In the past little while, I have seen 3 different family members buy used cars. Each fell in love with something nice looking, and it ended up costing them. There's a pattern here ...
Maybe it's just too hard to admit that most of us are AMATEURS when it comes to buying cars, and going up against PROFESSIONALS at selling them.
Life is not a movie. When amateurs go up against professionals, they might win once in a while, but that's not the way to bet.
When we bought our house, we viewed at least 3 house a week every week for six months. This was essential to learning to playing the game. Why should buying a used car be any different? If you haven't looked at 20 or 30 cars on at least 10 different lots, you haven't learned the game.
"If you look around the table and you don't know who the patsy is ... the patsy is you."