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Nearly seven years ago, I made one of the most extravagant purchases of my life. After a couple of years of saving money, I bought a shiny new silver sedan. This beautiful car was fitted with a luxurious custom grill. For the first several months, I constantly looked at my stunning new car through the windows of my back door. My acquisition was definitely worth the wait. I’m glad I waited to save the money needed to make a cash purchase. Now, I can enjoy my car without having to worry about monthly payments. On this blog, you will learn how to shop for the best car for your budget. Enjoy the ride!

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Don'T Settle: Special Order Your New Car

by Constance Bryant

Most people have a general idea of what type of car they want to buy when they go to the dealership. However, finding exactly what you are looking for may not be quite as easy. The dealership will try to help you find something from their stock of vehicles, asking if something is 'close enough' to what you are looking for. Don't settle for close enough, there are benefits to special ordering your new car.

Get the Features You Want, Skip the Extras

When you are buying a new car from a lot, the dealer may tell you that the sunroof only comes in models with the high-end stereo system. However, having the stereo system could add another thousand dollars onto the sale price. You can avoid paying for features that you won't use by ordering exactly what you want from the factory.

The best way to do this, is to create the vehicle you want from the company website. Look between the models of the car you want and pick and choose which features you are interested in. You could do this at the dealership, but you will have more time to do it on your own, plus you can take the information with you to other dealers. 

Everything is negotiable. For example, let's say that you love the Milano Red color on a Honda HR-V but you want to purchase a Honda Pilot. Work with the dealership to get the correct color on your new car. You may be limited by which factory will be building your new car. Many Honda Pilots are built at an Alabama factory along with the Honda Ridgeline and Odyssey. You may have to choose a color that is used on one of those three models because those would be the only ones stocked at the factory.

You Can Still Negotiate the Cost

Once you know exactly which features you want on your car, start going to dealerships and negotiating the price. Remember that each dealership is independently owned and they will not all have the same price.

Normally dealerships don't know how long a car will be on their lot taking up space. Your special ordered car won't cost the dealership the same lot fees. Talk to two or three different car dealers and find out what their best offer is. The dealership knows you are going to be buying the car and they want to make sure you buy it from them. You may not get a lower price on the vehicle, but you might get a great trade-in value or an extremely low interest rate. 

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