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I am a super skilled master car price negotiator!

May 28th, 2010 at 05:07 am

Ok, maybe not a "super skilled master" but I am kind of proud of myself. My sister has been looking for cars for about 6 months now trying to build up as much money as she could after her last car broke down. I LOVE looking at cars and talking to dealers and all that unlike some people who don't like the hassle.
She missed out on a decently priced car for about $1600 that was pretty nice plus it had a/c. People brought money like, 20 minutes before she did.

I found the listing on Craigslist (she bought her last one through it and the guy selling it was creepy btw, whole different story) for a Ford Escort '99. But not just a regular boring Escort. It's a Ford Escort Zx2 Sport and is super cute. It has power everything and a sunroof. It's a black coupe. Paint still looks good and it has a few scuffs but overall looks great.

Here is what really gets on my nerves: when car dealers or personal owners do not even bother to clean out the insides of their vehicles. I mean, if you want to sell it you would at least want to have it detailed, or cleaned yourself right? I have seen this too many times with used cars and it just really aggravates me. This car was actually clean on this inside with little to no staining. I understand it's the inside that counts but it makes me think that it wasn't maintained well overall.

Back to the story: We looked it over and test drove it, and I knew the approximate dealer price for it. Sis really loved it and I liked it too. So I then told her to possibly ask for a lower price. She then said, "But I don't know how to do that!" So I had to ask myself if I would want to try for a lower price, even though it seemed that the price was about right for the vehicle. We went inside the office and I said, "Well, she does like it, but we were wondering if there was any room in that price?" All smooth like. I expected the lady to go down 1 or 2 hundred. She automatically went from 2300 to 2000 all because I asked nicely. I thought that was a VERY reasonable price plus that left my sister with extra money for insurance. Yay!

Maybe I should start a car negotiator service kind of like William Shatner in the Priceline commercials. CAR PRICE NEGOTIATOR!!! That would be fun.

As far as my own car goes, once I get a chance to get to the credit union I will then owe approx. 1300. I forgot how to update the side of the blog though. Also this week I have picked up 62 cents off the ground, mostly coming from a car wash that had change laying all over the parking lot. It was very exciting!!

Hope everyone on SA has a great weekend!

6 Responses to “I am a super skilled master car price negotiator!”

  1. elisabeth Says:

    Congrats to you! I wish I was a better negotiator! I know I would love to have a negotiator with me when buying a car.

  2. Apprentice Bliss Hunter Says:

    Lucky your Sis has you to negotiate for her !! :-)

    Have a great weekend too !

  3. Jerry Says:

    Your sister owes you an ice cream! Nice job... your smoothness in the clutch leads her to save money for the insurance, and she got the car she wanted, as well. Impressive! Add that skill to your resume. =)
    Jerry

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    Good job! We have a 2001 Escort - a friend has a 2002 - GREAT CAR! Nothing fancy, but extremely low maintnenance.

    2 of my co-workers just got steals on some really nice used cars (in the $4k range). It's a good time to buy.

  5. dmontngrey Says:

    Great job!! I HATE (with a PASSION) car shopping and DH loves it. The only problem is: he just won't negotiate. I was appalled by this with the last car he bought. In under a year it was "not working out for him." I told him there just wasn't any money in the budget for another car right now - no way! Within a few weeks he was replacing parts, learning a lot, and not complaining about it anymore. It's here indefinitely now. When there IS a next time - we're going to do things MY way... Big Grin

  6. nmboone Says:

    Thanks everyone! Lol, Jerry I wish I could add that to my resume! I seem to want to haggle prices everywhere I can.

    MM- it does seem like a great time to buy. Next time I have to buy a car I'm going to look at places other than major car dealers.

    dmontngrey- definitely sounds like a great plan for next time! Don't let your husband wimp out on you Smile

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