One of the greatest parts of the Internet is being able to browse and research what you want to buy before you set foot out the door, and that includes cars. Many auto dealerships even give you their current inventory and incredibly affordable prices on both new and used vehicles.
But you know what they say about something that sounds too good to be true, right?
Read the Fine Print
As with any kind of advertising, especially in the purchase of big-ticket items like a new car, the buyer must beware. The best way to be forearmed against sticker shock at the dealership is to be forewarned: read the fine print.
The dealership cannot lie to you about the price of the new or used car you’re looking for, they cannot lie to you about the APR or lease rates available to drivers, either. But they can present the best case scenario—and they usually do. The fact is that many drivers don’t fit this best case scenario. Are you a recent college grad who also qualifies for the military discount? You might be, but do you also have the credit history that will let you get that amazing 0.0% APR interest rate on the car you want?
A handful of discounts or savings may not seem like a lot at first, but imagine if the car you wanted looked like it cost $2,000 less than it actually did. By the time you get ready to sign the paperwork, you’ve already resigned yourself to driving this car home, and many drivers will just say “oh well.”
You deserve better than that. Remember, few things are set in stone when you look for a new car, and if you get to the point that you have felt deceived about the price of the vehicle you’re looking at or its financing options, consider negotiating with the dealership. Never be afraid to walk out, either.
Make Smart Car Decisions with an Honest Car Dealer
Often times the auto market is a car dealer’s world, with drivers just living in it. We at Honest Car Dealer work to tip the scales more in your favor; keep following us to learn other ways you can get the most out of your car-buying or car-owning experience.
April 7, 2014 by Jamie Rettig