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Avoid this #1 Mistake – Car Brokers are NOT Car Buyer’s Agents – What to Know in 2024

⭐️ Did you know that there is a BIG difference between a car broker and a car buyer’s agent? 

πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Did you know that many brokers promote themselves as buyers’ agents, but in REALITY, they are car brokers?

❓What’s the difference? 

πŸ”Ž πŸ’΅ Follow the money…

πŸ’Έ πŸ—‘οΈ There is no “free”. A car broker often collects fees from the seller and the buyer, so the car buyer might ultimately pay more for their vehicle.

A car broker must have a dealer’s license and does not exclusively represent the buyer.

Although many broker services may provide worthwhile suggestions, they are not comprehensive enough to get into all the β€œhidden” ways that dealerships make their profits.

A car buyer’s agent like Car Pal will not leave it to you to figure out the “stuff” and surprise fees you encounter when you prepare to sign papers.

Example: A buyer wants an extended warranty or β€œservice contract.” 

  • A car broker does not get involved in those negotiations. 
  • The consumer is on their own.
  • A car buyer’s agent has insider’s knowledge and expertise and often can find 30-50% discounts on the warranties (or, as dealerships confusingly refer to them, β€œservice contracts, which have nothing to do with pre-paid service… counterintuitive, as that is.)

Thus, while car brokers can assist in buying and leasing, a car buyer’s agent like Car Pal offers more specialized and comprehensive services that could lead to significant savings and peace of mind. A car buyer’s agent typically does it **all**.

πŸ’ͺ🏽 🎁 Unlike a car broker, a car buyer’s agent works for its client for a fixed fee….free of dealer incentives.

A car buyer’s agent will work on their client’s behalf to find the best possible deal for a new, used or leased vehicle. The agent will search nationwide and work with dealers to negotiate the best price, features, and financing.

  • A car buyer’s agent will ensure you save as much money as possible when purchasing or leasing.
  • A car buyer’s agent understands the ins and outs of the car business and will know how to negotiate with dealers.
  • Of equal importance, a buyer’s agent is your gatekeeper.
  • Free vs. Fee: does this apply to me? You get what you pay for, but you know that.

As Ursula K. from Los Angeles recently texted: “I just feel like these days people don’t realize how much you need someone else to handle this business for you.”

Negotiating isn’t only about price. It’s also about facilitating the transaction, saving you time and headaches.

β“πŸ’ But can’t big companies find the best deals?

As the saying goes, “No one can serve two masters.”

Many companies can give the impression that they are buyer’s agents. This includes True Car Pricing, Kelly Blue Book, AutoNation, Autobytel, and the two biggest offenders: Costco and Sam’s Club.

Many large corporations claim they can find the best deals, but is it true? This is a common misconception.

  • Their first concern is their bottom line.
  • Their second concern is maintaining relationships with car dealerships.

Where does that leave you, the car buyer?

Although these websites DO provide helpful tools and intel for consumers, in the end, large companies are not working to help YOU find the best vehicle at the lowest price with the least hassle. 

πŸš— πŸ‘€ There are three main ways to search for the best deal on new, used, or leased vehicles.

The first two are challenging and require a substantial time investment

  • You can use your search engine to study the car-buying process for several hours and take your chances with a large broker.
  • You can shop eight to fifteen separate dealers and put your negotiating skills to the test.

One of them is MUCH easier.

  • You contact a car buyer’s agent and ask for help finding the best possible deal.

The last of these choices seems wisest to many who have “been there/done that.”

πŸ’°πŸ˜‡As a car buyer’s agent, Car Pal works for its client for a pre-agreed upon fee and receives no compensation from the dealer.

We invite you to visit our How It Works and Pricing pages to learn more about our services and satisfaction guarantee.

Incidentally, some car buyer’s agents (including Car Pal) are listed under β€œcar brokers” on Google because Google doesn’t have a business listing option for β€œcar buyer’s agent.” Doh! πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

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Phil is in SF with his Nori green Lexus NX plug-in hybrid electric vehicle named Martin.
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Car Pal client Mara Raskin knows the difference between a car broker and a buyer’s agent.

Originally Published October 2016 – Updated March 2024

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