Buying a Car

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    Mar 21, 2009 11:55 PM GMT
    I am flying to visit my parents to help them buy a car. They are looking at those "cross-over" type SUV/car/wannabe something else. My mother has really bad hips and knees and my father terrible lower back discs so they need to just be able to slide in and out.

    They are looking at either a Dodge Caravan or that Journey. While everyone will have different opinions about what car is better, I am just curious to know if you guys have recently purchased a car in this economy?

    I have negotiated cars before, but not in a setting like this. Should I still expect to haggle the price way down AND still get my 0% financing? Or do I content myself with a mediocre price? In this state, all I have been reading is that the car dealers need you and that I shouldn't budge, this internet sources aren't always the best. Do I push and push until just above invoice or act differently. I do not know how these times have changed the negotiation process, if it has at all.

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    Mar 22, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
    Here's an overview of the manufacturers' deals for the month:
    And a good website for "should pay" suggestions and vehicle reviews:
    It's smart to work from invoice rather than from MSRP. But these days even invoice price may not represent dealer cost since they get 'back door' money. And watch out for processing's sort of a modern "dealer prep" charge = profit padding.
    Kudos to your folks for considering an American make!
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    Mar 22, 2009 1:12 AM GMT
    my parents are in the seniors age range and have a few vehicles, 2 sedans, a coupe and a mini van. without question they use the caravan the most, I assume this because of accessibility and driveability, its their daily driver.
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    Mar 22, 2009 1:14 AM GMT
    You may want to have them check out a Toyota Camry, The seating and ride height is high, so it's like sitting into a chair.
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    Mar 22, 2009 1:16 AM GMT
    If you go in with your financing pre-arranged and take that out of their equation, your negotiation position is just that much stronger...even though they will try to entice you back into their financing, because it weekens your position and puts extra $$$ in their pockets with all of the fees.
    Sites listed are good and useful.
    Also look at KELLEY BLUE BOOK site Will give you MSRP and Invoice along with specs and reviews. .

    My dad has bad hips and knees and has had both sides replaced and still has problems. My Mom also has back problems. They looked and tested many vehicles, Caddys to imports and went with the Chrysler Town and Country. The height was right to slide into, the seats swivel and lock and the doors open wider than any of the others. My dad is a heavy set man and is a big guy too at his age of 73. He says it is more comfortable in his van than in his bed or in any of the furniture in the house. The van is loaded with every toy and trick offered. I think he said it was about $60K MSRP. My brother works for Chrysler so we get his employee discount and dad got the van for about $39K.
    Good Luck