If you fail to negotiate a price, you are wasting money. Advertised prices on cars should never be paid. They purposely inflate the value to dicker with you, and you need to remember this fact.
Make sure that you read all the fine print before purchasing a car. Prior to putting your signature on a contract, carefully inspect the whole thing from beginning to end. Once you sign these things, you legally have an obligation to follow whatever the documents say. If you don’t feel okay doing all this reading at the dealership, inquire about the possibility of taking the document home so that you have time. You might be able to ask them for a photocopy of the contract. If you own a fairly expensive car, avoid driving that car to the dealership when you are car shopping. The sales staff will see that car and decline your rock bottom offers, unless the car is one you plan to use as a trade-in.
Knowing when to quit is key. Just like everything else, this is true when buying a car. If the deal does not appeal to you, leave. If you do not feel comfortable, it’s time to go. If the cars are not what you had in mind, go elsewhere. You can always visit another dealer that may have what you are looking for.
Don’t be afraid to walk out of the dealership the same way you walked in, without a car. If you are not going to be disappointed, it will be easier. You won’t end up in a bind this way.
Whenever you have discovered a car that interests you, ensure that you thoroughly inspect it. Look for scratches and dings on the exterior of the vehicle. Look inside for carpet stains or damaged upholstery. Keep in mind that whenever you sign the contract, the car belongs to you. This will also include stains, dents, rips, and any scratches.