Shopping For A New Car

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Shopping For A New Car

When my boss told me that he needed me to shop for some fleet vehicles for our business, I thought I would be getting a well-deserved break from work. Unfortunately, the task quickly snowballed into a giant ordeal. In addition to finding a dealer that we could trust, I also didn't really know how to decide between makes and models. However, after a lot of research, I was able to narrow down my choices. I was able to find a group of cars that our salespeople could drive comfortably, and it really helped our business to branch out. This blog is all about shopping for new cars, and how to avoid some of the more common pitfalls.


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If your current vehicle is no longer meeting your needs or it simply time to upgrade to a new model, saving money on that purchase is likely to be a big concern for you. Fortunately, there are time-sensitive ways that might also allow you to reduce the total cost. As a result, it is a good idea for you to become familiar with the information shared below. 

#1-Shop At The End Of The Month

If your car is on its last legs and you know that you will need to replace it in the very near future, try to wait for the end of the month so that you can negotiate the price of your new vehicle. That is due to the fact that many car lot managers are required to sell a certain number of vehicles each month and may also earn a bonus if they surpass that goal.

If you are shopping at the end of the month, you may find that it is not unusual for car lot managers to be willing to drop the price a bit more than they did earlier in the month, since the number and types of vehicles that are sold at that time can directly impact them.      

#2-Determine When New Car Models Arrive At The Dealership, And Shop Then 

Many people know that you can often get a great deal on a new car by shopping at the end of the year. Unfortunately, one common mistake that might be made is assuming that the end of the year is the same for both a standard annual calendar and the fiscal calendar with scheduled release dates that many vehicle manufacturers adhere to for marketing purposes. 

Therefore, by researching the release dates for the new models, you will frequently be able to negotiate a better price for last year's cars, since more space needs to be made available for the vehicles that are arriving.    

#3-Go At The End Of The Day To Minimize Wasting Time By Negotiating The Price

The majority of professionals who sell cars for a living earn much of their income as the direct result of commissions they make from selling those vehicles. Therefore, you may be able to negotiate a better price on your new car by arriving at the car lot not long before they close. Since the first goal of the salesperson is usually going to be to sell as many vehicles as possible and a second goal is often to leave work on time, you may find that you can save time and money by arriving not long before they expect to walk out the door. 

In conclusion, the purchase of a new or new-to-you vehicle is often a big purchase that you will be using for at least a few years. Since it only makes sense that you want to save money on that purchase whenever possible, it will behoove you to consider the advice discussed above prior to visiting a car dealership.