As a former car salesman, in my opinion, there are 6 types of car buyers who tend to get the worst car deal and are more likely to be ripped off.
Here’s what I’ve learned about who gets the best car deals vs the worst car deals. Let me tell you who I think typically pays too much and why they don’t even realize it.
Bad Credit Customers
Busy Professionals and Parents
Uncomfortable Negotiating a Car Deal
It takes a certain personality to negotiate good car deals and prices. It is why you are willing to pay a top tier real estate agent a little more to list your home for sale. If you are not comfortable asking for discounts, you will settle for what they give you. When someone takes this approach they are always going to pay more than they have to.
A car deal is a very complicated transaction.
I know this because I am a numbers guy and it took me a couple of years to be able to identify whether or not the customer got a great deal or not. For the first couple years I would have to wait until the next day when I received my commissions to know whether the deal was a good one or not.
Obviously, I was paid more when the customer paid more, so I was happy to see a larger commission. The client typically thinks they got a great deal or they wouldn’t have agreed to the deal. If you have nothing to compare your deal to then how can you be sure the car deal you got was a great one?
The problem is that most people do not contact multiple dealerships and most do not even know how to tell you which deal is better if they do.
I’ve witnessed clients take my advise from a free consultation which included the exact amount he/she should pay for the vehicle we discussed but then go and switch to a different vehicle at the dealership that cost less but end up paying upwards of $1000 more because he/she didn’t understand the difference in vehicle pricing.
Knowledge is the key factor in negotiating a great deal. Rookie car buyers don’t have the knowledge to make the dealerships compete and the dealerships like it that way. Customers with complete knowledge get the best deals.
Your most loyal clients and your happiest clients pay the most money.
Isn’t Lassie cute? Chances are, you look a lot like Lassie to your salesman if you’ve been a loyal customer.
If your salesman or dealership knows you are not going to buy anywhere else and they are not going to have to compete on price, then you are not going to get the best price up front.
Unfortunately, your loyalty can get you into trouble if you don’t make them work for your business.
This is one of the main reasons I decided to start a car concierge business. I felt a huge conflict of interest.
I wanted to work for the client and not have to worry about the dealership’s profit. If you have been buying from the same guy for many years do not take my word for it; test them.
Next time you need a vehicle call a couple different dealerships to keep him honest. You might be surprised to find your trusted guy you always work with is not giving you the great deal up front.
I think loyalty is hard to come by and as a car salesman, you work hard to build a returning customer base. For that reason, I suggest keeping your salesman on his toes and do your homework too.
Buying a vehicle is a big purchase and you should negotiate and check that every car you buy is a great deal.
Without contacting multiple dealerships you are putting yourself in jeopardy of getting ripped off. How can you know the car deal you are getting is fair?
On top of that, the salesman knows you haven’t contacted any other dealerships because most likely you have told him this is the first place you stopped.
This is the absolute worst way to purchase what is most likely the second biggest financial commitment you will make. To be honest, I used to be an impulse buyer. I saw something I wanted; I bought it. I have had buyers remorse more times than I can count. Now, I never make a purchase over 100 dollars without first contacting my wife. Believe it or not.
An impulse buyer is a car salesman’s dream. Do not be this type of buyer.
Get a better car deal
Listen, one thing I want to be clear on is my loyalty to the consumer. I am not, however, anti-dealership. I am a friend of dealerships, because I know we need them.
Dealerships are in the business to make a profit and will try to extract the most profit possible on every transaction. They are in the business to make money. It’s what makes the world go round.
But if someone pays too much for their next vehicle, it is not the dealership or the salesman’s fault; it’s the consumer’s fault.
After all, it’s their goal to get you to say yes.
Your goal should be to say yes only when you know the deal you are saying yes to is the best car deal for you.
If you are one of the types of buyers discussed, Your Car Buying Advocate has a solution. We work for you.
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