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Haggling with Sellers
Car sellers expect buyers to haggle on price, and factor this in when they set their price. It can save you hundreds of pounds so it’s important you know how to haggle successfully.
Do your homework first
|You’re more likely to get a good deal if you offer reasons to ask for a discount. Before you haggle:
If a car history check shows the car was in an accident, stolen or has outstanding finance against it, it could represent a riskier purchase – if you’re satisfied the car is fit for your needs, you should pay less than the market rate.
|Whilst you view the car you need to look at the following areas with may help you haggle for a better price:
- A successful haggle should mean the buyer and seller both walk away thinking they’ve got a good deal.
- Know the maximum you want to pay and stick to it
- Work out how much you expect repairs or maintenance to cost – call a garage for a rough estimate if you’re unsure:
- Start your bidding low and let the seller work up to the acceptable middle ground – if you start too high you can’t go back
- Haggling isn’t just about the price – a tank of fuel or a service can be a good negotiating tool
- Stay calm, never be confrontational and show commitment to the deal
- The seller may call to accept the deal after you’ve left
- If you can’t come to an agreement, remember there are plenty of other cars available
For more information see our Buyers Guide Buy Now