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5 Ways To Avoid Getting Ripped Off When Buying A Car
If you are like most people today, buying a car is not on your list of “Top ten most enjoyable experiences.” The negative connotation that the automotive industry carries is directly related to how business is conducted. The back and forth games played by the salesperson and manager are designed to maximize dealer profits, ultimately leaving the customer browbeaten and disgusted. However, the dealer knows that the reason the customer is in front of them is because they NEED a car. The dealer has the advantage. However, going into the dealership as an informed and prepared consumer turns the tables on them. Here is an abbreviated guide to saving yourself THOUSANDS on your next car.
1. Understand the Game. Know that when stepping foot inside a dealership, you have just entered what they call their “control zone.” The entire sales process is specifically calculated to maximize the amount of money you are going to spend. Know that you will not be able to march into a dealership and demand numbers; most dealerships require that you test drive the vehicle before numbers are even considered. Know that when numbers are discussed, the first and second set of numbers that the salesperson comes back with, are NOT the best number. Know that it is a game!!!
2. Research the Vehicle. Go into the dealership with an idea of what the car costs the dealership. Know that you will not pay this number. Everyone is entitled to make a profit. What you should do at this point is decide what you feel is a fair mark-up, and negotiate accordingly.
3. Credit vs. APR. The APR you will pay on your next vehicle, or in the case of leasing: the money factor, is directly proportional to your credit score. The banks and other lending institutions calculate their risk based on your credit score. Generally, a person with good credit is less of a risk, and will therefore will have a lower APR/ monthly payment, and vice versa. Go into the dealership knowing what finance rates are available. You can check today’s real time best rates here.
4. Trade Value. Go into the dealership with an idea of what your trade is worth. Kelly Blue Book is one of the leading sources for this information. However, I caution you in taking what KBB quotes as gold. KBB does not sell cars and is not used by the automotive industry. The dealerships use the values that the cars are selling for at auction. If the dealer is unable to sell the car on their lot, they take them to auction. Therefore, dealers are for the most part, unwilling to pay more than the auction prices. KBB is generally anywhere from $1500-$2500 higher than the auction pricing.
5. Consult Professional Car Buyers. Yes, they do exist. They are known as Auto Brokers. Generally retired auto salesman, brokers are able to bypass all of the legwork that was described previously. They have excellent knowledge of the GAME that is played, but have decided to play on the other team. With the customers interests in mind, they able to get down the bottom line price and cut out the hassles involved in the process. We recommend Negotiation Free Inc. because they are like no other broker. They do not charge the customer for their services. They are 100% compensated out of advertising expenses that the dealerships allocate for every car. Because it costs the dealership nothing to sell the car, they are able to use the advertising fund to compensate Negotiation Free. You can research Negotiation Free by visiting their website http://www.NegotiationFree.com.
Purchasing your next vehicle should not be the grueling the process that you have come to understand. By preparing yourself, and enlisting the knowledge of professionals, the purchase of your next car is going to be not only an exciting but enjoyable process.
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