How to Be Slicker Than a Car Salesman

In the market for a new car or truck? What are you looking for? A Chevy Silverado? Ford Explorer? Or, maybe a cool new Ford Raptor. It can cost you much more money if you are not prepared for the shopping and purchasing of the car. Learn great tips about how to go about buying your next car while avoiding many of the scams that can cost you extra.

  • Don’t forget to calculate ownership costs when selecting a new vehicle. That bargain priced SUV might not be such a good deal if it means you will be spending twice the amount you used to on gasoline to drive it. The same goes for sporty racing style cars or models favored by car thieves that both can come with increased insurance rates.
  • Consider selling your old car privately, rather than trading it in for the new car you want. You will almost always get more for your car through a private sale than you would through a trade in. Even if the dealership makes it sound like they are giving you a great trade in value, they will likely raise the price somewhere else to make up for the difference.
  • Never dress up to go to a car dealership. It will be harder to make a deal and convince someone you deserve a better price on a vehicle if you are draped in expensive clothing. While you want to appear neat and clean, do not wear anything that will make you look like a rich kid.
  • Read owner reviews before selecting the car you want to buy. These can be found online, at many different websites. Owner reviews give you a good idea about how much others enjoy the car, and if they would recommend it to friends and family. They offer a different perspective than professional reviews, and they are very informative for anyone who is car shopping.
  • When heading to that Chevy, Kia, Tesla, Ferrari or Ford dealer ship, get prepared for your bargaining side to come out. While there may be some dealers who have your best interest at heart, most just want to get as much money out of you as they can. This is why you have to be strict and never settle on a deal you are uncomfortable with.
  • Is there a specific feature you really want? Is it, heated seats or a sunroof? Before you even approach the lot, find out which cars in your price range actually offer this feature. This will reduce the time spent on the lot looking at cars you don’t want as the feature isn’t available.

Walking into a dealership with the information you now have will aid you in your purchase. Take the time to learn all of the tips above you soon you will find yourself driving the car you want. You will also have the payments that you can afford to make each month.

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