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How to Negotiate a Used Car

How to Negotiate a Used Car

Buying a used car can be a tricky business, with some sellers living up to the reputation car dealers have for being slippery negotiators. If you're looking for a good deal on a pre-owned vehicle, follow these brief tips to make sure you come out ahead.

- Try to Get the Salesperson to Name the First Price

If you can get the salesperson to make the opening move, you'll have the first advantage. They won't want to scare you away from the start, so their first offer will generally be a reasonable one. Do this right at the start so you know whether it's worth even setting out on real negotiations.


- Worry About Your Own Budget, Not Theirs

Nonetheless, a salesperson will often try and justify a high price by talking up their costs. That's not your concern: know what you want to pay, and don't be persuaded upward for any reason.


- Used Car Sale Tip #1: Determine the Value

When you see a car that interests you, take a moment to check its value online. This will give you a firm grounding in the sales negotiation that follows.


- Used Car Sale Tip #2: Research the Car

If the fair value suits your budget, check if the model has any known reliability issues, or if customer reviews highlight any potential downsides.

- Used Car Sale Tip #3: Inspect the Car

Check the car thoroughly inside and out, looking for signs of neglect. Take a quick look under the hood, checking for visibly worn or corroded parts, and check underneath for signs of leaks.

- Used Car Sale Tip #4: Ask Questions

If you uncover any potential problems, don't be afraid to ask the dealer for more information. The quality of their answer will give an idea of their overall honesty.

- Used Car Sale Tip #5: Make the Offer

By now you should have decided whether the car is a good fit for your needs, and whether the typical asking price meets your budget. Put in a realistic offer, but one that's below your absolute upper limit so you have some leeway.

- Negotiate with a Private Seller

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Remember that if you're negotiating with a private seller, the asking price is on average 10% higher than a fair dealer price, so don't be afraid to bargain a little harder.

- Negotiate Asking Price, Monthly Payments, Loan Terms & Trade-In Value

But if you're buying from a dealer, don't forget that finance terms can also be negotiated. You don't need to accept the first credit agreement you're offered, and if it looks like you're happy to walk away, the dealer may decide a more attractive package is available after all.

- Ask for a Vehicle History Report

As a final safeguard, make sure you get a vehicle history report from Carfax Canada. This will give details of any accidents, product recalls, and other issues which you'd rather know about before parting with your cash.


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