Nothing is scarier than purchasing a car, new or used, for the first time, especially for women. Here are a few tips to ensure that you don’t get taken.
1. Shop around first and get Vehicle Identification Numbers.
By researching the Vehicle Identification Numbers of vehicles that you are considering purchasing, you will later be able to ensure that you are not getting a vehicle that has a history of accidents. Of course, before you get to this stage, you will have to do a lot of shopping around first. If you absolutely hate car salesmen, there is an option for you.
2. Shop at night if possible.
If you are able, shopping for vehicles in the evening, after the dealerships are closed, is a great idea. All you are going to do is drive around the dealer lot in order to get an idea of what they have to offer, the price range, etc. There is no need to cause suspicion or feel like a criminal. The best part: As you are driving around looking at vehicles, you won’t have any pushy salesmen hunting you down. Be aware that this isn’t an option in all areas. Some dealerships are gated at night.
3. Check the Vehicle Identification Numbers on Carfacts.com.
Once you have narrowed down the field of vehicles down to a few (hopefully you are able to do this before you have to talk to anyone), check those Vehicle Identification Numbers on Carfacts.com. For $24.99, you can receive reports on an unlimited number of VINs. In addition, you can receive safety and recall information on a wide-range of vehicles for free.
4. Know exactly what you are looking for before you talk to a dealer.
You should have a very good idea of not only what you are looking for when you do go talk to a dealer, you should also have a price range and monthly payment in mind. In that way, you will be much less likely to be talked into something you do not need or want. By knowing what you want and what you can afford, you are not a good target for high-pressure sales people.
5. Never let them know that you’ve made up your mind; never let them into something you simply don’t want.
Even if you have made up your mind and know exactly which car you’d like to purchase, don’t let them know it until you are ready to sit down and talk. By appearing willing and able to walk away at any moment, you will likely get a better deal. In addition, if the sales person tries to keep selling you something you simply do not want, just leave. You can find a better place to do business. No one should try to make up your mind for you. You are the one spending the hard-earned money.
By following these simple tips, you will better be able to make a truly informed decision when purchasing a new or used vehicle. There is nothing worse than living with a vehicle that you’ve come to regret.