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Useful Advice For Buying New Or Used Cars

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Useful Advice For Buying New Or Used Cars

Mary Bruns
August 7, 2013


Are you thinking about buying a new car or truck? Are you generally unaware of the automobile industry? Are you afraid of getting ripped off? If these things are true for you, then read the tips and tricks in this article. They will help you make the best decision you can.

Go to different dealerships before settling on one. A different dealership might be able to get you a better price on the car you want, and may be running different promotions. Try three or four in your area, and even if you have to travel a bit farther, it may be worth it.

Ask the car dealer to show you a vehicle history report. This can tell you if the vehicle has been in an accident or if it has been recalled. It can also show you what repairs have been done and when they were done so that you know exactly what you are buying.

Have a few certain models in mind before you head out to a car dealer. Do your homework to find the best car for your needs. You can also get a good idea of the expected price range of your desired car, so you won't be caught unawares by a slick salesperson.

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.

If you are trading your car in, take it to a detail shop and have the upholstery and carpets cleaned along with a wash and wax. Doing this one thing can usually net you several hundred dollars or more in trade-in value compared to a car that isn't clean.

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.

Take your time when buying a new car and do your homework. Do not be afraid to get up and walk away from a deal. Don't fall in love with a specific car. If the numbers the dealer is giving you are not what you want, just walk away.

If you plan to trade in your old car, find out how much it's worth and factor that into your budget. If you think, your car is worth a lot, and it's not, you may be in for a shock when you reach the lot. Knowing as much as possible before you leave your house is the key.

No matter how far into the purchase you have gone, remember that you are not tied down into one-car dealership until you sign papers. Even if the salesman is very friendly, it is just business. If you find a better deal elsewhere, you have no obligation to purchase from your first dealer.

You are a female shopping for a car, never agree to work with a salesman who treats you in a condescending way. Some salesmen will try to take advantage of female shoppers and offer them unfair prices or financing terms. This is not what your car-buying experience should be like. If it is, visit a different dealership.

Use the Internet to find used vehicles. You really do not have to visit an actual car dealer. Check out community area classified ads, as well as websites like Craigslist and eBay. You can save some money this way.

Find out all you can about rebates. You can either get a cash rebate, low loan interest rate or the dealer themselves gets the rebate in cash. It is the manufacturer who offers these rebates, not the dealership. This will only be available on cars available on the lot, of course.

Don't overlook these helpful tips while you are out shopping for a car or truck. They also apply to larger automobiles like SUVs. Armed with the proper information, you don't need to worry about making a poor purchasing decision. Enjoy every minute in your new car with the help of this article.


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