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Why A Visit To The Car Dealer Gives You An Insight To Your Psychology

Why A Visit To The Car Dealer Gives You An Insight To Your Psychology

Did you know that the most vulnerable part of our body is our psychology, yet it’s still the strongest part of our body? It’s something mesmerizing to know that the weakest and the strongest part of our body is our mind. However, we constantly focus on the negativity instead of the positivity and we never truly understood the strength of our mind. However, a recent visit to a car dealership thought me a life lesson.

What happened? that’s the common reaction I receive towards my story.

This begun with an example of a friend who’s constantly crying and being afraid of everything on planet earth however she was a lioness at the showroom while me a person who’s up for any challenge was looking for a place to be invisible.

How strong are you mentally?

A question I decided to answer and here are a few answers I would like to share with the world. They say sharing is caring hence I’m sharing my answers with you.

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1. Teaches You How Manipulation Works.

That very morning, I received a call from a friend of mine who wanted me to follow her to a showroom. Based on my previous experience there’s always something to observe and write about. Making our way there, we were taken hostage by a salesman who followed us around like a puppy. I was getting flustered and frustrated as I often avoid such situations. For example, even in a store, I prefer to go to stores where the sales people don’t quite care hence avoiding the eagle eye situation.

However, my friend wasn’t disturbed instead she just walked around until she found a car that she would like to test drive. During the test drive, the conversation shifted and the mind games had begun. My friend who’s generally a frugal person wasn’t intending to pay more than what she bargained for. Hence despite the temptation and the charming words from the salesman we walked out the showroom with the car within the budget and nothing more

If you’re going to a showroom, always keep in mind to research thoroughly about your desired car. You need to be certain of the car you want or need as a number of choices will leave you vulnerable to manipulation and spending. Never get flustered or frustrated when a salesman is following you, as he’s only trying to do his job instead have a confident conversation with him. this will deter him from manipulating you towards unnecessary expenses.

Confidence is always good if you’re making a huge investment on your own.

2. Enter The Showroom with A Strict Budget.

Growing up entirely independent I enjoy making precise budgets and I generally stick to the allocated amount. It eventually turned into my favorite hobby but I never knew it’s importance until I was in the showroom.

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In a showroom, prices can increase in a blink of an eye as you find opportunities and offers to “pimp” up your ride. What happens if you don’t have a model or a budget in mind? Then you might be shelling out money on the unnecessary additions you purchased.

Therefore, to avoid such situations it’s always best to take along with you a friend or someone who could be an expert with cars and who can help you with a budget. This gives you an ammunition to secure yourself a good deal. A strict budget allows you to stay focused and not sway according to the charming propositions of the salesman.

Why pay more when you can save more?

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Question.

Everyone have their moments where they feel trapped and are afraid of asking questions. We tend to agree or stay silent if we were taken hostage in a conversation, a lump that’s caught our tongue. However, this is the wrong attitude to possess if you’re in a car dealership.

You’ll be hassled and haggled and the salesman would be talking without a full stop. Your mind might be swaying and you might just want to nod to everything that he’s saying without even asking a single question.

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However, you know that this attitude could lead you towards disappointment. So take it upon yourself to ask any question about the car and never feel intimidated to ask for any information. The more you know the better it is for you to make a wise decision. If you aren’t certain of the answers or don’t understand car lingo, then be sure to take someone who knows best with you.

Sometimes two brains are better than one.

4. Read Through All the Papers and Contracts.

At the car dealership, the biggest problem you might face is facing the paperwork. Personally, I hate paperwork, it’s a trigger point for my anxieties. However, it’s a part of life that’s unavoidable so I’ve learnt to deal with it by reading it thoroughly. I learnt an important lesson to read through every word in a contract properly and understand their definition.

At the car dealership, you’re on your own with no legal representation. It can be terrifying being alone and trying to make sense of all the documents. Putting in a down payment and negotiating installment deals can be frustrating, therefore, always take your time and read through the papers.

Often times you’re allowed to take the documents with you to think about the clauses as well as refer to someone. Take this opportunity to look into your documents and make sure to understand the words in legal terms. Sometimes legal terms may have a different definition compared to normal terms.

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When you’re confident that this would be the right deal, you will be able to make a purchase without any buyer’s remorse.

In a nutshell, buying a car is a big step which impacts you financially and personally. You need to have a strong mentality and confidence to ensure you secure the best deals. Therefore, if you’re purchasing a vehicle anytime soon I’m sure this would be a great read for you.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

3. Remember to Be Authentic

Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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