Common Mistakes People Make at a Used Car Dealership
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#1. You Do Not Know What Car You Need
Buying a car is not like buying a new pair of shoes. There are in fact a number of questions to ask yourself - how much you can afford, reliability of the brand, known issues or defects with that particular model, size of the car and functional requirements just to name a few.
Sometimes for a brand-new car buyer, the showroom is not the first place to start. By conducting online research and comparing costs, specs and offering, you will be able to make an informed choice about a make and model of vehicle which will suit your needs. There are plenty of review sites and car shopping portals where you can gather plenty of information about the used car you may be thinking of buying.
#2. You Set High Expectations
Setting high expectations is one a common mistake that new buyers make which can lead them to never achieving their goal of buying a used car. It is important to first understand what the market value of the cars you have in mind is so that negotiations at the dealership can lead to an agreement. A smart dealer will be reasonable and look to sell their stock at a price which is competitive in the market. However, they will not be giving the car away, so some simple give and take will save you a lot of time in negotiation.
Simply do your research, set some boundaries and be aware of the reality of the costing of the car you wish to purchase. This is when you can hire a professional pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne like German Precision to help you.
#3. You Do Not Take A Test Drive
When you decide to buy a car, do not trust the salesman’s words only. They are professionals who are interested in selling cars to make a commission. If they do not give you the opportunity to take the car for a spin, walk away. Returning a car should be straightforward, but unfortunately, all too many times can be difficult and paying for a car which feels right to drive is an important first test that should not be ignored. Gather as much information as possible and test drive a number of cars until you find the perfect one for you. Make sure that the drive truly tests the car rather just a couple of turnings since you may pick up its problems after a decent test drive.
#4. Buying A Car You Do Not Need
Buying something that you do not need is another frequent mistake people make at the dealership. When you finally sit down to close the deal and sign the papers, be prepared to say “No” a lot since it is the time when the dealer tries to sell accessories or extended warranties that are either unnecessary or more expensive than expected. Make sure that you are not charged extra for things you have already negotiated with your salesman.
#5. You Discuss Your Trade-In Too Early
Many buyers find it convenient and appealing when driving their used car in and their new one away. If the dealership offers to discuss your trade-in, you should do more research on the value of your used car first to avoid making a potential loss. Alternatively, you can choose to sell your car separately so you may make more of a profit.
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