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been there, done that, ...

been there, done that, bought the Tahoe....

Me too, but my cousin ...

Me too, but my cousin sells Chevy's so I had an "inside hand" telling me if I should pay it or not. He knew exactly what the company was paying for the car and if I should buy (it really is all in WHO you know). And Alaska has this crazy law that the guy talking to you about financing seriously makes an entire legal statement 3 times.... it was insane. It was basically "Here is what you are getting the loan for, here is the interest IF it takes X years to pay off." and then real slowly he would say "If... you ... pay it.... off sooner... then.. you pay... LESS... interest."... Was crazy. Made me feel good he had to keep telling me that.

I will praise Lithia forever now. They were no negotiations. All their prices are listed by edmunds pricing, and they show you the "rebates" they are giving you. Other places up here show you the MSRP then use the rebates as their "negotiation" technique.

Lithia is all over the USA ...

Lithia is all over the USA Walter!! They have the same practices everywhere too. And my cousin did some research into them for me, and he said they're a great company to do business with. They order the cars in bulk and sell them below MSRP - give you all the rebates and incentives. When you sit down to buy it they will go on to edmunds.com right there for you and show you the price on there and it will be exactly the same or less then edmunds pricing (mine was less).

I don't know what the deal is with the financial thing - they just kept saying the same thing over and over and over - and I had to sign a form that said he went over it 3 times with me! Something for the governor he said. It was really weird, but we have a few weird things up here.

Good advice. Here's ...

Good advice.

Here's another one you probably never thought of -

If you are at all interested in the car's eventual resale value then buy the car in the color that is featured in it's ads. Most cars are shown in the same color or at least in one particular color most often. That color of that model will have the best resale value. I have experienced this myself. There is no question it's true. I was paid a LOT more for a few of my previous cars then they were actually worth and they were all the color featured in the ads.

A few more tips:

The car you want is there at the dealership. They happen to have the exact model you want. However, it always seems to be that this particular car has some extras ("options" they call them) that aren't presented to you as being "optional". That model you wanted, that color that everything is there and it just always seems to have the upgrade radio for several more hundred bucks or the pin stripes, or the upgrade wheels or the "L" (luxury) or the "S" (sport) "packaaaage". Screw that. Tell the dealer you want it without that stuff. If he has to he can take off those upgrade wheels (you can get them for hundreds less, the Same rims or BETTER at your local Pep Boys or Auto Zone for MUCH LESS). And don't EVER finance all that jazz if if it can be added on later! People buy houses and the upgrade range or fridge and end up paying THOUSANDS MORE for it over the term of their 30 year mortgage. It's the same with cars and those extra "options". Don't let them force them on you. Security systems are big ones, Best Buy can add one that's better for a fraction of the cost. About all that can't be added that will be at all cost effective is cruise control and air conditioning, some sun roofs too. Just realize that if you are financing that $500 sun roof it may end up costing you several times that much over the course of the loan. Is it worth $1,500 to you? Will you get that much more out of it when trading it in or selling it when you need a new car?

My first car was advertised at $5,995. It was a stripped down Ford Escort. The dealer tried to get me to pay $50 for an AM radio. No cassette (there were no CD's back then) and no FM stereo, just AM. I knew that for $29 I could get a fairly decent AM/FM Cassette stereo and plop it in myself. $50 back then was worth about $200 today! I got up to walk out on the deal when he insisted on the AM radio staying in the car and me paying for it. Lou Penna was his name. Somehow I never forgot the name of the guy who sold me my first car. Anyway, Mr. Penna didn't want to see me walk out and agreed to take the radio out and not charge me. I put in the $29 stereo and it ROCKED. It was far better than most of my friends had back then right out of high school. I didn't have air conditioning or auto tranny but that car was reliable and practical and it was the color in the ads and I got $1,700 cash for it 5 years later when the engine was virtually gone, really bad. The stereo sold it. Some ghetto types were more interested in the sounds than the car. LOL! I was told if I hung fuzzy dice off the mirror it'd fetch another $50-$100 and I was really tempted to go out and got some but just couldn't bring myself to do it. I heard that many times and don't doubt there was some truth to it. Anyway, I still miss that car. It has more memories than you can shake a stick shift at.