March 2014

Negotiating with Car Dealerships

Negotiating with Car DealershipsShopping for a new or used car is a time consuming task, and it is important to do your homework before heading off to the car dealership; research and planning are the keys. Some of the details that you should consider, are whether you’re buying new or used, the type, size and color, as well as the price range that you are able to afford.

The next step, which is the hardest part of the whole process, is having a negotiating strategy. Auto sales is similar to visiting an open market where you find an item that you like, and offering a lower price, then bargaining until an agreed price is reached.

Have a price in mind. What is the total cost and monthly payments you are willing to pay. Financing has changed through the years so that car payments can extend out many years to reach your monthly payment, but by the time the loan has been paid off you have paid more than the car was worth.

The price tag may say what the MRSP (manufacturers retail suggested price) is, but remember that is a suggested price, and there is usually plenty of room to negotiate down. If you have researched similar vehicles with the same year, make and model, and know what price range you are looking for, then it will be easier to hold steady to what you are willing to pay for the car.

Do not be impulsive. Take your time when you are out looking for a car; if you know what type of vehicle you want, check out the various dealerships around town that carry that type. If you do not see what you want at one place, or the salesperson is trying to pressure you to settle for what is on the lot, then take a breath and tell them that you want to check out other dealerships to see what they have to offer.

Car shopping does not have to be done in a day; it may take a couple of weeks to find the right car at the right price. Don’t allow yourself to be pressured to make a quick decision, even if you feel that this might be the deal you want to make. If you’re with someone who is helping you look, ask the salesperson if you can have some time to talk in private; sometimes a second opinion is helpful.

Finally, finish negotiating quickly and don’t let the dealer tempt you to upgrade to a car with more than what you were looking for or need. By the end of the day you will own the car that meets your needs.

Increasing the Life of Your Carpet

Increasing the Life of Your CarpetA carpet is an investment that you want to last as long as possible. You certainly will want your carpet to look as good as new for as long as possible. Yet, a carpet can wear out and wear out rather quickly if the right care is not taken. At a certain point, a carpet wears out to where it positively must be replaced. This costly day does not have to come very soon. Certain steps can be taken to extend the life of a carpet.

First, you do want to make sure no one walks on the carpet with dirty shoes. Trudging in dirt and debris from the outside can ruin a carpet quickly. Even if the bottom of someone’s shoes is not really caked with dirt, the chances are the shoes can still cause problems for the carpet. As even minute amount of dirt get into a carpet, the debris collects over time. This can have a less than desirable effect on the look of the carpeting.

Having a zero tolerance policy towards walking on the the carpet with shoes on might be a good idea as well. Socks cannot transfer dirt into the carpet fibers.

Ordering a mat from Sticky Mat USA might be a wise idea. These mats can definitely capture dirt and debris thanks to their adhesive nature. Once someone walks over the mats, the loose dirt on the bottom of the shoes gets caught, which greatly reduces the transfer of impurities to the carpeting. Certain mats also have antibacterial formulas in them. The formulas help cut down on the spread of germs in the home. Consider that a nice health benefit.

Whether or not you have sticky mats in the home, running the vacuum over the carpet at least once a week is a must. You do not want dirt, dust, or dander to collect too long in the carpet fibers. If you do, then it becomes extremely difficult to get these substances in the fibers out. Other than vacuuming, using a shampooing machine to wash out the carpeting is a good plan. You can rent such a machine at any one of a number of retail stores. Of course, hiring a carpet cleaning service is an option. Doing this once a year can help extend the life of your carpet immensely. Contrary to what some might believe, the costs of a carpet cleaning service are far cheaper than what would be expected.

Caring for a carpet might take a bit of effort, but the effort is worth it. The carpet will remain looking great for many years to come and replacing the carpeting becomes unnecessary.