So, you've made the decision to buy a used car. You've researched makes and models and settled on a few options. Or, you may have your perfect used vehicle in mind and are just deciding how to go about purchasing it. Wherever you stand in your process of purchasing a new car, paying the right price is important. Being able to negotiate (or haggle) is an important tactic to employ while shopping for a used car. You don't want to pay too much, and you don't want to buy a car that will break down after rolling off the car lot. Below are a few tips to help with the negotiation process.
1. Know Your Car Values: Whether you’re looking for an SUV, truck or car, it’s vital to know the value of the car you’re looking at before attempting to haggle on a price. There are many websites to visit in order to get a reliable used car price. The Kelley Blue Book, NADA and Edmunds are just a few of the sites that offer car-value tools.
2. Know Your Dealership: While knowing how much the car you’re looking at should sell for, what may be even more important is finding an honest dealership to buy it from. If you personally do not know a dealership, try calling local repair shops and asking for used car dealer recommendations.
3. Start Out Low, But Make It Count: When trying to negotiate or haggle over a used car price, many people are scared of insulting the car dealership. Offering too low a price may garner you the label of “tire kicker,” while offering too much can make the dealership see you as naive. Decide what you are going to offer before you venture onto the lot. Also, have the values you’ve researched printed out for reference. If the price of the used car is $10,000 but you’ve seen them selling for $9,000 on eBay or Craigslist, offer $8,500 to $9,000. Additionally, since you’ve already determined financing for the vehicle, make it clear that you’re willing to write a check for the car today. Here's how to get a car salesperson's attention: Say, "If you're willing to haggle with me on price, I'll write you a check today."
4. Get a Pre-Buy Inspection: This is a little-known secret that can save you from sinking money into a ticking time bomb or can give you a leg up on negotiating a used car price. While many people believe that you can get pre-buy inspections from private sellers, you can get pre-buy inspections on vehicles from used car lots, as well. Call your mechanic, and make an appointment for a vehicle inspection. These usually take an hour for a general check, but you can also pay extra for a more detailed inspection.
5. Be Willing To Walk: You’ve found the car. However, you and the salespeople can’t come to an agreement. Instead of spending more than you’re comfortable with or leaving the dealership feeling cheated, just walk away. Car salespersons are good at their jobs, and they want to make you think that unless you buy the vehicle then, it will be gone and there won’t be another. Just keep reminding yourself that there are always other cars and other dealerships.
6. Insurance Is Non-Negotiable: While you can't really haggle for insurance coverage, you can definitely find a good deal. Most importantly, you can find auto insurance that can cover you no matter what kind of car you drive, and no matter how you drive it. Independent agents are particularly good at comparison shopping and helping you save because they don't work with a single insurer. Because they have access to multiple companies, you can get several quotes to compare before you buy.
Overexertion and falls account for more than $25 billion in workers’ compensation costs in the U.S.
Being hurt by an object or equipment ranks third in workplace injury causes and claims costs in the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety’s 2014 Workplace Safety Index.
In its 15th year, the annual ranking of top 10 causes of serious, nonfatal workplace injuries is based on the company’s workers’ compensation claims data and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance.
The research institute examined 2012 claims data for injuries lasting six or more days and ranked the injuries by total workers’ compensation costs.
10 Leading Causes and Direct Costs of Workplace Injuries:
Overexertion $15.1B - 25.3%
Falls on same level $9.19B - 15.4%
Struck by object or equipment $5.3B - 8.9%
Falls to lower level $5.12B - 8.6%
Other exertions or bodily reactions $4.27B - 7.2%
Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle $3.18B - 5.3%
Slip or trip without fall $2.17B - 3.6%
Caught in/compressed by equipment or objects $2.1B - 3.5%
The leading cause of injury on the list, overexertion, was typically related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing. Other exertions, which came in at number five, includes injuries due to bending, crawling, reaching, twisting, climbing, stepping, kneeling, sitting, standing or walking.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, worker deaths in America are down. In 1970, there were on average 38 worker deaths a day and in 2012, the figure was down to 12 deaths a day. OSHA reports workplace fatalities have been reduced by more than 65 percent and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has almost doubled.
With the recent earthquakes that have rolled out of the Irving area, much attention has been brought to the possible need for earthquake insurance.
A standard homeowner's insurance policy does not cover damage caused by an earthquake. Some insurance companies will attach an earthquake coverage rider or endorsement to a homeowner’s policy. Due to the low risk in Texas, the premiums may not cost much, possibly as low as $100 a year for a $200,000 home.
Paschall Insurance Group offers earthquake insurance through several of our insurance carriers. If you are interested in learning more about earthquake insurance or any other insurance coverage, please give our office a call and let one of our friendly team members assist you (817-341-4400).
From our offices in Weatherford, Texas, we serve clients anywhere in the State of Texas, though the following areas are geographically closest to us: the counties of Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Wise, Johnson, Parker and Hood and the cities of Arlington, Bedford, Brock, Burleson, Cleburne, Colleyville, Coppell, Dallas, Decatur, Euless, Fort Worth, Frisco, Granbury, Grapevine, Hurst, Keller, Mansfield, Millsap, Mineral Wells, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Watauga, Weatherford, and White Settlement.