my family is currently in the market in buying a new 2012 car model (I would opt with a used one) but since we're buying it completely off the lot, might as well get a new one. My family currently has a poor credit history, so financing or leasing would be a hassle since credit is poor. After talk, it came to a conclusion that paying cash upfront would be the best decision. However, I have been reading articles stating even though paying cash is great because you don't worry about monthly payments or interest, the dealers hate it because they make no profit. On the other hand, we have never purchased a car off the lot with cash upfront. My parents wonder do they still do a credit check before buying? I read that it is recommended not to tell the dealer you want to buy a car with cash when viewing/testing the car until the loan papers are out. Has anybody ever bought a car with cash upfront within the last several years? How was the experience? Successful? Fail? Sorta? My family has been saving over time for a couple of years now and we need a family car. We have been looking to high end compact SUV's like a VW Tiguan to a base Audi Q5 model.