Check out this Tampa Bay Times article on the best and worst times of the year to buy a car. Before reading, predict the best and worst times and the reasons why. What did you learn? Gather information about buying an automobile of your choice from a variety of sources, such as manufacturer's websites, retail websites, and consumer review websites. What information is most helpful in making your decision? What are some deceptive selling practices you notice? Write a newspaper column "Tips for Buying Autos" to help others make good buying decisions. Discuss how research is essential. Include an explanation about how impulse buying should be avoided by sleeping on a decision before making a big purchase - especially considering the information in this article.
SS.8.FL.2.1 Explain why when deciding what to buy, consumers may choose to gather information from a variety of sources. Describe how the quality and usefulness of information provided by sources can vary greatly from source to source. Explain that, while many sources provide valuable information, other sources provide information that is deliberately misleading.
SS.912.FL.2.5 Discuss ways people incur costs and realize benefits when searching for information related to their purchases of goods and services and describe how the amount of information people should gather depends on the benefits and costs of the information.
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.