It happens to everyone sooner or later: you’re in a fender bender and you need to buy a new car. I was rear-ended a few weeks ago and the pleasure of a new car purchase was upon me.
Buying a new car can be stressful. Performing maintenance on a vehicle or finding someone to do it for you can be stressful. Let the library help—we have a book for that! I’m going to let you in on a few well-kept secrets that I used to help me buy my new car and figure out maintenance schedules and repairs.
The Gold Book provides wholesale and retail prices for a number of makes, models, and years of vehicle. You simply find your car make, model and get the price. It’s handy to know the wholesale and retail prices to make negotiations easier. The Lemon-aid New and Used car guides offer a wealth of price information as well service manual information, defects, and internal service bulletins.
When it comes to repairing and maintaining your vehicle, we provide two solid names in manuals: Chilton’s and Haynes. Both offer tips, techniques, diagrams and schematics of your vehicle to help you take apart and repair what needs to be fixed. Ask our friendly staff to help you find the right manual and year for your vehicle.
You may also want to try our Chilton’s Auto Repair online database. Simply use your library card to access it and you’ll find repair schematics, wiring diagrams, recall information, and estimated repair costs for various fixes.
We’ve talked about repairing your vehicle, vehicles prices and brand reliability, but now, let’s talk negotiation. There are a few books that can help you when negotiating with a car salesperson.
In Never split the difference: negotiating as if your life depended on it, former FBI negotiator Chris Voss lays out how you can improve your interactions and bargaining power in an authoritative read. He uses examples from his former FBI career as well as current business dealings. An important point of his work is you need to take into consideration the other parties’ emotions and self interest.
Getting to Yes: negotiating agreement without giving in by Roger Fisher has been the classic negotiating book for years. How do you get the other party to say yes to your offer, barter, mutual self interest and compromise? A good grounding in negotiation tactics and strategy, this book has some interesting differences from Chris Voss’ advice. The two books make great complementary reading, and you may save yourself a few dollars when bargaining with the dealership.
Good luck and may your car(s) have many years of rust free life.