Some people don’t know when to trust a dealership or when they are being duped. It’s not easy to tell, and the salesmen don’t just out themselves. You have to know what you’re doing, and you need to be prepared. Consider the helpful tips you’re about to read in order to get you better prepared for next time.
What do you want out of your new car? How much can you afford? How many passengers do you need to be able to accommodate? How much gas mileage should the car have? Do you want a vehicle with four doors or will two suffice? You should make a list of all the features you are looking for, and bring it with you when you go shopping for a new car.
Establish a budget before you go car shopping so you have a great idea of what is in your price range. Try your best to stay within your budget. If you must go over, the amount that you go over should not be so significant that it puts you in a financial bind.
Never let salespeople talk you into a car that is beyond your means. Many people get hoodwinked into buying a sports car because salespeople say the person looks good in it. Remember that the salesman wants his commission!
Shop around before you even go to the dealership. If you spend some time on local dealer’s websites, you can learn about incentives that are offered. If you know what one dealership is offering, you can use it as a negotiating point and may be able to get a better deal.
If you are in the market for a used car, a great way to tell if the speedometer is correct is to look at the gas and brake pedals. If someone says the car has 30,000 miles on it, and the brake and gas pedals are worn, it is a good indication the odometer was turned back.
Set a budget and stick to it when shopping for a car. It can be very hard to stick to a budget when you find a car that you really want, but there is nothing good about an impulse buy. Figure out what you can afford before you start looking so that you do not break the bank.
Most salespeople are expected to meet monthly quotas. They have to sell X number of cars monthly, and knowing this puts you in the proverbial driver’s seat. Salesmen who have yet to make their expected number of sales will be eager to close another sale. These quotas will help you be able to argue out a better deal.
It’s a wonderful thing to know what you’re doing when you go to buy a car at a dealership. Now that you know more of what to look for and do, you will be much better prepared the next time around. Put everything you’ve learned together, and make sure you are one step ahead next time.