If you’ve ever gone shopping for a new car, you know it’s not a particularly fun experience. You are on edge because you’re about to spend thirty grand or more. So naturally you’re a little nervous. On the other side of the equation, there’s the car salesman. They stand to make a huge profit, so they are trying to convince you, through all of their persuasive tactics, to buy the car no matter what. To say this is stressful would be an incredible understatement.
Most people go car shopping the wrong way. They have a vague idea of the kind of car they want to buy, and figure they’ll decide on the car lot. When car salesmen see this, they get really excited. In sales talk, this kind of customer is easy to “switch,” meaning that even though they come in looking for one kind of car, it’s easy to sell them another kind of car. A much more expensive car that will make the salesperson a much larger commission.
How can you avoid being led to the slaughter like a suicidal lamb? Research. Knowledge pretty much trumps any sales pitch. Just figure out, before you go there, exactly what kind of car you need. This isn’t as hard as it seems. There’s plenty of information online that you can check. There’s also plenty of magazines that will give some good descriptions. You can also check with some online forums to get some real feedback regarding the car you’re thinking about getting.
The next step is to find out how much you should pay for your new car. Again, you can find out a lot of this information online. First you’ll find out about the MSRP, or the sticker price. Don’t worry about this, it’s just a suggestion. Generally speaking, you should get about ten to fifteen percent off the sticker. Make sure to verify this from various websites. They show what prices people are actually paying.
Once you know what kind of car you want, and how much it should cost, you should get a loan through your own bank. You’ll likely be able to get a decent loan from the dealership, but when you waltz in there with all your ducks in a row, it makes it much less likely that you’ll suffer any kind of setbacks. Most car dealerships are on the up and up, but you don’t want to give them any power that they don’t need. Do as much as you can on your own.
Now that you’re armed with this information, you’re ready to hit the car lot. You’ll be surprised how easy it is when you’ve done your homework. It will be as easy as walking down to the electronics shop and buying a new computer. This will be the easiest car you’ve ever bought.
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