You need a new appliance. Have no fear, you're in control. Use these tips to get the best deals out there.
1. Get them to compete:
Most appliance dealers would be willing to lose money for the sake of keeping a customer for life. (most salesmen have big egos) Walk into a store with a few online print out ads of other competitors. No one wants to send you away saying that they can't beat the competitor's advertised price. Everyone says they have the lowest prices, let them prove it.
2. Ask the right questions:
- How much is delivery? Many dealers spend a lot of money advertising free installation then go quiet for a few months while they jack up the price. Many dealers have requirements for a free installation. Find out what the requirements may be before you get charged a hidden cost during installation.
- How much to haul away my old one? Believe it or not, you may get charged for them to take away your old appliance. Some places pay you for your old appliances.
- Will you hook up my gas line? Most dealers require an external contractor to hook up a gas line for an extra fee. Some places just leave you hanging by saying they won't touch it.
- Do I need to sign up for anything to get this deal? It's not a good deal if you have to buy an extended warranty or sign up for a credit card. Don't get snookered into some slick salesman's pitch.
3. Do your homework:
Kick the tires. Talk to your friends about their experience with a particular brand. Odds are, if your friends don't like their front loader, you won't either.
4. Take your time:
Even in an emergency, haste makes waste. Do not appear as if you're lost and need an appliance right away. A salesman will take advantage of needy people. Act like you have all the time in the world and you might stop back if you're getting the best deal with them. Some salesmen get paid purely on commission. They'll do whatever it takes to finalize a sale.
I hope these tips have helped you gain confidence in your appliance shopping. Now go out there and save some money!!!