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How to buy the perfect car

How To Buy The Perfect Car

Finding and buying the perfect car is no easy task.

One thing to avoid at all cost is:

Do not sign any papers before you have made your final decision to actually buy the car. I was caught once on that one and I promise myself that it will never happen again!

Here how it went:

 My old Kia caught fire under the dashboard, I stopped the car and pored water on the fire. But the car would not start anymore, So I had it towed to the closest Kia garage and waited for my insurance adjuster to call me back at work. When he called back I was told that my car couldn’t be fixed and that I had to buy another car.

The manager knew that!

 So when I went to get my things from my old car which was actually going in for the spare part dump, they had made a meeting with their salesmen and advised them not to let me walk out of that garage until I signed something.

I was shown their cheapest demonstrator car which was really at a good price.

 But I don’t like blue very much. So I let them know that I wanted to check elsewhere before I made my final decision. So I was told no problem. Just sign here and deposit 100 dollars no string attached. If you decide to buy tomorrow everything will be set and in fifteen minutes your car will be ready to go.

Of course I was coxed to sign by one of their prettiest secretary, with a gorgeous smile, teeth as white as snow, and more qualities of which I don’t want to describe here.

So the sucker did signed and made a deposit of 100 dollars. The next day I did find a better deal and bought a similar car, but I chooses the color I liked, which of course was not blue.

So I went back to the garage to claim back my 100 dollar deposit. I was asked under a rough tone! What deposit? You wasted hours of our valuable time and bought the car somewhere else! Our company’s policy is not to ever return a deposit after you signed. I fought back, but it took me two weeks of constantly harassing those salesmen to get my money back. I think I got lucky. My wife was a big help. They were a bit less aggressive in front of a lady.

So I got it back but was humiliated and treated like a jackass. So! No more! I would advise you to read and remember that little trick that many garagists play on their customers. Of course I will never ever buy a car from those guys again and my car will never be fixed there either.


1. Make a list of what you’re looking for in a car. Some criteria include appearance, performance, safety, reliability, size, comfort, fuel efficiency, cost, resale value, transmission type, engine size, kilometers/mileage (if buying a used car), as well as color.

2. Organize the list in terms of how important the criteria are to you.

For example, if you had a choice between a slick, cherry-red convertible that has questionable safety standards, and a solid, protective Volvo that would sacrifice its life to save yours – but looks like something your mother would drive – what would you choose?

3. Browse car books and judge models according to your criteria. Make a list of the models that best fit what you’re looking for.

4. Search for your favorite models at car dealerships, in classified ads, and on the Web.

5. Choose a dealership carefully.

 Once you find one you feel would fit your needs, select a salesperson. Visit the dealership, sit at the table and watch how they work with others, and how they talk on the phone to customers, and if they negotiate so that the customer gets a better deal. Also be careful, because many car salesmen can be pushy, they are after all trying to make a sale, so buyer beware. Make sure you check the car carefully for faults, or design problems.


Check out Consumer Reports It’s arguably the best place to look for impartial reviews, ratings, crash tests, reliability forecasts, and pricing guidelines for new and used cars. Start with their list of recommended cars, research them, pick out a few you like, and then go to the dealer. They also have an excellent guide to new car buying, guide to used car buying. Much of their info is free, but a subscription is well worth it…they review everything from chocolate to computers. When you have done your homework, and know what you want in a car,then visit the dealership.

Act as if you know what you are talking about.

 Do not allow them to sway you from what you are honestly looking for. Be confident and firm, and if they start swaying you to another choice, then just leave.

When you go to a dealership, bring your spouse, or a friend.

 You are more likely to be taken seriously. If you do not have one, then walk in with an air of confidence. If you are a single woman, it is good to bring a male friend who knows about cars, so that you don’t let the dealer mislead you. Sales people will try to take advantage of you, don’t trust them.


Make sure you read the contract completely. Do not sign, unless you understand exactly what you are signing. If you are not sure, then take the contract home, and have an attorney read it. Once you sign, you have bought the vehicle!. Be careful!

Always test drive the car,

 check things like; the sound of the engine, whether the windscreen wipers work, air-conditioning (if applicable), heater, indicators, and lights. Check for cup holders, compartments, the rear boot, the seat quality (no rips or stains), look in the bonnet to make sure nothing funky is going on, Check the comfort of the seats( will this car be comfortable on long trips?), The visibility (is it easy to see other cars?), does it have seat belts, air bags, roof handles, Sun shades, radio (CD or tape), and whether it works.

Always ask yourself if the car you are buying is worth the money they are asking.

If not, make a lower offer, and if they refuse, don’t worry – there are plenty more cars out there, the perfect one is just waiting for you to come along and buy.

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