What are the most common car-buying mistakes?

I want to know what mistakes to avoid when I start car shopping later this year.

“Some of the most common car-buying mistakes include buying a car that doesn’t meet your needs, buying a car you cannot afford, and overpaying for a popular model.
One of the biggest mistakes of all, though, is negotiating on monthly payments and not on total vehicle cost. If you do this, you will almost always end up paying more for a lesser vehicle. Dealers can use all kinds of tricks to get you the monthly payment amount you want. For example, they can extend the term of your car loan, which means you’ll likely pay more in interest in the long run.
You can avoid this by negotiating each part of the transaction separately, including the car’s purchase price, financing, the trade-in allowance, and any add-ons. “
Johnny Puckett
Answered on Apr 08, 2021
Johnny Puckett is a freelance writer and automotive expert. He has contributed content to a number of some of the largest online publications, aftermarket automotive manufacturers’ sites, and automotive informational sites. His experience in the automotive and information fields informs his writing at Jerry. His automotive interests bleed into his free time, where he enjoys modifying his favorite cars and woodworking.

Did this answer help you?

Ask us a question by email and we will respond within a few days.

Have a different question?

You can meet us at our office and discuss the details of your question.