There are enough reasons why buying a new (or used) vehicle can be a serious pain without the auto industry trying to muddy the waters. Cars are expensive, can be huge safety hazards if you aren’t car.
There are enough reasons why buying a new (or used) vehicle can be a serious pain without the auto industry trying to muddy the waters. Cars are expensive, can be huge safety hazards if you aren’t careful, and can quickly turn into massive money pits should a consumer not pay close enough attention to the finer details of what it is that they’re buying. All that said, having a reliable vehicle is darn near essential in modern society, and therefore millions of Americans willingly step into car dealerships almost every day, prepared to jump through whatever hoops it takes to get them behind the wheels of their own automobiles.
Car manufacturers and salespeople alike are aware of the societal need for transportation by any means necessary. Creative lying is the benchmark of most sales jobs, but the auto industry has turned it into a veritable art form with the sheer volume of tricks, schemes, and outright scams salespeople regularly use on consumers to ensure they profit the absolute most they possibly can. Although the cliché says the customer comes first, in fact, sometimes the actual wants and needs of the customers barely ever come into play at all, and that’s when salespeople even bother considering them in the first place. The higher up the chain one investigates, the bigger and scarier the industry secrets become. The scariest thing is, once you reach the top, you’ll realize almost every single person ever to purchase a car has probably been manipulated in one way or another, occasionally to his or her great detriment. Keep reading to learn what we’re talking about with these 15 dirty secrets the auto industry doesn’t want you to know.
Salespeople Want The Best Deal For Them (And The Worst Deal For You)
This first secret should be pretty obvious, although virtually every salesperson in the game is going to try and deny it. The fact is simple, though, any salesperson telling you that they’re exclusively looking out for your best interests as a consumer is lying. Even the nicest, most genuine looking man or woman on the lot is only there for one reason: they want to get paid that day, and selling you a car is the best way for them to do so. It doesn’t matter if you can afford it, if you’re getting a so-called “good deal,” whatever that may be in the salespersons’ own warped reality, or if you even need a new car in the first place. All that matters is that you give them your money, and hopefully a lot of it. Granted, not every salesperson in the world is going to vindictively attempt to screw you over, and many are decent people looking to earn an honest living. The ones who claim they got in the industry to help you are almost definitely playing loose with the facts, and consumers should be extra wary whenever a salesman acts over eager to give them a “good deal.”
Engine Sounds Mean Almost Nothing (And Are Regularly Faked)
While many people buying a car would probably be content with the engine so long as it doesn’t fail on them in the middle of a drive, others strive for a certain excellence and integrity in their vehicles that is increasingly hard to come by these days. A growing trend amongst the auto industry, caused in part by consumers, is that louder means better, or at least that’s what people seem to think. The idea that a loud engine is a good engine is pretty flawed to begin with (especially considering cars also have mufflers). The entire point of which is to make the engine’s quieter. Despite the people who invented cars understanding that most drivers didn’t want to be distracted by overbearing noises whenever they hit the road, manufacturers these days are actually intentionally making engines louder. In no way should this mean they’re making them better, although, in fairness, they aren’t making them any worse, either. The point is, increased engine noises trick consumers into thinking their cars are somehow more powerful than a quieter car. This used to be the case, at least when home mechanics weren’t manipulating their cars the way the entire industry is today. Now, though, how loud an engine is has almost nothing to do with an automobile’s performance (unless it’s way, way too loud, which isn’t something to brag about, and probably means you need a new muffler).