Don't you just love buying a new car? Meet our new car.
Our previous car started having all kinds of issues. We have had it for quite some time, so we were due. Today, there are more women are heavily involved with the decision in buying cars, however some women tend to feel intimidated by the whole process, therefore they bring along a male counterpart.
I am a fighter....LOL, therefore I believe in fighting for what I want. I am also a big researcher, along with my husband. We are both techy people. We spent hours researching cars online. We started out by driving to many dealers to check out the type of car we wanted. We knew we wanted a SUV.
We narrowed it down after sitting in some of the SUV's. I love driving a car that I can actually get into easily and see so much better. I still have a sport's car, however it is very low and difficult to get in and out... What was I thinking?
Figure out your budget before shopping...Know the asking price of the vehicles you are interested.
Choose the trim type. They can vary on price, depending on the model.
We figured out we liked the Toyota Highlander. We looked and compared the trim models.
Gotta love those bells and whistles! Whatever you do, do not tell them you are in love with the car.
We compared interested prices against different dealers. Some dealers will not give you their E price.
We were equipped with ammunition! Knowing what other dealers were asking and also having it on paper. My husband loves to communicate via email, so he has a record of the conversation or deal.
We decided to see what kind of price they were willing to negotiate on this model .
You know the dreaded salesmen's and their managers.
After test driving the car, we sit down and then the saleman's manager comes over to start talking about a price. He comes back and lists the sticker price with all of the costs, tax, license, bla bla bla
I tell him, it's the same price on the darn car window. Give me a break! He talks some more and he leaves again. He comes back with a little better offer. We tell him, it's not good enough. My husband tells him a car dealer near our home has a much better offer. We tell him, we don't love the car. I am not giving the saleman any clue, that we have absolutely have to own this car.
At this point we are playing the bad cop and the good cop! I am the bad cop! LOL
He leaves again. He comes back with another offer. Again, we tell him it's not where we want to be. He says, how about I buy you dinner at our cafe. I think it's a ploy to keep us there. I say I am not hungry.....LOL He then says, why not just have a beverage.
At this point,we go to the cafe and get a drink. We talk about some things. I see the saleman lurking around. We go back to the table and the manager comes out again. He lowers the price and throws in the Low Jack, because my husband told him, it was included in another car deal.
My husband is happy with the deal, but I think we should of pushed the envelope. How low will they go? I want to tell them, we need to sleep on it. If you leave, they lose their leverage. Most likely if you leave, they will be calling you at home, offering you an even better deal.
What's the worst can happen? They say no....We have a beautiful car and survived the darn car buying ordeal. Just in time for Valentine's day and a lovely trip to the coast for our upcoming anniversary in March. Thank you Honey......
What is your take on car buying? I would love to know your story. While I was searching online, I ran across this site.