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(41)Before you rent a car..

The ubiquity of the internet today means that you can do most things without leaving your desk – it also means that when making a trip, you can organise your car rental in advance in almost any location in the world, so that when you arrive, you can simply pick up your pre-booked car and go. To ensure that you car rental experience goes completely smoothly, there are a few things you should bear in mind before you even log on to that car rental website.

Decide before you book a car who exactly will be driving during your trip – a car rental does not usually allow you switch drivers without a previous arrangement, so decide in advance whether one person will do all the driving or if you and a partner might take turns at the wheel. Having the wrong person in the driving seat might have implications on your insurance.
And always make sure that you have insurance. This can be arranged through your existing insurance company – ask whether your existing insurance will cover your rental car. Regardless of the type of car you decide to hire, don’t skimp on insurance – it simply isn’t worth the risk.

Depending on the nature of your trip, you will probably have particular requirements in your car rental – so decide before booking what features you will need in a car. How many passengers will there be, will you be carrying a lot of luggage? While a fast and exotic car might be great for impressing clients on a one man or woman business trip, it isn’t quite so appropriate for long haul driving with the kids! Ensure that you car you select has plenty of room for both passengers and luggage, and meets any other special requirements you might have.

Don’t forget when hiring a rental car to bring all the appropriate documentation with you – this is not the time to forget your driver’s licence! It is also a good idea to bring a copy of the rental agreement in the car with you, just in case the police at any point stop you. And perhaps most importantly when renting a car in an unfamiliar location – don’t forget the map!

Spray Paint Secrets Video Banner This article was written by Carl Spanier an avid traveler and rental car expert. You can visit his website at Car Rental Resources

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(42)Best Negotiating Tips When Buying An Used Car..

 

Being a good negotiator doesn't have to be difficult. Sooner or later everyone has to negotiate with someone if they want to get a good deal on a purchase.

When you are trying to negotiate with a car dealer, you should know that they are very practiced in the art already. You will need to know how to get through their car speak in order to be successful.

Since you now know how to calculate your offer and already know what the dealer paid for it, you should get a copy of the paperwork from a friend that recently bought a car, so that you can become familiar with what you will see on your paperwork. They are all generally the same.

If you've followed the above mentioned tips, you will also be pre-approved for a loan. The key is for you to get in and out of the dealership as quickly as possible because the salesman will definitely find more loopholes to up your charges if you stay.

Here are a few tips to successful negotiating.

· Remain positive and confident

· Don't talk down to your opponent

· Show up prepared and ready to counter anything that may come up

· Bring ads from other dealerships with you as an extra weapon

· Finance your loan before you arrive at the dealership so as to avoid paying unnecessary extra fees

· Bring a friend with you for extra support

Something that you should look out for from salesmen is the extra little tricks that you will likely encounter that will try to force or rush into a buying decision.

You have to remember that they are trying to negotiate you into paying more money just as you are trying to negotiate paying less. Here are some of the things that you can expect to hear from them.

1. These cars are flying off of the lot. It may not be available for the same deal tomorrow. (Threaten to leave and they will ease up and try to change their strategy)

2. This deal is only good for today. If you come back tomorrow I can't guarantee that the deal will be the same.

3. I'm an honest man. Look at how many cars I've sold this weekend (This is where he will show you his list of sold cars. If he does this, then tell him that he doesn't need your money).

4. I hate to tell you this but I have another offer on the table from a man that is willing to pay more money than this. I am just waiting for his paperwork to be returned. (Tell him that if he promised the car to someone else, you don't want to step on someone else's toes and that you should leave then).

5. To cover the overhead costs, we have paid $13,000 for this car (Just check your paperwork in your folder and prove them wrong).

 

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(43)Best Time To Buy A Car?.

When's the Best Time To Buy A Car?

We'll probably have to agree to disagree, but I don't necessarily think it's at the "end of the month" is the answer to the "when's the best time to buy a car" question any more.

Don't get me wrong, when you're buying a car at retail ( a new or used one), going on the last day of the month when the shop is trying to reach it's quota may be in your best interests.

I remember buying a used Honda Accord once.

I showed up on the last day of the month and the last day of the quarter. It was also just a few hours before closing time.

I didn't realize it until the salesman started sweating and complaining about it as if I was some kind of car buying shark!

I'm not sure I got any kind of super deal, but at least the salesman acted as if I had some kind of leverage and that I was using some kind of "insider knowledge" that dictated the best time to buy a car.

You can see their point though.

Near month end and quarter's end, the number crunchers are hard at work bewailing the lack of sales.

So the sales manager is trying to rouse the sales people into greater productivity so they can all get their bonus.

But I repeat the question. Is waiting till the last day of the month in the last few hours of the day the ABSOLUTE best time to buy a car?

Nowadays I'd say NO.

Why is that?

Because I don't believe in buying a car at RETAIL at all if I can help it!

Call me cheap, but I'd like to buy perfectly serviceable, BUT DIRT CHEAP cars sold at rock bottom... up to 90% off in some cases.

So now my answer to when the best time to buy a car is... "At Auction!"

