More car buying tips


I’M SURE you’ll recall my excellent and highly educational posts on car buying, cleverly titled Car Buying 101 part 1 and Car Buying 101 part 2. If you missed them, you have surely suffered immense regret.

There is hope. You can still click one of those links up there and become enlightened. But keep reading, because contained herein are more must-know car buying tips for the benefit of you and your wallet.

These car buying tips supplement the vast and impressive knowledge contained in my other posts but, on their own, are equally life altering.

Alrighty. Brace yourself.

Car buying tips:

  • Research, research, research. Then research some more. Know what kind of car you want, including make, model, year, miles,and features (it’s not difficult). Use the interweb to find out what it’s worth. Start with sites like Nada Guides and Edmunds. It’s vitally important to know what the vehicle is worth so you don’t overpay. Hello.
  • Research dealer reviews – but take them with a grain of salt, knowing pissed off people are more likely than satisfied customers to post a review. Did the dealer respond to any negative reviews? You might be able to get a sense of whether or not they give a crap.
  • Find out about dealer fees. This one’s important as they often don’t make these fees known until you’re ready to sign on the dotted line. Call them up (yes, use the phone for its originally intended purpose) and ask what (not if) other fees you will be charged. Examples might include vehicle reconditioning fee, processing fee, transfer fee, or “It’s Saturday” fee.
  • Keeping your phone’s calculator handy during negotiations is another excellent but often overlooked car buying tip. When negotiating, car salespeople like to throw odd numbers around to confuse buyers (e.g. $19,465 instead of $19,500). If it didn’t work, they wouldn’t do it. Heck, take a notepad and do some chicken scratchin’ right there to make sure you know exactly what price you’re talking about. Don’t be embarrassed to showcase your average math skills. It’s not like you’re going to have dinner with this guy.

Ok, that’s enough. Whew! Now you’re plenty knowledgeable and ready to go buy that car you want.

I’d wish you luck but you don’t need it.





Flickr photo courtesy of Uncle Fezter


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