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10 Common Car-Buying Mistakes
« on: May 13, 2010, 10:32:36 PM »


10 Common Car-Buying Mistakes

There are several car-buying mistakes commonly known in the auto industry. To identify them, we asked for advice from experts at Edmunds.com, AutoPacific, J.D. Power and Associates and AAA. They gave us their best advice for consumers navigating through what can be a confusing path. They also told us that most dealers are honest, reliable and hardworking local businessmen and women--but there are some precautions consumers should take before they purchase a car.

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Re: 10 Common Car-Buying Mistakes
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2010, 10:38:07 PM »


Talking too much

Three things to never say on the lot: "I need this car now" (desperation breeds price inflation); "I love this car" (don't let emotions control the buying process--it only makes you vulnerable); and "This is how much I can afford to pay per month" (once dealers know how much you want to pay per month, they'll find other ways--fees, warranties, financing--to make up the difference between that and how much they must make on a sale. Talk about the absolute price of a car, not the monthly payment.)

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Re: 10 Common Car-Buying Mistakes
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2010, 10:38:28 PM »


Not doing your research


Walking into a dealership open to any ideas the salesperson has is a bad idea--it makes you vulnerable to impulsively buying something you don't need, can't afford or ultimately won't want. Determining the market value of your car will help you know where to begin negotiations on the starting price of the vehicle. Do some research to find the true market value and the expected residual value of the car you want.

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Re: 10 Common Car-Buying Mistakes
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2010, 10:38:49 PM »


Not being realistic about what you need

Before you hit the showroom floor, take a hard look at the kind of driving you do. Don't assume you need a brand-new car, and consider keeping a driving journal for a week, or even a month, to chart exactly when, where and how far you drive each day. Then buy a vehicle according to those needs--not aspirational needs, like thinking "maybe someday we'll need to tow a boat, so I need a truck with three-ton towing capacity."

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Re: 10 Common Car-Buying Mistakes
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2010, 10:39:15 PM »


Leasing a car because you can't afford the down payment

Lease payments, especially for luxury cars, don't require a down payment and are often cheaper per month than what it costs to buy the car outright. But they don't always pay off. You've got to determine if having a new car every two or three years and with no down payment--but no ownership and no stake in the residual value--is more important than long-term cost savings and ownership of a vehicle you will eventually pay off.