Purchasing a car is exciting and frightening at the same time – you’re thrilled to be driving your own vehicle very soon, but also unsure whether you’re going to pick the right model. If you have little or no experience with cars, things can get quite complicated and no one wants to be tricked.
That’s why you need to rely on someone knowledgeable to tell you if your car salesman is trying to trick you. Here are seven of the most common lies you need to pay attention to.
“The price is non-negotiable!”
Let’s face it – the price is always negotiable! Depending on how skilful you are at negotiating, you can save more than 10% on your new car, which is always welcome. Sometimes a car salesman doesn’t want to negotiate or simply doesn’t care, which is why the “non-negotiable price” argument is their best way to stop doing business with you.
“Check the miles – they’re really low!”
Inexperienced car buyers tend to rely on the odometer for the car mileage check, but this is the biggest fraud out there. Manipulating odometers is easier than you think and this trend is increasingly popular. In order to check the real mileage of a particular car, do some investigation on your own and check the DMV/DVLA records.
“The interest rate can’t be lower than this!”
Getting a bank loan is the only way most people are able to afford a car, so getting a good interest rate is vital. This number, of course, depends on your credit score and how flexible your bank is, but lots of car salesmen will tell you they can’t negotiate below a certain number. And if that’s the case, be sure they’re scamming you in order to get a higher commission – it’s all a trick the car dealership and the bank are playing on you.
“The car has never been hit!”
This is another thing somebody without experience won’t notice – your salesman might claim your car has never been in an accident even though the truth might be different. Giving you a clean Carfax as a proof is the oldest trick in the book and a way to pull a fast one on you because this document sometimes proves nothing. Carfax only reports certain kinds of accidents, but not all of them, so have a trustworthy mechanic check the car before you purchase it.
“This is in your best interest!”
Relying on your car dealership is one thing, but trusting them blindly is something completely different. Their goal is to sell you a car, not be your friend, and this is especially true when it comes to finances. They may say that something is in your best interest and that they’re working for you, but these are just the tricks of a sneaky dealership finance office. If you want to make sure everything’s in order, be aware of their possible attempts at tricking you and get a second opinion.
“This deal is not forever!”
Telling you that a certain deal and price won’t last forever is a salesman’s way to urge you into making a hasty decision and do what they tell you. Buying a car one day sooner or later might mean nothing to you, but it means the world to the dealership, which is why they want to persuade you. Thus, don’t trust them, and take things slow: consider your options, check your finances and wait for the perfect moment.
“This is the most fuel-efficient model out there!”
Any driver knows that estimated fuel efficiency predicted by car manufacturers means literally nothing. Conditions on the road are quite different from those in the factory, which is why fuel-efficiency is never a given. The only way to know for sure how much fuel a certain car needs is by calculating it on your own or talking to someone already driving the same model instead of trusting your salesman.
Who to trust?
But, if you can’t trust your car salesman, who can you trust? Buying a car is a complex process, so get all the help you can – a reliable mechanic, an experienced driver and someone with the knowledge in finances will save you tons of money and help you choose a perfect model that will fit your needs.
Features Writer; Peter Minkoff
Peter is a a men's grooming & fashion writer at The Beard Mag & High Street Gent magazines from UK. Beside writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & Europe! His future plans are in creating a personal blog for men's grooming!
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