I write this article with over twenty years as a purchaser of new and used cars.
This writer also sold motorcycles. I also am a male. I have been ripped off, ripped on and once returned a car because of an alleged tampered odometer.
Disclaimer: Buyer Beware: This writer will never in his lifetime be held accountable for any hypothetical advice given in this piece of work. This writer will write this only hypothetical for suggestions in this type of purchase. You are on your own and choose to use these suggestions or not.
Hypothetically, I would first go to lots which sell new or used cars on a Sunday when most are closed. Keep a safe eye on your own car while you walk around though and take your own car keys with you.
Look at car’s which would best suit “you,” not what car you think is great. A sharp salesman can smell desire over sense in a second,
Never do you want a salesman to think that you are an “impulse buyer. Many men assume women shop with the heart,instead of the head. Actually men do that a lot more when it comes to cars.
Many women have been conditioned to be nice. Don’t be so nice that you are misled. Better to be a smart”bitch” than a poor “schmuck.”
So you see a car on the lot that suits you. You write down its stock number, color and make and model. Chances are that car has sat on the lot awhile and one way to tell is if is much cleaner than the other cars. In other words Monday will come, and you can call or better visit your bank or credit union to see if your bank will work with that dealer on finance. Hypothetically it is cost saving for you to work with your bank, who works with your dealer.
This car you love may be a target to “move” in a hurry. Ladies think of it like certain merchandise is fronted more than others as if in a grocery store. A car should fit your needs, like apparel you would wear for a job interview.
After you find out what your bank may offer for your car decide to call your insurance agent. Too many impulse buyers are hypnotized by a car they love and do not think to do this. What a surprise when after or during purchase you find out your rates will go up 50 percent lets say. This writer nearly had this happen to him on a trade in. What you see as an economy car, an insurer may see as a two seat-er sports car. Look at cars suited for the climate you are most in. Do you really need or want that 4 wheel drive “Hummer.” Do you need or want that 1967 “Bug?”
If all meets well after the aforementioned and a buy can work for you and all parties concerned you will be bombarded with extras. Beware of NON-Factory Warranties. Get it in writing first if there is a remaining factory warranty and what it covers exactly, before you sign your last signature, Some states may include sales tax in the payment, and even the interest on that can be significant, but think it over.
The test drive:
Not just for women either. Try to go alone or with a father or other male figure you trust. The salesman eats with your purchase. Beware if your salesman goes with you, and you hear a disturbing noise, and it is not hom belching or worse. You inquire about the noise to him and he tells you “Oh we will fix that for you.” You have to wonder to yourself, “Just how many people before me has he told this too?”
Many salesman have a pre-ordained idea that “The buyer is a liar.” Hey and they have a point. If you bring in your dad’s 72 Duster and tell a salesman only your dad drove the duster in funeral processions only, chances are the salesman will be skeptical. Salesman have quota’s. They have been given bad checks, false information, forged licenses, and probably a few test drives where the customer thought the test meant that he could steal a car.
You can request a popular company for the cars history via many auto dealers or you may be able to access this company on your own for a cost. Dealers do not necessarily like to advocate a car history because lets face it, if you saw how food was prepared in your favorite restaraunt and “Chef Samsey” sneezed on your chicken would you want to know that? Look in the trunk when you check over a used car. If the carpet has mold on it in the trunk and is a bizzare version of what your interior carpet should look like, you may be purchasing a “flood-mobile.”
Hypothetically a cars history are like crime statitics. Now you are confused huh? The key word in crime statistics a which is missing is “reported” history. So my friends is crime down, or less people reporting it? Doubtful that everything wrong with anything is fully reported including a car which weighs more than a ton. If everything wrong was reported about everything the world would stop.
If you can consent from the dealer to let your trusted mechanic look it over( it cost me about 100.00) It was well worth it. Hypothetically if a dealer would not let my mechanic check it out, hypothetically this writer would not by that ride.
Once I held out on the purchase of a new car unless they through in the factory mats for a cost of two hundred dollars for me not to pay. They hemmed and hawed on this but gave in. I checked the gas gage, not even half full. That was unacceptable. I demanded a full tank of gas on their dime and got it. They may offer you a 100.00 detail job. Now it may be your car. Who washes a car better than an owner? If this writer gets enough positive response, hypothetically he may write more on this topic. Happy Landing!