The Big Mistake Most Car Shoppers Make
A new study conducted by DMEautomotive has found that about 16% -- roughly one in six car buyers -- do not take even one test drive before purchasing a car. And 33% of car buyers only test drive one car before making their purchase decision.
The study surveyed about 2,000 car buyers, and researchers believe the data is reflective of car buyers attempting to avoid dealerships when making a purchase. The survey also took a look at how many dealerships car buyers visited before purchasing. about 68% said they visited only two dealerships or less before buying, and 40% went to only one dealership.
For those anxious about visiting dealers, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect from the comfort of your home to get the best deal possible on any vehicle, whether you test drove them or not.
3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum MoneyThe key to getting the best deal is to gather price or lease bids from as many local dealers as possible. Then shop that best price around until no one can beat it. Here are the steps:
Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted NetworkSelect the vehicle you're interested in to see if there are local dealers in my network who will provide you with their best upfront price. You will get direct access to an internet sales manager who you can further negotiate with online (no need to visit dealership).
Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirectTrueCar, and CarsDirect are my top 2 online price quote recommendations. These services show you pre-negotiated prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually pretty decent. But remember, you can still negotiate further.
Step 3 Complete my ChecklistFollow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan
Each week, I'll keep you up-to-date on the latest car deals and news that might affect your purchase. This includes...
- Best Rebates, Incentives, and Lease Deals
- Latest Car Buying Scams and Tricks
- The Best & Worst Time to Buy a Car
- Which Cars You Should Avoid