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How to Get the Best Deal on a Used Car

Buying a used car can save you money, but it can also cost you money if you don’t negotiate wisely. Negotiating for a lower price on a used car can be intimidating. 

The best way to get the best deal on a used car is to prepare well and demand a fair price. Preparation is key to feeling confident and pushing for the price you want.


Things You Can Do To Negotiate The Price Of The Car Of Your Dreams:

Negotiating with the seller and getting a deal that fits your budget can be accomplished if you follow these steps:

Figure out the essentials

Before beginning negotiations, consider what sort of car you want. If you don’t already have your ideal set of wheels chosen, consider your needs and lifestyle.

Do you need an economical vehicle for driving long distances or in heavy traffic? Do you just need a vehicle to drive around with your partner? Or do you need one that can accommodate your children or relatives? Are there any non-negotiable features? You should consider these questions I mentioned when deciding on which brands and models will work best for you.

Furthermore, run the numbers to determine how much for vehicles you can afford. When creating a spending plan, be sure to account for the additional expenses of driving. An automobile loan calculator can help you estimate a monthly payment.

Set a firm budget before you begin negotiating and stick to it.


Find Out How Much The Vehicle Is Worth

You should conduct research in order to determine the vehicle’s worth. Having accurate information when negotiating the price of a used car is critical. Look up the current market value—what other buyers have paid for that vehicle—in pricing guides. This will give you confidence and show you how much to bargain for a used car, which will come from independent sources.

Even if you plan to obtain a used car from a dealership or independent car lot, it is a good idea to get pre-approved for a car loan. If a car salesperson asks you what sort of monthly payment you can afford, ask him what the car costs. Asking for a low monthly payment is a poor negotiating strategy, as it hides the car’s cost. If you’re preapproved, you can tell the salesperson that you plan to pay cash and simply want to negotiate the vehicle’s price. In some cases though, letting the salesman believe that you may elect to finance through the dealership can mean that there is a little more selling price negotiation room. As they believe that they can then make some financial profit from your deal, and may be willing to discount the car a little.


Make The Right Opening Offer

After you are done with the car worth research the next step is negotiation. It is important to remember that the first person to speak loses in negotiations. Your opening offer establishes the tone for the remainder of the negotiation. So you would like the salesperson to make the first offer since it might be significantly less than what you’d like to pay.

In order to get the ball rolling, you can say: “I’ve done some research on what others are paying for this vehicle. Are you able to offer me a discount?” If the salesperson doesn’t bite, it is up to you to make the first move.

When negotiating with a private car owner, things are a bit different. They may be offended by a lowball offer because it is their car that they are selling. The most common approach is to ask them what their best price is. This allows them to negotiate against themselves and lower the price a little if they drop it a bit. You can then respond with a lower offer if they reduce the price a bit.

There are a few more pointers for negotiating a private-party deal:

When buying a used car from a private party, you are dealing directly with the decision maker and thus have no need to waste time with silly back-and-forths to clear the deal with the sales manager, because you’re negotiating with a car salesperson, so the process is more relaxed.

Some private-party sellers set prices that are unrelated to the current market value of the vehicle. Using pricing guides before the negotiation begins is especially important in this case. When the haggling begins, you can remove the emotion by saying, “Kelley Blue Book or Redbook, lists it at a much lower price.”


Get A Pre-Purchase Car Inspection To Check The Condition Of The Car

It’s important to get a pre purchase car inspections report before buying any used car. Don’t make a mistake that might cost you thousands of dollars and diminish the pleasure of owning a new vehicle. Make sure the vehicle’s history and condition are both correct. No exceptions!

Many dealerships offer free pre purchase inspection cars by their service department to save you money. These inspections are often as good as ones done by independent garages, but some are not, and you will only find out late.

It’s fantastic that inspecting the vehicle and checking its history can both save you money by helping you negotiate a better deal, as well as save you from making a big mistake. No used vehicle is perfect. This one might have come from out of state. The brake pads might be close to being worn out. Or there might be other minor mechanical issues. While these issues may not change your mind about buying the vehicle, they might affect its value, and the seller should recognise this. 

The most common suggestion I’ve encountered is to negotiate the optimum price for the vehicle first, then conduct the assessment and ask the seller to adjust the cost if any issues are discovered. This method may work and may net you every cent. However, the problem with negotiating first is that it lays all your cards on the table. For example, you might negotiate to purchase a car for $13,000, subject to a clean inspection. If the inspection reveals that the car requires about $400 in minor repairs and upkeep, which you request the seller to cover, the seller knows that you have $13,000 to spend and that you’re willing to purchase the vehicle for that much. To get the extra $400, you will have to stand your ground and wait them out.

To avoid this, You may want to get the vehicle history report and inspect it before making a firm offer. You should certainly bargain with the seller down to a range you are comfortable with.



Buying a car takes effort, but when you are spending that much money, you want to be sure to get the car you want at the price you want before you close the deal.

Take time before arriving at the dealership to prepare so you can negotiate with confidence and knowledge about how much you should pay. And don’t be afraid to ask for the price you want and walk away if necessary.

Pre Purchase Car Inspector Melbourne

Klaus Sturm

Klaus is a highly experienced automotive professional with 35+ years in the industry, offering Pre-purchase Car Inspection and Vehicle Check services in Melbourne, Victoria. His expertise ranges from technician to service manager, earning him a reputation for exceptional customer service.