Car Dealership Tips

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A trip to the car dealership often leaves people with feelings of dread, but your experience doesn't have to be an unpleasant one. The following are some helpful tips to make your visit to the dealership an easy and pleasant one:
  • Educate yourself on rebates and factory incentives beforehand, as paying attention to those promotions can help you better understand later why they conveniently and arbitrarily do not apply to your specific sale.
  • When viewing a car on the lot, it's important to discuss the available options -- does it have cup holders equipped to hold super-sized drinks? Does it come with extendable seat belts and extra-wide seats? Does it have a traction control system that allows for easy navigation of restaurant drive-thru's in all types of weather?
  • The service department waiting area offers many different interesting ways to pass the time, from catching up on the latest episode of The Maury Povich Show to reading a newspaper in Polish.
  • Make sure everything is agreed to in writing. Never, under any circumstances, should you purchase an automobile based on a wink or a high-five.
  • If George Costanza has constructed a candy line-up in the customer service room consisting of ten candy bars with no wrappers or identification of any kind and asks you to identify the 5th Avenue Bar, it's a setup -- they're all Twix.
    • It's important to remember that if your car is having problems, never take it to the dealership unless you're absolutely positive getting totally fucked is covered by your warranty.