Buying a car is stressful and complicated. If you're not careful, you can easily end up spending way more than you should. Car salespeople deal with this situation every single day. Everyday people only do so a few times in their lifetimes. To avoid being taken advantage of by unscrupulous car salespeople, you should avoid uttering certain things. Learn more about them below.
"I need to leave with a car today"
Don't even let the salesperson know that you are in desperate need of a vehicle. They will use it against you. Even if you are in dire need of a car, you need to be willing to walk away if negotiations don't go your way. Remain as noncommittal as possible right up until the very end, when you hopefully get what you want.
"I love it, but my spouse doesn't"
Shopping for a new car as a couple introduces many additional risks. The biggest one is displaying indecision or differences of opinion in front of a salesperson. Before visiting the dealership, sit down together and come to an agreement on what you want and what you don't. If you don't see eye to eye during the process, step aside and speak together privately. If necessary, leave and come back the next day.
"Here is the amount that I have to spend"
Never disclose how much you are willing to pay. If you do, you can rest assured that you won't walk out of there without spending at least that much. Have the salesperson make the initial offer. If it falls below what you are actually willing to spend, you will be on your way to getting a great deal.
"I think my credit is pretty good"
Always check your credit reports immediately before walking into a car dealership. If you don't, you may be tricked by the financing people. They may try to tell you that your credit simply isn't good enough for the best deals and incentives. You might even want to bring in printed copies of your credit reports as well.
"Here's my ideal monthly payment"
This is one of the biggest mistakes that you can make when buying a car. Once a car salesperson knows how much you're willing to spend each month, they will often do whatever he can to squeeze as many extraneous charges into your monthly payment as possible. One common way to do so is by offering an extended term. Over one or two extra years, you will pay a lot more interest.
"I am going to trade in my vehicle"
Make sure you know the value of any car that you are going to trade in at the dealership. Don't mention your trade-in until you have been given a specific price. If the dealership offers you less than your trade-in is worth, sell it privately and use the proceeds to reduce the balance of your loan.
Never fall into the trap of thinking the car salesperson has your best interests at heart. By not uttering the preceding phrases, you will have a much better chance of getting a great deal on your new vehicle.
These tips were provided by Allianz Your Cover Insurance.
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