Bianchi Honda Dealership in Erie, Penn.Enlarge Photo
TrueCar recently had several of its staff go to dealerships to purchase several mainstream models, including the Honda Accord, Volkswagen Jetta, and Chevrolet Equinox, along with several premium models, including the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and Porsche Cayenne, and found that they were able to negotiate an average final price of about $1,800 less when armed with a price report.
Taking advantage of the over-the-Web, up-front no-haggle price quotes that some dealerships now offer might actually be the best way to skip the up-day, down-day patterns or being at the mercy of whatever fickle salesperson is manning the showroom.
"There's no need to stress out about negotiating. Go somewhere with up-front pricing," and know your numbers, Toprak advises.
And if you really want to maximize your savings, it probably wouldn't hurt to mind the day you go.