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So, you need to buy a car? Mr. Mouthy and I found ourselves in this position a few months ago. We are “drive the car into the ground” people rather than, “let’s get a new car,” people. Our 10 year old car had some sort of mechanical failure and the repairs would have cost more than the value of the car. All this at 130,000 miles. Things just aren’t made like they used to be.
Reluctantly, we started looking into the process of buying a car. We checked out Consumer Reports ratings and determined the Toyota Sienna was our best bet. **look for an upcoming review**
Then we looked into the mysterious world that is car pricing. After lots of research, because that’s how I roll, we found we could get a used van with 50,000 miles for about $8,000 less than new. Huh! When we sketched out the numbers, including our intent to keep the car for at least ten years, we couldn’t avoid the fact that buying new was really our best choice. We typically make fun of people who buy new cars. Don’t they know you lose half the value when you drive it off the lot? Those losers. Well, here we sat with our judgmental selves.
The thought of all the bartering and bickering makes me want to throw up. Yuck! Luckily, I found out about the Costco car buying program right about this time. Basically, you enter the information on the vehicle of your choice and Costco connects you up with a local dealer. When you visit the dealer, they have a set price on each car, which I think it’s a dollar over invoice…what the dealer actually paid for the car.
We met with our salesman and he was really helpful, not pushy at all. We took the car for a test drive, then took a look at the pricing. I researched every single charge and everyone was legitimate. And several thousand lower than the best we could find online.
Finally, we decided to pull the trigger. It still took several hours to actually make the purchase, but I was simply THRILLED with the entire process! I can’t recommend it highly enough.
If you are in the market for a new or used car, please check out the Costco Auto Buying program. And tell them Miss Mouthy sent you!
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