- Whip out your smartphone: Get the upper hand by comparison shopping on your smartphone. One salesman says their "greatest fear was your smartphone. If we gave you a number and you had a smartphone in your hand with Auto Trader or some other site pulled up, we were neutered."
- The manager is in charge: Talk to the sales manager because sales people tend to have "little to no power."
- Watch what you say: The sellers maybe listening to your conversation, so be mindful of what you say if you're shopping with someone.
We're happy to present this article from our partner site Yahoo! Shine:
Nowadays, people barely read their automobile manual, let alone tinker with their engine. Audra Fordin, the owner of Great Bear Auto and Body Shop in Queens, NY, tells Shine that you can save hundreds of dollars a year by tackling basic repairs yourself. "There are a ton of things you can fix — from wipers, to fuses, to headlights — with $10 and a screw driver instead of a trip to the garage."
Fordin, a fourth-generation mechanic, learned her trade by her father's side. "My dad was a workaholic," she laughs. "I was a little girl who wanted to hang with Daddy. In order to do that, I had to work." Fordin is spreading the knowledge. A mom of three, she works with the Girl Scouts and runs workshops and an instructional website, Women Auto Know. "It's always easier to be ripped off when you are uneducated," she warns. "With education comes confidence. You won't be messed with as easily."
Here are her top money-saving tips:
1. Changing your coolant on time can save you at least a thousand dollars in repairs over the course of your car's lifetime. It helps keep your car cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter. If you ignore the coolant, your engine can overheat. Fordin says it's worth the couple hundred of dollars it will cost to drain the entire system of coolant every few years before replacing it with new fluid. Consult your manual to see the exact timing for your car.