(Closed) Buying my first car…help!

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Miss Sorbet:  new isnt worth it- get a 3-6 year used car, less than 50k miles and buy a warrentee.  Check autofinders, ebay. 

 Do you want your ego in your car? or is it basic transportation? My car after my divorce was a saab convertible- I loved that car. 

Post # 4
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266 posts
Helper bee

how about looking into certified preowned. i really had to buy a car almost two years ago and i didnt have a huge budget. i ended up buying a certified preowned car for 12000. its a 2007 nissan and my payments are under 200 dollars with 3500 down and a 5 year contract.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I bought a Honda Insight Hybrid and I LOVE it. I get 45 mpg on a regular basis and the car runs like a dream. Also, with this type of hybrid you don’t have to get an oil change but every 12,000 miles – you read that right – 12,000.

Also, I strongly disagree that buying new isn’t worth it. Whether you buy new or used, your car payment is going to be very similar. New means your car will last that much longer and we will be worth that much more when you are done driving it.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Make sure the salesman knows that you are not that attached to the car. They want to pressure you into making a decision as soon as possible. If you make it clear you are perfectly willing to walk away you’ll be amazed how all of a sudden they can “make the numbers work”. Do not take their first offer or their second offer or possibly their third offer.

Don’t let them jot numbers down on a blank sheet of paper. They’re probably going to talk to you in terms of monthly payments so they can sneak in all kinds of nonsensical dealer fees. Make them show you exactly what they are charging you for.

Don’t buy a new car. Agree with retreadbride, a few years old, I’d say less than 35-40k miles on it.

This is sad, but you should try and bring a guy with you.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

@Miss Sorbet:  I went through the exact same situation (though it was a transmission issue) last year right about this time with my 12 year old Saturn that I bought when I was 19.

I bought a 2007 VW Jetta that I named Squishy and I absolutely love it. Are you looking to buy new or used?

My advice would be to secure your own financing before you go, stand firm on your price and never seem too interested in a car even if you’re jumping for joy inside. If you’re willing to negotiate options a little you have a better chance of a deal. Do your research and make sure you know what invoice is if it’s a new car (KBB value if it’s used). Try to negotiate down as close to invoice price as possible.

If you’re buying used always try to get the warranty for free. Salesmen are more willing to do that than lower the price of the car because it doesn’t affect their commission. Again, if it’s used, check it out for dings or other cosmetic issues and insist they either fix them or discount the car if they’re not willing to fix it.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

@LGenz:  agreed i went into a dealership alone and they treated me like i didnt understand english, but when i took my uncle they new he meant buisness, its sad but true.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

@FEFE215:  @LGenz:  I had the opposite issue. When I went with Fiance, they ignored me and talked to him exclusively. When I went by myself they must have figured out that I meant business and treated me accordingly.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

sad to have to say this, but get a man involved in the process.  I had my boss call around and get prices first, had them faxed over, then I went in.  Every salesman looked like he’d seen a ghost.  LOL 

But they had to stick to their prices.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Aure:  Oh, they definitely talked to Darling Husband and not me. Eventually they figured out I was the hard *ss and the one they had to convince but at least the guy wasn’t talking to me about cup holders like thats a reason to buy a car.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Do not finance for over 5 years. If you are interested in new, try to find a o% financing. That is the best deal you can get. Yes you do pay a bit extra for the newness of the car. But at the same time it is nice to know that it has been driven nicely and the oil changes done regularly and everything has been looked after properly. I liked the peace of mind of buying my car new. It was a good exerience. If you have a guy friend or some one you trust to take with you, that is a good idea too.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I say buy used, cause new isn’t worth it, and echo PPs who said to secure your own financing. I got a loan for X amt of $ from my bank, and I wasn’t going over that amt no matter what. I found a few that didn’t work out before I found my baby – a 2005 Jeep Wrangler manual transmission – on Craigslist of all places. The man selling it was a previous car dealer, so I knew he’d know how to haggle… He initially told me absolutely not on my price, I squared with him that I had X amt of $ I was willing to spend and that had to include all tag tax and title, and he caved. It was actually kind of fun for me 🙂 I did bring my husband with me, but made it clear that this was my car and I’d be doing the negotiating for it. He actually turned to my husband and said “I’d rather talk to you -she’s good!” Haha. Then he gave it to me for exactly what I told him I could spend 😉

 

PS – Congrats on the new car-buying venture! This was the first car I ever bought too – my old one I drove from ages 16-22 – and it turned out to be a mostly good experience. Good luck!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@LGenz:  dont knock cupholder–  I didnt have any in the saab and it sucked;)

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am a new car kind of woman.. the interest rates are so low right now it’s a great option.

But I had a bad experience with the only used car I ever bought, so I am biased.  

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