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OSCgal of imgur got some great advice from her brother, a former salesman at a Saturn dealership, about what to do and what to know when it came to dealing with car salesmen.
Car purchases can be intimidating, especially if you don't know much about cars. Lots of people worry that they're going to be taken advantage of on the car lot when it comes time to buying a new set of wheels. Knowing that, she decided to share her brother's advice with the internet.
Please be aware that these are generalizations; there are honest salespeople in the world.
1. Car salespeople WILL play dirty to get what they want.
Some salespeople will even go so far as to blatantly make up features to sell you.
2. Don't get excited, ever.
If you're excited, do NOT let it show. A good salesman will milk your emotions for all they're worth.
3. If you don't like a car, DON'T explain why you don't like it.
Just say no. If you say what the problem is, the salesperson will downplay the problem or try to sell you upgrades to fix it. Bottom line, he'll start pressuring you to make a decision.
4. Found a car you like? Leave.
Say you'll have to think about it, give them your phone number, and leave. If he really wants to sell,
5. DON'T let salespeople waste your time.
It's a sales trick: the longer you wait, the more likely you are to buy one of his cars so you don't have to spend even more time shopping at another dealership.
6. Watch out for document fees.
Some places will try to charge you a "doc fee," where you essentially pay for the privilege of having all the sales and legal documentation processed.
7. Trust your instincts. Buy what you like.
If it doesn't drive right, doesn't sound right, or something just seems off, don't let the salesperson talk you into buying it.
8. Be polite anyway.
Rudeness will only make nasty salespeople worst, and will unfairly punish salespeople who do the job honestly.