Used Car Dealer: Get a Good Deal
Used Car Dealer - Be Straight with Them!
Know someone who has driven home from a used car dealer in vehicles that they didn't really want, having not made a good choice and not got the best deal? When this happens we often fall for the facile art of blaming the person who sold it to you – talking about the crooked sales guys and the pirates in the dealerships trying to frisk you. But to be honest these days these crooks are becoming more and more marginalized until they are disappearing almost completely. So, if there are bad deals happening, then the buyer of the car should be sharing the responsibility for it.
Fact is that some of the buyers will also be lying the same amount and sometimes more than the people who are selling to them. Many of them walk into dealers' showrooms ill-prepared for car buying, and thus they are responsible for what they buy. This is not ridiculous, you should remember the term caveat emptor – or ‘buyer beware', so you should protect yourself.
Firstly, you need to perform your due diligence. If you don't do the right job when you decide which vehicle you are going to buy then you will not know what kind of car you want, what kind of car you need and why you are buying the car. Make sure that the car you buy matched your transportation needs. You should therefore research the field as well as you can by doing your homework.
You should also be flexible, knowing what you are prepared to be flexible about and what you are not prepared to be flexible about and be prepared to let some things go. Colour may not be a big deal, but air conditioning may be a big deal.
You should also know financially where you stand. You should know how much you can spend and you should be very careful not to overestimate how much you can afford. If you don't do this then it may well come back to haunt you. So get your finances into order and get any loans sorted before you go.
If you are straight with the salesperson then they will be straight with you. If you help the salesperson then they are likely to help you. Get them on your side and you may be surprised what you can achieve. When they ask you questions, understand that they just want to know where you are and what you want. Get yourself and useful test drive and make sure you ask any questions that you want to. It's your money after all.
A good deal is when you are driving home in the car you want at a fair price. If you get hammered its your fault, not anyone else's.