The Car Buying Guide for Extreme Savers

How to Check a Car Dealer's Ratings and Reviews

If you're going to be doing business with a car dealership, it's important to know what kind of reputation they have.

When negotiating with a dealer, they sometimes say or do things that sound suspicious. Knowing what kind of reputation they have can go a long way in determing if they're telling the truth.

In recent years, there's been a growth of online dealer rating sites. Many of the large automotove portals have also added dedicated dealer review sections.

This is great news for car shoppers who oftentimes need to be protected from unscrupolous dealers.

The largest dealer review site is They have more than 500,000 user-generatd reviews and also provide a way for dealers to respond to the reviews.

The dealers that are actively involved on care about their reputation and are usually ones that will treat customers right.

Another stand-alone dealer review site is They don't carry as many reviews as DealerRater, but they're certainly worth checking out.

Some of the large automotive portals have also added user-generated dealer reviews recently. provides dealer reviews including ratings on Customer Service, Buying Process, Quality of Repair, and Overall Facilities. also provides useful dealer ratings.

Another avenue for car shoppers is to contact their local Better Business Bureau or the State Attorney General's Office to see if the dealership has a history of complaints.

Keep in mind that reviewing a dealer's reputation through ratings and reviews doesn't guarantee you won't have any problems.

A dealer may have a good reputation overall, but they may also have a couple of bad employees that you could get stuck dealing with.

Always keep your guard up regardless.

My Recommendation for New Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle, CarsDirect, and RydeShopper are the quickest way to see the lowest prices available on new cars in your area. Both tools provide upfront prices from local dealers, and the deals are usually really good. It should be the first step you take when negotiating car prices. You should follow that up with my checklist to make sure you get the best possible deal.
- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About the Author: Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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