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#1537 of 1653 dealer advertising plates
Jul 12, 2009 (8:20 am)
Hello all, I am new to this. I wanted to share my car buying experience. On June 8th I purchased a 2009 Chrysler Town and Country. On the 10th I removed the advertising plate the dealer had installed on the front bumper. I have purchased several cars and truck in the past that also had plate on the front. The only difference is, the dealer drilled holes in the bumper to install the plate. I know now that Chrysler and Dodge minivans have dimples on the bumper for plates. But I never would have thought a dealership would damage the bumper just to install there advertising plate. I called the dealer back and complained about this. I later was called by the general sales manager. He stated that they have always done this and he would not repair it. He did state that he may be able to get us a discount for the repairs. It has been a long battle, but they are still refusing to fix it. I took the van to another dealership and paid $392.04 to have the bumper repaired. I could type in all the details about this but it would take all day. I have created a website about my experience, if anyone would like to read it. Thanks http://webpages.charter.net/bumper_damage/bumper.htm
#1538 of 1653 Re: dealer advertising plates [princedm]
Jul 12, 2009 (2:53 pm)
Look into the cost of the filing fees to take them to Small Claims Court. A lot of the time big outfits will just pay whatever they're being sued for rather than tie up many hours of their day in court. They will probably just brush you off until the local sheriff's deputy shows up and sticks a court summons in their face.
Good luck to you.
#1539 of 1653 Re: dealer advertising plates [princedm]
Jul 12, 2009 (2:56 pm)
Nice job on the website. Hope you at least got a good deal when you bought the Van. Also check out forum.chyslerminivan.com and you can post your story there too.
#1540 of 1653 Re: dealer advertising plates [princedm]
Jul 12, 2009 (7:39 pm)
This has nothing to do with your experance but, the dealers sound alot alike.
I just purchased one less that one month ago, the touring model.
this week, 3 days ago the transmission went out and that's not the worst of it, it was like pulling teeth to get my dealer to help me out, they are from Waynesburg, PA. They were going to pay the extra towing to get to them after a long argument, and the when it came down to it they reneged on the deal when the Chrysler help line checked with them to verify. Anyway it is now at the closest dealer to the break down and they will not even look at it till next week and stated that it will most likely take a week and a half to have repaired.
At this point I don't even care if they ever fix it, I am now in the midst of a battle for replacement because the darn thing is still brand new (less than three weeks old) Thanks for listening... & good luck to all!
#1541 of 1653 09 T & C NY City area
Jul 13, 2009 (12:19 pm)
Just came back from a Dealer in Queens NY. 25th Anny Blue Pearl Coat Loaded with the 3.8, dual dvd, nav, sunroof. Sticker was 36,600. Deal they offered was 27,500 after $2900 trade in plus the$3500 in incentives. Is this a good deal or can I get it for less?
#1542 of 1653 Re: 09 T & C NY City area [zetachi]
Jul 15, 2009 (7:42 am)
Zetachi, I think it is a good deal, but not great. However, I don't think you will get a better deal now - best deals were in May.
I highly recommend your purchase though with a sunroof and loaded - don't think you will be disappointed.
In May I posted here that I got a 25th anniversery for 29K, But at the time, although I signed everything, I only put 1K down with full purchase on July 1st. At the time, I wasn't happy because I wanted the Limited model - I figured if I am going to pay for the middle model, I might as well go for all the bells and whistles. Anyway, about two weeks ago, my dealer (mind you, I am overseas and paid no tax) said he had a limited clearwater blue (light blue) for $2,500 more if I wanted it. I signed right away and he gave me the upgrade for 10K less original sticker. Man, this 41K car is loaded with all sensors and everything (but no sunroof). After driving it for 2 weeks I am extremely happy and still haven't figured out half the buttons yet. I am one happy camper and the kids (3 & 7) love the 2 screens to watch different movies with their wireless headsets in the back . . .
#1543 of 1653 Re: dealer advertising plates [tedebear]
Jul 15, 2009 (3:16 pm)
Unfortunately I signed an arbitration agreement with the dealer. So I canít sue them for any reason. I have spoken with an attorney, but he is unable to anything other than give me advise.
#1544 of 1653 2009 T&C LX - GOOD PRICE?
Jul 16, 2009 (11:54 am)
I saw a dealer and I've spoken to them several time on a T&C, LX, new for
$20,950. I tried to get them down to $19500, and they said that I really needed to come in to talk. They wouldnt commit over the phone. THey're about 2 hours from me though. Nonetheless, not sure if this is a good deal.
Im preapproved with financing. My plan was to get the $19500 price, trade in my 01' caravan on the cash for clunkers program for another $3500, put up another $1k plus taxes and call it a day. Am I asking for too much here?
Jul 16, 2009 (1:03 pm)
just make sure that your 01 caravan qualifies for the program. i think the t&c has to have at least a 4mpg combined improvement over the caravan as well as other stipulations
Jul 16, 2009 (1:52 pm)
well I took the deal on the 09 25th anniversary Touring edition. $27,500. I was also looking at the Sienna, Toyota offered me the XLE with no DVD or nav for $30,000 best offer. I had to go with the T & C which is our 3rd one. Last was an 01.
In response to joefar75. The 01 to 09 does not qualify for cash for clunkers. Difference needs to be 2-3 miles for $3500 and the difference between the 2 is 17 for 01 and 18 for 09. I tried to get it on the Sienna because that gets 19 but Toyota would not honor it yet.