Before purchasing your next car, you’re going to want to check for hidden costs, add-on fees, and other charges. You could end up spending hundreds, even thousands, of dollars over the lifetime of your loan.
Once you’ve found the car you want, it’s time to sit down with your sales rep to negotiate the terms of your contract. After a little back and forth on price, figuring out your interest rate, and calculating your monthly payment, you’re ready to sign on the dotted line, right?
Not so fast.
When you read the fine print you may find that additional fees and charges have found their way into your contract including add-ons you didn’t necessarily ask for.
Most car buyers are so focused on getting the best interest rate and negotiating the most affordable monthly payment that they’re unconcerned with the fine print of the contract .For more details visit to www.auction-professional.com. By the time they get to the step where they review and sign the paperwork, if the sales rep is throwing industry terms at them that they don’t fully understand, they’re becoming exhausted from the entire process and just want to get it over with.
Here are a few insider tips to make sure you don’t regret signing those papers.
1.) Read the Fine Print
While this seems pretty obvious and self-explanatory, it’s amazing how trusting the consumer can be. Honestly, the last time you bought a car; did you read and fully understand the contract before you signed it? Probably not. Most people don’t.
Some unscrupulous car dealerships are betting on that. Because most people don’t read the fine print, some sales reps can slide in additional, undisclosed charges or extras with huge mark-ups to their profit.
Also, make sure there are no blank spaces on your finance contract that can be filled in later wherever there are blank spaces; write in “$0” or “N/A.”
2.) Typical Extras
Most of us are familiar with learning about the standard features of an automobile and then figuring out which additional features we are willing to pay extra for, but here are some extras to look out for when reviewing your contract:
* Rust proofing
* Extended warranty
* Fabric protector
* Car alarm (including Loach, a device police use to find your car if you report it stolen)
* Paint sealant
* Credit life insurance
* Window etching
The value of such extras depends on individual customer needs and situations. If the sales rep attempts to tell you that some or all of these extras are standard for every vehicle on the lot, ask to order your car from the factory, or suggest the dealership trade with another dealer that hasn’t pre-packaged their vehicles.
3.) Documentation and Administration Fees
Federal, state, and local governments are pushing more and more of their regulatory cost onto the local dealerships. In an effort to offset some of these fees and services dealers are required to perform, most add, a documentation or administration fee to the total cost of the transaction .For more information visit to www.auction-entrepreneur-kit.com. Depending on state and local regulations, fee adding $100 to $150 seems reasonable and covers most of these additional items. These services include:
* Duplicate Title Fees
* Notice of Security Interest (to perfect lien)
* 30-day Permits
* Federal terrorist matching data bases
* Federal information privacy requirements
* State vehicle id verification
* Highway Patrol Inspections for out-of-state titles
4.) Ask for a Menu System Disclosure
The best disclosure method I’ve seen in years involved using a menu system. On a separate sheet of paper the rep produces a document that includes:
I.) The negotiated price of the vehicle or trade difference
ii.) The additional price of suggested extras (these can be shown as various option packages that may save money when bought in combination and as individually priced options)
iii.) New totals initialed by both parties
5.) Other Costs
When buying a car, remember that there are other “hidden” costs (or, costs that aren’t usually considered), that go beyond the dealership.
During the lifetime of your vehicle, you’re going to have to pay for registration and tags, taxes, insurance, oil changes and fuel every year, and periodically pay for maintenance and repairs. Older models (cars more than 3-5 years old) may cost less up front, but you will likely need to factor more maintenance and repair costs into your budget than if you bought a newer model. While new models need fewer repairs and maintenance work, you will have to pay more up front.
Your wallet does not have to go through the ringer the next time you decide to visit a new or used car dealer. You can protect yourself from blindly signing into an unfavorable car deal by doing your homework, going to a car dealership with a good reputation, being prepared, asking questions, and double checking behind your sales rep.