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Confidence is King of the Road

Posted on April 15, 2021 by Charles Hurley

Confidence is more than just sexy. It can save you a lot of money on your next car or truck.

Lots of people hate buying cars. When you get right down to it, the root causes of this fear and loathing are not hard to pin down.

1) Fear of the unknown.

2) Buying a car is a confrontational situation.

3) It is a huge commitment of time and money.

Well, okay, that's great, but how does that help you? Patience, grasshopper.While there's no magical silver bullet to cure all of the above ills, a little confidence can go a long way. If you act uncertain and unsure, chances are you will get taken for a ride. This applies to every step of the process, not just when you're checking out cars on the showroom floor.

So what do you do? I mean, great, be confident. But what does this mean?Be decisive. Know exactly what sort of car you want and just what you would like to pay. Do your homework first and research everything you can find. The web is the most effective research tool ever devised by man. Use it.Show, do not tell. Print copies of everything you find. Do not just tell a dealer that you got a better price quote online. Show them. Do not just say that you thought your credit was good enough to qualify for a better rate. Show them.

Know thyself. Not everyone handles every situation well. If you know you are going to have a hard time negotiating and haggling over the price (which you will) then find somebody who can. Even if you don't have a friend or loved one skilled in the art of car buying, you can usually find car buying services listed in the Yellow Pages major cities than can help you out for a small charge.