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12 Steps to Getting the Best Deal on a New Car

Step 10: Have dealers bid for your business.

(American Honda Motor Company, Inc.)

(American Honda Motor Company, Inc.)

Most car shopping websites enable car shoppers to seek and obtain offers from local dealerships quickly and easily. Be sure to compare bids from multiple dealers regionally and beyond. It may be worth the drive to buy a car from a dealer located in another city or state if the savings are significant (you’re not required to bring the vehicle back to the selling dealership’s service department to obtain regular maintenance or warranty service). The percentage of sales tax charged may also vary from one state or county to another. Find out if any of the other dealers will beat your lowest bid, keeping the car’s invoice price, as equipped, as your target. Repeat the process as necessary until you’ve reached the lowest possible price.

About Chuck Giametta

This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]