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The car salesman is not your friend

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2023 | Dealer Fraud

If you go to a car dealership and you begin to look at the cars on the lot, odds are that a salesman is going to walk out of the building and talk to you. They’ll shake your hand and smile and act like they are your friend. They’ll probably ask you what you’re looking for and how they can help you find the car that you need.

Essentially, this posturing is just to make you think that they are on your side and they want to help you solve the problem that you have – which is that you need a vehicle. But that’s not actually what’s going on, and you need to be wary of their true motivations.

Making a sale

In actuality, that salesperson only has one goal when they come out to talk to you: to sell you a car. They want to close the deal and make the sale. They do not care if it is the right car for you or if it’s the vehicle that you want. They don’t even care if it is affordable for you. 

Psychologically, they know that acting like your friend makes you more likely to trust them and take their advice. They do this so that they can steer you toward a vehicle that they want you to buy. Unfortunately, this means they can sometimes try to manipulate you and get you to purchase vehicles that you wouldn’t have purchased on your own. 

Maybe you took a friendly salesperson’s word for it that a car was in great condition and had no damage, only to find out later that it’s a lemon that is always in the shop. These types of things do happen, they can have major financial ramifications for your life, and it’s important for you to know about all of the legal options at your disposal.

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