The automotive industry contains many different types of businesses other than car manufacturers. Some of these businesses specialize in the component components that go into all cars and trucks. By having high product quality, they produce car parts such as control arms, bushings, engine mounts, ball joints, tie rod, end links, sway bars, strut bars and braces, replacement parts. Others are involved in vehicle sales, repairs or rentals. Still others are involved with the marketing of those products.
Automotive is a broad sector and includes all types of businesses involved in the manufacture of automobiles. These could include: automotive manufacturers, extended dealers, wholesale car lots, private sellers, government agencies, parts suppliers, auto body shops, auto service shops, automotive design and development, independent retailers, trade associations, and trade show organizers. Some large companies have entered into the automobile business by purchasing and franchising parts from other companies. Some have gone out of business and others have become publicly held corporations.
Type of car dealer Companies
- The first largest types of car dealers are those who are independent or privately owned. They usually own just one dealership but do have hundreds of dealerships under their umbrella. They are often franchised by larger automotive companies, and they also sell a variety of used and new cars. These privately owned dealerships are usually not part of publicly held corporations, and they compete directly with the major car manufacturers by promoting and selling their own brands of vehicles.
- The second type of dealers are those who are independent sellers. These companies may not specialize in any one make or model, but they may specialize in certain makes of cars. For instance, there are used car dealers that only sell used cars. Other types of independent sellers are those who may specialize in one model of vehicle, like SUVs, or pick-up trucks or buses.
- The third type is the wholesale car dealers. They purchase in bulk from the car manufacturers, and then repackage and sell at retail prices. Some of these wholesale car dealers may also specialize in certain makes of cars. Many people think of car dealers when they hear the term “wholesale car dealer”. However, these wholesale car dealers do not engage in the buying and selling of used cars, they instead obtain their inventory from the car manufacturers and sell it to individual buyers who are looking for a good deal on a car.
- The fourth and final type of car dealers are independent organizations. These companies may not specialize in the buying and selling of used cars. And may not even specialize in one make of vehicle. However, some of these independent organizations do specialize in the purchasing and selling of all makes and models of vehicles. There are also regional organizations that can be found all over the United States. These national organizations have smaller memberships than most independent associations. But they do have websites where anyone can go and look up information on car dealerships.
Once you have an idea of which companies are in the automotive sector, you can search for information on these companies online. There are many websites online dedicated to letting individuals know which car dealerships have them. This will help you find out which ones are the best to purchase your next vehicle from.
Now that you have a general idea of which companies are in the market, it is time to start your research. It is always wise to visit a dealership that holds the type of vehicle that you would like to purchase. This will give you the opportunity to see the vehicle first hand. And get a feel for how it is to drive. It is a good idea to ask the salesman questions during the appointment as well. If the salesman can answer all of your questions or if you feel comfortable enough to do so, this will provide you with the information that you need to make an informed decision.
After visiting with a few different car dealerships, you should have a better idea of which ones you want. You can then set up an appointment to see the vehicles yourself. In order to get a good feel for the quality of a car dealership, you may want to take your car there with your family and/or friends. During the appointment, you can look at the cars inside and outside, as well as check the tires, the oil, and other systems and components of the automobile.