Car shopping is part art and part science. While there is no full proof formula for getting a decent vehicle at a great price, there are a few tips that, if followed, can help make the car buying experience easier and ensure that you don’t leave a dealership feeling like you have been fleeced. This is common sense advice that everyone can follow – from the first time buyer to the experienced vehicle owner. In fact, many of these suggestions come from former car salesmen. Here are 10 tips to follow when car shopping.
10. Time Is Everything
When we say that timing is everything when it comes to purchasing a car, we’re talking about everything from the time of year that you buy a car, to the time of month and even the time of day. For example, there are more incentives and deals on cars at the end of the calendar year when dealerships are racing to clear their inventory of last year’s models and make way for the current model year vehicles. You will also find better prices on various cars at month’s end when dealers are desperate to hit their monthly sales quotas and targets. It’s also better to go shopping for a car on a weekday afternoon when car lots are quiet and sales staff are more focused on you then on the weekend, when the lot is busy and the sales force is pulled in multiple directions.