If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re shopping for a new car or about to be shopping for a new car, and if you want to know if you are really getting the best deal, we want to help. We can’t tell you for certain that these tips will net you the lowest possible price, but they will definitely help you get it as low as possible for when you go to buy your car.
And that brings us to our first point.
What Time of Year Should You Buy?
The best way to make sure that you’re getting a good deal on your car is to research the vehicle you’re looking at for a while. Keep an eye out for when a new model year or a new generation is going to hit and then watch for sales on the models that are going out of rotation. It sounds like a simple thing to do, but it requires patience to make sure that you’re not jumping the gun and buying your car a week before they go on sale.
Many dealerships have summer sales events and fall sales events to help make room for new stock. When in doubt about when a new model will hit, wait until a dealership has one of these sales.
How to Get a Good Deal at the Dealership
Here’s a sad truth most old school car buyers don’t want to believe: haggling is mostly dead, and the Internet killed it. If you’re shopping for a used car, you might be able to get the dealership to bend on its price a little bit, but they all know what everyone else is selling for already.
You have two good options for buying a new car to get the best deal you can:
- Haggle on the value of your trade-in. You can usually get more than the dealership’s initial offer on your trade-in, especially if you have documentation of its care.
- Be willing to upgrade the car for better deals in the financing department. This one can be a bit tricky, but if you want added features on your car, usually the dealership can work out a better financing rate. It’s not necessarily a lower price, but it can be a good deal.
How Do You Get the Best Deal?
Let us know in a comment below how you make sure to always get the best deal on your new cars.
July 27, 2015 by Jamie Rettig