Finding the Best Luxury Used Car Dealer
An Earnhardt Guide to Shopping for Premium Rides
Many shoppers want a premium ride, but they want to get it without spending too much. That’s why luxury used car dealers are popular. Our luxury used car dealerships have the ability to offer a broad spectrum of the top brands. You can see a BMW, Volvo, and Lexus all in the same afternoon without driving all over town. Here’s a guide to what we’ve learned about premium rides.
What Qualifies as a Used Luxury Car?
Industrial analyst JD Power defines luxury vehicles as the ones with “significantly better equipment, performance, materials, comforts, technology, or features”. Some critics might go further and suggest that the only true luxury cars are the ones where you have hand-sewn appointments and exclusive materials.With 23 dealerships, Earnhardt staff see all of the brands. Our procurement experts look for the best used luxury vehicles that are available. That’s why you’ll find everything from Audi to Volvo in our large selection of used luxury cars. Here are four brands that made the top ten list at U.S. News and World Reports.
Once an American icon, Cadillac lost favor as a brand. Today’s Cadillac, however, makes the top ten lists for luxury brands, and it shows no signs of slowing down. You can see why if you examine the craftsmanship or test drive one of the high performance engines. The iconic Escalade takes care of big families on the go while V editions give drivers something to cheer about.
When this brand started, it reflected a more staid approach to design. Now it is considered one of the top ten by U.S. News. Leading safety technology has premiered again and again on this brand. It also excels as dash technologies. Last but not least, Lexus started offering hybrid technology sooner than many counterparts. This make it more likely that a used Lexus will have the tech you want. In 2017, Lexus topped the reliability study by JD Power.
This brand has been a household term for luxury for many decades. Offering sedans, sports cars and SUVs, there’s a used Mercedes to suit many different types of drivers. The Mercedes C-Class is ranked as the most popular luxury ride by JD Power. Also ranking in the top ten, the Mercedes E-Class comes in a sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon.
If you love a speedy ride, BMW has you covered. After all, these beauties are tested on winding European mountain roads and later on the Autobahn. BMW has three models in the JD Power Top Ten. This includes the 3, 4 and 5 Series. When more are bought new, this means used BMW shoppers have a better chance of finding what they want in the preowned marketplace.
Why Should You Choose a Used Luxury Car?The obvious answer is to save money over a new one, but there are more answers than this. Buying used allows you to get more for your automotive dollar. The reason that luxury vehicles command higher new prices is their combination of high-quality appointments, cutting-edge technology, and performance engines. When you choose a used luxury car, it’s likely that your money is buying you something better, something more durable, and certainly something with a good resale value.
Furthermore, owning a luxury car is a status symbol. It’s like putting on designer clothes every day. If you buy it preowned, what does it matter? Every vehicle has a history once it is driven off the lot. You’ve just avoided the steepest depreciation by buying it used.When you are shopping, you want to look for a higher trim level of a luxury car just as you would with an affordable model. Some luxury makers -- such as Lexus -- have major conveniences on the base edition. However, most tend to hold them back. This is especially true of high-end makers such as BMW, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz.
Where Should You Shop for Used Luxury Cars?
If you want a good deal on the right preowned luxury vehicle, check out a dealership with a large online inventory like Earnhardt Auto Centers. You’ll have more choices and be better positioned to find the right one at the right price.