I may have mentioned that we recently bought our minivan by going through a consignment lot rather than a traditional dealer.
- We paid $2000 less than "suggested retail value."
- We got a Carfax report on it. We signed up for the one-year subscription, which cost $5 more.
- We had done A LOT of research. The Internet is a wonderful thing. There is no reason to go in blind when you're buying a car - compare prices, read reviews on different models, know what you're doing.
- The consignment lot was really helpful in making sure we had all the paperwork required completed, so that was great!
I may also have mentioned, or maybe not, that we sold the car we were replacing, ourselves.
- We got $500 more for our car than we were offered in trade.
- We listed on Craigslist, at my work, and in the local paper. It was the newspaper ad that sold it, by the way.
- We asked less than book value. We could do that, we didn't owe any money on it! :)
- We used our Carfax subscription (see above) to print out a report for all potential sellers.
- It took us two days to sell the car. Well, and answering A LOT of phone calls. During nap time. (For what it's worth, we should have listed the gas mileage and WHY we were selling, since EVERY caller asked that.)
- We ended up selling to a mechanic who sells cars now and then. He fixed it up, and priced it $3000 higher than what we did, with a one-year warranty. Wow. I wonder how many repairs a person could pay for in a year with $3000?
Wait, was this blog supposed to be about gluten? Hm. Well, both vehicles are completely gluten free.