BUYING A NEW CAR::

Okay, so now you have weighed out your options and decided to buy a New Car. How do you choose the best dealership? No matter if you choose a small-town dealership or a big city dealership, you will need to be prepared either way. Regardless of the size, dealers all pay the same amount for a specific vehicle. If a larger dealership can order a particular vehicle in quantity, they may have the option of passing on better savings to the buyer.

The most important thing you should know when purchasing a brand New Car is the True Market Value. Walking in armed with this information will provide you with incredible negotiating power.

Beware of any sales person that starts out questioning what range you need your payments to fall in. If you base your negotiations on the cost of the monthly payment, you could end up with extended loan terms, higher interest rates, and no rebates or incentives.

The fact is that most sales people are trained to provide the customer with high numbers in the beginning of the negotiation process as a test. They call this the "first pencil." What this does, is provides opportunity for the sales person to come down on price and make a nice little profit while making themselves out as the "good guy."

True Market Value is the current price at which vehicles are being sold within the marketplace. This price has nothing to do with what the dealer paid for the vehicle but the price that you should pay.

You might be tempted to stop by a dealership on your way home to grab a few new car brochures to look at, but really think about this first. Once you walk into the door, sales people are trained on how to keep you there. Before you realize it, you have purchased a vehicle based on spontaneity rather than facts. Your best option is to be prepared before you shop for that new car!

Prepare a list ahead of time of the features you are most interested in. As the pressure of the sales pitch mounts, you will not be swayed into purchasing something not on your list.

Another thing you should already have in mind is the list of items that will help your vehicle retain resale value. Some examples of the features that would be of benefit are:

  • Power steering
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Air bags
  • Automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Power windows
  • Sunroof

When you go into a dealership, you will see that all new vehicles have a window sticker outlining the price and features. This sticker is called the "MSRP" or the "Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price," meaning that this is the price the manufacturer of that vehicle recommends it be sold at. As you start your negotiations with the sales person, they will be gearing their sales pitch toward this MSRP, however, that is not the price you should pay. This is why it is so important to know the True Market Value so you can start the negotiating process to bring that price below the MSRP. The MSRP can actually be as high as 15% higher than the price paid by the dealer.

Some other tricks that might help get you a better deal are:

  • The longer the vehicle sits on the lot, the more it costs the dealer. So, consider a vehicle that is already in stock.

  • The worst time to buy a new car is within the first few months after it has come off the assembly line. If you can coordinate your buying time to the winter, especially during December, January, and February, you will probably get a better deal.

  • In some cases, ordering a vehicle might get you a better deal. On occasion, a sales person will agree to a fixed rate since the sale is a sure deal and there is no time invested in the actual selling process.

  • There is a Federal regulation called the "Used Car Rule" that requires a buyer's guide, which makes sure any and all oral agreements are written in the Buyers Guide. This does not apply to private sales.

  • There are Federal laws, which require that an Environmental Protection Agency label be placed on the window of every new vehicle. This label lists the average fuel consumption for both city and highway driving based on EPA tests. This information allows you to do comparison-shopping between various models.

Once you reach the point of negotiation, the sales person will use a sheet of paper with four boxes on it. One box is for purchase price, one for trade-in, one for down payment, and one for monthly payment. Pay close attention when this begins. It is true that this helps the sales person keep track of the negotiations but it also allows them to work you without you even knowing it. For example, if you are not willing to put more money down, the sales person will quickly move his focus to the trade-in. If you do not budge there, he will move to the overall offer. Know what you are willing to do or not do and stick with it.

The most important thing you should do when considering the purchase of a new car is to research, research, and research! Whatever you do, do not rush out to buy an new car without first checking the consumers reports for the type of vehicle you are interested in, as well as the reputation of the dealership you want to work with. To protect yourself from being ripped off by additional charges, here some basic steps you can follow:

  • Be very careful not to be locked into unwanted extras such as fabric protection and rust proofing. It's not that these are not good options to have, but just weigh their benefits against their overall cost.
  • There may or may not be a cleaning fee charged to you. This is where the vehicle is mini-detailed in preparation for buyer pick up. Carefully check the fine print on the window sticker on the vehicle and if you see "Total vehicle price includes manufacturer's recommended pre-delivery service," or "Manufacturer's suggested retail price of this model includes dealer preparation," this means that cleaning fees have already been charged and are included in the total purchase price.
  • Take your time. Whether you deal with a dealer or a private party, if you are being pressured into making a quick decision, do not walk away - run!

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