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contained in this publication and connected pages, by the very nature
of the limitations on this type of format and the nature of variables
in personal abilities, skills and knowledge, the industry and
in the marketplace, is meant to be used as merely a starting
point in researching the topic or issue rather than as the best,
only or final answer to a specific legal or purchasing issue
or decision. Before acting or purchasing, seek additional advice,
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and to practical market conditions and variables.
Emptor - Tricks of the Great American Car Deal suggests considering
"not buying it!" If however, you choose to buy or lease
a vehicle, consider hiring an attorney, a mechanical engineer,
and above all a psychologist to assist you with your or-deal....although
you likely will find enough information available on the market
to assist you with purchasing decisions, with the assistance
of a properly fitted clothespin or a thumb and forefinger pinched
over your nostrils.
- Good luck,
and remember that buying a car, new or used, is a potentially
expensive mistake. Even the best deals are the worst deals. Buying or leasing an
automobile is the worst investment anyone can make. Its unnatural.
Automobiles pollute the environment -- the air we breathe. The
next worst mistake is selling the value of your business, your
consumership short, and paying too much and being dinged on quality
or service and not learning as much as possible about car dealing
specifically and negotiating in general before making an important
and expensive car purchase.
- The automobile
is one of the few investments where one generally expects to
buy high and sell low, accepts this economically illogical situation
and usually does nothing about it, except perhaps to complain
to all the wrong people about it, or pretend that you really
got a great deal when in fact you paid too much and got cheated
Car Sales and Service Practices legislation from your government representatives
today. Such legislation properly enforced, can help take some
of the risks and guesswork out of the pricing, quality and function
of a new or used automobile. Even with such laws in place, enforcement
will be tough as government never funds such programs sufficiently.
However such consumer protection rightfully will place the industry
on notice as to who is in charge -- the consumer.
- Check the
references listing within this home page and other sources as may be available
at public libraries, bookstores, the internet, and elsewhere
before making final consumer decisions. A general WWW query on
the subject of interest may result in additional helpful information.
While all dealers and manufacturers are not dishonest and may
not resort to unfair, manipulative or fraudulent sales and service
practices, it may be generally accepted that manufacturers, dealers
and salespeople are not the best sources for unbiased consumer
information regarding vehicle quality and pricing or personal
consumer needs. Unfortunately consumers cannot rely on this industry
to provide unbiased, objective and consumer supportive information
about its products.
buying a new or used car is likely one of, if not the biggest
mistake a consumer may make. If possible, avoid it. Consider the
option of carlessness as a potentially good, safe and environmental
investment. Make your government do public transportation and
transit better and safer to reduce dependence on the private
automobile. Demand your government tax-reward carlessness or
reducing vehicle use. Does your government incentivize carlessness?
Why not? inCARhoots? When was the last time you requested it
do so? Demand better public transportation while you're at it!
Whether you own and drive a private automobile or not, demand
that your government provide substantive tax breaks for carlessness
and for bicycles as alternatives to the private automobile.
- If you
buy a car, assert your rights, responsibilities and privileges
as a consumer.
Charge a premium, a profit for the courtesy of the reward of
your business as a consumer to the dealer. Consider making your
consumership the leveraging product or factor in the deal. Consider
approaching or viewing the deal as though your money is the primary
product or service which the dealer wants and needs more than
you want or need the potentially expensive headaches of a new
car with questionable aesthetics and functional characteristics.
Would you buy a car without a warranty? Would you pay as much
for a unwarrantied car? How do you know the dealer and manufacturer
will honor sight-unseen promises of future service or written
warranties? You don't. Negotiate the dealer's and manufacturer's
profit on all new car deals. There is no way of guaranteeing
that the vehicle you are buying will not become an expensive
and frustrating lemon even if you pay more, so negotiate the
dealer's and manufacturer's profit on all deals. And try not
to pay for manufacturer value-subtracted costs such as advertising,
congressional lobbying and political contributions, liability
litigation, etc. Obtain or estimate and deduct these and other
itemized value-subtracted unit costs per vehicle before dealing.
- Learn as
much as you can about
the dealer's SYSTEM SELLING techniques before buying or leasing
another new car -- its the biggest weapon dealers have to use
in their arsenal of car deal bag of tricks against consumers.
- Next to
leasing is the dealer's and manufacturer's best weapon against
consumers. Be sure to negotiate and document in writing the lease
interest rate, Cap costs, rebates, trade-in value, other negotiated
off-sets, maintenance, and early-out costs. Document all of these
in writing before leasing. Avoid leasing if at all possible,
as leasing is generally not a good consumer deal. Buying and
holding for 10 years has been reported to save consumers $400,000
to $450,000 over forty years of automobile ownership and operation
costs, as opposed to trading in for a new one every three years
(Readers Digest, March 1998).
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