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Yes, you really can haggle with the dealer: Common car buying myths, busted by an expert

Motor journalist Bob Flavin puts four well-known myths to the test.

Source: Journal Media Studio/YouTube

VISIT THE DEALERSHIP on a rainy day. Buy just before closing time. Don’t mention your trade-in until the very end. Buying a car is a topic most people have strong opinions on – and it’s also a topic that can throw up a lot of myths.

There are an average of 121,000 car registrations in Ireland every year, according to figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry since 2016. If you’re planning to join the car buying ranks this year, then now’s the time to start doing your homework.

To help you find a great deal on your new set of wheels, we asked Bob Flavin, a motoring journalist with over ten years’ experience, to bust some of the most commonly believed myths around car buying. 

Is the price at the dealership really final, for example? (“A total myth, there’s always wiggle room in every price and it’s worth negotiating every single time,” says Bob).

And is a PCP the most flexible form of car finance out there? (Another myth in Bob’s eyes, because a PCP “restricts you” in terms of mileage, re-selling the car and more.)

Want a hand busting some more car-buying untruths? Watch the video above to hear what else Bob has to say.

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