[Homestead] Gene's guide to buying a new car
genegerue at ruralize.com
Mon Nov 3 18:51:42 EST 2008
On Nov 3, 2008, at 4:29 PM, bob ford wrote:
> Drew, I bought my wife a new Honda in Januarary. It was not an
> altogether pleasant experience. They asked us to leave more than
> once. My wife broke down and started crying, at one point. But, I
> wouldn't leave and we came home with a new car at exactly the price
> I wanted to pay.
Next time you buy a new car, save your wife the emotional anguish.
Look at cars until you find the model you want. Decide on all the
options you want.
Do your research. Read road tests. Pay for the Consumer Reports report
to find out what the dealer paid for the car.
Call every dealer within reasonable driving distance. Be honest and
tell them what you want and how much you will pay over dealer cost. I
got the Corolla for five hundred dollars over dealer cost.
There is a hungry salesman out there who will cut his commission to
Do NOT walk into a new car showroom until you have made the deal.
Before you sign, take the car for a test ride.
Pay cash. If you don't have the cash, get it lined up somewhere before
you deal. Do not use dealer financing unless you can't find anything
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