One industry insider suggests every car shopper employ the 'three dealership' rule, advising buyers to visit the three closest dealerships to their house, starting with the one that is furthest away and working their way to the one closest to their home.
You'll have already researched your new-new car purchase on sites like this, but the thinking is that by the time you get to the dealership closest to your house, you’ll know exactly what you’re after, and have a fairly solid idea of what that car is worth - and which location is willing to cut the best deal. Dealers are also incentivised by the manufacturer to sell to customers that live within their Prime Market Area (PMA), so you’re in the box seat to get a better deal with the dealership closest to your home, too.
"But there's nothing that says you have to get your car serviced at the dealership you buy your car from," our insider says. "So if the dealership furthest away offers you the best price, then buy the car from them. Then you can still service it at the dealership closest to your house for convenience."