Unfortunately for people in West Michigan, not all used vehicles are created equal.  Here are some definite warning signs you shouldn’t buy a used car…



The Dealer Is Unlicensed

Unlicensed dealerships can come in a couple of different varieties. Some of them appear, from all outward appearances, to look like a  valid dealership with a car lot and salesmen but are actually not licensed by the State of Michigan to sell cars, vans, trucks or SUV’s. While curbstoners are people who may or may not present themselves as the person who owns the vehicle when in reality they do not.  They actually “flip” vehicles by regularly buying cheap cars, doing a minimal amount of work on them (often cosmetically) to make them look better and then resell them quickly.  Both are illegal due to Michigan Vehicle Code that requires the Department of State license and regulates vehicle dealers and to investigate and prosecute dealers who operate without a license. You can verify a dealer is licensed online by visiting here.


There’s A High-Pressure Salesman

High-pressure sales just feel gross and yet people accept them as the norm when they go car shopping.  The simple truth is… if your used car salesman feels smarmy to you, you’re shopping at the wrong dealership. Our salesmen are people just like you and understand how uncomfortable it can be working with an aggressive salesman.  That’s why, unlike traditional car dealerships, we make it a point to create a no pressure, casual car buying experience for all of our customers. We trust in our buyer’s ability to decide for themselves if they’re interested in purchasing a specific vehicle or not.  So while our knowledgeable salesmen are more than happy to answer any questions you might have, they’re also just as happy to let you to shop in peace.


Rattles, Puddles & Smells

It seems obvious but if you walk up to a vehicle and there are puddles underneath it, warning bells should start going off inside your head.  The same rings true with strange sounds or smells. Test drives are a great place to discover many of these issues and leads us to our next buyer beware reason…


They Won’t Allow A Test Drive

Experts estimate that most problems car buyers experience shortly after buying a used vehicle could have been avoided with a more thorough test drive.  But a recent study suggests that up to 20% of car buyers are foregoing a test drive altogether and another third only spend 10 minutes taking it for a spin before deciding it’s the right vehicle for them!  When you consider that a truck, van, SUV or car is one of the priciest purchases you’ll make in your lifetime, spending a little bit of that time to get to know your prospective new car is well worth it. If a dealership won’t allow you to take the car for a test drive, it’s time to beat feet and run, not walk from it.


You Feel Rushed To Decide

If they are putting high-pressure tactics on you to make a decision quickly, this might not be the right minivan, car, truck or SUV for you.  Reputable dealers with reliable vehicles aren’t looking to just capture a quick sale. They should be interested in building a lasting relationship that results in the buyer feeling comfortable, leaving them wanting to return to purchase vehicles in the future.  In addition, if a dealership is trying to strong arm you to buy now and won’t let you take the vehicle to a trusted mechanic to inspect, it’s time to walk away from the vehicle.


They Have A Lot Of Negative Reviews

In today’s world of online reviews, it’s easier than ever to quickly uncover what other people have experienced when interacting with a business. When so much of your time and money rests on needing reliable transportation, why wouldn’t you take advantage of such a quick and easy tool to see what you should expect from a dealership? Every business can face negative comments and reviews from time to time but if you check out a dealer and see the same complaint repeatedly and consistently, it may be smarter to walk away than to deal. Particuarly if reviewers are saying they did not honor prior agreements or change things after the sale was completed.


If you find yourself searching for your next used SUV, minvan, truck or car to fit your needs and your budget, we invite you to check out our current inventory of Used Trucks, Vans, SUVs and Cars. At Broadmoor Motors, we specialize in finding the right used minivan, truck, SUV or car to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in. Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in all of our Caledonia, Hastings and Wayland locations with financing available to those who qualify. We will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs in a pressure-free environment.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence!! Family Owned & Operated and with Financing Available, we stand behind our Vehicles and our Warranty so you can be assured your used Car, Truck, Van or SUV will be reliable! Broadmoor Motors is your local choice for Car Sales in the greater Hastings, Middleville, Caledonia, Grand Rapids, Wayland, Byron Center, Dorr, Hopkins, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Lansing, Lake Odesa, Kentwood, Holland, Zeeland, Moline, Cutlerville, Wyoming, Hudsonville, Grandville, Jenison, Hamilton, Ionia and Allegan. Ask about our BMG Protection Plan, this is not an aftermarket product! area. Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car, Family Minivan, All Wheel Drive SUV, Commercial Van or Work Truck. Whether you need to replace your current car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out. Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the Byron Center, Kentwood, Caledonia, Middleville, Hastings, greater Grand Rapids, Wayland and Barry County area. With three locations to serve you in Wayland, Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Sales & Service needs. Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in Caledonia, 269.397.2400 in Wayland or 269.320.6304 in Hastings to see how we can get you back on the road!