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How To Avoid Junk Fees When Buying A Car


When it comes to the sale of new and used vehicles, it is a seller’s market these days.  Buyers are often willing to pay the full sticker price, or even more, just because the cars they want are in short supply.  Shopping for a car is a lot of work, even if you enjoy the banter that goes along with negotiating before you close on a sale.  If you are not naturally inclined to all the posturing that goes along with Sales as a Performing Art, then buying a car is downright exhausting.  You are willing to pay any price that the dealership asks you to pay, just so you can get to the Miami Grill drive thru before it closes.  Dealerships are counting on you being too hungry to read the fine print.  It is well-known that the terms of car loans are not exactly consumer-friendly, but the purchase price itself might also include some extra charges that dealers have no reason to charge you except because they can.  If a motor vehicle is what sets you on the path to financial hardship, contact a Boca Raton debt lawyer.

Which Car Buying Expenses Can You Talk Your Way Out Of?

With car buying as with so many other endeavors in life, fortune favors the vigilant.  You can save a lot of money by reading the sales contract carefully and by asking questions about it.  More specifically, you should ask informed questions.  Before you go to the dealership, email several dealerships and ask them for quotes on the model of vehicle you are interested in buying.  You will get a feeling for the going price for that car.  If the price the dealer quotes you when you are sitting at the desk is higher than the initial quote, ask why.

You should also go through the contract line by line and ask about any charges you weren’t expecting.  Some of them are simply additional fees that dealers tack on just because they can.  They might give them names like “market adjustment” or “dealer prep,” but attention to detail is to junk fees what sunlight is to vampires.

Be Willing to Walk Away From a Car You Like

If the tactic of asking questions doesn’t work, be prepared to walk away and try a different dealership.  Dealers are expecting you not to want to spend more time than you have to on the car buying process, but you should go into the process expecting it to take multiple days.  It is a good project for summer vacation.

Avoid Time Pressure and Pushy Salespeople

A customer who is shaking with hunger and desperate to get home to the children before the babysitter starts charging her after midnight rate does not have time to get the best price on a car.  You should go to the dealership early in the day.  Also avoid shopping for cars on weekends, when dealerships are busy and dealers are trying to get to as many customers as possible.

Work With a Debt Lawyer About Avoiding Car-Related Debt

A South Florida debt lawyer can help you see the big picture if car-related expenses and car loans are a major cause of your financial problems.  Contact Nowack & Olson, PLLC in Boca Raton, Florida to discuss your case.



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