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Negotiating a Low Offer

Lets say that I want to buy a used car. Like most people I don't want to pay more than I have to. What is a good strategy for negotiating a lower price? - by WobblyBox
I would recommend that your offer be "reasonable" as supported with relevant facts. This doesn't mean you can't ask for the moon it only means if you're going to ask for the moon show why it is a reasonable offer.

For instance, when negotiating the price of an automobile you can back up your offer with blue book values, advertised specials, or anything else that demonstrates that you've done your homework and know what your dealing with. - by SalesGuy
Do your homework, know the "Highest" price you are willing to pay and be prepared to "walk" if you can't get it. - by Jackie
I forgot about this thread. Must have had a senior moment. :o

Anyway... great responses. Thanks! - by WobblyBox
Here is what I do as a salesman.. I don't have a problem with people wanting to save money. I want to too. IT's humman nature.

It's a salesmans job to show why it's in your best interest to drive this car off the lot paying what we ask you to pay for it.

NOwhere is the thing, and this is what gets me with auto sales. If it were as easy as selling cars usually kelly blue book, I would make a grand a car.. seriously.

Noooo.. instead of using kelly blue book both ways, they only want to use it to justify asking for 12 grand for a trade in that's worth 8500 dollars in real money.

and that wouldn't even be the worst problem again if they would let me sell the car for what kelly blue book says it's worth.. no, they want to buy the car at wholesale price as well!

Unrealistic customers. I will never car for more than it's worth.. and i mean that literarly. If I am selling a honda accord and the book on it is 18,999, I will sell it for 20,999 with no qualms becuase hondas are usually worth 2 grand over book. The book is a guideline, not law.

On the ohter hand, if i am selling a Ford F-150 and the book is 18,999 I have no problem usually selling it for 18,000 or 17,500 becuase that's more along the lines of what it's worth

Mazda RX-8s I usually charge people 4 grand over book ,and they buy them becuase you can't find a used one and if you do, they are all over priced.

My best litmpus test is, what would I pay for a car, or better, could I see myself paying that for a car.


a word of advice as well, don't be so stuck on the selling price of a car. there are alot more ways than one to skin a cat. Most car dealerships, at least for new cars, make more money on back end products than sales gross. I know we do. You will be so worried about the best price on the car, you shop around, saving a meisly 300 bucks and they loose m oney selling you a new car, but they are glad to, becuase you buy Gap insurnace for 1100 bucks (it's only 500), you buy a 100k mile warranty for 2495(it's usually only 1200 bucks) and they made 2 points on the rate, which is about 400 more bucks... so they lost 300 on the front end, and made 2500 on the back... and you got a great deal.

While I don't recommend getting your own financing, becuase most banks allow no extra LTV, which is horrible if you have a trade with negative equaty, know what rate you can get on average for the amount of months financed... know what the going rate is for insurance if you plan to get it (for the love of god, get gap insurance,).. this is just as, if not more important than the price of the car.. I know for instasnce a mazda 3 has 1100 bucks in markup.. not alot by any means, but - by asisiempre
My husband and I recently bought the 2007 Camry. We did a lot of looking and researching before buying. We spent about six weeks comparing prices, features and dealerships all over Missouri (which is where we live).

You can search online for the model you want and find the lowest price available anywhere. Take all your research with you when you decide where you want to buy your vehicle. - by ozzie
I agree with many of your comments asisiempre. From your post I'd say you've got things dialed in pretty good. ;) - by WobblyBox
I think planning to not buy in the first meet