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10 Things to Know About Getting the Best Deal on a Car

10 Aug Blog | Comments

1. Car buyers who have a vehicle to trade in should never mention that to the dealer before agreeing on a price for the new vehicle. It is more likely that the car buyer can get a better deal by selling the old vehicle themselves, rather than offering it as a trade in.

2. Similarly, financing should be at the end of a discussion between a car purchaser and the car dealer. A car buyer has the option of going to a credit union for financing which is the most advantageous place for a car buyer to find the lowest rates.

3. These days, the buyer has the upper hand. The current economy has forced people to keep their vehicles longer, and dealers are having trouble moving inventory. This is why car buyers should never announce when they first walk in the door how much they have to spend. The dealer may have been willing to go beneath that price but will refrain from doing so if the car buyer lets the target price be known.

4. Couples who are purchasing a car together, need to appear to be a united force to the car dealer. If one is more emotionally invested in the vehicle than the other, the dealer has a chance to divide and conquer.

5. Dealers sell extended warranty agreements, but just like financing, the car purchaser has the option to purchase an extended warranty from a third party. Find out what the dealer is offering first before deciding to purchase the warranty.

6. Never let the dealer know how badly you need the car. It causes them to become stubborn in their negotiations with a car buyer.

7. Car buyers must make sure to know what their credit scores are. The dealer will know and if the car purchaser doesn’t, the dealer will have the upper hand.

8. For a used car, consumers must not decide that it is a good vehicle on sight. They must have it inspected by a mechanic before buying it.

9. Pay close attention to extra fees for extraneous reasons. These things, most likely, are unnecessary and the car buyer may ask to have them removed.

10. Monthly payments may make the deal sound attractive, but this is the wrong way to negotiate with a car dealer. The monthly payments could be low because the terms are being stretched over several years which could add thousands of dollars in interest to the loan.

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