Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Four No-No's in Buying a Car

Sweet talks often sway people to be lured and hooked into something. Same in buying a car, the moment the dealer opens his mouth and sweet talks, the buyer has the tendency to believe everything without digesting or researching.

Don't be driven by Impulse

Man's nature sometimes drives him to go impulse buying. In buying a car it is best to do research on the thing being sold. Not everything heard and seen can be true. The good thing about knowing more about it is to avoid future frustration and conflict. After all, cars are extension of the owners. No one would like to be saddled with something he finds not to be interested later. Another point to be consider by researching would be to get the prices and use it during negotiation. Once the buyer automatically accede to the seller with the price without further research, he might be sadden if later he founds out there are some with the same model but at a lower price.

Don't let the hidden cost pass without being noticed

To be meticulous in one sense can be beneficial. Looking at the breakdown of how the charge is distributed including the registration cost is important. This avoids hidden charges to be added to the price you will be paying. Reading the invoice closely would help. After all, there is nothing wrong in asking questions rather than keeping it and mumbling in the end.

Don't undervalue your trade in

Getting the new car means disposing the old one. Don't undervalue the old pal. Selling the car by the buyer himself would be much better than letting someone handle it. However, if having the dealer handle both the selling and the buying, it is best to have both transactions be checked and handle the transactions separately.

Don't let others negotiate for you, negotiate in person

Sometimes to avoid sales pressure, it is best to ask the dealer for the sales manager's email or phone number. Asking from the manager a quote via email or fax would be helpful. This can be very useful when negotiation takes place. Taking along the print out when negotiating is a must.

Owning cars are personal in nature. If letting someone go between your choice and how you handle things, this might yield to something unsatisfactory at the end. It is best to handle everything personally from negotiating to buying. This avoids blames and pin points and the full appreciation of choice will be realized.