It is amazing the different styles of SUVs that you can buy. You can buy sport utility vehicles made by Porsche and BMW, or even Range Rover with incredible power, handling, and they drive more like sports cars than SUVs. Or you can buy a suburban and put on heavy duty grills, big tires, and you’re well on your way to having the neighborhood urban assault vehicle. It’s all in what you are looking for, but those companies that make SUVs make a pretty decent killing, and good profit on these vehicles.In mid-2013 there was a notable increase in the number of light trucks being sold in United States. This is generally because construction is up, and the economy was doing better so small businesses were starting to buy again – likewise, when people buy new homes, they often by new pickup trucks to help them carry materials for landscaping, or do-it-yourself home upgrades. Still, the major carmakers would rather sell you an SUV than a truck as they get more money for them, and as long as you’re building the chassis why put a truck bed on the frame and compete on price?Interestingly enough before the 2000 Dot Com and stock market crash most of the car manufacturers wanted to halt making the larger pickup trucks such as the three-quarter tons and one tons because they’d rather put on a Suburban body or an Excursion body. Those vehicles they could sell for $40-$60,000 with all of the upgrades such as leather seats, GPS, and other gadgets. If they just put a 1 ton truck on that chassis chances are that a business buyer or a company would make a deal with the fleet manager of the dealerships, there wasn’t much profit in those deals.Today, the same thing holds true, but there is more competition in the SUV market with so many styles and shapes to choose from. The Japanese, South Koreans, Germans, and everyone else wants to sell you an SUV, but now with fuel prices a little higher not everyone is in the market for such a vehicle, but with strong auto sales, there are enough new buyers, and enough really great financing programs with low interest rates and convenient terms that they are selling a bundle.Yes, it’s true that repossessions are also up, and some of those vehicles are coming back, but remember if they have onboard OnStar, or a sophisticated GPS, the deadbeat buyers who renege on their promised payments are not getting away from the repo man anyway. Which means the consumer can now buy a vehicle with under 10,000 miles on it, one that’s been repossessed and get it for a song, or they can get a brand-new vehicle with incredible financing terms. Yes, they still have to put the gas in it, and it will be cheap, but the car makers are sure selling a ton of them. Please consider all this and think on it.
If you need a car with a lot of space and off-road capabilities, there is no better option than a sport utility vehicle. Although there are disadvantages to owning a larger car, such as gas mileage and overall cost, there are also a number of benefits. SUV’s are perfect for large families and for people who travel often or enjoy outdoor activities. Deciding to buy a SUV is only the first step in the purchasing process. Before comparing dealerships and prices, you need to decide exactly what make and model will fit your transportation needs.There are variety of sizes and styles to choose from when selecting your sport utility vehicle. Details will vary among different car manufacturers, but generally SUV dealers will offer four size options: compact, mid-size, full-size, and hybrid. Compact is the smallest size option, featuring two to three rows of seats and plenty of cargo space. This option is ideal for buyers who are interested in sporty transportation that offers a bit more room than a sedan. Mid-size SUV’s are capable of seating up to seven individuals, but maintain maneuverability and sportiness. The largest option is full-size. This designation refers to vehicles designed for large families, seating from eight to ten passengers, or for towing purposes. The newest edition to the SUV family is the hybrid. Hybrids are around the size of compacts, but they feature gas or electric drivetrains. This allows you to appreciate the advantages of a sport utility vehicle, while alleviating one of the major drawbacks to owning a bigger car–gas consumption.Once you’ve narrowed your options, it’s time to start visiting SUV dealers. Visit multiple dealerships and be sure to research prices and financing options ahead of time. There is always room for negotiation when making your purchase, so it is helpful to have a prospective selling price in mind. In most cases, negotiating is the most stressful part of buying a new car. Use the following tips to ensure you pay a reasonable price:Set a LimitWhen financing, it can be easy to be persuaded into paying to a slightly higher quote than expected. Know the maximum amount you’re willing to spend before you visit any SUV dealers and do not budge. If a dealer won’t meet your price, move on to the next dealership.Focus on Selling PriceSome sellers will try to negotiate your monthly payment, but it’s beneficial to look at the bigger picture. A low monthly payments, does not necessarily indicate a reasonable selling price. Keep your focus on the bottom line when negotiating.Wait for Counter OfferIf the dealer says no to your first offer, don’t immediately make another. Always wait for a counter offer. This will allow you to better gauge negotiations. The salesman has a lowest offer and you can bet he doesn’t start the negation with it, so be prepared for some back-and-forth.Raise Offer SlowlyNever raise your offer by more than $250-$300 at a time. If you raise your bid in small increments, you’ll be far less likely to overshoot your opponent’s lowest price.Finally, remember to stay calm and clear-headed. Keep in mind that you are the customer, you have the cash, and at the end of the day SUV dealers want to get rid of their merchandise. Good luck!