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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

One Hundred and Seventy Sixth Question

When was the last time you purchased a new (or used) vehicle?
What is the best way to handle car salesmen?

14 Comments:

  • At 12:35 PM, Blogger Lulu said…

    I bought my last car about 2 years ago, but I am about to buy another one. I think the best way to deal with them is not to deal with them. I take my dad, brother or boyfriend with me. Not ideal, but it works for me.

     
  • At 1:06 PM, Blogger Pittchick said…

    My last car came from my MIL. I've never had to deal with a car saleman.

     
  • At 4:15 PM, Blogger Mr. Incredulous said…

    I bought my last vehicle about 3 years ago. The George Costanza approach "One more step and we're walkin'!!!" works pretty good for me...

     
  • At 5:00 PM, Blogger mini driver wannabe said…

    Last month I put my name on the long waiting list to but a Mini Cooper. That was the easiest because there was no pressure. It seemed like people who wanted a Mini, wanted a Mini and that was that. And the dealersjip knew that so there was no pressure.

    The hardest part is waiting to get it now that it is ordered.

     
  • At 8:52 PM, Blogger ConnieJane said…

    My grandfather was a car dealer beginning in the late 30's. My father and his brother followed in his footsteps. I was in my 40's before I had to actually had to buy a car at a dealer.

    Fortunately a former employee of my uncle's is still in the business and I can get a good deal through him.

     
  • At 9:58 PM, Blogger edee said…

    the only way is to be prepared to walk out if you don't get what you want...someone else will always want to take your money.

     
  • At 10:03 PM, Blogger nancy =) said…

    i have friends in the business so it is always a pleasure obtaining my ride...

    i got my last car in 2002, and it's still going strong...it's a sporty little rag top...before that i bought a ford explorer in 1993 and i am still driving that thing, too...it's got 130,000+ miles on it...it's now the doggie mobile used to cart around the 3 golden dogs and i use it in the snow and to cart my kids back and forth to college and whatnot...

    peace...

     
  • At 10:11 PM, Blogger AKH said…

    The first and only car that I have ever bought was my new 2000 Ford Focus back in 2000. I went in with my dad and they were talking with him and he was like, she's the one with the money. I went in with a set amount of money to spend and wouldn't let them talk me into taking a loan for a longer time period just to lower my payments.

     
  • At 3:39 AM, Blogger alan said…

    I've driven old stuff my whole life, even though I build new ones, just because financially I was "upside down in my life". My wife lost a kidney, then had a hip and a knee replaced 4 years ago and I couldn't have her in something that could break down anymore, so we went out and bought our first, a new Neon. It got hit 3 different time, and though it was fixed, it weighed on us so last fall we decided to trade it for a new Chevrolet Malibu, which is what I build now. I lost money on the Neon, but think the salesman was pretty straight up as I'm an employee and told them that going in (you have to to use the discount).

    I still drive a '79 Chrysler Newport I bought 8 years ago for $800, it now has 290,000 on it...

    alan

     
  • At 11:03 AM, Blogger Unbalanced said…

    I just bought my car in July. I don't know how to deal with salesman. I just went in there know what i wanted to spend and what was reasonable and didn't budge on those things.

     
  • At 11:51 AM, Blogger littlefeet said…

    umm...2000 i think...a used car...

    and i have no patience for them...i do all my research online, call ahead of time and make sure they have what i want...i go to the lot, ask specifically for the person i was on the phone with, ask to see the specific car that i want...if i dont like it, i say "thank you" and walk away...and start my search again...

    peace...

     
  • At 2:40 PM, Blogger danielle said…

    i'm still driving the car my parents gave me when i turned 15. i'll drive that baby into the ground before i purchase a new vehical.

     
  • At 1:04 AM, Anonymous Eric said…

    Firm but polite. Do research beforehand, look at what you want. Tell them you're just looking, and if you make a decision you'll talk to them. Narrow down your selection before you go, if you see indecisive, that's when they pounce and deliver their pitches.

     
  • At 5:53 PM, Blogger Sphinx said…

    never

     

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