Buying A Used Car or Truck? Here Are Some Negotiating Tips!

So you are going to buy a used car or truck huh? Well here are a few negotiating tips for buying used that will save you money!

Although it may seem a little trickier than finding buried treasure there are good negotiating tips for used car or truck buying. Salespeople spend everyday selling, while the rest of us might have to try and get a good deal every few years. Because of this, most of us don’t really have a clue on how to negotiate. Hopefully these tips below will help you on your way to buying a used car or truck successfully.

1) You Need To Be Prepared – This may be the most important negotiating tips when buying a used car or truck. Obviously do your research. You’ve heard me say that a time or two. You must know how much the used car or truck you are looking at usually costs. Check out Kelley Blue Book and you can get a good estimate of that. The more you know the more of an advantage you will have when you walk into that Dallas Chevy dealership.

2) Know What You Can Afford – Know exactly how much money you have and how much you are prepared to pay. Just don’t share that information with the salespeople right off the bat. Salespeople know what the car is worth and they try to get the most money that they can from the car. Doesn’t mean they are trying to screw you over they just want to make a good deal too. Keep the amount of money you have a secret and get ready to play let’s make a deal.

3) Never Act Intimidated –
Just know that you do have the power to deal. Walking onto a car or truck lot can be intimidating but don’t be nervous! You can do it. Don’t let anyone rush you and make sure you take your time and you really love what the car or truck you are about to purchase before taking the leap.

4) By All Means Take Your Time – Again, don’t feel rushed. A good rule of thumb is to walk away and think about it over night and come back the next day when you are 100% positive you are ready to purchase. You must take the time to process everything and discuss it with friends or family. If the car is gone the next day then it wasn’t meant to be and there is a better car or truck out there for you. No sweat.

5) Check Out Several Dealerships – You need to go to as many car and truck used car lots as you can. Make sure that you do that! It’s imperative to know what’s going on at other dealerships. You may find a better deal. You may not but you need to shop. The more used car and truck lots you visit, the more information you will have to negotiate with. Showing the salespeople that you know exactly how much another lot will charge for a similar car will give you the leverage you need to get a great deal.

I hope that these tips will help you in finding a good deal on your next used car or truck. Send me any other tips you can think of.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.