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I am looking at getting a used car (prob vauxhall corsa). Anyway, I seen one which I going to look at tomorro - from a vauxhall garage. Price is £3500. My question is with main dealer garages is there…
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
I am looking at getting a used car (prob vauxhall corsa). Anyway, I seen one which I going to look at tomorro - from a vauxhall garage. Price is £3500. My question is with main dealer garages is there any negotiation on price or is it the price you pay? Im sorry if it sounds like a dumb question but I am a woman and I havent bought a car on my own before or froma garage. Normally someone goes with me and I get it froma private dealer. Thank you
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1 Like #1
price is definetly negotiable - especially in the current climate.
1 Like #2
cars are not selling at the mo so knock them down and and ask for tax and mot.
and then ask for petrol.. it worked for me..
good luck and hold ya ground..
1 Like #3
try and find as many faults with it as you can(bodywork,paint,no service history,no tax etc)
then you can knock them down
1 Like #4
yes you can negociate, pretend its the wrong colour, too many doors and you didn't want to pay for the convience of extra doors you are not going to use, you wanted automatic not manual, haven't got enough money for this one this month, but will come back if don't find a better deal.
try to get a up to date mot put on it and tax as well as these are other negocation points.

a maindealer (vauxhall dealership)will give you 12 months warranty, whereas a normal dealer gives 3. make sure you get your mot and service done before the 12 months expire, then you can claim big bills from their warranty.
1 Like #5
If they object to what you are demanding (Tax & MOT is a must) then just say you have seen a couple of other cars and walk away. They will be sure to plead with you to come back and buy it. Make sure you bleed as much from them as possible until you feel you have got a good deal from them.
#6
remember to walk away as well, go and get a coffee or say you are just going back for a second look at another car in the area before making any decsions.

be tough and good luck. dress up in work gear to look like a tough cookie.

come back tomorrow night and tell us how you get on.
1 Like #7
As per above definitely haggle - if you are firm and stand your ground and say you will sign today then expect a good discount. No harm offering £2,750 (they can only say no) and then I reckon you could well shake hands at £3k and some new mats or a tank of petrol. Don't be afraid to walk away.

I managed to get £3k off the list price of my new car (from £20k), a tank of petrol and mats thrown in. Oh and a lovely keyring!

What you don't ask you won't get :) Good luck & keep us posted.

Ps - if you take finance out make sure you don't screwed on that, some of the repayment schemes are ridiculous.
#8
Thanks everyone! I never haggled on anything before! Im not getting finance, paying for it upfront.

Good point about walking away, never thought of that one!
1 Like #9
Always room for negotiation these days. Just make an offer, then be prepared to walk away.

Check out the Parkers price for the model/year you are interested in, then ask them to match it. Parkers are quite low at the moment, so if they do, you'll have a good deal, try for a good extended warranty too, and full mot, if over 3 years old. Then push for a set of matsand a full tank of fuel and a years road tax! Good Luck.

http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/prices/
1 Like #10
Shambolic
Always room for negotiation these days. Just make an offer, then be prepared to walk away.

Check out the Parkers price for the model/year you are interested in, then ask them to match it. Parkers are quite low at the moment, so if they do, you'll have a good deal, try for a good extended warranty too, and full mot, if over 3 years old. Then push for a set of matsand a full tank of fuel and a years road tax! Good Luck.

http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/prices/


Thanks for the parkers guide, they are saying its worth a lot less!
#11
bargainhunter2009
Thanks for the parkers guide, they are saying its worth a lot less!



I'll bet, remember a dealer aims to make a profit of at least £1000 on every 2nd hand car, and sometimes a lot more. Be strong, if you want a manual, say you were really looking for an automatic and you're not sure about the colour either remember. :-D
1 Like #12
bargainhunter2009
Im not getting finance, paying for it upfront.!


That is a key point in your favour.

Let him know "I have got the cash, can pay for it in full right now, take £xxxx or I will go elsewhere".

Or maybe say to him "whats the lowest price you will accept on this". whatever price he says go a few hundred below it.

Also go mid afternoon when they may feel desperate to get the sale as it is near the end of the day and another few thousand in the till will make the day seem better.

Cars are just NOT selling at the moment so they will have been told to "shift tin" so will be willing to drop the price.

Maybe take along an older relative or friend who has some experience of haggling.
#13
well tell them that the price is high as you have seen others car cheaper
tell them what you want to pay for it and if you knock them down and come away with a good deal you will be buzzing.
good luck
and remember theres plenty more cars out there so you dont have to buy that 1.
#14
bargainhunter2009
Thanks for the parkers guide, they are saying its worth a lot less!


Remember they will have parkers guide (or equivalent) as well so they will know what it is worth.

They may be trying it on with a price of £3,500

Find a few similar cars for sale on the web, and see what price they are asking.

If it is less than £3,500 then say to him "I have seen a similar model at £2,500 so what are you willing to take on this".

Also, dont rush over to the Corsa as he will know you are interested. Act casual and look at a few cars. Let THEM come over to you, and when he points at the Corsa say "I am not really keen on a Corsa", say "it looks over priced". That way he knows you have been looking at parkers guide.

Maybe buy a copy of parkers from the news agents and take it with you. If it saves you a few hundred quid it will have been worth it. Look in the guide and say to him the car seems overpriced.

Let him talk YOU into buying it and he may be willing to drop more.

One final thing. These guys are used to haggling all the time and they are not stupid. They want to get the most money for the least work (sales people at these places often know little about cars, they are usually just good at selling and good at arranging loans).

If you dont get a good price just walk away. The car will still be there on Monday when you go back (particulalry if it is overpiced) and they may be more willing to drop the price on Monday.

Why not get really bold and offer them £2,500 and see what they say, you have nothing to lose (tell them that is all you have in the bank).
#15
Thanks so much everyone! You have been a great help and I feel happy I might be able to get a deal!!! Rep to you all! :)
1 Like #16
do u have any big male buddy to go down with you and look mean?

definitely bargain for a deal...

I have saved my hubby and I loads like this...

and probably earnt the dislike of many sellers lol

What you dont ask for, you dont get

good luck xx
1 Like #17
If they dont knock it down to the price you want (within Reason), tell em you'll think about it and are going to another garage up the road to see what they have, they'll stop you at the very last minute and give you the Bull.... "i,ve just spoken again to my manager and..."

i reckon you can knock £1000 off it
#18
Just a note on the car:
Stay well clear of the ecotec engine, I've had nothing but problems with 2 vauxhalls all under 4 years old and i bought them from new. Many people have had no problems at all but I've had my fair share to put me off vauxhalls for life.
just to name a few problems.
Gear linkage
Coil packs
ABS sensor
Rocker cover and gasket
Air con
If you go for one make sure you get as much warranty as possible just so your covered, don't accept the warranty if it only covers "major" engine failure.

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