Shopping at Car Dealerships

I’ve owned many cars in my lifetime and I never bought new one, they were all used. I grew up in Toronto and there were and still are many used car dealerships to buy a car from. Getting one from a private sale is also an option and sometimes this can work out better but in some cases not.

I do prefer getting a car at a dealership that is not only well known but has a good reputation too. With today’s social media, a few bad reviews for a dealership and they can literally sink unless they get some good reputation management to bolster their failing image. So even if you know a dealer and they seem nice, that’s not going to cut it. Actually read their reviews, check out their dealership Facebook page and get some feedback from others. Just because you may have had a good experience it doesn’t mean that someone else will. Dealership research is just so important. I believe Eric the car guy has lots of videos on buying used cars so he has a great channel to watch if you would like to know more about the technical side of used car buying.


Eric The Car Guy

What Dealerships May Hide

The shady dealers will buy cars from out of province, or even from the states where titles can be rebuilt, mileage flipped and a whole cast of unruly things. Never buy one of these cars unless its a collectors car that you absolutely have to have. That’s really the only exception. I remember a friend that bought a Porsche from California that he had never seen before in person, just from pictures online. Another bought a Mercedes-Benz off of Kijiji from another province and to his shock the car was repainted even though the owner said it wasn’t. These are the risks that you can’t afford to take by not seeing the car in person. So whether it is at a dealership or from a private sale, at least you will be able to do a full inspection so make sure you avoid buying a car unseen.

Talk To Your Friends and Their Friends

One of the most powerful sales tools any company can have is a referral. How often do you hear people asking others about their experiences with used car buying, or anything for that matter. Referrals are powerful and if a used car dealership gets lots of word of mouth referrals that are positive, then perhaps you might want to check this dealer out if you have not already.

The Car Sells Itself

Many times you will find a car that is exactly what you want, whether it’s a rare colour combination or has a certain engine, or some other rare option. Don’t buy the car just because of this. If it’s a great buy and is in sound condition, then sure, go ahead. But if it is a car that has other issues, then these options you want are just not going to matter when your muffler falls off as you drive.


Start Your Search Online

Depending on the city you live in, search for your city + car, car dealers, used car dealers or something like that. If you’re from Toronto, do a search for used cars Toronto for example. Check out the prices and at this point you should have narrowed down what car you want. If you have done so already, your search will be easier. Write in a spreadsheet the cost and year of the car you want after checking multiple dealerships online to see what the price range is. They have a good collection of both used Mercedes-Benz and used BMW cars & SUV’s among other brands so it’s good to find a car dealer that specializes in certain vehicles.

Now, you’re not going to just go and see the cheapest one. You need to see them all. The reason for this is you need to compare the most expensive with the cheapest (provided they are the same year) and then make your conclusions. You could get lucky with the cheapest car but difficult to say.

Don’t Rush Into it

I remember the first car I bought. It was a “had to have it” moment and the dealer guy knew that, it was all written over my face. I was only 18 so what do you expect. They didn’t budge on the price and even said some BS that the price was actually higher than what what was listed and they made a mistake but were willing to give it to me at the advertised price. Yea, right.

Which leads me to my final thought. Don’t pay the sticker price, ever. This goes for new and used cars. But, don’t be a cheap Charlie either. Be reasonable. If you’re reasonable you never know you might get some extras thrown in with the deal like a gas card or something. At the very least when it comes time to when you have some problems with your car if you are pleasant with your dealership salesman, they will be more likely to want to help you with any problems down the road. No pun intended!

Car Buying Tips and Tricks

When you are interested in buying a car, whether it is your first or fourth, whether it is new or used, you’ll find that you need to think about the car buying tips and tricks that can help you. The truth is that there are a lot of cars buying tips and tricks out there, and whether you know them or not can really sway the negotiations in your favor. Remember that the price of the car is almost never what it is on the sticker and that there is a lot of haggling that might need to happen. You shouldn’t just go to the nearest dealer to speak to an agent; there are some things that you need to keep in mind.

Steps To Start Out

First, never, ever go to a car dealership unprepared. This is the best way to make sure that you are going to get ripped off, no matter how good the dealership is, and if you don’t remember any other car buying tips and tricks, remember this one! Get to know the make and model of the car that you are after, and make sure that you have an idea of the price that you are willing to pay. Remember that you should know as much about the car as possible. It’s easy to do the research online, so take some time to prepare yourself.

Don’t get pressured by one day only deals. Chances are exceedingly good that there is no such thing at all. One thing that dealerships will do is that they will pressure you to make a decision as fast as humanly possible. The reason why they want to do this is because a decision made speedily is one that is made with not enough preparation and far from enough time to think about it. Take some time and really consider what they are trying to make you do. If they are trying to hurry you, this is a bad thing.

Don’t Fall for the Payments Trick

Talk about the price and not the payments. When you are looking into car buying tips and tricks you are going to hear a lot about what kind of money you should be talking about, but never let them break it down into low and easy payments that of course, you can make! What they are doing is distracting you from the numbers that you need to hear. Ignore everything about the financing until you have a price nailed down for the car. Then, when the financing gets discussed, you’ll discover that you are going to do yourself a huge favor if you can just remember that you never want to sign the paperwork on the car until the financing is finalized.

Final Thoughts

Learning the right car buying tips and tricks can save you all kinds of headaches and heartbreaks. If you want to make sure that the car you buy is a winner, and if you want to make sure that you don’t get stuck with payments that are much higher than anything you can handle, it’s time to really stop and think about what you need to know. Getting a great car is the result of learning these tips and tricks, so get all the knowledge together that you can!