(Closed) Buying a new car, Suggestions???

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

A Mini Cooper!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I LOVE my Mazda3.  It is purple, fast and awesome.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My biggest suggestion is to not tip your hand – even if you fall in loooooooooooooooove with a specific car, don’t let the salespeople know it. Act uninterested, and they will be more likely to suddenly come up with deals/offers to make you interested. Also, be firm about what you want. If you’ve narrowed it down to a few specific models you are interested in – look at Edmunds.com and figure out good prices for your area for the specific model. If you have at vehicle to trade – research the value of that as well so you know going in what you should be paying.

When I went to buy my car, I told them flat out that I wasn’t going to pay more than X for the car I testdrove. They came back with an offer 5k off from (higher than) that, which they said was a “deal”. I said, “no thanks” and went to leave, they went to speak to “the manager” – 10 minutes later they came back with an offer now only 2k off. I said “Now you’re only 2k away from a sale” – low and behold, 10 minutes later, after speaking to “the manager” again, they somehow managed to meet my offer LOL!! I didn’t argue either, and wasn’t pushy – just was firm and consistent.

Good luck and have fun! Don’t feel pressured to buy anything until you are really ready! 🙂

p.s. I have a Toyota 4Runner and love her!!! Toyota is having some sort of big sale, I believe, right now too.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I second what gabrielleelise1981 said and would add to keep negotiations on the car price and not the payments.  There are a lot of tricks to keep the payments lower while keeping the sale price high.

And I have a Sonata that I love to bits.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I’ve been looking for a new car for a year and a half (wedding took over and now a house) but I have been told you can get a better deal by dealing with an interent salesmen because they are paid a salary whereas the car people you deal with in person are commission based.

Also if you are stuck between some cars, rent them each for a few days.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

i just got a honda civic that i love. my mom took care of the negotiations because she’s a boss like that. lol. but she got me a great deal, about 5k off the dealer price even with the add ons. she figures she’s the one buying the car and doesn’t let the salespeople drive the negoitations. they need to make the sale more than you need to buy the car so the ball really is in your court. just be firm with your offer on how much you’d like to spend and go from there. also research, research, research how much the car is going for!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have a Honda Fit and I love it. It’s very roomy for a smaller car, but it still has four doors, comfortable and roomy backseat and a hatchback. I get great gas mileage (avg about 37 mpg, I drive mostly highways).

My family drives almost all Hondas. Our Honda Civic lasted for 15+ years and drove really nicely even in its twilight years.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I bought a toyota Rav4 today and I LOVE love love it!!!  Good luck with your purchase!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Not sure of your budget but the Audi Q7 or Q5 are both amazing.  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

We just got a Nissan Rogue and we love it. Lots of space, but not big. It handles like a car.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

BMW.  You won’t regret it!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have a Honda CR-V with 120K miles (got new) and LOVE it! My sister just got a Honda Fit and it’s a great car too. Definitely recommend both.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

Haggle based on the overall price (including interest, taxes and fees), not on monthly payments. Salesmen have the tendency to focus on monthly payments because it is easier for buyers to hear $199 versus $11,450.

Bring your own calculator and be ready to calculate numbers with them. Doing a lot of research on the car helps too. If you are buying brand new, ConsumerReports.com can help you find what the dealer paid for your car and you can negotiate from there.

Lastly, if your dealership has an Internet Sales department, use them instead of the regular salesmen. Those departments get paid on volume sold as opposed to the regular salesmen who get a percentage of what you paid.

GOOD LUCK!!!

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