Being taken advantage of during the car buying process is a real fear for a lot of individuals. Worrying that you'll be misled or lied to, sold a lemon, or overcharged can take all of the fun out of your experience. And yes, buying a car can be fun. I've outlined a few ways that you can identify a car buying experience you don't want to be in. If you're looking to buy a car without getting scammed, follow these tips.
Work with a Salesperson Who Listens to Your Needs
A big signal that you're not working with a trustworthy salesperson is when they don't seem interested in your needs. If they are not being sensitive to your budget, your lifestyle, or any of your needs, really, take it as a sign that they're not putting your needs as a priority. Anyone who's helping you buy a car should give you the time and attention you need, and it shouldn't matter if you're buying new or used or if you're spending $5,000 or $35,000.
Cross-Reference the Pricing
The internet can come in quite handy when you're looking to compare prices. While the exact price a used vehicle goes for will differ based on quality and condition, sites like Kelley Blue Book will give you a rough idea how much the model year you're looking at should sell for. Being priced too high or too low can be a sign that something isn't quite right.
Go In Informed
The people who want to take advantage or scam someone choose their targets wisely. They're going to seek out someone who doesn't seem like they understand the ins and outs of buying a vehicle. By really knowing your stuff, you'll decrease your chances of being scammed.
Ask about Warranty
When you're buying used, it can be especially nervewracking to confidently make a decision. If you're worried that signing the dotted line might leave you with buyer's remorse, consider working with a dealership that offers a warranty on their used vehicle purchases. Sometimes dealerships even have a couple days grace period where you can bring back a used vehicle and receive a full refund.
Trust Your Gut
If for some reason you don't feel comfortable with or confident in the car buying situation you find yourself in, don't go through with it. There are endless dealerships and endless salespeople you can work with. It might be as simple as requesting to work with another salesperson within that same dealership, or you might be better off looking elsewhere. Either way, trust your gut feeling.