Save Money and Avoid Scams when Buying a Car
For over 15 years we have been the recognized authority in the car buying field, sought out by CNN, WSJ, NY Times and MSNBC. Our Chief Editor Jeff Ostroff has helped the F.B.I. and Secret Service uncover internet fraud. Our advice has saved our visitors millions.
Beware of "Good" or "Fair" Prices
You probably think that is a strange warning from a site that tells you how to get a great deal when you buy a car.
The most important thing to learn is that no matter how good the price is that you get, a deal isn't a "good deal" until you have done everything right in the Finance and Insurance (F&I) Office.
With all the advertising you see about getting the best price, you need to know that the price is only one component of a great deal. When dealers give you a great price they have even more incentive to make up profit on other parts of the deal.
Don't let your guard down. Read our entire guide and don't start celebrating until you're in the end zone!
Few people want you to know the truth about buying cars.
We will educate you, show you how to find true dealer cost and use our tools to haggle your best deal and avoid scams.
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After you read this guide you will become an informed, confident car buyer. You won't have any fear about dealing with the salesman since you will be relaxed and in control of the buying process.
Take Advantage of the Remaining 2013 Models
With 2014 in full swing, now is the time to get great deals on the remaining 2013 models. The dealers want to get rid of the rest of their 2013 inventory and the manufacturers offer a lot of secret factory to dealer incentives to help them. We highly recommend that you take advantage of this situation especially since most cars don't change much from one model year to the next.
When there are complete redesigns like the 2014 Corvette or 2015 Ford F-150, then you need to think this through a little more. When major changes are made it increases the rate of depreciation for the older design. If the dealer is willing to go low enough, then it may be worth it to purchase a prior model year for much less. To make sure the dealer doesn't pull any tricks to offset the savings read our site and educate yourself on the whole process. For more information read our blog entry about steep year end discounts, which is very similar to our new year shopping rule.
Important Car Buying Topics
We cover the topics below throughout our articles. You will get the most out of the site by reading everything but if you are interested in learning about something specific you can jump right in.
- Auto Loan: How to use the internet to save money when financing your new car
- Bad Credit Auto Loan: Financing tips for people with less than perfect Credit
- Extended Warranty: Save money & avoid scams with our tips
- New Car Lease: Our guide to leasing a car & avoiding new car dealer scams
- Top 10 Car Dealer Scams: Learn all the dealer tricks and how to avoid them
- What is a Vehicle History Report: Learn how they can protect you when buying a used car
The Best Time for New Car Buying
Many people ask me "When is the best time to buy a new car?" The price you are able to negotiate varies depending on the time of year. Believe it or not, buying during certain parts of the month can get you a better deal. It can even depend on the launch date of a new model year. Read our tips on the best time to buy a car.
Our Visitors Have Saved over $13 million!
The savings reported by our visitors breaks through the $13 million mark, confirming the quality of the free car buying education you receive here. Recent visitors are reporting savings of between $2,000 and $6,000+ off of MSRP on even moderately priced vehicles.
Use our free guide and you'll be adding your savings too! This site is the most complete and balanced car buying guide on the internet. Please read the whole site before going car shopping. If you are really pressed for time, we have created a summarized version to help you. You can read Buying a New Car in 5 Quick Steps.
Save with Invoice Pricing and Competing Bids
We'll review auto buying sites and teach you how to use them to get competing bids to keep the dealers in line. You'll learn how to calculate what dealers pay for new cars and trucks so that you can make a fair offer. You'll learn all you need to know in our new car buying guide.
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Not Every Car Salesperson Is Out To Scam You
We've dealt with many honest car salespeople. We're here to educate car buyers and only belittle dealers who lie and cheat. Most dealers care about you and will give you a fair deal if you are educated in the process. They deserve to profit, they have expenses, "mouths to feed," etc. Of course, you do too so your goal is to haggle a deal that is fair for you and the dealer. Treat them with the same respect that you would expect and don't lie. Justify your offers in a professional business manner. The nicest salesperson can still be a tough negotiator. Salespeople who complain we are lumping all car salespeople as "sewer rats" misread the word "some" to mean "all."