This weekend I wrote about tips for buying a car, including hiring a non-profit to do the negotiating for you. Reader Terry Shepard offered another no-haggle tip:
“…There is (or at least used to be) one additional way to avoid haggling on car purchases. AAA and many college alumni associations have deals where one can tell a dealer the exact model and equipment desired on a new vehicle and get the fleet price. While it may not be the absolute lowest price one could negotiate, it is pretty low and reassures the buyer that he/she did not get taken.”
Another suggestion: The Federal Trade Commission says it is now on a fact-finding mission to uncover the consumer experience of buying, leasing and financing a car. The agency is deciding whether current regulations do enough to protect consumer or if more is needed.
You can weigh in by submitting comments to the FTC online.
One more no-haggle car-buying tip
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