When you shop for a car, does it always feel like you are being scammed? You might feel like you got ripped off in the past. For this reason, you should be prepared to walk in without trying to create friendships. Continue reading for some valuable tips and information.
Line up all vehicle financing before you actually start shopping in person. You can do this through your local credit union or bank. This can often result in better interest rates. This can allow you to visit a dealership with the knowledge of knowing the amount of money you can afford on a vehicle.
Do not go car shopping alone. Your friend can listen for things you might have missed and they can give you advice if they think you shouldn’t buy the car you are looking at. You may want to bring a friend, parent or partner.
Safety features and specifications are extremely important things to consider when shopping for your next vehicle. The car should have ABS or anti-lock brakes. Air bags should also be present; the more of them there are, the better off you are. You’ll be in this car a lot, so safety is essential.
If you already drive a nice vehicle, avoid taking that car to the dealership with you. The salesman may take one look at your fancy ride and refuse any low-ball offer you make. If you are looking to trade the vehicle in, this does not apply.
Buy your car at month’s end. In many situations, car sales staff need to meet a monthly sales quota. At the end of the month, the salesmen may still be behind on their quota and could be more willing to negotiate a better deal with you just to get a car sold.
Bring someone with you. A friend there with no interest in the automobile will provide an honest, impartial assessment about the decision. Your friend should also accompany you on your test drive and give you their opinions on how the car handles.
If your preferred make and model is already identified, call the dealership to see if one is currently on the lot. If you appear on the dealer’s lot, a salesperson is going to work hard to get your business. If you are truly interested in a particular model that they do not have, it is a waste of time to go there. Just pick up the phone.
Every salesperson is different. We expect car salesmen to be pushy, but they aren’t all like that anymore. Most dealerships realize that by keeping the customer happy, they will have repeat business. There is no shame in walking away from overly pushy salespeople. There are plenty of pleasant salespeople who will be happy to earn your business.
The first offer from the dealer won’t be the best. It is probably not the best deal for you. It is necessary to negotiate on your own behalf to drive the best bargain. This is why you must use the strategies here to get the best deal you possibly are able to.