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To Buy Or Not To Buy Car Shopping Guide

12 Dec 2015 
Research the value of your trade-in. Not only do you need to research the best price for the new car you would like to purchase, but you also need to know how much your trade-in is worth. Do your homework and find out the retail and wholesale values of your trade-in. Aim to get the retail value from the dealer. You should find a way of financing your new car before shopping. This can be done at either your credit union or bank. You may even get a lower interest rate and you will know what you can afford.


Your first offer should be at or very close to the invoice price of the vehicle. This likely be rejected, but will Sarat Ford Lincoln start the negotiation process in your favor. At some point, the salesperson will likely step out to speak to a manager. When they return, if the price is within your price range, accept. If not, continue negotiations. If you have not reached an agreement within 2 or 3 tries, it may be time to cut your losses and try another dealer.


Check for deals online. Thanks to the internet, you can now do the bulk of your car shopping online. You can browse through manufacturer's websites to preview features, compare prices between dealerships and check the reviews before you shop. While nothing can replace actually walking into a dealership for a test 2016 Ford Focus Springfield Massachusetts drive and final purchase, you can save considerable time and money by researching online first.


Speak to loved ones about who they bought their car from. Their advice should help steer you in the right direction. You can trust what they say as they are likely to be looking out for your best interests, which makes their advice far more reliable than that which you find on the internet. If you are trying to determine your trade-in value for your current vehicle, be sure to take it to a few dealers. By going to a few different dealers, you'll be able to get a rough estimate of how much your car is actually worth. This will allow you to turn down low ball offers that someone may make for your car.


Be wary of any dealer who is not willing to give you an extended test drive. Asking for a full afternoon to test out the car is a perfectly reasonable request. If the dealer refuses and will not accommodate the request, you should take your business elsewhere. A car is a big purchase and a big commitment, a dealer should understand that and let you get completely comfortable with the car before purchasing.




Always take any used car you are thinking of buying to a mechanic that you trust. Do not take the dealers word that the car is in good condition. They might have only owned the car for a few days or bought it from an auction. They really have very little knowledge of the vehicle you are trying to buy. Search the web if you want to buy a used car. You don't have to go to a car lot in person anymore. Try looking at Craigslist, eBay, or the local classifieds. You will avoid high-pressure tactics from dealerships, and you may be able to save a lot more money.


Look at "hidden" costs involved with a car. For example, various models come with different insurance premiums, miles per gallon, resale values and costs of repairs and maintenance. Look into what you'll have to pay for gas, how much it costs to change oil, and what replacement parts cost before you buy it. If you find out it will cost you extra, you might want to think about it more.


Consider skipping the dealership entirely. An auto broker will work with multiple dealerships to find you the best deal on the car you want. You can usually find these online, and the dealerships will pay the fees for their use. This is a good way to comparison shop without having to visit multiple dealerships. Never shop for a car based on what you want to pay monthly. Most car sellers will try to help you shop around a monthly payment. This means they can put you in a car that is not what you want by telling you it is what you can afford. The only one who wins is the dealership.


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