Bargain Network Motors Offers Tips on Negotiating the Best Used-Car Deals from Dealers and Owners

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Bargain Network Motors members can find great deals on used cars across the country

Goleta, California, August 17, 200 5 -- So you've decided to buy a used car, but you're a little wary of the reputation that used-car sellers have acquired over the years. Here's some good news: Buyers who are diligent and take the proper approach can find great deals and avoid lemons, according to Bargain Network Motors, a service provided by Bargain Network.

The Auto Experts from the Bargain Network Motors service use a proprietary database of over one million vehicles to help members find affordable cars, trucks and minivans in their local area. Members can use this toll-free service to find the best deals and the most up-to-date listings, including vehicles recently made available through bank repossessions, charities, corporate liquidations, dealer trade-ins, the federal government, local police departments and other sources.

Bargain Network Motors offers some useful tips to help you negotiate an affordable deal on a used car:

-- Research the market. The seller's asking price is merely the price the seller hopes to receive. You can often do better. Get an appraisal report so you know how much your desired car typically sells for in your area. Take the report with you when checking out the car, and refer to it if the asking price is exorbitant.

-- Research your chosen car. Get its vehicle identification number (VIN), and run a Vehicle History Report on it. The report can identify hidden problems in a vehicle, including odometer rollbacks, lemon and accident history, junked titles and more. Bring this report along when visiting the seller.

-- Research alternatives. If you don't get the deal you want, be prepared to walk away. That's much easier to do if you've already found other vehicles that fit your needs and budget.

-- Accentuate the negative. Tell the seller about the flaws in the car that drive down its value.

-- Bring a friend to detect problems with the car and to protect you against an aggressive salesperson. (If your friend is an auto mechanic, all the better.)

-- Sell your current car yourself. Dealers offer below-market trade-in prices so they can profit on the resale.

-- Bring just enough cash. Sellers don't like to see ready buyers walk away. If you bring $4,500 for a $5,000 car, you might even drive away with extra savings of $500.

Bargain Network Motors helps members research, purchase and maintain cars, trucks and other vehicles easily and affordably. Through Bargain Network Motors, members can locate vehicles in their area, get pricing advice and access discounts on vehicle history reports as well as preferred rates on car care at national auto repair and maintenance shops.

About BARGAIN NETWORK MOTORS

Bargain Network (BN) Motors is a unique member service that helps consumers find the best automotive bargains. BN Motors is the only complete auto buying and listing service that does not accept compensation from partners or dealers because members pay a low monthly membership fee (after a free trial membership), which guarantees consumers impartial pricing information on nearly 1 million car listings. The BN Motors database includes almost 3,000 Live Auction Events which include repossessions, police impounds, government surplus and other distressed vehicle sales. BN Motors validates, updates and aggregates this information and makes it accessible and usable by offering members the choice of access methods including the website, telephone access to Bargain Auto Specialists, or printed handbooks and listings sent via mail. To learn more about Bargain Network programs, go to http://www.bargain.com/fe/mkt/autos/.

About Bargain Network

Bargain Network is a unique membership service that provides consumers with best price information on significant purchases such as homes, vehicles and consumer products. Because Bargain Network is a membership service, it does not accept any advertising, or compensation from merchants, so consumers are guaranteed unbiased, impartial and complete pricing information. Bargain Network's members pay a low monthly membership fee after a free trial membership. To learn more about Bargain Network, go to http://www.bargainnetwork.com/.

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