The only difference here is the customer’s shopping experience. At a traditional dealership, the financial conversation is often the last part of your experience. After you've seen a few models, asked a host of car questions, and possibly test driven one, the dealer will help you explore payment options. At a BHPH dealership, the process is usually reversed. The dealer will ask you a series of questions, possibly run a credit report, and invest in understanding your credit history before showing you available cars. Finally, with your monthly payment range and down payment information factored, you will be shown cars that are right for you and your unique financial situation.
Not exactly. Lee Credit Express does provide auto financing through its own finance company. This allows us to finance customers who can't get an auto loan from a traditional lender because of bad credit, which is what a 'buy here pay here' dealer does. But that is where the similarities end. Customers don't have to make payments at our dealerships, they simply mail their payments to the finance company. And unlike most Maine 'buy here pay here' dealers, we have newer cars and service contracts that protect your investment. We consider it 'buy here pay here' done right.