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The 3 Types Of Car Salespeople You Will Meet!

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The perks of being a modern driver are many, right? Well, not so much. Although our cars are secure and full of the modern tools, there is still one part of the equation that every driver has to deal with at some point. You know, the person that sells the car to you! Unfortunately, as time has gone on, the image of the sleazy car salesperson has seldom changed, except the fact that they are wearing newer clothes! So, let’s look at the different types of car salesperson you will encounter, and for those that haven’t bought a brand new car before, pay close attention!

Type 1: The Switcheroo-er!

This type of dealer sells the car that is advertised at a fantastic price, but when you show up to the dealership, they will tell you that it’s already been sold. So, this is to get you to buy a far more expensive vehicle. If you ever encounter these types of people, the best thing to do is to call the dealership just before you visit to confirm that the vehicle they have is in stock. It’s always handy to look at the inventory and check for yourself, or you can ask them to email you a signed statement confirming that the vehicle is in stock and available for you. This method they use is also known as the bait and switch method. So, if they try and pull this on you, you’ve got some proof to combat their shoddy sales techniques.

Type 2: The Flat-Out Liar

We all know the car salespeople have a little bit of the untruth in them, but a lot of them get by on making small lies that may not matter when they add up. A good example is that a certain color is not available, or the price is only okay for today, or someone else is interested in the car (which is always a big one)! What you need to do is to take your time, don’t rush into anything. You could be very pressured to walk out of the salesroom having purchased something but take everything they say with a pinch of salt.

Type 3: The Playing Dumb-er

There can be mistakes that pop up in the paperwork, which always appears to be to the advantage of the dealer. And if you call them on it, they will give that quizzical expression that we’ve all done when we feel like we’ve been caught red-handed at something. The best approach to make sure you get out of this unscathed is to review the paperwork to make sure that the numbers match up to what you originally agreed on. We can all feel pressured to sign on the dotted line, and they will no doubt talk to you while you’re trying to read the contract, but make some notes as to what you had agreed on beforehand.

Dodgy car dealers will be around until the end of time ,and as stressful as it can be to go through, if you know the types of people you will encounter, you will be better prepared to fight for the deal that you want.

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Tips For Car Shopping

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Going car shopping, particularly for first time buyers, there is a list of things to consider. You want to get the best value for money, but without being a training mechanic, how do you know that that’s what you’re getting? Sure you can take it to a garage before buying, and if you’re buying from a site like ebay or gumtree, you probably should anyway. But it’s time-consuming and a complete waste if the car turns out to be a dud.

Price

You should be thinking about money in two ways – the first is whether you have enough of it. Cars aren’t cheap, and if your credit isn’t up to scratch, you might have to look into a bad credit car loan to make your purchase. The second thing is whether the price of the vehicle matches what you’re being sold. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Research the make and model and see what the average price for that car is. If you’re being charged way over, then walk away and find a better deal elsewhere. If they are asking for much less, then there’s something wrong with the car.

Condition

Always check on the condition of the car, don’t just take it at face value. Bring along a mechanic to see the car, or take it to a garage to be looked at before you buy it. If it just looks like it’s got a dent or scrape here and there – don’t count that out as cosmetic. There could easily be underlying damage to the vehicle and might call for body work to be replaced rather than buffed out. The older the car, the more issues it could have, so balance the cost against the quality.

History

Only buy a car if you have its full service history. That way you know exactly what has been done to the car, what’s new and what is more likely to go sooner. You’ll also have the details from its last MOT, so you’ll be able to see what advisory fixes have yet to be done on the car. It’s nice to know whether the past owners were racing teenagers or a diddy old lady. You can tell the difference in how the car would have been treated through knowing a bit about the previous owners.

Reputation

When buying online, always look into the reputation of the seller. If its a garage or car dealership you should easily be able to find reviews on Google about their services. If you’re buying from a site like eBay or gumtree, like we mentioned before, you have to trust the reviews on that site. Usually, ecommerce shops like these are quick to dock points from bad sellers, but there are always first time sellers who don’t have any ratings yet, that you will have to decide to trust based on your communication with them.

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Save Yourself A Sting: Do This Before Buying Your Next Car

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When you’re looking at getting a new car, you’ve always got a range of options. Whether you’re planning on buying or leasing, going with something new or used, you should always be careful. Cars are a big expense. And when you’re planning on spending a lot of money on something, you need to be sure that it’s not going to come back and bite you. Unfortunately, it’s quite a common occurrence to be stung on big purchases, like cars. So whether you’re buying your kid their first car, or upgrading what you’ve got, here’s what you need to do to ensure you get a good deal.

Do Your Research

The second that you decide you might like to get a new car, there’s one thing you have to do first. And that’s research. It’s so easy to start looking into models and prices, but before you jump the gun, you’re going to want to get some research in first. Find out what models are the most reliable, or most efficient, or whatever priorities you have – just make sure you read up. You can find a lot of information online that can help you to create a shortlist of some of the cars you might like to consider.

Shop Around

When you’ve got your facts in line, you should then think about shopping around a bit. Because you could end up being stung on the cost of a certain car if you’re not able to consider if the price is right or not. At the same time, when you shop around, you can start to compare some of the models on your shortlist. Although you may have had a specific model in mind to start with, as you do your research and consider things more carefully, sometimes you discover it may not be quite what you need after all.

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Read Recommendations

And it’s for that particular reason that you definitely need to be reading recommendations. Not just for the particular model you’re looking at, but dealerships too. This website tells you all about lemon law. It’s important that you find a reputable place to buy from if you want your purchase to be issue-free. If not, you may find that you need to bring the lemon law into action!

Take A Test Drive

Even after you’ve done your research, taken a look at the different models available at different dealerships, and found a place that you’re sure if going to be reliable, still don’t set your heart on anything. Before you do, ensure that you take a test drive. Because you can often find that test driving a car leads you to feeling completely differently about a car.

Read The Fine Print

And finally, when you do decide on the perfect car, you need to ensure that you read everything carefully. Whether you’re buying new or used, you may find that you have some paperwork to sign. This will definitely be the case when you’re leasing or getting the financial option. And you need to know what you’re agreeing to. By ensuring that you read the fine print, you could save yourself from a potential sting.