How Frugality Helped Me Negotiate With A Car Salesman

On my last trip to a used car lot, I was able to get exactly what I wanted out of the transaction. The salesman, of course, tried to talk me into getting more car than I needed, and more importantly, more car than I could afford. I wanted to trade my car outright and not pay anything more than taxes, title and the like out of pocket. This is of course not what the dealers wanted me to do. They wanted to convince me that for a mere $50-$100 per month, I could afford a nice upgrade.

The reason for the trip was that my family had simply outgrown our current vehicle. At first we figured that is was going to cost us a premium to get a larger capacity vehicle because we had to make the purc


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