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Postby acsguitar » Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:12 pm

So I'm gonna say goodbye to my 1994 Mitz Montero. It's starting to need for and I'm afraid its gonna blow up driving to the mountains every weekend.

So far I've narrowed my choices to:

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X 4 doors!!

http://www.jeep.com/en/wranglers/

and my wildcard which I probably won't get.

Saturn Vue Hybrid Green Line:

http://www.saturn.com/saturn/vehicles/vue/overview.jsp

Now they both are around 22-25k

I've never bargained with a sales guy before. How do I do that. Also I won't be buying immediately. Should I go to the dealership act interested a few times before buying?

Any tips would be appreciated.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:18 pm

First of all, if you don't know a lot about cars, take someone who does. Do a lot of research about the dealership first. If their garage is full of their cars, might make a mental note. As far as haggling, don't assume anything and be capable of walking out at any time. You can always come back. Oh, and if there's other dealerships close-by, tell the salesman to wait, you're going to go check out their cars and prices real quick. He'll be ready to shine your shoes when you get back.
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Postby 3 run homer » Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:23 pm

I know the Jeep rag tops are loud on the inside as you might could figure.
also if you don't plan get muddy (intentinonally) the saturn is a better and more economical vehicle.

But the jeep is way cooler to tool around in.

as for haggling, give it try. Ever see a show called king of cars on A&E that'll give you good insight on what to expect.

Go in with a price in mind. and get them to start giving you stuff free like lot fees, dealer tax.
Go on the internet and see if there are any internet deals.

Be prepared to spend 4 or 5 hours at the dealership when you actually buy the vehicle.
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Re: I'm buying a new car

Postby Phatferd » Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:25 pm

acsguitar wrote:So I'm gonna say goodbye to my 1994 Mitz Montero. It's starting to need for and I'm afraid its gonna blow up driving to the mountains every weekend.

So far I've narrowed my choices to:

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X 4 doors!!

http://www.jeep.com/en/wranglers/

and my wildcard which I probably won't get.

Saturn Vue Hybrid Green Line:

http://www.saturn.com/saturn/vehicles/vue/overview.jsp

Now they both are around 22-25k

I've never bargained with a sales guy before. How do I do that. Also I won't be buying immediately. Should I go to the dealership act interested a few times before buying?

Any tips would be appreciated.


My dad used to be a carsalesman and he always told me to walk into a dealership and ask to see the invoice of the car, if they don't want to give it to you then leave, you'll find someone who is willing to show you one.

Then start negotiating a fair price for the both of you. What you need to realize is they get incentives from the corporate company for selling cars, so even if you theoretically bought it for the exact same price they paid, they will make a profit after incentives. I would suggest starting at a hundred or two over cost and see how cheap he is willing to go.

This worked when I bought my car last month. I bought an '06 civic (40mpg highway!!) for $18,700, they paid $18,300 for it and civics are really popular so they didn't need to go that low because the car would sell itself a day or two later.
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Postby acsguitar » Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:26 pm

3 run homer wrote:I know the Jeep rag tops are loud on the inside as you might could figure.
also if you don't plan get muddy (intentinonally) the saturn is a better and more economical vehicle.

But the jeep is way cooler to tool around in.

as for haggling, give it try. Ever see a show called king of cars on A&E that'll give you good insight on what to expect.

Go in with a price in mind. and get them to start giving you stuff free like lot fees, dealer tax.
Go on the internet and see if there are any internet deals.

Be prepared to spend 4 or 5 hours at the dealership when you actually buy the vehicle.


Nice and I drive in colorado so yes I will get muddy...and its sunny and warm here alot so a convertible would be nice! ;-D
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Re: I'm buying a new car

Postby acsguitar » Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:46 pm

Phatferd wrote:
acsguitar wrote:So I'm gonna say goodbye to my 1994 Mitz Montero. It's starting to need for and I'm afraid its gonna blow up driving to the mountains every weekend.

So far I've narrowed my choices to:

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X 4 doors!!

http://www.jeep.com/en/wranglers/

and my wildcard which I probably won't get.

Saturn Vue Hybrid Green Line:

http://www.saturn.com/saturn/vehicles/vue/overview.jsp

Now they both are around 22-25k

I've never bargained with a sales guy before. How do I do that. Also I won't be buying immediately. Should I go to the dealership act interested a few times before buying?

Any tips would be appreciated.


My dad used to be a carsalesman and he always told me to walk into a dealership and ask to see the invoice of the car, if they don't want to give it to you then leave, you'll find someone who is willing to show you one.

Then start negotiating a fair price for the both of you. What you need to realize is they get incentives from the corporate company for selling cars, so even if you theoretically bought it for the exact same price they paid, they will make a profit after incentives. I would suggest starting at a hundred or two over cost and see how cheap he is willing to go.

This worked when I bought my car last month. I bought an '06 civic (40mpg highway!!) for $18,700, they paid $18,300 for it and civics are really popular so they didn't need to go that low because the car would sell itself a day or two later.


Awesome thanks!
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Postby Yoda » Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:50 pm

I have a Jeep and it's a gas guzzler so hopefuly your commute isn't long. They are very cool tho.

I would suggest trying a website first like carsdirect.com before you go into a dealer.

EDIT: Also, if you have a trade-in, negotiate the new car first and when you guys agree on the price, then bring in the trade-in. Finally, I bought my Jeep for 0% financing. Nothing beats borrowing money for free... ;-D
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Postby 3 run homer » Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:14 pm

Yoda wrote:I have a Jeep and it's a gas guzzler so hopefuly your commute isn't long. They are very cool tho.

I would suggest trying a website first like carsdirect.com before you go into a dealer.

EDIT: Also, if you have a trade-in, negotiate the new car first and when you guys agree on the price, then bring in the trade-in. Finally, I bought my Jeep for 0% financing. Nothing beats borrowing money for free... ;-D


bettter check the fine print, usually it's like 0% financing for 18 months then it's 24% or something ridiculous. And as I recall, a trade in is usually one of the first questions they ask. but the idea is solid.
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Postby gfantasy » Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:15 pm

I'm actually looking at Used Wranglers...
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Postby acsguitar » Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:25 pm

USAA my insurance company rules.


They will finance me for 6.4% (decent)

But also they will find my car and negotiate a price for me. Reviews say that this is the way to go if you suck at negotiating or hate it.

Me and me

So I'm gonna try to do that. I don't mind the gas guzzling that much. I guess
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