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What are some of the worst things you can say when shopping for a car?

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What are some of the worst things you can say when shopping for a car?

These make a lot of sense. Best to leave less knowledgeable and easy to please wife/husband and children at home too.

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1. ‘I love this car!’
2. ‘I’ve got to have a monthly payment of $350.’
3. ‘My lease is up next week.’
4. ‘I want $10,000 for my trade-in, and I won’t take a penny less.’

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The best thing to say : "I'll have to go home and think about it."
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That or you can just (graciously) decline their offer, if it isn't acceptable to you, and give them your phone number telling them to call you if they can improve their offer. Then walk out the door.

If they were just bluffing, and can offer a better deal, they will call you before you can get more than a block away. If they can't, then the deal wasn't meant to be regardless of how good your poker face is.
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My wife says I can buy any car I want Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes. Price is no object
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booblehead wrote:
Jan 17th, 2019 9:08 pm
My wife says I can buy any car I want Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes. Price is no object
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My wife says:

Can you just hurry up and buy it already!
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EP32k2 wrote:
Jan 17th, 2019 9:27 pm
My wife says:

Can you just hurry up and buy it already!
it's the other way around when women go to shopping
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Mentioning that you love or like a specific car to any salesperson is even more of a reason to not give you a deal. So don't do it.

Don't go off the 'monthly payment'. Go off the All in price / out the door price and break that monthly down.

Don't tell them you have a trade in UNTIL you get an OTD price. If they ask if you are trading a vehicle in say you are not sure yet.

If they ask what your budget is, tell them slightly less than your actual budget.

Think of you (the car buyer) as having all the power, not them. When they give you an offer / price say NO to the first one. If they don't budge, another dealer will be more than happy to take your business.
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I want a cash deal.
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EP32k2 wrote:
Jan 17th, 2019 9:27 pm
My wife says:
Can you just hurry up and buy it already!
Why do you bother bringing your wife while car shopping? My wife only sees my car when it's in the driveway.
McLaren__F1 wrote:
Jan 17th, 2019 9:15 pm
"Whats yours is mines, whats mines is mines"
Prenup?
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vkizzle wrote:
Jan 18th, 2019 6:19 am
I want a cash deal.
There's no cash deal... Dealers make a % of what you are borrowing. So there's no incentive for them in a cash deal.
You should get the best price, and then tell them you want to finance the car. If the price increase because you're financing the car, move to another dealer.
It's easy for them to charge you an extra 2K when you spread it over 60 months.
If they don't want to move the needle on the price, they usually have some fidelity rate they can play with. VW for exemple has a 0.5%off any current rate, on any model for a returning customer.
With 0$ down on a 30K car, 0.5% is about 500$ in you pocket.
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typer100 wrote:
Jan 18th, 2019 6:36 am
Why do you bother bringing your wife while car shopping? My wife only sees my car when it's in the driveway.
Prenup?
typer100 wrote:
Jan 18th, 2019 6:41 am
There's no cash deal... Dealers make a % of what you are borrowing. So there's no incentive for them in a cash deal.
You should get the best price, and then tell them you want to finance the car. If the price increase because you're financing the car, move to another dealer.
It's easy for them to charge you an extra 2K when you spread it over 60 months.
If they don't want to move the needle on the price, they usually have some fidelity rate they can play with. VW for exemple has a 0.5%off any current rate, on any model for a returning customer.
With 0$ down on a 30K car, 0.5% is about 500$ in you pocket.
Why so serious?
Supposed to be a fun thread.
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vkizzle wrote:
Jan 18th, 2019 6:53 am
Why so serious?
Supposed to be a fun thread.
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typer100 wrote:
Jan 18th, 2019 6:41 am
There's no cash deal... Dealers make a % of what you are borrowing. So there's no incentive for them in a cash deal.
You should get the best price, and then tell them you want to finance the car. If the price increase because you're financing the car, move to another dealer.
It's easy for them to charge you an extra 2K when you spread it over 60 months.
If they don't want to move the needle on the price, they usually have some fidelity rate they can play with. VW for exemple has a 0.5%off any current rate, on any model for a returning customer.
With 0$ down on a 30K car, 0.5% is about 500$ in you pocket.
Yup. I can't sit through a dealership finance ever again though. So many games, crying, pleading to buy rust protection and disability insurance and whatever else. Every. Single. Time.

The peace of mind of coming in before hand with a bank draft ready to go is worth it to me. If they want to sell extras, "sorry that's all the money I have".

On topic, the worst thing you can say is "I can afford $x a month".

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