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Deliver Me From Used Car Salesmen

It was time to purchase a new-to-me car that would be a used car, or pre-owned vehicle, as the lingo goes these days.

I did my homework, checked out the used car inventory of several dealerships, read the CarFax on the autos in which I had an interest and sought advice from a mechanic I trust. I knew the value of my trade-in. I knew how much I had to spend. Armed with information and confidence, I began my search in earnest.

I am a passive person. Passive people don't stand a chance with a car salesman. I did my best to be assertive, letting the confidence of my knowledge speak for me -- all to no avail. Even assertiveness is not enough to engage in what feels like battle with those who sell cars for a living.

It is my vow to never step foot inside a car dealership again unless I have an experienced car buyer with me, or at least someone who can match wits with the car salesmen. My purchase was not a pleasant experience, to put it mildly.

Lest you think I am sexist, this is not so. I just happened to talk only to male car sales people. I would wager that female car sales people have also been indoctrinated with car sales psychology.

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bestwriter wrote on October 7, 2014, 9:10 PM

If I had a marketing set up I would surely look for employing used car salesmen emoticon :grin:

Anja wrote on October 7, 2014, 9:38 PM

It's a commission. They will be pushy and lie through their teeth to make it.

paigea wrote on October 7, 2014, 9:43 PM

I have learned to just have a little mantra I can repeat when backed into a corner. Mine is "I do not make decisions until I go home and think." One salesman kept emphasizing the deal was that day only, blah, blah blah; if I left I had to start the negotiations over blah blah blah. I just repeated myself. He was off to get his manager to talk to me. I just repeated myself and left. Bought a new car the next day from someone else. I wanted to go show it to him!

alexdg1 wrote on October 7, 2014, 11:08 PM

I think that's why movies often portray as car salesmen as pushy, driven, and somewhat sleazy characters. It's a cliche, but cliches exist because they're often true!

MegL wrote on October 8, 2014, 2:49 AM

My husband is good at buying cars but he doesn't go to showrooms, he buys privately. You get a better deal though you have to watch out for faults.

AliCanary wrote on October 8, 2014, 5:32 PM

Oh, you need me with you. I am absolutely ferocious! I went with one of my friends to buy his first car (bless his heart; he didn't even know you could bargain on the price), and we went to three different places. At the first one, the salesman was a sweet older guy, and I charmed him. We got a pretty good offer, but kept looking. At the second place, the salesman was all business, and so was I, but there wasn't room to negotiate. However, at the third place, the salesman was fairly rude, and I ate his lunch. He LOATHED me, but I wasn't there to make friends. We got an excellent deal, saving several thousand dollars on what was actually a pretty rare car. My friend said it blew his mind how my personality completely changed to fit the situation, lol

BarbRad wrote on October 9, 2014, 8:06 PM

I don't think I've ever seen a female selling used cars except by owner. Maybe this is not a job a female wants.

BarbRad wrote on October 9, 2014, 8:06 PM

I wish I had a video of that.