In celebration of Presidents’ Day, Feb. 15, our founding fathers would probably prefer you to actually pay attention to the issues in our next election. But buying a car is more fun, and you will do much better if you start your shopping in advance.
Despite the fact that dealers are getting better at adapting to more savvy car buyers, some lots will still resort to all kinds of tricks to deceive customers. Would they stoop so low as to put a fake badge on a car, and falsely claim the vehicle is better than it really is?
When an all new model comes out, especially one that wins a bunch of mostly meaningless awards, some car dealers will use this as an opportunity to get you to pay more. Depending on the available inventory, a smart shopper can still score a great deal.
A Houston car salesman had an unpleasant surprise on a routine test drive when he was reportedly beaten and stuffed into the trunk by customer interested in a five-finger discount on a Dodge Challenger.
Dealerships will try all kinds of things to convince you that they are offering HUGE SAVINGS. Some of them even resort to giving things away like free televisions, free maintenance, or even a free car. Usually, the deal isn’t so great once you run the numbers.
Looks like SOME people in Texas couldn’t wait for the inevitable Black Friday sales at their local Chevrolet dealership! Or they just needed some new wheels. More than 180 wheels, to be specific.
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If you ever thought that no good could come of a rap song that repeats itself so many times you lose count, you were definitely wrong.
The car market is more like real estate than a lot of people realize; location has a lot to do with how much you will pay. The good news is if your local market is tough, you can buy a car from wherever you want. How much you can save could depend on how far you’re willing to go.
Now that internet car shopping has become more commonplace, some dealerships are doing everything in their power to avoid giving you a written quote. One of the newest tactics is requiring you to submit a credit application in order to send you a price. Don’t fall for this.
I think it’s time to address a problem that’s been plaguing car shoppers with eyes for more than a decade now. And that problem is: dealers who don’t take pictures of the vehicles they have for sale when they list them online.
With so many dealerships to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to spend your energy to get your deal. There are many good dealers who will give you a great price with little stress, and then there are the others, whose only goal is to take every dollar possible. Here are some clues to pick out a…
When the Lexus brand launched in 1989, they had a pretty straightforward objective; give American luxury car buyers a better product and a more customer oriented experience. Now the automaker is taking a big risk in the hyper-competitive luxury market with a haggle-free sales pilot.
There are several third party websites such as TrueCar and Edmunds, that offer an instant hassle free price based on the vehicle you want. You get a savings certificate that you take to the dealer and buy the car without the haggling. But what happens when the dealer doesn’t want to honor your certificate?
While local dealership ads tend to be pretty cheesy, they usually stay away from political controversy. This weekend, Donald Trump supporters took to social media demanding that an Los Angeles-area Nissan dealership face consequences after making commercial in which a Trump piñata is whacked to promote a sale.
There is an old bit of car buying advice that says show up to the dealer when they are ready to close, as the salespeople will cut a good deal because they want to go home. If you try this method make sure someone knows you are there, so you don’t get stuck for hours like one Boston area family.
I joked in a previous post about the desperate salesperson who says “I’m losing money on this deal,” but sometimes it is true. If you ever wondered why some dealers refuse to work with Internet shoppers or why the turnover rate is so high, here’s an insider’s take on how dealers “protect” their profit at the expense…
If you have ever contacted or done business with any dealership, you know your email inbox gets blasted with “HUGE SAVINGS” until you “unsubscribe.” Dealers know this method is fairly ineffective, but it is cheap and easy. Now some stealerships are targeting your mailbox instead of your inbox.
During Chrysler’s bankruptcy in 2009, some dealers were forced to shut down. Now they want to be back in business, but Fiat-Chrysler claims the stores would be too much competition, and the Supreme Court has refused to hear the case between the embattled dealers in Ohio and Michigan and their corporate overlords.
A Florida jury has issued a record judgement for $563 million dollars against a car dealership after it loaned a car to a drunk driver who hit and killed a man on a scooter.