When it comes time to buy another vehicle, some of us can be shocked at what they cost. Car prices seemingly go up every single year, and they don’t show any signs of getting any cheaper. This is why many of us turned to getting a used car. Most used cars are in pretty good condition, but are at a much more affordable price. Still, even used cars can put a hurt into someone’s budget. This is why it is important to get the best deal you possibly can when purchasing a used car. Here are some tips to help you save a little money.
First, make sure you do your research. Know what kind of vehicle you are looking for, and what features you would like it to have. You don’t want to end up paying extra for features that you have no intention of using. Also find out what type of price range you can expect for these cars. If you go shopping and the car you are looking at is well above or below what you have seen, then that could be a problem. Write down all of the cars you are interested in, and what their average selling price is before you go look at any.
Once you are armed with information, you can start heading out to dealerships. Remember that the dealership is going to want to sell this car to you for as much as possible, and it is your job to pay as little as you can for it. If the dealership has the car you like, make sure you give it a thorough inspection. Point out any bad areas that you see – such as scrapes, dents, rips in the seats, etc. – to try and get yourself a lower price. If you or someone you know is good with cars, take a look under the hood and make sure everything is running properly. Take the car for a test drive and make sure it runs okay. The idea here is find out everything that might possibly be wrong with the car.
Now it comes time to haggle. Before you begin, have a reasonable number in your head for what you want to pay for this car. Do everything you can to not go over this number. If the dealer wants to charge you a lot more, go to another place. Start off the negotiation with a bid much lower than what you want to pay. Begin bargaining with the salesperson, mentioning all the defects you found in the car (no matter how small) and some other prices that you saw online. With any luck, he will bring his price down closer to match yours. Remember that you have the power here, and sometimes the best thing you can do is walk away.
One last tip that not many people know. Try and do your used car shopping towards the end of the month. A lot of dealerships have quotas that they have to make, and if they are not near it, they will give you the car at a much lower price in order to meet it! The most important thing to remember though is to simply do your research, know what the car is worth, how much you want to pay, and that you don’t have to buy the car. The salesperson may be pushy, but you have the final decision. Good luck!