With the right advice, you can have a much better experience when it comes to buying cars. Everyone has had a less than stellar experience. Flip everything on the salesman, and learn to stand on your own two feet. You can take control, and you can get the deal that you’ve been looking for.
Do not allow the salesperson to convince you to buy a car that you cannot realistically afford. A lot of people are swayed into buying a sports car by a salesperson. When you purchase a vehicle that is not within your budget, you can be sure that the dealership and salesperson — not YOU — will benefit.
Never, ever skip the test drive when you are car shopping. You have to get behind the wheel of that car and see how it feels before committing to a buying it. Make sure you try a variety of driving conditions, including surface streets and interstate driving. Do not forget to try pulling it into a parking space in a shopping center.
Be aggressive and assertive. You will inevitably end up negotiating the price of your vehicle, so don’t be afraid to push a little. Be prepared to walk away from the dealership if you aren’t making progress. Leave the offer alone for a day or two, and then contact the salesman again. If they know that you are willing to walk away, they will be more likely to accept your offer or to counter-offer with a more reasonable price.
Research trade-in prices before turning over your older vehicle. If you are planning on trading in your current vehicle to go towards the purchase price of your new one, be armed with the proper value ahead of time. Checking prices online or using the Kelley Blue Book. Just make sure you are checking the wholesale price, not retail.
Set a firm price for the car you are considering prior to entering the finer details of the negotiation, such as trade-in figures. All of this should come out of your agreed bottom line. Negotiating first can get you a better price, and then you can discuss these little “extras.”
You should now know more about what to do when you visit a dealership. Whether you’re buying used or new cars, it’s time to saddle up and take care of business. No one is actually stopping you from that deal but yourself. Be well-informed, and take that information to the bank!