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DriveTime Overall Rating:

4.4 out of 5
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Mon, Nov 18, 2019
Pelham Drivetime
I went to the drivetime in Pelham and worked with Fattah Thompson. He is an absolute angel! He was very nice and helpful!! He answered all of my dumb questions, like every single one! This man deserves a raise or a promotion or some kind of recognition!! One of the best guys out there and one of the easiest car buying experience that I’ve ever had! I will be recommending Fattah to all my friends!!
Heather Stowe
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Sat, Nov 16, 2019
This dealership is the TRUTH!
This dealership is the TRUTH!! From my entrance to my exit they were helpful. Everyone was friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable. Special thanks to Brianda G. and Brad for going the extra mile to help me get into a vehicle. You guys are the best!! 💯
Ariel Parker
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Sat, Nov 16, 2019
Hope this helps someone long post
Having recently gone through a divorce my credit was shot. I looked at DriveTime and their sister company Carvana, as well as other traditional big name car dealerships. DriveTime was easy to work with and was able to work with my monthly payment maximum and my down payment maximum. I was able to get a one year old car with super low miles still under factory warranty, in the glovebox were all the service records and info on where the car had been leased from (only an hour away) I was able to contact that dealership to verify work had been done and there were no known issues with the car. This was all before buying the car. Now I’m sure this is not a common scenario but I’d bet there are more like this out there. A few tips that I wish I’d known, maybe they will help you. 1. It’s ok to select a car before you get to the lot but know that once they run your credit and verify employment (if financing with Bridge Crest their in house preferred lender) you may not actually qualify for the car you had your heart set on. I was convinced I wanted a 2015 GMC Acadia which was in my price point and I loved for room and features. That SUV came out to be around a $4k down payment and $400 a month with a crazy interest rate. This is for a few reasons - if you have a lower credit score or shorter employment history you are a greater risk to them. If you buy an older car or a higher mileage car and you have a poor credit/work history you are less likely to make your payments when/if said older car is to breakdown or need major repairs. Trust me I was so frustrated but when I stopped to think about it I get it. They are taking a chance on you and they have to first protect themselves so you are less of a risk of not paying if you buy a newer car with lower mileage. Not saying they are selling lemons but understand that no matter where you buy a used car (unless from a certified dealer of that brand) you are taking a risk. 2. This was not a big deal for me but if you absolutely need 2 keys/key fobs you need to ask if they have 2. Most of their cars were former rental/fleet/lease vehicles that DT purchased at auction (very common practice) so they may not include 2 keys. 3. Do your homework on the car you select. For something like a $100 deposit they will hold a car for you for several days, this is refundable if you don’t want to purchase, can be applied to a different car, and will be applied towards your down payment if you choose a DT car. The GMC I fell in love with was far from perfect, I left DT that first day without a car and frustrated. My sales person (Lawren Winston-Salem/Greensboro location) was so patient with me and went to work for me (even though I hadn’t given her a dime) looking for cars that fit my payment needs and over the next several days she emailed me listings as they were posted from stores all over the state (open your searches to other locations as you may get a free transfer to your lot). In the end she suggested a car that I would have never considered a Kia Sorento, this car is fully loaded, only a year old and only had 20k miles on it. It was part of the “drivetime select” listings and a lower payment, next to nothing down payment, and lower interest rate because it is a newer lower mileage car. I’ve had this car 4 months and have had zero issues with it, the final purchase transaction took place at the Greensboro location as my salesperson transferred but I wanted to stay with them. They washed and cleaned the car while I was completing paperwork, and I drove my new to me car home about 45 minutes after arriving for my final sit down. I know not everyone’s story or experience is the same but so far I have had no issues with the car and the only frustration was the initial visit when I didn’t qualify for what I wanted, but did qualify for what I needed (a lower mileage, newer less cost maintenance vehicle). Good cars are out there on DT lots but you need to do some work with your salesperson to make it happen. Oh last point, I have learned that the sales staff at DT gets a flat fee per car so they are not going to be super pushy for you to buy the $25k car over the $15k car as they will get paid the same rate wether you buy a Mitsubishi or a Maserati (not that they have those) happy shopping!
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We're Like No Other Buy Here Pay Here Dealership

Traditionally, buying a used car in Detroit can be an exhausting process filled with plenty of risks. Many buy here pay here dealers lure customers with promises of cheap financing, only to disappoint them with a selection of low quality, high mileage vehicles. At DriveTime, we carry a wide selection of late-model used cars and work with our customers to provide competitive financing packages regardless of their credit.

When you apply for an auto loan with DriveTime, our team in Detroit work to provide you with fair financing options based on a down payment and monthly payments tailored to your situation. As a leading dealership helping people find and finance used cars, we can tailor your auto loan into a package that works for you so that you can buy the car that you want.

We have a wide selection of low mileage used cars for sale in Detroit, each of which has gone through a multi-point inspection, reconditioning and detailing process.* Each car also comes with an AutoCheck® vehicle history report. In addition, all of our cars are covered by a 30-day/1500 mile limited warranty and 5-day return guarantee. With a wide selection of cars, trucks and SUVs at every dealership, we are confident that you will find your perfect car on one of our lots.

Instead of dealing with the hassle of a traditional used car buying experience, drop into one of our Detroit DriveTime dealerships. You can talk to one of our sales advisors about finding and financing you next used car at DriveTime. With dozens of cars available to view and test drive, we are confident you will find one that you will love, without the haggling and high-pressure environment of traditional buy here pay here dealerships. You can also browse through our inventory on for options near you. When you find something you like, you can schedule your visit online or call us at 1-888-418-1212.

*DriveTime is not able to make safety recall repairs, so vehicles may be subject to open recalls. Visit for more information about recalls.

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