What You Should Never Do When Shopping For A New Car

by: George Dodge

There are many things that you don’t want to see an automobile dealership do to you as a buyer, but there are some things that you should not do as well, if you don’t want to alienate the dealer.

Here is a list of “don’ts” that you should abide by if you are really looking to get a good new or used car deal.

Don’t try to pull one over on the dealer by lying about the condition of your trade in vehicle. It is just a lie that you can’t get away with, and could cause many cost increases later.

Don’t bother looking for a car that will require financing if you have had a recent bankruptcy because you will not get an auto loan approved anyway.

Don’t give the automobile dealership a deposit and then try to take it back for no reason because you should have researched the car before making the purchase. You can also lose money on the return.

Don’t bother lying about your debt load and credit rating because they will check it anyway.

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Don’t offer any money for a car unless you already know the dealer cost because you are setting yourself up to get ripped off.
If you will follow the tips above when buying a new or used car, the rest of your negotiations will go much smoother.One more thing you should not do that is not part of the negotiation with the salesperson, and that is, don’t forget the cost of automobile insurance. Many new car purchasers have been shocked with the cost of insurance for that perfect car. That high powered red Mustang convertable might seem cool for a 19 year old college student, until he (or his dad) has to pay the insurance bill.

More than one teenage driver has found themselves caught in the circular trap of needing a car to get to the job that they need to have to pay for the car and the auto insurance. I’m sure that teenagers are not the only ones that find themselves in this position as people try to keep up with their contemporaries.

The same holds true for a car’s gasoline consumption and maintenance costs. While SUV’s are a fad now, unless you really need such a vehicle, you will find that the gas and maintenance costs can be substantial.

When shopping for a used car, be sure to research the safety and maintenance records of different models. You can find this type of information in magazines such as Consumer Reports or insurance company publications.

So be sure that the car you buy is within your means, including the cost of insurance, gas and maintenance.

About the author:
George Dodge is the webmaster for 1st Choice Auto Parts that has been expanding to include all things related to automobiles, including, parts, accessories, apparal, books, posters, insurance, loans, and articles to name but a few. Additional articles can be found at Automotive Articles

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2005 Honda Odyssey: Honda Factory Replacement Parts at Partstrain for High Power, Economy and Lower Emissions

by: Jenny Mc Lane

The 2005 Honda Odyssey has high power with efficiency, economy and lower emissions. For better mileage, three cylinders shut down at cruising speeds. Electronic liquid-filled engine mounts mask vibrations during the transition, and a noise-canceling frequency broadcast through the sound system minimizes audible evidence.

The Odyssey’s highly adaptable interior includes a stowable 2nd-row Plus One Seat™ that allows seating for eight (EX), and one-motion 60/40-split 3rd-row Magic Seat® that makes cargo loading even easier. You can even entertain passengers with the Honda DVD Entertainment System with remote control, 9” screen, and personal surround sound headsets. And with the new Michelin® PAX® System on the Touring model, you can travel on a punctured tire at 50 mph for up to 125 miles. Discover new levels of confidence while navigating through an uncertain world.

The 2005 Honda Odyssey has high power with efficiency, economy and lower emissions. For better mileage, three cylinders shut down at cruising speeds. Electronic liquid-filled engine mounts mask vibrations during the transition, and a noise-canceling frequency broadcast through the sound system minimizes audible evidence.

Its power-operated rear seat foldaway system is a testimony to the Odyssey Luxury by pushing a button in the cargo area; the third row seat automatically tumbles beneath the floor for a perfectly flat cargo surface. It’s extremely impressive to watch. There’s no fumbling about with seatbelts or latches – you only need to ensure the head restraints are tilted forward before pushing the button. When even more carrying capacity is needed, the second row seat’s 60:40 split backrests can be folded forward.

The Luxury version of the Odyssey has illuminated vanity mirrors, auto headlights (which come on too late), a 6-stack CD player, lidded second row door pockets, extensive use of wood grain and titanium-look trim, 8 way electric driver’s seat adjustment and Two-stage electric front seat warmers. An electric glass sunroof is also standard.

New safety features include Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), a new feature that enhances stability by detecting oversteer or understeer. For the Odyssey Luxury safety, measures include a “crash compatible body”, standard dual-stage front and side airbags with occupant position detection sensors, front seatbelt pre -tensioners and force limiters and front buckle pre-tensioners. All seating positions feature adjustable head restraints. The Luxury is also fitted with curtain airbags that cover all three seating rows.

Partstrain sells factory replacement Honda Parts accessories online at discounted wholesale prices, specializing in OEM and Aftermarket parts. Partstrain offers a superior array of Honda body replacement parts and accessories for models like Honda Odyssey, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda CRV, Honda CRX, Honda Del Sol, Honda Insight, Honda Passport, Honda Pilot, Honda Prelude, Honda S2000.

Parts Train’s online store http://www.partstrain.com/ShopByVehicle/HONDA is available 24 hours a day and guaranteed to be of highest quality are always sold at lower prices than those of a dealership. They provide great discounts, fast shipping, and superb customer support.

About the author:
Jenny McLane is a 36 year old native of Iowa
and has a knack for research on cars and anything
and everything about it. She works full time as a
Market Analyst for one of the leading car parts suppliers
in the country today.

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5 Ways to Find Volvo Parts

by: John Mancini

You love your Volvo, right. However, its time to replace a part, it could something that is hidden like a fan belt or a prominent piece of the vehicle such as the emblem or steering wheel. It really doesn’t matter what part needs replacing, what matters is the quality and price of the replacement part. You have worked hard for your Volvo and you deserve genuine Volvo replacement parts. These tips will explain the best way to locate these parts.

