Have you been searching for used cars in Ames, Iowa? When shopping for a used car near you, chances are you've looked at a mixture of used car lots, private sellers, and authorized dealers like Deery of Ames. But what do you need to consider when shopping for used cars?

We're going to take a look at what factors you should consider when comparing used cars in Ames, as well as the benefits of buying a used vehicle. So whether you're looking to trade in your current vehicle, save money on a recent model year vehicle, or even purchase your first car, this page should help you make the right choices when buying your used car.

Buying a Used Car in Ames - Dealer or Private Party?

One of the first decisions that Ames, IA residents have to make when shopping for a used car, is whether to purchase from a dealer or a private party. Used car dealers and private parties both have their pros and cons, which we'll look at below.


Deery Brothers of Ames, Inc.

1700 SE 16th Street
Directions Ames, IA 50010-6430

  • Sales: 515-337-2515
  • Service: 515-520-8406
  • Parts: 515-598-7353

Private Party

Buying from a private party usually has one big benefit: a lower price. However, that lower price can come with some important downsides. When you buy from a private party, you have very little protection if there's something wrong with the car. You're also less likely to get service records or a CarFax report on the vehicle. Both of these factors add a lot of risk to buying a used car from a private party. Another issue is that financing can be harder to come by, so most private party sales are done in cash. If you have a vehicle you want to replace, you will most likely need to sell it ahead of time.

Used Car Dealer

While used cars at a dealership will often have a slightly higher price than those sold by individuals, that higher price adds a lot of value to your purchase. Used cars will often be reconditioned by Ames dealers to make them more attractive to potential buyers. They also typically get a mechanical inspection, and will have a CarFax and vservice history for you to review.

And when it comes to buying from an authorized dealer like Deery of Ames, you can also buy Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. That means your used car will have undergone a rigorous inspection and conditioning process, and must meet other criteria set by the manufacturer. Best of all, Certified Pre-Owned cars come with manufacturer warranties that rival even new car warranties. This adds a lot of peace of mind to your used car purchase.

Shop Used Cars in Ames, IA

As you can see, buying a used car from a dealer in Ames, IA is preferable to a private party purchase in a variety of ways. At Deery of Ames, we have a wide selection of used cars, backed by our reputation for stellar customer service and dependability. We treat every customer like family, and will help you find the perfect used car for you and your needs.

Whether you're shopping for a cheap used car, a lightly used recent model, or even work trucks, we offer used cars for all kinds of buyers. Used car financing is easy at Deery of Ames, and you can drive away confident that you got a great deal on a reliable used car.

Check out our inventory above, and contact us to schedule your personal test drive. You can apply for used car financing right on our website, and we'd be happy to answer any questions you have about our dealership or our Ames, IA used car inventory.

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  • Monday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed