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Old 07-05-2012, 10:27
mandelifeboats
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In about an hour I'm off to look at a car for the second time.
It's up for 12k and I'll get 2k for chopping in my old one.
What further discount should I expect to negotiate?

I'm a middle aged woman on my own and don't want to be taken for a muppet!

Cheers.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:36
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The 2K price for the old car is the trade-in value from the same dealer? Do you know the approximate value of that car if you sold it privately to judge how good their offer is?

You should look at the overall deal, whether they dress it up with a good trade-in value or discount the new car it's the overall price you pay that counts.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:38
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always be prepared to walk away if they are not willing to negotiate on anything.
I did just that and sat it out for 2 weeks and the salesman eventually called me back and gave me the deal i wanted.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:42
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if you post specs of the car, mileage and age etc then someone would probably be able to give you a value. If not check on autotrader and see how it comes on there.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:46
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Thanks all.
Yes the px is with the same dealer.
The car is a 2008 Volvo V50 with 21k miles on the clock. Price seems about right from checking various websites.
Mine is a 15 year old SLK with 150k miles and in rough condition. Again the 2k offer seems reasonable.
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Old 07-05-2012, 13:57
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I always offer an insultingly low price at a dealer. They usually (but not always) meet me half way. Sometimes they even accept it straight away. They expect it.
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Old 07-05-2012, 16:19
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I always offer an insultingly low price at a dealer. They usually (but not always) meet me half way. Sometimes they even accept it straight away. They expect it.
And you can only offer higher than what you first offered,so deffo don't go in too low.
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Old 07-05-2012, 16:26
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Well come on OP - how did you get on?
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Old 07-05-2012, 19:43
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I would ask for a couple of free services, road tax for a year, and Superguard cover. If they won't do it, walk away - they'll soon do it!
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Old 07-05-2012, 20:31
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Well I offered 9.5k but they didn't accept it. Left my phone number with them so we'll see.

I guess if they don't come back I'll have to look elsewhere.

Thanks for the help. It's a bit daunting buying something so expensive on your own, so it was much appreciated.
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Old 07-05-2012, 21:03
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do grab a friend even if its another lady who doesnt know much more than you do as theres strength in numbers but you did well by sticking with your game plan and not get the hard sell and remember if you dont like the deal always walk away
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Old 07-05-2012, 21:07
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A few years back I went after a car for sale at 13K. I offered 7.5k and waited.
A week later it was reduced to 12k. Still didn't sell.
2 weeks after that I bought it for 8k!

Worth making offers. Worth sitting and waiting. You never know what you could end up with...
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