1- When you are looking for a replacement part, be it a replacement visor or a clutch master cylinder, the array of available sources can be hard to sift through. If price is not a concern for you, the dealership is one of the best choices around and even if price is an issue, the dealer is usually the best place to start. They will be able to give you an approximate price and may even be willing to give you some installation tips as well.

2- If the dealer is out of your price range, there are many more avenues to pursue. Looking online for a part is an obvious choice, and a good one. There is so much information available online that it is almost overwhelming. A good place to start searching for the Volvo part that you need is in forums, these can be in regards to the general subject of cars or specialized for Volvos in particular. The people that frequent these forums range in knowledge from experts to the people who just drove their new car off the lot. When you do find and expert, they are usually more than willing to help you in any way possible, after all, they are Volvo owners who love their cars too.

3- While online, be sure to look over the websites of car part dealers. These websites offer the chance to see pictures and read user reviews of the parts you are contemplating. Online websites may also offer free shipping or deeply discounted price as well as delivering to you door.

4- Swap meets and auctions can also be great places to find the Volvo parts you are looking for. You can find both swap meets and auctions on and offline, of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. The online swap meet and auction allows you to do business with people from all over the world, however, you are relying on pictures and some ones’ word that they will deliver. On the other hand, local swap meets and auctions will have less people to deal with, but you can see and handle the products that they have available as well as take them home if you desire.

5- Above all, have fun during your search for the part that you need, even if it’s only a fan belt. The item itself is not as important as the knowledge that you are giving your car what it deserves, the best parts you can afford.

About the author:
John Mancini has been writing about volvo parts online and offline for a long time. Visit http://www.volvocarparts.infoor http://volvopartscenter.com to read more about matters like volvo body parts and volvo oem parts.

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4 Tips To Saving A Bundle At Your Next Car Auction

by:    Chris Fox

Many of us have been at the car dealership and have been drained by a salesperson during price negotiations for the purchase of a new car. Most people give in too easily or do not negotiate at all to avoid the dreadful act. This only means more money in the car dealers’ pocket, while you are out of several thousand dollars! Yes, they make that much in profit per car.
This article unveils the dealer’s selling tactics and how you can get around them. But before we dive into the new car buying tips, we need to understand what makes up the dealer’s profits.
In addition to the MSRP (manufacturer suggested retail price), which is the dealer’s cost for the car plus an additional 20-25% profit, a dealer also gets financial incentives from the manufacturer when a new car is sold. This is called Holdback.
Depending on the car, dealers can make hundreds on each car through holdbacks. Dealers also get additional incentives and bonuses on selling a car before the end of the month and/or quarter.
A shrewd dealer can make several thousand on a new car even by selling it at invoice price. This is how new car buying can become tricky for the consumer.
Ready to learn how not to put a dent in your wallet on your next car purchase? Here are four tips to get you started. Each one is a dealer tactic to watch out for.
1. The Guilt Trip
As you may have noticed, every desk in a dealership has photos of the salesperson’s family, instead of photos of cars. Midway in the negotiation, the sales person will bring them up and make it look like his little commission check can hardly pay for his daughters college and little Bradley’s braces.
A seasoned salesperson will soon have you feeling guilty for driving the price down and hurting his commission. Watch out not to fall for this tactic, since you already know about holdbacks and incentive programs from manufacturers.
2. Wearing You Down
Come prepared to spend half a day at the dealership or pay whatever the dealer asks for. Car Dealers are trained to delay and tire you out to the point where you give in and accept their price just to get out of there.
After you make your offer, sales people typically claim they would have to run it by their manager. You may then have to re-start negotiating with the manager, who is also a seasoned salesperson. This dance goes on for a while until you give in.
Remember, there are multiple dealerships in a city, so they need you more than you need them. Demand to speak to the manager after a certain time period or threaten to leave. Because you are devoting a lot of time to bargain with the dealer, they know you are a serious buyer, so they will not let you leave. The earlier you can speak with the manager, the faster you can leave.
3. The Test Drive
We all enjoy a good test drive and look forward to it. Although it is essential to test drive a car before you buy it, remember to not show your absolute love for the car to the salesperson. Their goal is to get you emotionally attached to the car, so it becomes a must have for you. I have learned it the hard way.
To hide your emotional tears from the salesperson, mention the features of a competing car in the same class, like the new shape, light, leg room, resale value etc. This will make the salesperson a little vulnerable.
4. Monthly Payments
This one is to confuse you. Dealers will start talking about monthly payments rather than the total price of the car. They will start by asking how much you are willing to pay per month and how much of a down payment you are willing to pay. Since people don’t want to look like they cannot afford a certain car, they will usually give a higher number. Big Mistake!
You have left little room for negotiation when this happens. Always steer the conversation to the total price of the car and do NOT mention any trade-ins at this point. Only after the total price of the vehicle is completely negotiated then talk about interest, monthly payment and trade-ins.
General Rule;
As a general rule, remember to only focus and negotiate on the Total Price of the vehicle. Everything else is pretty much the car dealer’s trough.
If the above new car buying tips seem like a lot of hassle, yet you still want to get the best price in town, there are some websites that do this for you. www.autoauctionbids.com for example is a great website for this because you can collect price quotes from multiple local dealers for a particular car as well as its competing car models (like Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Taurus) and compare them.
The website then allows you to send back the lowest quotes received for each car make to all participating dealers in your area through the website itself.
Dealers view this price and continue to submit new lower prices over a 3 day period. By putting local car dealers in such a price competition allows you to avoid the dreadful face to face negotiation and yet gets you the lowest price in town for up to 3 competing car makes.
The best part about AutoAuctionBids.com is that it is absolutely free for you and there is no obligation to buy after the new car auction is over.
About the author:    For more information on cars and car auction visit http://cheap-car-auction-portal.com
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