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Shopping for a vehicle takes time and effort. Add to the mix that in today’s world both spouses may have a full or part time job. Time and indeed energies are limited.
Add to the mix telephone or email tag and the coordination of involving test drives for family members as well as mechanical tests and evaluations. There may be better deals, and perhaps less taxes with private deals but in many cases people out shopping for a vehicle end up at an auto dealer or shopping at dealers. The stock of vehicles is on the lot and overall its faster one stop shopping and auto financing.
How do you go about picking a dealer through? It seems that everyone has heard their share of horror stores, high pressure sales people and difficulties after or during the sale. It’s all a matter of numbers; if you speak to enough people you are bound to hear tales of woe. Add to the mix that if a dealer if big enough it’s a matter of percentages that someone is not going to get served well. Yet a smaller dealer may appear to have a good reputation, but only because of low sales rates their actual rate of unssatisifed customers may be low on the absolute scale.
First and foremost it pays to ask around, and to ask more than one person. If the same dealer comes up good and bad in terms of personal experience with auto consumers it should draw red flags in your mind. However always put these tales and stories in perspective with the volume sales and overall sales numbers of any business. After all 1 % of a large amount of sales translates into some unhappy campers no matter what. Pay particular attention to positive comments and interactions – especially in relation to after sales service and follow up. It often is said that before the sale any (or most) auto dealers will do anything and everything, after the sale it’s more than another story. If you hear glowing comments of after sales service and follow through, or attempts to solve or correct problems or concerns – these should count tremendously and to great effect in your mind and personal sales choices and preferences. After all its reliable transportation and the best overall deal is what you are after – not simply the best price and costs at time of signing.
In the end it is all about value. Value at the end of the day is that you are satisfied that you not only got a good deal, but also that you got good reliable transportation. Transportation is what you are after. It may be that you need reliable transportation to take you to your job on a daily basis reliably. You may need transportation to get you to your job, or to take you to a new job at higher pay.
You may need a vehicle for family errands or vacations.
Regardless of that choosing an auto dealer is all about final value. It can be said pay me now or pay me later. As well nothing is for nothing. You may think that you getting the best deal now – only to discover later that you did not get a good deal overall when it came to sales and service later. For example a purchaser may feel that they got the best deal on the spot by buying outside their catchments area only to discover that to get prompt service for their vehicle they had to travel all the way back to that remote placed dealer spending gas money and time each time far outweighing their initial vehicle purchase savings.
It all comes down in the end when purchasing an auto dealer and making the final deal to work all costs, considerations and conveniences into the final sales price and prices to yourself and your family.