Just because one doesn’t have enough money for an expensive car this doesn’t mean that they should sacrifice too much on the quality, and certainly on the safety, of the car that they buy. These are both factors that are going to be far more difficult possessions when one spends a significantly lower amount on a vehicle, but perhaps there are ways to ensure that one receives the best for their money. Here are a few warnings when purchasing a cheap car to ensure the best deal is struck:

  • Dealers like to use the word ‘payment’ when they’re speaking about selling a vehicle. One should insist on using the word ‘price’ instead so that the conversation is centered on the true amount that the customer is going to pay.

  • Be wary of the loan that the salesman is offering. They, of course, will inform one that the loan is an incredible offer. One should take the time to weigh up the option and compare it with third party loans if a loan is required to purchase the vehicle with.

  • A lot of companies, offering a range of different products, will advertise great deals to get the customer’s through the door only to claim that they either no longer offer the deal or have sold out. They then try to sell a more expensive or lower quality product. One can always call ahead to check if the offer is a real one.

  • Be wary of pressure selling. If a salesperson is attempting to convince a customer that they should make a quick purchase then they are best avoided. One should ask to speak to another salesperson or leave the premises. The act of ignoring the salesperson is distracting enough from concentrating on the vehicle and the sale.

  • There are always extras offered with the vehicle and they are generally offered in the form of monthly payments, which make them seem cheaper. If any extras are offered then weigh up the positives and negatives and calculate the price instead of the payments before one decides on attaining the extra feature or service.

  • Often, when someone purchases your cheap used car(that is called din brugte billige bil in Denmark), they trade in their existing one. It is vital that one realises the price of their vehicle so that the trade isn’t unfair on the customer. The salesperson is always going to attempt to favour the deal towards them and this will be one of their biggest opportunities to do so.

  • One shouldn’t make comparisons between the manufacturers price and the price in the showroom. This is sometimes a way to create the illusion of a false discount.

  • Some sales employees tell a customer that they don’t have a good enough credit rating. They attempt to convince the customer that the loan they are offering them is a favour. It probably isn’t, and a customer should never blindly believe that their credit rating is poor.

  • The customer should treat each negotiation independent from the other. The loan, the trade in, and the purchase of the car are three separate transactions. This will ensure the customer receives the best deal.