Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada eh?
Dealerships, EVERY dealership, will go out of their way to sell you a new car, and most are friendly about it etc.
When it comes to a trade in, I'm sorry, but they'll fuck you as hard as they can, In fact you're now their little bitch when you suggest it. Trust me, I've worked in the car dealership business.
Reason why they do that? Well they take into considderation how many miles, what year your car is, and what shape YOu say it is in. Then they take the average price range you can get for your car, and often offer maybe to pay 1-3k less than the lowest price on that average. Because if they can't turn that car around and sell it for more, or at least even for the price they discounted off of that new car, they're loosing money. It's just business.
If you go privately, you can sell to someone who is LOOKING for that car, and knows they won't have to settle for dealership prices, and they know the private seller KNOWS this car, well most anyways.
Bottom line here? Sell privately. If and only then you can't, and you NEED that new car, then go with the stealerships as a last resort. And remember, the devil smiles too. Don't take a smile for granted. ;)