If you are planning to trade in your car or truck, it is crucial to know what the real market value is for your vehicle. This homework can be done online. It’s is very important to have a clear understanding of what the trade in car or truck is worth.
2) Understand the type of car you’re looking for
It is vital to do the research of the kind of car you're looking for. Hopefully, it is one that meets the demands of your life. If you keep it too vague you will have to rely on the salesperson to sell you. It’s better to have a clear understanding of what color, model, and make/brand of car that meets your lifestyle.
3) Differentiating financing or leasing
After you have chosen the car you want, it is important to negotiate the price first. It’s important to do this as if you were buying the car outright with cash. Negotiate the price first and then look at financing or leasing options. Look for a cash purchase first. If you are looking for leasing, understand what leasing is about prior to coming into the dealership. Most manufacturer websites give you this information. You simply put in what your down payment is going to be in various scenarios and it calculates your monthly payment.
4) What to look for in a sales associate
The good sales associate can lessen your anxiety about the price, brand and dealership. If the sales associate is low balling your trade, they may be looking to make a fast buck, or are not taking you seriously. A low trade in value is a tactic to maintain a higher profit margin in the car they are selling you.
5) Tips on negotiating
Some customers may look for the actual cost of the car, etc. Keep in mind the dealership has to make a certain amount of revenue on each car. Unless the car is in very high demand, most dealers should be able to sell you the car for $1,000 more than the invoice price. Let the MSRP and invoice price be your guide. Always negotiate down from the highest number.
6) How is the dealership after the sale?
If the dealership calls and wants to know how you are doing is usually a good sign they appreciate you as a customer. If you feel they don’t care, take your business of servicing the vehicle elsewhere.
It is important to know beforehand where you want to be with your monthly payments. Do the math on the manufacturer’s website so you know what the payment is going to be.
8) Don’t be fooled by incentives
Many dealerships may have end-of-year incentives you may or may not be aware of. Don’t be fooled. Stay on the thin and narrow to get the deal you want on your own terms – for the car you want!
9) The quality of the dealership
If you feel you are not being treated fairly, walk out of the dealership. There are plenty of dealers who are happy to earn your business and work hard to retain you as a repeat customer.
10) Bear in mind the dealership is going to make some profit
By doing your research, prior to going to the dealer, you will be in a better place to negotiate a deal for a car you want and save money. Remember, the dealer has to make some money. It is costly to keep a car on the lot, and the dealer has to recoup some of their expense.