Whether it's a government auction from the local sheriff who's seized cars from drug dealers, an IRS auction, government vehicles that have 50,000 more miles but are forced to be sold by local policy, bank repossessions, or a car dealer's auction where some auto insider has to go with you, I'm convinced that the best time to buy a car is always at an auto auction!

Click here for nationwide lists of auto auctions...

Here are my reasons...

Let's take an auction from the finance company of a major manufacturer..

1. You've got a nearly new car. The previous driver took the "depreciation hit".

2. You're probably going to get a new warranty for at least 3 months - or save enough to purchase your own "extended warranty" if you are worried the car will fall apart on you.

3. You're going to probably get excellent "new car" financing rates on a used car just to get it off the lot.

Why all the goodies?

The company may have already completely written off the previous transaction as a "complete loss".

If so, they consider whatever they can get from you to be 100% profit!

Let's take a government auction... either from a drug dealer or an IRS seizure.

Why might these opportunities be the best time to buy a car?

Remember the drug enforcement officers and the IRS have NO COST BASIS in the car.

They're in the same position as the finance company that's written off their loss.

Like the finance company, the government agency selling items at auction have 100% to gain.

It's "found money" to them whether they make $1,000 or $10,000. Sure they'd like as much as possible on any given day, but they'll take the money and run.

So the best time to buy a car for these agencies is "any time they have an auction" as long as the car is something you can use or something you can quickly sell at a profit.

This isn't brain surgery.

It's just basic economics.

The answer to the question "when's the best time to buy a car" is simple economics.

1. Do you prefer to buy at RETAIL or WHOLESALE?

In other words, do you want to pay what the average person pays, including years of interest and face the risk of massive depreciation and being "upside down" on your loan (this is when you buy a new car that depreciates so fast when you go to trade it in, the car has no trade in value)?

Or do you want to buy a car at wholesale prices, like a dealer, and save thousands on not only the purchase price, but thousands of dollars in interest payments if you get a loan?

2. If you prefer to buy at retail, then by all means the best time to buy a car is at the end of the month in the closing hours of the day (and preferably the quarter).

3. If you prefer to buy at wholesale instead of retail, then the best time to buy a car is at auction.

Let's say it together...

 

When's the Best Time To Buy A Car? At Auction!
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(44)Bought a New car but can't seem to shift the Old One? Try our 8 point checklist!.

It may be that you have been looking for a new car for a while. Maybe you have succumbed to impulse and just ordered that new ferrari. If you have you really thought about how you are going to shift your current car.
Advertising it is the simple answer and there are lots of places to do it but to be honest this is less than half the battle.
In the same way that clutter and mess will put off any potential house buyer , a dirty, clutter filled car will have potential new owners running for the hills.
Do not fear, www.motorcarloans.com have a vast knowledge in how to best scrub up your car to make it irresistable to potential buyers. We have identified 8 ways to help get rid
of that car.

1.De Clutter

Get rid of all those CDs, Tapes, Tissue boxes , sweet wrappers from the glove box, door panels and footwells.
Remember you want some else to think of themselves as the owner of this car. It is hard to see past the junk!

2.Clean Thoroughly

Polish all the glass, dush the dashboard and vacuum the mats and upholstery. Take out the mats and give them a good brushing or slap with a broom handle to really shift that
caked on mud. If they are rubber mats give them a blast with a pressure washer!
If the car has a few bumps and scrapes , this is okay if the car is a few years old BUT if it is under 2 years old and a prestige vehicle then do think about having them repaired.

Also if you have any broken lights or mirrors - Fix 'em!
 

3. Put the Boot in!

Don't forget to empty out the boot and vacuum it out. Clean any stains with a carpet cleaner. Check the spare tyre is in good condition and has the right air pressure.
Stow any the jack and wheel brace properly, and check that the toolkit has no missing pieces. Replace as necessary.

4.Smells

If you are a smoker, empty out the ashtrays and wash them. If you are a pet owner and Fido loves to sit in the car with you then make sure you remove all the pet hair from the seats. Use an airfreshner.
Clean any spillages with a domestic carpet cleaner.

5.Engine

Ensure everything under the bonnet is tidy and that the engine runs quietly. If you have a squeaky fan belt get it
tightened and make sure the bonnet stay is present and clips in place.
Check Oil, Screen Washer Water and Coolant. Top up as necessary.

DONT STEAM CLEAN THE ENGINE! It creates suspicion!

6.Electrics

If your car's electrics aren't working properly it can turn off a buyer. Make sure all your lights work properly and
that you replace broken bulbs.

7.Documents

Put all the cars documents together in one place. This includes:

Onwers Handbook
Service Book
V5 Registration Document
MOT certificate if the car is over 3 years old
Any invoices for repair work carried out on the car

This puts any buyer at ease it is shows you cared for the car.

8.Know its true value

Don't undo all the hard work by accepting the first offer that comes along. Make sure you know your car's true resale value.

This can be done either online at:

www.parkers.co.uk
www.autotrader.co.uk

or you can buy their latest blue book which will show you your cars value.

It is also worth looking at similar cars in the classifieds to see what other owners are asking for their's.

This may also give you an idea of the features others are using to promote their car and give you some ideas.

Good Luck
 

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