The 10 best places to buy a car in Toronto

Should you buy a car in Toronto? You can go back and forth on this decision in a city with so much transit. The freedom of your own vehicle is appealing, but is it practical for city life?

If you like to go on weekend trips, visit family and friends back home, or travel a lot for work, investing in a vehicle is probably the smart choice for you. 

Luckily, Toronto has some great auto dealerships with long-standing reputations for their service, trade-in value, and financing options.

We’ve gone through google ratings, testimonials, social media feedback, and recent industry awards to create our list of the top 10 best places to buy a car in Toronto.

Let’s dive in!

Gus Car Sales

  • Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm Monday to Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm Saturday.
  • It’s been a family-run business for over 44 years.
  • Pre-owned vehicles, service, financing, and trade-in-appraisals.
  • View their inventory here.

“I recently purchased a car from Gus Car Sales and am beyond happy with the entire experience.  They came very highly recommended to me from a family member. They are honest and have integrity. I will be buying all my future cars from them and recommending them to all of my friends and family.” 

Jared H., January 2020

Toronto Best Auto

  • Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm Monday to Saturday.
  • Reseller of certified used cars.
  • Financing options for people with bad credit? Check.
  • View their inventory here.

“By far best dealer in the town! They are so reliable they do have their inhouse licensed mechanic. And they always find solutions to my problems… thanks!”

Faith J.

January 2020

Good Fellow’s Auto Wholesalers

  • Sells Ford, Dodge, Nissan, and Mazda vehicles.
  • 10:00am-8:00pm Monday to Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm Saturday, 12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday.
  • 2019 & 2020 Dealer of the Year award winner from DealRater.
  • View their inventory here.

“Wonderful, fantastic individuals. Everyone went above and beyond, from the quick response to my application to helping me find insurance. I’m very happy. Thank you.”

Natasha

March 2020

Dupont Auto Centre

  • Sells, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagon, and BMW models.
  • Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm, Monday to Friday, and 10:00am-4:00pm  on Saturday.
  • View their inventory here.

“Recently purchased a vehicle from Dupont Auto. Overall one of my best auto purchase experiences. Thanks Mike and Dupont. I would not hesitate to recommend this business and will be buying from them again.”

Bart G.

February 2020

Auto Select

  • Large inventory of pre-owned vehicles.
  • Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday to Thursday, 10:00am-5:00pm Friday, and 10:00am-12:30pm.
  • Great financing options for bad credit holders and trade in options
  • View their inventory here.

“Best place for finance for bad credit and buying a car. He helped me so much. I went to many car dealers but they didn’t approve my credit. But Steve helped me and got my credit approved within an hour. Highly recommended.”

Armin H., February 2020

Auto Experts Motor Sales

  • Sells of sedans, hatchbacks, station wagons, minivans, pickup trucks, SUVs, and luxury vehicles.
  • Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm Monday to Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm Saturday
  • Over 60 years combined experience in the auto industry.
  • View their inventory here.

“I recently bought a Dodge charger here. Reasonable priced. Great service. I never felt like these guys were trying to fleece me. They worked with me to find the right car for me and I’ll definitely be going back. Check them out if you’re in the market for a car.”

Oldrich S., Feb 2020

Toronto Auto Brokers

  • Sells used luxury cars, including Audi, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Jaguar, Ferrari, Volvo, and Cadillac.
  • Hours: 9:30am-7:00pm Monday to Thursday, 9:30am-5:00pm Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday, and 12:00pm-4:00pm Sunday.

“Just purchased my Porsche Cayenne S from Rudy and I highly recommend anyone looking for a car to go see him at TAB. He was super helpful and knowledgeable and made the whole process easy. The selection and customer service was amazing -you will not be disappointed. It was my first visit to TAB and won’t be my last.”

Stephanie, Dec 2019

Azores Auto Group

  • Hours: 9:00am-7:00pm Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday.
  • Serving the GTA since 1979.
  • Sells used SUVs, convertibles, trucks, vans, and other vehicles.
  • View their inventory here.

“Just bought a beautiful BMW for my wife from Hugo at Azores auto group. Super nice people and took great care of everything. Communication was spectacular and the professionalism was superb. I am extremely happy with my purchase and would definitely do business with Azores auto group again without hesitation. Thanks again to Hugo for making this transaction so smooth.”

Tim D., March 2020

Toronto Auto Mall

  • Sells a wide variety of used Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, and Subaru sports rally performance cars.
  • 10:00am-6:00pm Monday to Saturday, or Sunday by appointment.
  • On-site financing specialist available.
  • View their inventory here.

“What a great experience it was purchasing my wife’s vehicle from these guys. Service and product was excellent. I will be going back and recommending Toronto Auto Mall to everyone i know. Thanks guys!!!”

Diego D.

Feb. 2020

Auto Park Brampton

  • Sells used SUVs, trucks, and cars from many brands.
  • Hours: 9:00am-8:00pm Monday to Thursday, 9:00am-6:00pm Friday to Saturday.
  • Canadian AutoWorld Dealership Employer of Choice.
  • View their inventory here.

“I have been to a number of places but this has been the best in the business. Excellent Customer support and Amit Sir who handled all our transactions did a fine job. Great asset to the company and he definitely deserves a raise!”

Navdeep R.

Feb. 2020

Questions about buying cars that we hear a lot

What is the best time to buy a car in Toronto?

November is usually the best time to buy a new car because that’s when manufacturers offer discounts and incentives on the previous year’s models to make room for new inventory. 

When buying used, it’s hard to say if there is a best time of the year. If the dealership where you’re purchasing works on commission and quotas, then you may be able to get a better deal towards the end of the month.

Can I buy a car in Toronto with bad credit?

Yes. Many dealerships offer various financing and trade-in options. Some even specialize in financing people with bad credit (#2 from our list, Toronto Best Auto, is one of them).

What is the cheapest way to buy a car in Toronto?

While buying the cheapest car possible isn’t always an advisable strategy (the money you save often goes into bigger repairs), sometimes your budget limitations make that decision for you.

Several dealerships in Toronto offer excellent trade-in deals if you have an existing vehicle, AutoSelect from our list is known for giving very fair trade-in values.

One of the most overlooked factors in buying cost-effective cars is the cost to insure it. Check out or list of the 10 cheapest cars to insure before you sign on the dotted line.

Where can I find a second-hand car in Toronto?

There are many used car dealerships within the GTA (including the 10 we’ve listed above) but you can also find a vehicles from private buyers on sites like:

  • AutoTrader
  • Car Pages
  • Craigslist
  • Kijiji

If you go with a used car, always request a vehicle history report when you’re buying used, no matter where it’s from.

Should I buy or lease a car in Toronto?

Leasing or buying a car really depends on whether or not you want to build equity in the vehicle or if you’re just looking to trade up every 4 years or so.

Loan payments are typically higher than lease payments, but you will have a car you could potentially resell or trade-in in the end. You also won’t need to worry about footing the repair bills for wear and tear, in most cases (usually just oil and some basics). Keep in mind you may also have the opportunity to buy your car at the end of the lease contract. 

Happy hunting out there!

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