It’s easy enough to get sales talked into buying a used car for more than what it is actually worth. However, you can avoid this—and get the best possible deal--by following these simple tips.
Never Fall in Love with a Car
One of the first things you need to remember is to not to fall in love with a car at first sight. Keep in mind that there are other used cars that might be better suited to your needs. Treat cars as commodities rather than people, and simply don’t settle for one specific model.
Do Your Research
The price you’ll pay for the purchase will ultimately depend on how much you’re willing to shell out, so before actually buying a used car, you need to set a budget. You can then check out online guides like the Kelley Blue Book to see the kind of used cars you could get for your budget, and limit your choices among those models.
Negotiating One at a Time
When negotiating with a dealer, it’s advisable to first settle on the price of the vehicle, then separately discuss trade-in or financial terms. Do your research before negotiating so you can make a realistic offer.