Whether you go new or used, buying a car is usually a pretty big investment, and not a decision to be made without some forethought. For the longest time there were certain precepts that pretty much everyone attempted to follow, lest they end up with a lemon and facing the derision of friends and family. And I’m wondering if any of those are still around today?
One of the most popular of new car buying rules was that you should never buy a Monday/Friday car. The thought was that any car built on Monday would suffer from the line workers being either hungover from the weekend, or pissed off at how short it was. Friday builds, on the other hand, would be tainted by the lack of focus of its assemblers who were looking forward to said weekend. That’s not the case any more, is it?
Another buying rule – and one that affects both new and used – is that you should shop for a car at the end of the month, preferably on the last day. This supposedly was because dealers are hot to dump inventory before they have to pay for the loan to carry it for another month, making them hot to make a deal.
What other car-buying maxims and rules have you heard over the years, and which of those do you think still hold water. Most importantly, which of those mythical car buying rules do you still follow?
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