I have just purchased a new vehicle and it is a process that I really, really dislike. It always seems to boil down to you making them an offer and when it comes back from the sales manager they make it seem that you have really embarrassed them and that if they were to sell you that particular vehicle at the price you offered that they might as well close the doors and turn off the lights. Any one else feel the same way? Also, when buying new do you purchase extended warranties, rust proofing, undercoating, paint protection etc. etc........?
I just bought a new car. Which I love, ship2shore is going to give me a hard time because I got the Chevy Volt not the Prius plug in. Once I realized the differences between how a Volt rans VS a Prius plug in. I got the Volt because the gas mileage is better for my commute. Right now my car claims my gas mileage is at 122 miles per gallon. This is because I always keep it charged. So when I drive to work it's on electricity not gas.
We didn't have a lot of the back and forward the OP talked about. My hubby won't stand for it. If they start that crap we leave. So what basically happens is I explain my FICO score in the 800s and the cost anaylsis I did on the car. Also the rate I expect to pay and the different Credit Unions that will give me the rate on want with that FICO score.
Meanwhile my hubby bargains with them to get little extras. For example, I take my car in on Friday for tinted windows no extra charge. He also explains how we don't need the car and tells them to give him the best deal they can. He explains whatever deal they come up with he will either accept or walk away from. If he is walking away and they try to get him back with a better offer he won't do it. He is done. This Chevy car dealership understood that about him. But when we got my Hyundai in 2006 we walked out of 4 dealerships before we found one that would work with us. At this point in my life I go into a car dealership not expecting to buy a car. We did get the gap coverage. So if the car gets totaled this policy will cover between what the insurance pays and what is still owed on the car. But rust proofing, undercoating, paint protection I didn't spend the money on. I'm looking into an outside warranty.
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If it's a new vehicle, I used to always get the MANUFACTURERS extended Warranty which is extremely expensive. The more recent previous new vehicles I purchased it was like throwing money away as I drove both well over 100k with nary a problem.
I now buy used only BUT only from a dealership where I personally know the Dealer or a family member does. I've yet to be burned. I currently own a gas hog, an '08 Mazda CX-7 with a little 2.1 ltr. 4 cyl. BUT an engine which develops 244 hp. It's a rocket ship but even though it's a 4 cyl., I still only average around 19-20 mph. The handling at high speed is phenomenal (even my Niece who has been professionally trained at Road Atlanta says it handles better than any vehicle she has ever driven when compared with her new BMW (and she only drives high dollar vehicles)).
My next purchase will be along the same line but with a V-6 simply because they've learned their lesson and you can now get a six cyl. with comparable horsepower.
Forget about the "fluff stuff." the best mechanic I've ever known says that today's vehicle, with proper care, the body will fall off today's vehicle before the engine ever goes. Most after market rust proofers are today few and far between, simply because folks finally learned that doing additional rust proofing on today's vehicles is similar to flushing money right down your toilet.
Do your due diligence. Find out everything you can about the the make, mdl. and year vehicle you wish to purchase from any and all sources.
Hope this helps.
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I don't see today's cars rusting like they did years ago. We bought a 1997 Ford Taurus ( in Connecticut where it snows ) and drove it for over 200,000 miles. When we moved to Florida almost 2 years ago, I gave it to a friend. I just saw the car last month and it still looks quite good.
I remember back in the sixties all the cars used to rust.
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