Car Buying 101

Buying a new car in a few simple steps

that you are comparison shopping, just don’t reveal any quotes you’ve received.

Dealers are keen at getting you to buy even when you’re only looking. “Intimidation is part of what we do,” says Cromwell. “We know that a car sale is an emotional sale.” Although you may want to buy now, a little delayed gratification can save you from $150 to $4,000 when using services like CarBargains (www.carbargains.org; 800-475-7283), which can net bids from five dealers for a $190 fee.

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