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Black Friday Car Shopping Strategies

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Black Friday is the perfect time to find great deals on a variety of items, including vehicles. Considering that 15% of November car sales stem from day-after-Thanksgiving purchases, it’s not surprising that dealerships are approximately twice as crowded during this time. Navigate the chaos of Black Friday to obtain a great deal on a new auto by equipping yourself with some practical strategies.

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Find Discounts Beforehand

  • Browse local dealerships the week before, to determine which ones are offering the best deals. Dealerships usually post their Black Friday discounts the day before a week before the actual event.
  • Not all discounts involve the vehicle’s price tag. Keep an eye out for lifetime warranties, zero-percent interest loans and service packages that a dealership includes with vehicles bought on this day.
  • To make sure you don’t miss out on any savings, contact the local dealership you’re interested in and request that the sales department notify you about discounts or rebates for Black Friday.


Plan Ahead

  • If you know which new model and package options you’re interested in buying, call the dealership the week before to make sure that vehicle is ready to test drive it when you get there on Friday. This will help minimize potential delays due to swarms of holiday shoppers.
  • See if there’s any paperwork that you can fill out early, via online or over the phone. You can also ask the dealership if they can prepare some or all of the paperwork for you before Friday, which will curb the time you spend there when you arrive.
  • You’ll also want to gather necessary paperwork ahead of time, in case the test drive goes well and you want to proceed with purchasing the vehicle. Bring a copy of your current auto insurance card and driver’s license as well as a down payment and the title or payment bill for the vehicle you want to trade-in. It’s also wise to bring preapproval paperwork for the loan you’ll need to secure to help finance your new buy.
  • Lastly, get to the dealership early on Black Friday. This will help you avoid the crowds so you can have a more personalized interaction with the dealership staff and be in and out of there as fast as possible.

With these suggestions, you’ll be poised and ready to take advantage of Black Friday vehicle sales so you can get a superb deal on the new vehicle you desire.


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Whitney Burch is a current resident of Dayton, though her spirit can be found beach-bumming on Puerto Rico (the land of her half-Puerto Rican heritage). When not adventuring through the exciting world of car news, she can be found hiking with her fiance and their 1-year-old Labrador, motorcycling, reorganizing and/or decorating some corner of the world (most likely in yellow), researching random things, scribbling on her blog, and escaping into a great movie, poem, or short story. See more articles by Whitney.