If you’re looking for a great used car and you want to get a great deal, you’ll have to do some work. Luckily, we’ve helped you out by compiling this blog. It is full of helpful tips to get the best deal possible on a used car, truck, or SUV. We hope this blog makes the process of finding and buying your used car easier! Now let’s take a look at how you can get the best possible on your next used car purchase.
Do Your Research
Before you can get a great deal, you have to know what you are looking for, and what you are looking at when you visit dealerships and look at their inventory. Use online tools to research models and average market pricing. This part of the car buying journey will also probably help you form a pretty good idea of what you want in a used car as well. Knowledge is power when buying used cars. The more information you have about certain model types and their average pricing, the more you will be able to negotiate a price that favors you, or the more likely you will be to recognize incredible deals when you come across them. Before you visit dealerships and look at cars, do your research!
Cast a Wide Net
If you want the best deal on a used car you need to look around. You need to check out local dealerships, private sellers, and maybe even travel to nearby locality to browse dealerships and private sellers there too. Checking out the inventory from multiple sellers will give a better idea about market pricing, and will give you a chance to negotiate the strongest deal possible. The Internet makes looking around easier than it has ever been before. Use your available resources, visit dealerships, and meet with private sellers not only to find the perfect used car, but also the best prices!
Play to Demand
Market demand influences prices on used cars more than anything else. Use this fact to your advantage when you are shopping for your dream car! Have you always wanted a convertible? When do you think is the best time to buy a convertible is? Here’s a hint, it’s not in the summer months. Certain models are cheaper when market demand is low. For example, you’ll get better prices on convertibles in the cold winter months than you will in the spring or summer when the weather is nice and the top can be put down. Be creative and think outside the box, and you can play market demand to your advantage when you shop for a used car. When gas prices are high, for example, and nobody wants a big SUV or truck that is less gas efficient, you’ll be able to get a better price on car like that.
Confusion will hurt you in your attempt to get the possible pricing. A lot of dealerships play to this advantage and jumble all of the numbers together so you get confused more easily. Here’s what they’ll do. They’ll factor in your trade-in, financing, and the price of the used car you are looking at all at once. Amidst this jumble of numbers it can be hard to separate the individual details and get the best deal on each. Be sure to insist on dealing with one aspect at a time. Go over the value of your trade-in first. Then talk about the price of the used car, and finally, discuss the financing details. Only once you have each of these separate aspects of the car buying process determined should you combine the numbers and look at final costs. If you want the best deal, keep your focus on one thing at a time.
Nothing kills a good deal like serious repairs or issues. Be sure to closely examine any used car before you buy it. You don’t want to be surprised by costly repairs that could have been avoided down the road. The old axiom rings true, especially with cars, sometimes things are just too good to be true. If you’re seeing prices that are well below the market value that your research indicated chances are there are serious problems with those vehicles. You may have found a good deal, but make sure you have an independent mechanic take a close look at any used car that is priced too good to be true. It could end up saving you a ton of money and hassle.
Bring Someone Along
You want a good deal on a used car? Bring a friend or spouse or family member along with you when you’re looking at cars. They can help you get a better deal by voicing things like “that doesn’t sound like a good deal,” and things of that nature. What an additional person does is put more pressure on the sales team to present high-quality cars at competitive prices. The car buyer, you, is sometimes too focused on the actual car that they forget about the delicate sales dance that occurs. Bringing along an additional person will help keep you focused on getting the best deal possible.
We hope this blog provides value to you on your search for your next used car! At Fairless Motors we have the best inventory, service, and savings in the area. Come meet our friendly sales team and take a look for yourself. We promise to provide excellent customer service and guide you on your car buying journey!