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Consumers have the tendency to watch out for car dealers. The common consensus is that salesmen set out to deplete pocketbooks and offer disadvantageous prices to their customers. This assumption is far from the truth, however. Dealers expect and welcome their customers' negotiation, and they look forward to striking deals that allow both sides to prosper. The negotiation ball is in the consumer's court. It's up to the consumer to know ways to negotiate to find the very best outcome possible. The following are three important tactics to keep in mind when sealing the deal over a vehicle.

The first lesson you learned in kindergarten was to use your manners. This rule applies to buying cars as well. Stick to that priceless lesson when making your purchase, and you will develop a good rapport with each seller you encounter. Being courteous counts for a lot, even if you and your car dealer don't see eye to eye. Even the most ruthless salesman is more likely to relent on his asking price if your behavior is down-to-earth and you treat him with respectful consideration. When you have to disagree, do so diplomatically. You can be a firm negotiator without pulling out the punches.

Car dealers are only intimidating if you face them unprepared. Sure, they are driven by the living they have to earn, thus their hard negotiation tactics. However, as a smart consumer, a well-mannered individual, and an informed bargain hunter, you can hold your own when buying a vehicle.

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Can you choose your attitude? Some people will say yes! However, is it a learned behaviour or simply in us? I really have no idea the answer I wish I did!, What I do know is that it is our attitude that can let us down on the road.

One school of thought is that most drivers are not being involved in incidents due to their lack of technical skills behind the wheel; it is not even their lack of knowledge of the rules of the road. It is their attitude and behaviour behind the wheel that lets them down, time after time. Simply put, it is our attitude that drives our behaviour.

Let's face it we all make mistakes daily and we hope people will forgive us for them. Remember, when a driver makes a mistake near you don't take it personal, it could have been the only mistake they have made all week! Now I know what you are thinking, "Well another person's mistake could cause damage to my car, injury and even death".