Originally Posted by BillBoost37
The best thing you can do is know you currently have a perfectly running car and don't have to buy this particular car. That gives you an edge. You aren't on a timetable or in need.
Therefore if you love the car, but the price isn't right...look further..there may be a better one around the corner. Tell your friends and family to keep their eyes open.
Thoroughly sage advice. You are trying tio buy a car you like at a fair price. You are not trying to buy a car you like at any price.
Fundamentally, all you need is the attributes of a good shopper. Good shoppers usually have at least 2 possibilities in the works and they know what a fair price is. If they don't work out, there always be more down the line. If you were buying audio equipment you would check several places for price. Of course the car search is different because it is not a commodity. But you can do the same with the car dealers if you can "make them come clean" with their best offer, then try to get your preference to price match.
FYI, i often go with friends to help them go through the buying process because i enjoy the wrestling. I noticed the Danacar listing has been pulled. I just had this done to a friend by Arrow Pontiac in NJ. It honestly might be sold. As it turned out, they thought he was a such a pigeon, that this would spook him.. When I went with him, the car had only been pulled by the salesman. We had it staked out for 4 months as a possibility. I didn't have him buy the car because the UIM and U and L gaskets didn't look too good although the final offer was excellent. I don't know how to do the UIM and gasket overhaul yet, and that'* just too much cost to have for him immediately. By Monday the car was back listed at autotrader.
this is a link to a picture of the WV car. This is not an endorsement by any means. Just ammunition for your experience. The price is high, but you never know. I'm looking for an SSE for my wife and the 2 dealers I stopped in at in the past two weeks were thrilled that I had been so lucky to stop on that day(*) because the 2 different sales manager had just reduced the prices by $800 and $1000. Yeah, right. All that wasis just excessive fat they had on the prices on two cars that had been sitting for a few months.
Edit : Just saw that it was sold. I'll keep my eyes peeled here in SEPA. One of the problems we have getting listings is that franchised dealers backlot these models to wholesalers and autions. Doesn't hurt to keep your eye on the (back)lots of local dealers.
1995 SE ..Green and Rattle Can...234K mi...Bonnie (she'll outlive me)
1998 SSEI .. White ..119K mi...Evey
1996 SSE ..MajTeal..157K mi...4/12- Dealer trade full of Lucas Trans fix