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Reasons for Buying a Car
Besides the obvious reason, that a car is now considered a necessity
in most urban areas. One of the reasons to consider when
buying a car is if the vehicle being purchased is a good deal.
Is it in good condition? How long a life does it have left?
Is it an excellent ride? Does it have a great warranty, etc.
As we said, it’s virtually impossible to get along without a car and
if you can’t afford a new car, following are some basic reasons you
should consider when making that all important car purchase.
Is it a good buy?
The best time period to buy a car is later in the month.
Usually, there are numerous rebate programs and bonuses offered by
month’s end based on a dealer’s monthly sales quotas. The idea
is, sometimes dealers fall short of meeting their sales objectives
if their performance is assessed by the end of the month. This
happens more often than not. The result of this is good news
to most car buyers. Since dealers are more desperate to meet
their quotas, they now have no choice but to sell the vehicle at a
lesser than normal price just to make the sales they need to meet
Peace of mind
Sometimes dealers will do a “dog and pony show” just for them to
make that sale. The result is that car buyers then end up with
features that they realize later on they do not really need with a
price they actually could not afford. The moral? Don’t
buy more than you absolutely need.
Always remember to trust your instincts. If ever you feel in
doubt, the answer to that is don’t -- do not let yourself be
pressured into making that purchase now. This is the common
strategy of car dealers where they would compel the customer to buy
that car, now, this moment, today!
Do not forget that you can always sleep on it and then decide.
This is a lot better than making your mind up now and forever
holding your peace. If the car is gone the next day, there’s
probably a good reason why you shouldn’t have had it in the first
First impressions usually last. Though not always true, in
buying cars, you can gather a great deal of information by just
observing how car salespersons deal with you. Usually, these
non-verbal signals are fairly correct enough to give you a good idea
of what to expect from the salesperson and your car purchasing
If at any time you feel that the person selling you the car is not
trustworthy or you simply do not like him or her, always remember
that you have the option to leave. And, time is precious,
especially yours. So do not waste it. You are always
free to politely walk away, anytime, anywhere, and in any way you
like it. But if there are just a few car dealers in your area,
you may want to linger for a few moments more and wait until the
negotiations you have with your dealer breaks down and you simply
have no option but to run off.
The Invoice Price
Another thing to consider when buying a car is the invoice price.
Make sure to ask that you see the invoice. If dealers are
working their tails off against it, you have enough reason to
believe that the car being offered is an unpleasant deal.
Usually, the price on the invoice is the cost the dealer paid the
manufacturer for buying the car. This is before any rebates or
incentives were included. Once this is known, only then will
you have an idea as to how much the dealer could profit from each
vehicle sold. Knowing this information could enable you to
feel more confident in negotiating the price.
You may also run across this occasionally when purchasing a “used
car.” This would occur primarily where you are buying a very
late model used car with low mileage and still under the factory
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
In layman’s terms, this is commonly called the sticker price.
This is the price one usually sees in the window of the car that is
Never ever consider paying the amount stated on the sticker price.
This amount is just the starting point to your negotiations with the
There are instances when manufacturers provide the dealers with a
little something extra, like money, rebates or a bonus because they
were able to sell cars that are either overstocked or undersold.
Make sure that before actually purchasing a car, you were able to
know if that car you are buying has some dealer incentives attached
to it. If so, take off that amount from the car’s purchase
price and have yourself a very good deal and hopefully, a very good
car as well.
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