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#1 of 784 Doc Fees!
Oct 29, 2002 (10:31 am)
Working with a number of dealers and a number of regions I find doc fees vary from zero to several hundred dollars.
This can make a big difference in a successful negotiation.
So...if you're a consumer, how do you deal with it, and if a dealer, how do you justify it?
#2 of 784 I've wouldn't mind
Oct 29, 2002 (10:53 am)
paying up to $100 for the documentation fee, as long as it includes the run to the insurance company for the insurance stamp, and the run to the Registry for the registration and title application. That way I can pick up the car without missing work. It's well worth my time, since they are chores I hate. I've never actually paid more than $75 for that service.
I just consider the OTD price including all dealer fees when deciding what to buy.
#3 of 784 Most dealers up here
Oct 29, 2002 (1:06 pm)
charge a doc fee plus registration, title and tire tax (a PA thing). In New Jersey, state law allows up to a $199 "doc fee" in addition to all the license and registration fees.
#4 of 784 I guess my problem with it is
Oct 29, 2002 (1:46 pm)
...they want you to pay the same regardless if they are even going to do the work. Living on the border of MO and IL I've purchased cars in each state. I generally balk at paying a document fee only to be given a title or Certificate of Origin and told to do the paperwork in my home state.
Besides, it is not like someone is going to do just your paperwork when they do run it. Let's say they run to Springfield, IL and back. That's about 180 miles round trip, and let's say it takes the whole day to do the job. So 8 hours at even $10/hour plus $0.35/mile for 180 miles is $63 for mileage. So a dealership might have $143 in transportation and labor costs if you did just one registration.
However, I suspect this is done on a weekly basis, so a store that sells 100 cars a month might do 25 of these a week.
Cost to process your paperwork, $6.00
#5 of 784 Several years ago
Oct 29, 2002 (2:00 pm)
these doc fees got way out of hand where a good natured dealer charged you $10 (close to the real cost) and another dealer would charge $200 in order to pad profits. In every state I know of, the state mandates caps on these fees.
Oct 29, 2002 (6:59 pm)
Cliffy could correct me, but I belive there is no limit on doc fes in Virginia.
Some dealers charge upwards of $600 for the doc fee. I have not found any dealers that are less than 200
#7 of 784 That's insane!
Oct 29, 2002 (7:10 pm)
#8 of 784 IN CENTRAL NY
Oct 30, 2002 (3:01 am)
GM dealers all charged 20 bucks DOC fees.
My family has purchased 10 new GMs this year.
#9 of 784 Pontiac/GMC dealer...
Oct 30, 2002 (3:55 am)
here in OK charges $10 DOC fee. The Nissan dealer I bought my Maxima from charged $249.
#10 of 784 Why worry about it?
Oct 30, 2002 (4:03 am)
It's just part of the Out-the-Door price. If the total price is too high, move on to another store.