Recently my husband and I made a choice to purchase another vehicle. Our current vehicles were getting older, had a lot of miles on them and were requiring major repairs on nearly a weekly basis. These repairs were costing us over $100 each repair.
Driving by a local car lot we spotted a car that was in our price range and looked like the type of car we we typically owned. I even jokingly commented to one of the kids that "look, there's our next car". Little did I know I would own that car within a week. The price of the car was $2850.
Later that same afternoon my husband and I were in the shop for the car lot to pay off our bill and the owner saw the wind shield of the car we had brought. "You need a new car soon" he told us. We joked that yes we did. The owner then went on to tell us about the car in the lot.
"Take it home for a test drive" he said handing us the keys. We drove the car around town and liked how it drove. Upon arriving at home however, my husband looked up the value of such a car. To our surprise it was listed (in pristine condition) at $450 less than our local car lot had it listed.
Calling the car lot the next day my husband offered the man $2400 for the car. There was dead silence on the other end of the phone for about 30 seconds. As the owner began explaining the virtues of the car my husband interrupted him to tell him what he had found online and offered to bring in a copy of it.
The owner immediately gave us the correct price for the car and deducted a few more dollars for some minor repairs it would need. I am so glad we did our homework and didn't just pay the listed price without doing some serious research. Saving that $450 was a great decision.
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