Is it better to buy a car from a dealer's lot or order one to meet the exact specifications I want?
If you can find a car that matches or comes close to what you want on the dealer's lot, you may be able to save some money. A dealer must pay a lot to maintain the cars on the lot, and therefore, wants to sell his stock before ordering a car. You may be able to negotiate a better deal if you purchase a car from the inventory. You may have to pay a little extra to have a car ordered, and you will probably have to wait six to eight weeks. If you do choose to order your car, be sure to carefully read through the order form before signing so you know exactly what you are buying.
Brenda Procter, M.S., State Specialist &
Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri-Extension
Last update: Sunday, April 23, 2006