Stealing from Dealers - Your Car Negotiation Guide
You wouldn't play poker against a guy called "Vegas", so don't negotiate with a
black belt dealer unprepared. Read this guide before setting foot on the dealer's lot.
It's sad how most people think they've negotiated a good deal from used car
dealers. The biting reality is that over 90 percent are ripped off. So don't walk into
the car lot until you've read this guide, or your hard earned cash will turn you
into yet another dealer victim.
You spend your days (and likely nights) studying or working, saving up enough
cash to buy a car. The danger is that Used Car Dealers have stacked the cards in
their favour. Your walking into the dealers showroom without preparing properly
is like walking onto a tennis court to play against a pro like Roger Federer.
We've made it our business to level the playing field.
This guide gives you the inside track and exposes the hidden tricks dealers use
to line their pockets with your cash. Fortunately, unlike the tennis example
(where you're going to get thumped), preparation can turn the tables and save
you hundreds or thousands of dollars on your next car - not to mention earn you
Step 1: Choosing the Right Car
Before you go tearing out to the dealerships, put on the brakes, sit down and
figure out what kind of vehicle you need. Forget about what you want. Yes, we
must admit, this doesn't come naturally to most of us. Bear with us; you'll be
playing into the dealers hands if you don't do this first. Think about what is
going to suit you best. There are 4 things you need to keep in mind when
choosing the right vehicle:
1. Lifestyle: The car you're going to drive will need to suit your lifestyle.
Your needs will be based on whether you are single, married, have children or
are planning a family in the near future.
2. Location: Are you rooted close to the downtown, nestled in suburbia or tucked
away in the rural wilds? You also need to think about what kind of commute you
take to work and give some thought to weather and road conditions.
3. Hobbies: What do you do away from the job or college? Party a lot and need to
play designated driver? Are you a hermit, seldom venturing away from the nest?
Or do you like to race up muddy trails or slog your way up an icy mountain road
to find that perfect virgin track of powder?
4. Income: Yes, there's no escaping the budget challenge. We will come through
on our promise to save you money, which means you can afford more. Your might
fantasise about owning that rugged Hummer, racy Jag, or classic muscle car. Stop
for a moment and ask yourself: Is it really worth working for the car loan company
to meet payments? What can you really afford to pay? Writing this figure down now,
will go a long way to preventing the dealer from talking you into paying more.