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When shopping for a new vehicle for your family, it is important to know all the tricks of the trade that can help you find your dream car. Dealerships have lots of ways of inflating the price of their best cars, and getting a vehicle you can afford doesn’t necessarily mean settling for less.

With these four car-shopping hacks, you can get the perfect car at a fair price:

Shop At The Right Time

Countless studies have shown that the day, week, and month really do matter when it comes to buying a new vehicle. Generally, dealership sales staff will be more likely to give you a great price on a brand new car toward the end of a sales period, so make sure to buy at the end of the week, late in the day, or in the last couple of months of the year.

Use An Online Marketplace

Every year, more and more cars are sold online. There are many advantages to shopping for a new car on the Internet, and just as most people now purchase everything from toasters to tea from online vendors, they are starting to look to the Internet for their auto purchases as well.

Marketplaces like make it easy to browse a wide range of different new vehicles from some of the most popular manufacturers in the world, and because they allow you to refine your search based on a variety of different parameters, you can find the exact type of vehicle you’re looking for more quickly.  

Buy A New Vehicle From The Current Year

Especially toward the end of the year, a great way to get a fantastic deal on a new car is to buy a new vehicle from the current year’s line-up. Because the coming year’s vehicles start appearing on dealership lots in the fall, it will be easier to find a cut-rate deal on a brand-new fully loaded car, truck, or SUV for the current year as sales staff try to make more room for the latest models.

Ignore The Sticker Price

One of the best-kept secrets of the automotive industry is that the sticker prices on vehicles at showrooms or dealership lots are often meaningless. Unlike shopping for groceries, clothes, or most other consumer goods, where the price is firm and non-negotiable, most dealership salespeople are quite willing to adjust the price in your favour if they think they can make a sale.

While it is unlikely you’ll be able to get away with buying a luxury vehicle with 50% off, if you are shopping for a popular model and are willing to negotiate with the salesperson you might be surprised by how much you can bring the price down.

Buying a new car is stressful for most people — it’s a big purchase, and you’ll be relying on it for years to come. This is all the more reason to make sure that when you start shopping, you use these four tricks to help you find the best car at the best price.   

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