If it has been some time since you have looked at any new cars, then you may be in for a pleasant surprise when you see the most up to date technology. It's not rather as futuristic as George Jetson's ride that turns into a briefcase, but there are still some neat gadgets nowadays.
Available on a wide number of new cars, this technology uses black and white cameras and LIDAR to determine the distance from you to the vehicle in front of you. LIDAR is laser radar that sends out a signal that pings or bounces off objects in front of you to determine speed and distance. The driver presets following distance and after that sets cruise ship speed using the cruise ship control function. If someone in front of you speeds up, you will also speed up to the preset speed. If someone in front of you brakes or decreases, you will decrease as well. Some systems allow the driver to resume control, and some systems will bring the vehicle to a complete stop if necessary.
This feature is designed to warn a driver when they begin to move out of their lane unless a turn signal is on. This system uses video sensors, lasers, and infrared sensors to determine when your vehicle drifts across the road in either a left or right direction and after that warns you accordingly.
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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.
When you drive over to the showroom, be prepared and know what you need. It is risky to buy a vehicle when you know nothing about them generally. Make it your business to familiarize yourself with at least the most basic terminology, and learn what constitutes "bad mileage" and a "sound transmission," for example. If you have no idea the difference between horsepower and mileage, it's your own fault if you get duped. When you use proper car lingo in your negotiations with a dealer, he gets the message that you are an informed consumer. You are then on an equal playing field. Also, it is much easier to justify your offer when you can back it up with rational arguments about features or a lack thereof.
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.