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Car Buying Tips: What You Need to Know About Dealerships

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Last night we had some fun trying out a couple of cars at a dealership in another town.  I saw the ads online and prices seemed reasonable. I contacted the place and they said to come down and see them for ourselves with a test drive.

I picked up my husband and we made a little road trip to check out an Accord and Sonata. We started off with the Accord, which was an LX model. It was beautiful – rode well and it looked to be in immaculate shape. However it was a higher than normal on the mileage for its age. The Sonata was a certified used car and had lower mileage; the downside for the car was that it was a basic trim and the interior a was smaller than the Accord.

Once we finished the test drives we thanked the salesperson and told him we need to go home and think about it. Both cars were decent deals, but we had other cars to look at and they be a better fit. That's when he asked us to sit down for a bit to talk numbers.

He asked if we”re looking at a specific payment or a specific price. We told him we're more interested in looking at the total price of the car. After going back and forth, he offer a fair deal and wanted to see if we'd bite. We reminded him that we wanted to sleep on it. They then lowered the price a bit more. It was alright, but we didn't feel like it was a big deal that we had to jump to get. We left without buying either car, but we got his card just in case.

Things to Bring with You When You're Going to a Car Dealership

We're still keeping an open mind with dealerships. Now when we go to the next one, though, we'll come better prepared.

We're still also looking at private sellers – they tend to have some room with price negotiations. Believe it or not, this is the fun part for me. Hopefully we'll find the best car for us.

Thoughts on Buying a Car from the Dealership

If you've bought a car at a dealership, what has been your experience? How many dealerships did you go to before you found the right car for you? Do you have any tips on getting a great deal?

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