No one ever said that shopping for a car would be easy! There are so many things to take into consideration, not speaking about negotiation skills you should have.The following tips will help you find the best car without having to spend too much time and effort on a search.
Prepare for a purchase beforehand – you will have much more negotiation power if you learn more about the way the car operates and the financial options they offer. If you look through the customer reviews, you will be able to avoid scams that are frequent in the field. Make sure you’ve learned the trade value of your current car before you start searching for a new one.
Ask a dealer for extended test drive instead of going around the block once. Think well who will be riding in the car regularly and bring them with you for a ride, so that you know their opinion. Take the case to a freeway so that you have a chance to check the blind spots of it and see if the interior is really comfortable.
If you consider buying a used car, don’t close a deal before you check the car. If you are not qualified in mechanics, address a professional. You should do the same if you are buying a car online – paying a hundred dollars to mechanic may later save you couple thousands. Looking for a car online can be a good option and certainly a comfortable one. You can get one on a classified website in your area.
During the negotiation process don’t go too deeply into details like clear coat, extended warranty or fabric care options – these can be purchased later for a fraction of the price. Otherwise you will have to pay for these features over the whole length of your loan.
Even though you may worry about the amount of monthly payments, don’t negotiate them until you’ve negotiated the final price of the vehicle. Otherwise you end up having an extended length of the loan and raised interest (dealers often do so to make the payments smaller, but you will in fact pay a lot more).
Look out for the advertising payments – you don’t have to pay those. They are usually tacked on to new cars, but if your salesman doesn’t remove this fee, ask to speak to a manager.
If you’ve decided on the model of the car you want to buy, call the dealership and ask of they have it. If not, you shouldn’t even go, as otherwise you may be talked into buying a different car that you are not sure of. Thus, by calling in advance you will both save time and money.
Refuse any warranty options offered on used cars – they are usually overpriced and don’t cover the significant repairs. Opt for a warranty offered by a trusted warranty company – this is worth the money.
When it comes to closing the deal, read the contract carefully and see if the term described are those you agreed to. If they are not, ask the dealer to change them before you sign.