(Closed) Car buying tips!

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

$700 isn’t much to take off at all! We talked them down $1,500 when I got my car in July. I got a 2012 Honda Civic with 3 miles on it for $16,750. I told them that $300 was the max monthly payment I would make. They started off with it being $375. Got them down to $350, then $325, $310. They went back & forth with me because I wouldn’t budge from $300 to $310, that “10 dollars was just 10 dollars.” My response was, if it’s just 10 dollars, why not take “just 10 dollars” off? 🙂 I told them I wasn’t interested, and then they budged. They would rather make the sale if at all possible.

I got my $300 payment. hahaha.

It also depends on what kind of car it is, if it’s worth 14k with 20K miles on it. Make sure you check Kelley Blue Book prices, check out other dealers, etc.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d at least try talking them down to 14k. Start low. Even if you can afford the full amount, try to knock however much you can off of it. Never pay sticker price!

Once again, I’d try KBB and see what the average selling price is for that car, with the miles & specs.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

p.s. these are just the techniques my dad always stressed to me. He’s been master auto mechanic longer than I’ve been alive, and I’ve worked in the auto field for 5 years myself, assembling vehicles.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Also check edmunds because sometimes the prices are different. We just bought our second car this year and if SO had shut up we would have paid a lot less(they left us alone in a room for 25 min after we made our offer, it broke him). My dad helped negotiate for the first one and he is a master. He told me to always bid 20% lower than the asking price and then if they try to intimidate you or rush a decision threaten to leave by saying ‘I’ll need to think this over’. they’re going to want to keep you in the office and if you start to leave they will probably be more flexible with the price and make you wait for less time. Also don’t let them intimidate you during the negotiation. Remember you’re the buyer and they want your money.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

You may not get it, but it’s a good opening bid. My car was $9,000ish on the asking price. My dad opened with $7,000 and ‘we’ll take it today in cash’. They dithered, but since they didn’t have to do a payment plan or anything that is what we got. the bluebook price was something like $7200.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@peasantsong:  Through a dealer, retail. Private party would be like if there was an ad in the newspaper where an individual was selling it. What make is the car if you don’t mind me asking?

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If they have an Internet department, that is your best bet to get the best deal – those guys deal in volume and will make better deals. I emailed with 3 dealerships for 32 days until 1 of them went lower than the either two could go. Buying towards the end of the month for the best deal is true. I got $10k off 2 cars in the end, one 2012 and one 2013.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@peasantsong:  Does it still have some kind of warranty on it? I would say you could definitely talk them down quite a bit on that price..

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@peasantsong:  I started emailing dealerships the day after we test drove the vehicles – I hit up every dealership within 25 miles, the final 3 were the ones that actively pursued and treated me seriously. If they tried to get me in, I’d just delay until the numbers started going down. it was October 30th and the emails got more desperate as they needed last minute sales and Hurricane Sandy blew through, shutting everything down. I used that to our advantage and got an extra $1500 off. Ultimately it really worked out well – they quoted me for a 2012 CR-V, but his coworker sold the last one so they had to give me a 2013. 🙂

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