Buying a car at a dealership doesn’t have to suck

Buying a car can be rough, but it doesn’t have to be. I recently received a call from my sister-in-law because her car died and was in need of a vehicle. She wanted a Honda Pilot and had a price in mind, however she was having a hard time finding a dealership she felt comfortable in.

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She was stressed out had walked out of 2 dealerships. In one day. Before 11AM. I shared a few tips with her and by the end of the week, she was super happy with the purchase. Here are my car buying tips.

1.) Research the dealership. Take the time to check out multiple online review sites, such as Google Reviews, Yelp or DealerRater to see what other buyers have to say about the dealership. Checking out a dealer’s social media is also a great clue on how they interact with customers. And don’t forget to chat with your own friends to see if they have any good recommendations.

2.) Make a phone call. Make a call to the dealership and see if they are willing to hear you out. If you get a sales rep on the phone that is willing to listen to your concerns, that is a good start. If you don’t want to contact the dealer right away, ‘Follow’ a car you like on Mojo Motors and we’ll let you know when prices drop. If you’re not sure what ‘Following’ means, read this.

3.) Stick to your guns. Before you enter the dealership, I recommend you read the Used Car Buying Guide. I also recommend you know what you want and to be patient and relax. If you want to be at $350 a month payment for 60 months, don’t settle for something else just to get it the process over and done with. If you take the time to negotiate the right deal, you’ll walk away happier.

4.) Don’t forget your price quotes and discounts. If you have received a specific price quote or discount voucher off a vehicle, remember to bring it with you! You don’t want to lose out on an extra $500 off because you forgot the paperwork on the table at home.

Following these simple steps can help your car buying process!