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Most Common Mistakes People Make When Buying a Car

Some mistakes may seem to be harmless, but in reality, like almost any other process that involves negotiation, even the smallest mistakes can cause some butterfly effect and lead to major disaster! Here are some mistakes people typically make when buying a car:

  1. Not enough research beforehand: As mentioned above, buying a car is no easy thing to do; it requires a lot of patience and research effort. Before actually going to a dealership, you should not only know exactly what kind of car you’re looking for, but also learn about the options the car comes with, the reasonable price range of the car, and what the car should be like when it’s in a good condition.
  2. Not enough patience: The best deals usually come after you’ve spent a lot of time shopping and negotiating for cars, and have run across many different dealerships to compare prices. This process may take from one or two days (if you’re lucky or skilled) to up to more than a month! So be patient! Try not to settle for anything that’s not exactly what you’re looking for.
  3. Showing too much of your emotions: Like everything else in life, when you show too much emotion, you’re pretty much on your way to a bad deal. Before going to a dealership, you should have the mindset of “I don’t need to buy a car today,” so that you don’t put any pressure on yourself too early. At the dealership, make sure you don’t show your cards AT ALL! No matter how much you love this car, you should act like you don’t, and be more than willing to move onto another dealership. Make the salesperson beg you to stay, not the other way around.
  4. Not taking a thorough test drive: A long test drive is important for most shoppers. While some drivers know instantly whether they like a car, others discover problems only after 20-30 minutes, or even longer. Such issues can include uncomfortable seats or bad visibility, all of which can cause problems for years. That's why you should definitely take a thorough test drive before signing any paperwork.
  5. Buying unnecessary options: Alloy wheels, moon roof, heated seats—do you really need them? If not, don’t buy anything that has these features! These “minor” extra accessories can easily put a perfectly affordable car way over your budget! Please only choose the options you actually need! Be brave and say “NO” to anything you don’t need.

The list can go on and on and on, but the above 5 are the ones that every car buyer will run into from time to time. Just remember, be patient, do your homework, and you’ll be fine. A good deal will run into you sooner or later! Happy car shopping!


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