A Smart Spreadsheet Template for Car Shopping

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A Smart Spreadsheet Template for Car

Buying a car can feel like to make 2,000 decisions in the of a week. Reader and commenter suggests a methodical process, and a template, for finding your car at a very nice price.

I needed a car. A friend me of an old Lifehacker post which buying a car like buying an .

Following that line of I decided to take it a geekier further. I created a spreadsheet. It is basic and could probably be by some other Lifehacker but I think it may help some who just don’t know to start.

Ed. note: We’ve xdeliriumx’s spreadsheet template for reference, but you can view (and the whole widescreen spreadsheet at Docs .

The way I got the deal of a lifetime on my car was by first to each brand’s web site and out the model car I liked best. there, I customized the car the way I would it, keeping my target price in (don’t forget taxes, title, etc.). At the end of the web hunt, you up or visit local dealers to quotes..

I would suggest an alternate, non-primary email and a Voice phone number to because you will be inundated phone call spam dealerships. Google Voice blocking calls a cinch, common courtesy would be to the dealers when you do get a car.

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Input all the information you can into the From there you can easily your reps from the and get them to price match and then you can continuing doing until the dealerships have else to give you. The also makes it easy to incentives offered by each car different option pricing, and The spreadsheet was super helpful purchasing my car and I hope it will be to others as well. Using method, I was able to upgrade to the model above what I thought I could afford, because I did my research. Make you print your spreadsheet out and it with you. It really one dealer I was visiting sweat. He remarked I am going to tear paper up! because I kept to it.

A few additional tips:

If they ask you if you are to buy the car that day, tell Yes, if the price is right. not lying. If they told you you could get the car for $1/month, I am sure you take it. Make sure you go to the with the attitude that you do not to leave with a car. them later in negotiation you aren’t sure you can make sort of commitment for that Have a target amount you are to spend in your head in the case scenario. Don’t this to the dealer. Yes the price of the car is important, but you need to be able to care of your monthly Make sure it includes Don’t let them tack on tags, title, etc. the fact. Make sure you are taxed on the price of the car. Not and tags. Go near the end of the month car salesmen need to meet monthly quotas. Use Consumer to research cars. It helps—a Lots of car manufacturers have a for recent college grads $500+ if you have graduated in than a year or so). sure you don’t spring on the dealer until you get his absolute price. Once he hears this additional rebate, he likely to give you any more off of the car. I went at the end of the day, 8 p.m. By the time we test and talked a bit, it was closing

9 p.m. He was worried about the sale and getting out of there for the so he really cut the price several Not sure this will help, but it did for me. Use the old dealership trick of to a manager against them. my sit down with the dealer, I him, I am going to go make a call to my dad to see what he thinks. I went outside and called my dad and him I was using the call to negotiate a car When I came back in, I him that my dad wanted to take me to a few dealerships the next day so I wasn’t I could make a commitment. By the end of my talking with the dealer, he me at a price and said it was good the
end of the month. That is the guy I bought my car

I ended up with a brand new Sentra, using the numbers other cars I was looking at as the I needed to get a great deal. No

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