3 things to know before you call a dealership

Calling Dealerships You found the used car or truck you want on Mojo Motors. Now what? What most people don’t know is it can take 24 hours for online inventory listings to update. That means a car that is listed as “available” may have been sold already. The vehicle that looks like it’s available today, may have actually been sold yesterday. Spare yourself the heartbreak and wasted time by calling the dealership.

I’ve heard some horror stories of people driving hours to a dealership for the car of their dreams only to find out it isn’t available. I don’t want you to make the same mistake because it leaves shoppers angry and bitter while buying a used car or truck. All of this can be avoided by knowing these three things before calling a dealer.

1. The year make and model of the vehicle you like. A stock number or VIN (vehicle identification number) will work, but stick to a stock number since it can be difficult to communicate a VIN over the phone. All of this information can be found on a Mojo Motors vehicle detail page.

2. Your credit score. Most dealerships will work with you even if you have bad credit, but don’t waste your time going to the dealership only to find out that you can’t finance the car you want. If you don’t have a credit score, ask about first-time car buyer programs. If they don’t offer anything for first-time buyers, pay a visit to your local bank to find out how they can help.

3. Down payment and how much you want to pay a month. If you need to finance, you’ll want to put down 10% of the vehicle’s asking price. Putting down more is not a bad idea, but it may not be as helpful as you’d think because every thousand dollars down only reduces monthly payments by $20.00. Based on a vehicle’s price and how much you’ll put down, come up with a price you hope to pay each month.

Tacoma on Mojo Motors

All that being said, car shopping isn’t a complicated science so don’t stress too much! The hardest part will probably be finding a car you love before someone else decides they love it too. That’s why you should be ‘Following’ cars you like on Mojo Motors so you’ll get alerts when similar cars are added to local dealerships. We’ll also let you know when prices drop so make sure to be ready to buy if you find a car you love with a recent price drop.

Don’t forget to take advantage of leaving a deposit on a vehicle too. This will show a dealership that you’re a serious buyer and means the dealer won’t let anyone take your catch (in most cases) while you think about it or keep looking around. You might also want to bring this handy used car buying guide while checking out cars at the dealership. Hopefully this helps and if you have any questions, drop us a line or Tweet us @MojoMotors.

Written by Reymon Fortea