Local man writes book to help others with car buying process

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Tywone Thomas doesn't sell cars, but he helps people buy them.

The Gwinnett resident assists credit union members with the car buying process by auditing the transaction.

It's a job he's done for 10 years, and during this time, he's heard many stories of car buyers being ripped off.

"It really hurts me when someone is taken advantage of," Thomas said.

To prevent others from making similar mistakes, Thomas wrote a book titled "10 Mistakes to Avoid when Buying Your Next Car." It's being sold at Books For Less in Buford and online through Barnes & Noble at bn.com and at Amazon.com.

"In the book, I talk about practical and simple tips that people easily overlook when out buying a car," Thomas said. "These simple tips can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars."

While it has been said that the best time to buy a car is during the last week in December, Thomas said that's not necessarily true. He said the best time to buy a car is at the end of a model year. The 2011 Toyota Camry, for example, was released in March.

Thomas said it's advisable to buy a car at the end of the month, as a lot of dealers have quotas to meet and will work harder.

Thomas will also be leading three car buying seminars in January at the Gwinnett County Public Library. He said the seminars are scheduled for Jan. 13, 20 and 27. Those interested in attending should check the library's website at www.gwinnettpl.org for details including times and locations.