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New car lessons learned or should have remembered

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ronin8600, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. Aug 15, 2010 at 8:21 AM
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    ronin8600

    ronin8600 [OP] Member

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    I recently purchased a 2010 Tacoma and wanted to share my lessons learned or should have remembered to anyone who's looking at purchasing a new car.

    1. TRUECAR works great, it made the new car buying experience so much better. I started going to dealerships at first and it was a very negative experience, some of the dealers didn't really want to work with me on getting the car of my choice and instead pushed me to buy one I didn't want. I was able to negotiate a great deal with little effort from TRUECAR, I recommend this site to anyone in the market for a new car.

    2. Spend "a lot of time" inspecting your new car especially if it's cloudy or has recently rained. I know this is probably known by everyone, even me at the time. But I was so excited by the new truck I didn't do a thorough job and missed some major scratches.

    3. If your mechanically inclined it's best to install a lot of the Toyota accessories yourself, the rates for labor and parts at the dealerships are ridiculous. On an impulse I had items installed before I picked up the car because I thought it would be easier than doing it later. After reading this forum I realized I overpaid a lot and could of done the work myself. (Shame on me for not doing proper research)
     
  2. Aug 15, 2010 at 8:27 AM
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    Jester243

    Jester243 mod status????

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    This is actually a great point. A lot of times people get so caught up in the buying process and signing all of the paperwork they cannot wait to get out of there and miss things like scratches.

    Again a good point. There are quite a few things you can do yourself and save the $70 per hour or whatever they charge now for labor.
     
  3. Aug 15, 2010 at 10:29 AM
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    zombiekiller

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    truecar worked wonderfully for me as well.
     
  4. Aug 15, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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    x2 the dealership i got side steps from wanted $400 to put them on:eek::eek:
     
  5. Aug 15, 2010 at 10:32 AM
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    BakoTruck

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    Mostly stock for now, I have added a cb radio, various cheap mods and I plan on adding aftermarket wheels and other items in the future.
    Some good tips! And welcome to TW.com.
     
  6. Aug 15, 2010 at 10:36 AM
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    Rakso

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    Good info
     
  7. Aug 16, 2010 at 5:40 AM
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    Taco4x4NC

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    Yes, there are many many lessons one can learn at a dealership. Sad they can't all be above board and honest. You have to go through the vehicle with a fine tooth comb.

    Welcome to TW, you will learn a lot here. :)
     
  8. Aug 17, 2010 at 6:26 AM
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    I was very surprised about how much the dealership charged for labor. When I went to pick up my car I asked for wheel locks and they said it would be $62 installed and I asked how much was the part and it was $20. So $40 in labor to put on wheel locks...
     
  9. Aug 17, 2010 at 6:33 AM
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    Jcook54

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    I went through USAA and I think it's pretty much the same system. I had all the pricing and info I needed and it selected a number of dealers to buy from. I had a good handle on the situation from day one.
     
  10. Aug 17, 2010 at 8:46 AM
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    I used Truecar also and got a great deal.
     
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