Real World Negotiations Examples: Bargaining for a New Car

One of the most common haggling real world negotiation examples is the process of buying a new car. In this article, female negotiators and their adept handling of the new car negotiations game is discussed

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When it comes to cars, are women negotiating harder bargains than men?

According to a recent report from NPR Morning Edition’s Sonari Glinton, women not only negotiate harder bargains than men when it comes to vehicle purchases, but also they do more extensive preparatory work (See: Negotiating for What You Really Want– how to bargain for what you (and maybe even your counterpart) want at the bargaining table). Conventional wisdom has always placed the automobile in the realm of the masculine, but the emergence of the prepared and educated female customer has changed the way car dealers sell cars and the way car manufacturers market and design them.


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Women who negotiate good deals on automobiles approach negotiations with an objective orientation and ask different and more probing questions about their intended purchase. (For more about developing an objective orientation in negotiation, consult Program on Negotiation Chair Robert Mnookin‘s groundbreaking book, Beyond Winning: Negotiating to Create Value in Deals and Disputes from the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center).

Expectations and Gender in Negotiations

While aesthetics and mechanical performance were among the top concerns for male customers, female customers placed premiums on price and reliability. Moreover, the expectation that a female car buyer may be less knowledgeable than her male counterpart when making a vehicle purchase allows female customers the advantage of surprise, because their preparation quickly overcomes gender expectations.

The Value of Negotiation Preparation

The value in preparation and limiting expectations combined with an objective outlook can pay big dividends in future negotiations, whether it is for a car, a home or your salary.


Discover step-by-step techniques for avoiding common business negotiation pitfalls when you download a copy of the FREE special report, Business Negotiation Strategies: How to Negotiate Better Business Deals, from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.


Related Business Negotiations Article: So You Want to Buy a Car?

What negotiators need to know before embarking on a new car negotiation. What behind-the-table concerns do negotiators have and how can they leverage these for value creation and claiming during the negotiating process?

Originally published February 2012.

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3 Responses to “Real World Negotiations Examples: Bargaining for a New Car”

  • I guess bouth women and man choose cars the same way they choose relationships partners…

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  • David L.

    I think Saturn going out of business in 2010 was a nice foreshadowing to this news. I couldn’t believe that company tried to target themselves at women and then refuse to negotiate car prices as a general policy. I hope other companies are paying attention now…

    On my blog negotiatingsalary.com I write frequently about ways that women can improve their ability to get the pay raises and starting salaries they deserve. It’s time to bridge that gender pay inequality gap ASAP!

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  • Robert D.

    Great. The article also contains a negotiating art of buying a new car. I will try to use it for the car that I will buy. Thanks for your great information

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