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21 November 2009 @ 09:23 am
More car buying stuff  
I'm reading up on some of the tactics car salesmen try to use before i start calling dealerships. I'm really tempted to start playing mind games with them, but it's probably not a good idea. At least i don't think so? Presumably it's better to let them think they're getting their way early on rather that having them get their guard up right away?

Edit: Actually, the first car i'm thinking of going to see is the one that's been in an accident. I'm kind of leary of it, but theoretically i might get a good deal, and it's on the way to the other dealerships so i'm kind of looking at it as a practice run. Perhaps i ought to take that one a little less seriously and not worry about the consequences of trying to throw them off their game, then i can start behaving at the other dealerships :)
 
 
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Kirinkirinn on November 22nd, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
It's so hard to tell with a "minor accident". I mean, on the one hand, my car was in a minor accident when it was like two years old and it's still going strong at 10. On the other hand, something that seemed minor could also lead to a lot of problems later...
DonAithnendonaithnen on November 22nd, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
In the sense i'm using it, "minor accident" means "serious enough that the police showed up to take a report" but "not so serious that the insurance company decided to total the car."

So that could mean anything from a $510 fender bender, to a brand new car requiring $15k or more of repairs.

So yeah, hard to tell if the damage was entirely superficial, or might have serious effects down the road.