Buying a car more stressful than saying 'I do'
A new survey finds that people believe car shopping is more stressful than getting married.
This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.
Car shopping is stressful.
While that's likely no surprise to you, this may be: Americans think the process of shopping for and purchasing a vehicle is more stressful than getting married. That's according to a recent Car Week survey by Edmunds.com.
Carroll Lachnit, consumer advice editor at Edmunds, told MarketWatch:
Maybe they're thinking that at least when you're getting married, there's a party and a honeymoon at the end of some weeks of anxiety. But with car shopping, sometimes you get variable experiences and sometimes car shopping doesn't always go that well.
Lachnit said car shopping doesn't have to be stressful. She provided the following car shopping tips to MarketWatch.
- Do your homework. Research the vehicles you're interested in, she said. Spend time to get familiar with your potential purchase. The Edmunds.com Car Week survey found that people will try on as many pairs of shoes as they take cars for test drives, even though a vehicle is the second most expensive purchase of most people's lives.
- Harness the power of the Internet. Lachnit said people can complete about 75 percent of the work associated with car shopping by using the Internet. But don't be fooled into thinking that everything can be done online. Lachnit said it's important to test drive a vehicle because there's no virtual substitute for sitting behind the wheel and getting a feel for the car and how it handles.
The Edmunds.com Car Week survey also revealed these interesting tidbits:
- I'll share that arm rest. One-third of Americans surveyed said they'd sooner sit in the middle seat on an airplane than car shop.
- Time in the bedroom. One in five people said they'd gladly give up sex for one month if it meant they could avoid haggling over the price of a car. In fact, just 20 percent of car shoppers consider themselves "extreme price grinders" when it comes to trying to get the lowest possible price on a vehicle, Edmunds.com said.
Do the results of this survey surprise you? Do you have any tips to make car shopping a little less stressful?
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The most important thing people need to learn is to say "no" and not feel bad about it. Oftentimes, salesmen or women will try to pressure you into making a decision immediately. Before you go into a dealership, make up your mind whether or not you want to buy a car that day. If not, then stick to your guns. When you decide to buy a car, and the salesman tries to stick you with options that you don't really want, say "no."
I think the reason it is stressful is because saying "no" to people goes against human nature. Most people want to please other people and it feels better if you can say "yes" and not disappoint the person. If you can overcome that and reinforce in your own mind that it is in your own best interest to say "no", when appropriate, if can relieve some of the stress.
I bought a new Ford Escape a few months ago. It was my first buying experience with a dealership, but it was a pleasant enough experience. Before I went to the dealership, I weighed out my options though. Should I just fix my current car, or take out a loan for a new car? If I get a new car, what do I need it to do? Should I get a new or used car? What brand and model should I get? In the end I was pulled between a Forester and the Escape, but I liked the standard electronics that came with the Escape.
So... I waited for a good dealer incentive program, got pre-approved through my bank, went to the dealer and told the salesman what options I wanted, how much I wanted to pay, and how much I'd like to get on my trade. Then I asked to see what he had on the lot. After walking the lot, I found one to my liking and left with my new car an hour or so later (paper work took a while).
Lesson learned: Be informed and ready to make a purchase. When you're ready to buy, you don't have to get sold.
Car sales people are as different as...well people Some are under a lot of pressure by the dealership,
some are just jerks and try to intimidate you. I have purchased a number of cars in my day and I found the best way is go look at the cars you want, build a relationship with the sales person like any
friendship (why would you hang around someone you didn't like) and if they're not willing to work with you, move on, Lots of car dealerships, lots of sales people available.
You need to spend some time looking at prices and options so you have a ball park figure on what to pay ( all available to the public) Tell the sales person what you want and let them work for you! You are the one paying the commission. Even though you finally found the car you like with the options you want if its not the price/terms you can live with move on, there are other cars.
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