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Buying a Car? 4 Things You Need to Know Before Walking into a Dealership

The number one drive of a salesperson is to get you into one of their cars making the auto industry a strong buyers’ market. Understand that there are unprecedented struggles facing the industry, and so are the deals available for you as the buyer. As a savvy buyer, you need to be thoroughly prepared before setting foot in any dealership. It is the only way you can stride into that showroom confident, informed, and in charge of the entire process. Here are the 4 things you need to know.

Research and Understand the Invoice Price

Before going into the market to buy a car, you must first be clear on the model you want as well as the specifics. After settling this, it is time to look up the invoice price for the model in the Buyer’s Guide. The invoice price is the cost paid to the manufacturer by the dealer for the car where then the manufacturer suggests the amount the car should be sold at. The recommended amount includes close to thousands of dollars as the profit for the dealer. With the exception of new models, you should be in a position to buy your new car at an amount close to the sticker price (manufacturer’s suggested price). If you know the invoice price of your preferred car, the dealer will know you are very well informed, and you expect a fair deal.

Research Dealers

Buying from a fair dealership can eventually save you money and time. There are several websites where previous buyers post reviews of dealers, and you can take time to go through them. If you are not able to locate the dealers you have in mind, talk to friends and relatives who have purchased cars from them.

Time Your Purchase

Since dealers run their business on a monthly basis, many of them accept lower offers at the end of every month in order to reach their goals to qualify for bonuses from manufacturers. If you are not too picky about purchasing the latest model, the end of a model year especially December is often the best season to buy the remaining inventory.

Know Your Credit

If you are not aware of your credit score, the chances are that the dealer will trick you into believing you don’t qualify for a good rate. A bank could potentially offer you 5 percent loan, but the dealer may offer a 7 percent loan convincing you it is the lowest for your score. It is necessary for you to pull your credit score before getting into a dealership. In fact, shop around for financing and quit depending on a dealer for the same. Whatever your score is at least you will know if the dealer is ripping you off. However, you can also ask your dealer about the software that they use to make sure that that they are checking your score just right. For example, there is some software out there, like the type you can get from NCC Direct, Inc., that can give dealers higher quality resources when it comes to credit reporting.

The best approach to take to come out on top when planning to buy a car is researching car prices and comparing multiple dealerships. This will get you on the best foot to deal with potential costly tricks practiced by dealers.

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Tags: car, credit, vehicle

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