In fact, some dealers don’t list prices on vehicles anymore. Instead, they refer customers to their websites. This surprises customers accustomed to the way “old school” car buying used to go.
The Internet can tell you almost everything you must know before you make your purchase.
Know you budget
A car shouldn’t be an impulse purchase. Figure out how much you can spend. Secure financing beforehand if you don’t pay cash. If you have financing in place at a low interest rate, that’s one less negotiation to face when you buy the vehicle.
The rule is simple for cars and most other products: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. A Craigslist ad that offers a pristine vehicle for far less than it’s worth should raise a red flag. As should a private seller who aggressively wants to come over to your house.
Have the vehicle inspected by an independent mechanic before you buy, and stay safe in all transactions if you buy from a private seller.