When you go car shopping do you take your dad with you or go by yourself?

@kgwat70 (13396)
United States
December 21, 2006 4:59pm CST
Who takes their dad or parent with them while car shopping or do you trust your own instincts and go by yourself or your spouse or significant other? I usually have my dad go with me since he knows how to bargain better and makes sure the sales person doesn't rip me off.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
23 Dec 06
One of two things happen...either I go shopping with my partner or he goes on his own and then makes me come look to approve or reject it. LOL I hate shopping. And most of all, I hate shopping for a new car. It is stressful and I would just rather avoid it entirely. I guess it is a good thing that my partner likes to car shop. Or I would have the same car for a very long time! But that isn't a bad thing to me either.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
23 Dec 06
I agree that shopping for a new car can be stressful and I have a hard time deciding which car I want more. Too many nice and new cars these days to decide on. I have had my car for a long time and it still runs very well.
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• United States
21 Dec 06
I dont have anyone to take with me..so I have gotten ripped off every time..till this last time..someone . a benefactor..gave money to the pastor for me to get a car..I had been walking 6 months..due to the fact I get "lemons" Anyway the pastor..instead of handing me money took me to the dealer. The car is a mitsubishi..and quite a gem..it's the best car I have had yet..!!
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I am glad that your last experience turned out to be a good one and that you like your new car and it runs well. You can never trust a salesperson for a dealership.
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• Singapore
21 Dec 06
as a woman, i was being taken advantaged of my little knowledge on my cars and they usually never gave the best opinion out of all but will always try to ask me to buy more. i will always ask my father to bring my car over to repair instead...hehe..cos im lazy
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
21 Dec 06
I feel that salepeople do try to take advantage of women when they are car buying. I think they feel that women do not have as much knowledge of cars or what a real bargain is on a car. I don't think there is anything wrong with asking a parent to help. It could save you a lot of money.
• United States
21 Dec 06
when i need him to cosign for me than yeah
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• United States
4 Jan 07
Unfortunately, this is still a society that caters towards men with purchasing and repairing vehicles. I don't take my Dad, (no longer of this earth) I did take my husband the last time. We got a terrific deal from Chrysler with the employee discount promotion that they were running in '05. The car before, I did a ton of homework before I walked in the door and had to threaten to go elsewhere before they gave me a reasonable price. The key to being taken seriously is to have your facts, and be willing to walk away if you don't get your way! Being a well informed consumer is your best defense to pushy sales persons trying to make a high commission off of you. Buyer beware!
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
5 Jan 07
This is very good advice and I have been doing research on some of these cars myself since I may be looking for a new car sometime this year. I will make sure I have my facts before I go.
@april444 (1342)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I always take my husband because those squirley car salesman try to cheat us women lol
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
5 Jan 07
That is good that your husband goes with you to make sure they do not take advantage of you. They are very sneaky and devious people.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
30 Dec 06
I remember when I bought my car, I took my boyfriend at the time with me. Because I've heard of the sale men ripping off women because they don't think we know how to shop for cars. I would've probably taken my dad if he was available.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
30 Dec 06
I agree that car salespeople will try and take advantage of a woman for the same reason that you mentioned. I think that is terrible. That is good that you took your boyfriend with you.