One of the first things you’ll find at a car dealership is a smiling salesperson. They’ll shake your hand and act like your friend, asking why you’ve come in. They will offer to help you find a vehicle that you need or to answer any questions that you have.
This person can be a resource but don’t make the mistake of assuming that they actually are your friend. They’re not. They’ve just been trained to learn how to persuade people, and part of that involves building up this positive relationship. Their goal isn’t to be your friend but to sell you a car. They’re simply acting the way that they are because it increases the odds of a sale.
Why is this important?
One major reason that this is important is that you need to do your own due diligence. Don’t assume that the salesperson will do it for you. Don’t believe that they have your best interests in mind. The only interest they have is in making the sale.
For example, maybe you’re considering buying a car without having a mechanic check it out first. But what if that car has serious issues that are simply not immediately apparent to you? Or what if the salesperson knows that a car on the lot is a lemon, and they sell it to you anyway? If they were really thinking about your best interests, they would advise you not to buy that vehicle, but they just want someone to purchase it.
Exploring your options
This can put you in a position where you have invested a lot of money in a vehicle that is a lemon. You will probably be frustrated and feel like you’ve been scammed, so you need to know what legal options you have.