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#3084 of 3113 Re: Car man: dealer delivery fee [scottklein1]
May 18, 2011 (11:43 am)
The $400 does sound excessive. But ask yourself this question: Are you willing to drive 160 miles and purchase the car directly from that dealer? Is that worth $400 to you?
If it is a Chevy, Honda, Toyota, probably not. If it is a BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, etc, it might be.
#3086 of 3113 Re: Car man: dealer delivery fee [dtownfb]
Jun 10, 2011 (10:22 am)
The dealer I used was 110 miles away, but was $2,700 cheaper than the local dealers. However, that dealer did not have the colors my wife wanted, including an interior color that is relatively rare. So, I paid $500 to have them do a dealer trade.
Guess with whom they did a dealer swap? They had to trade a Jetta to get it from them, but it was still $2,200 cheaper over me buying it directly. I know, because I got a quote from that dealer on that van before going out of town.
#3087 of 3113 Monthly payments.......
Jun 26, 2011 (2:33 pm)
Monthly payments is the goal??? Give me a break. That is the silliest thing I have every heard, and is the rallying cry of every car dealer. The goal is the get the car at the lowest price possible. Only informed, educated buyers accomplish this. Do your homework. Know approximately what the dealer is paying for the car. Give them $200 profit max unless it is a red-hot car. If you can't divide by 48 or 60 on your own, then you should not be buying a car.
Rule 1: always shop for cars BEFORE you need one. ie: know exactly which car model (or pair of models) you will buy if your car dies today. Buying a car when you are desperate makes you just plain desperate and vulnerable.
Rule 2: test drive the car you think you want twice. Drive twice; buy once... no remorse
Rule 3: buy through your credit union, on line service, or on line manager. Don't waste your time with a salesperson. They know NOTHING about the cars they sell.
Rule 4: unless the manufacturer is offering unbelievable financing, have your bank/credit union pre approve your finances before you ever walk in to a dealership
Remember, other than the ability to test drive a car, dealerships should have gone the way of coin shops, malls, and large retail stores: the internet has all your research tools for shopping and buying. Let's make the "stealerships" go the way of the dodo.
#3088 of 3113 Re: Monthly payments....... [maxx4me]
Jun 26, 2011 (6:52 pm)
You wanna tell us how you really feel about dealerships?
Jul 03, 2011 (5:55 am)
I liked this term from a previous poster. I recently moved to Memphis and find all the dealers down here and in the rural south are so archaic when it comes to selling a car .They not only want you to sit there for 3 hours playing games and charge higher prices and then expect you to sit for another 2 hours with a "finance manager ' who wants to sell you "added services "
They should be called "screw number 2 managers" and "excessive profits"
The earlier poster wanted dealers to go the way of the dodo............. I agree.
I go out of my way to find an honest mechanic to work on my vehicles. The mass automotive specialist like firestone and goodyear "mechanical services" are almost as bad trying to sell you services like transmision flushes for $200 or a list of other "service" options.
These guys and the Stealerships even then ask you to sign for the declined options Duh?
When are we going to get service centres with honest mechanics who will tell you the truth, charge a reasonable fee for the service provided and not try to push things down your throat or scare you into buying what you dont need .
I would have thought that there must be someone out there who is focused on this and would want to do this for repeat business ? maybe I should start a franchise like this and call it HonestAutoservices.com with a logo like "we sell you what you need not what we need to sell "
#3090 of 3113 Re: Stealerships [limeyjag]
Jul 04, 2011 (8:26 am)
which is why I have only bought from dealers I know personally, or buy at the auction. You have to know your cars, or you can pick up a pig at the auction. The internet sometimes can be a good solution now as well IF the dealer doesn't add on once you go in to buy.
#3091 of 3113 Re: Internet shopping for certified pre-owned, how to test drive? [scottklein1]
Jul 06, 2011 (3:40 am)
John V. Karavitis I don't know about this. Have you personally done this a lot? I mean, it seems to me that, as the Internet isn't brand new, car salespeople are used to people coming in and test driving without intending to buy. Don't they make you fill out financing forms before you test drive, so that they can at least start the financial credit check on you before the test drive is even finished? I woudl also think that caqr dealers would set up some sort of protection so that they aren't just there to have cars ready for people to test drive. I'm just curious, has anyone else done this consistently, and "99.9% of salespeople don't know how to respond"? So how do the 0.01% of salespeople respind, then? John V. Karavitis
#3092 of 3113 Re: Internet shopping for certified pre-owned, how to test drive? [johnvkaravitis]
Jul 06, 2011 (9:23 am)
In my experience, the internet option is almost always a dealer's internet sales department, and you still pick up the car from inventory at the dealership, so they're not just there for test drives. Not sure you always get the best deal through the internet, maybe you will, but it's easy to shop dealerships that way, and take the best offer.