used Guelph car dealerships in about a 2 km radius when traveling east on Woodlawn Road. Ranging from Subaru, Kia, Honda, Dodge, Volkswagen and Toyota, to used car dealerships, such as Riverside Auto Sales, Wellington Motors, Mark Wilson’s used cars and us, SASS Auto Group! Essentially, there’s very high competition when purchasing a vehicle from a new or used car dealer in Guelph. Picking a starting place or dealer can be difficult, so here are some tips if you’re looking to buy a car in the Guelph, Kitchener, Cambridge area.
Shop Around Different Guelph Car Dealers
A benefit of the Auto Mall is the proximity of so many Guelph Car Dealers. With so many options just a minutes drive apart, there’s no reason you shouldn’t check out more than one dealership. Furthermore, an ACA report suggests the consumer journey takes about 5 to 12 weeks to finalize choice and purchase of vehicle, so take your time! At each dealership, make sure you’re asking the right questions – history of vehicle, previous owners, past service reports etc. Each dealership may have slight differences in inventory, pricing, quality and purchasing or financing terms.
If you’re looking for something specific, don’t stress. You can find just about any make or model of vehicle you’d like! Some of the dealerships include:
- Guelph Volkswagen
- Guelph Nissan
- Guelph GMC and Lincoln
- Guelph Honda
- Guelph Toyota
- Guelph Pfaff Subaru
- Guelph Kia
- Guelph Pitman Ford
Used Car Dealerships
Perhaps you want to forgo the new car process, and opt for something a little more affordable. There are also many used car dealerships in Guelph, and the auto mall. Here are some of Guelph’s used car dealers:
- Mark Wilson’s Better Used Cars
- Riverside Auto
- Royal City Fine Cars
- Wellington Motors
- And us, S.A.S.S Auto Group
Buying used, especially in 2019 definitely has it’s advantages. Some analysts even believe that pre-owned vehicles are the strongest part of the automotive market. Data from J.D. Power suggests that an influx of higher year, quality used vehicles are being traded in to used dealers. With greater technology in newer cars, vehicles are lasting longer in general. Other reports suggest that financing a used car can result in lower monthly payments than leasing a new one.
S.A.S.S Auto Group
Here at S.A.S.S Auto, we tend to carry a high percentage of luxury used cars for sale. This is because an increased demand for premium SUV’s, and overall reliability of luxury brands. The difference between a brand new say Audi Q5 and for example a 2018 model are quite small. Buying a lightly used vehicle has great economic benefits when compared to buying new.
Check out this post on Buying Used Cars versus New Cars for more information.
Another reason we carry higher end vehicles is because of our massive indoor showroom. It allows us to keep all our vehicles safe from the elements through both summer and winter.
For more information on our indoor showroom, check out this post on The Benefits Of An Indoor Showroom.
We’re currently carrying over 80 used cars from luxury brands such as Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi and Jaguar. Other dealerships may have inventories with more diverse economy brands like Honda, Toyota, and Kia.
Another brand we tend to purchase frequently is Subaru. They have extremely high safety scores, innovative technology and tend to strongly hold residual value. Many Subaru’s are expected to last up to 500,000 km!
Whether it’s with us, or any other used dealership in Guelph, be sure to consider more than one dealership when buying a used car. With so many great dealerships in this area, take your time and research the vehicle and dealer.
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Check Purchasing Conditions
Auto financing has come a long way. Over the past 9 years, auto financing market has grossed over $60 billion. Over half of used cars are subject to some sort of financing. This indicates that more and more people are choosing a financing or payment plan to purchase cars for sale. Depending on credit score and downpayment, the financing terms are subject to change. One positive of financing a vehicle is the ability to purchase a vehicle with a lower risk of needing repairs and longer estimated life. Paying a little extra every month can offset future expenditures if you were to chose a lower tag or older vehicle. Make sure you discuss the intricacies of financing and terms with each dealer before making a decision.
Most Guelph dealerships will be more than happy to let you take a vehicle for a test drive. About one third of consumers who test drive a vehicle end up buying the car in the same day. Don’t get caught buying the first car you test drive. Instead, be sure to test drive a couple different vehicles to ensure you don’t fall victim to an impulse purchase situation.
Check Online Reviews of Dealerships
By now, we all know the powers of Google and other online reviews. Be sure to check out Yelp and Google Reviews of car dealerships in the area. A decade ago, shady used cars dealers could hide in plain sight. Now with online reviews, it’s nearly impossible for a dealer to continue unethical operations. Regardless, reviews can give valuable insight into the sales people, staff and purchasing process each one has to offer.
If you’re in the Guelph or surrounding area, don’t feel rushed or pressured to make a decision when it comes to purchasing your new (or used) vehicle. Shop around, ask questions, and don’t settle until you’ve found “the one”. There’s tons of great dealers in the Guelph Auto Mall with a bounty of vehicles waiting for an owner. Don’t purchase on an impulse, do your due diligence, and find the car that’s right for you!