I'd love to be able to say that my natural thrifty instincts always lead me to the best possible deals... but the truth is that I'm always getting a little help along the way. When I can, I take note of other great thrifty ideas and file them away (in my brain's file cabinet) for the future. This weekend, while celebrating the marathon over a slice of The Cake, a friend of mine let me in on a little car buying tip I thought was worth sharing on the blog...
During a recession, buy your new car from a dealership in a hard hit area.
My friend Katie actually saved thousands by buying her car from a dealership in the NE and having it shipped down to Texas. From what I understand, the other dealership was able to knock almost $10,000 off of the local prices on the car that Katie wanted. She was able to do all the research and test driving in Texas and make purchase via phone and internet. The shipping costs aren't cheap at over $1,000, but the savings easily covered those costs.
Katie's dad got in on the savings act by actually flying out to Chicago to pick up his thrifty car purchase and making a fun road trip out of driving the car back home. That reminded me of when my grandfather scored a free trip to Sweden and nice little discount on his Volvo by doing this.
Interesting idea, right? Have you ever gone the distance for a car or other big purchase?