Be A Tire-Kicker

tire kicker Be A Tire KickerOkay, let’s face it. The term “tire-kicker” has never been used in a positive light, especially by those in the auto sales industry. Tire-kickers are usually seen as individuals who show up on a car lot, take up hours of a salesperson’s time by asking a million frivolous questions, possibly even ask to take a vehicle for a test-drive, but then walk away with no real intention of making a purchase. Perhaps they just wanted to fill an afternoon with something interesting to do, or perhaps they were thinking of purchasing a vehicle somewhere in the far-away future, but they certainly were not going to seal a deal that very day. Hence, auto dealers and salespeople usually do not appreciate the practice of what they call “tire-kicking”, viewing it as a waste of their time.

However, as a consumer it is important to view this whole matter from both sides of the coin. Especially when you are at the very beginning of the process of looking into purchasing a new vehicle, you need to gather as much information as possible about the various types of vehicle you might consider buying. It would be ridiculous to purchase a vehicle from the very first salesperson you talk to on tat the very first auto dealership on your very first day of shopping! Frugal and responsible auto purchasing requires you to gather facts and compare price, check into warranties, compare purchase contracts and interest rates if you plan to finance the vehicle, and generally get a feel for whether or not you can trust the person/dealership from which you may eventually purchase an automobile. In other words, you need to be an accomplished tire-kicker, whether doing so invokes criticism and snide comments or not.

Here are a few ways you can be a good tire-kicker without annoying dealership staff:
1. Offer your name, and as close as you can precisely say exactly what type of vehicle you are looking for.
2. Be willing to honestly say when you are actually planning to make a purchase, whether that day, that week, later that month, or even that you really aren’t sure but are doing some shopping ahead of time.
3. Be concise with your questions, to avoid taking up salesperson’s time unnecessarily.
4. Take notes to avoid repeating the same questions.
5. Be specific about your needs, be honest about your budget, and stay on task! Your point is to eventually purchase a vehicle that you can afford, not drool all week over cars that are out of your price range!

When all is said and done, being a tire-kicker does not have to be a negative thing. Actually, it can save you a lot of grief in the end, and all without being an annoyance to auto salespeople. Now go kick some tires and find that perfect car for yourself!

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