Used auto dealerships have a reputation for not being the most honest of places. It’s an old stereotype: the slimy, smarmy used car salesman who will try to get you to buy a lemon for an inflated price because he cares more about his sales record than he does getting you a good deal. It’s sad, because that really isn’t the case most of the time, however there are enough people like that to make the stereotype stick, even when they’re selling used cars Charlotte NC. There are, however, ways to determine what dealerships are going to help you, and which ones are going to scam you.
The first thing to take a look at with used auto dealerships is whether they actually listen to you, and pay attention to you simultaneously. These seem like they are related, and they are, but they aren’t the same thing. Listening to you involves doing things like respecting when you say that you have a budget and not trying to up sell you from that price, instead limiting themselves to what you say you can afford. Paying attention is, after you tell them your budget, seeing if they show the same enthusiasm as they did when they first approached you. People who are more interested in a sale than in helping you will stop paying attention if they find out that you aren’t willing to spend as much as they would like.
Another thing you can pay attention to in used auto dealerships is how direct they are with you. Do they speak to you in a straightforward manner? Do they make you draw information about fees and taxes out of them? Are they clear and do they answer your questions regarding financing and the like, or do they seem evasive? If you think they’re hiding something, there is a good chance that they actually are, so you should make sure that you ask a lot of questions and gauge their answers. In fact, bring a notebook and not only come up with some things to ask in advance, but be sure you take the time to write stuff down as it occurs to you.
Finally, do your research in advance. People are not afraid to complain online when they get poor service or are sold a bad car, so check out the place before you go. Most dealerships will have a few bad reviews, but if the same complaints come up over and over again, you can be pretty sure that it’s accurate.
You have the tools at your disposal to avoid most scams, and these people shouldn’t be able to get away with it. That is not to say you’ll never be taken in, but you should be as prepared as possible whenever you go to used auto dealerships.