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#2 of 51 AAA Vehicle Purchasing Service
Nov 14, 2004 (12:24 am)
I posted the following on a board for a specific car, and the host there suggested that I post it in Smart Shopper. However, for the time being it appears that there's actually no place to have the discussion, as this board is not about topics, but only about suggesting topics?
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In case anyone who belongs to AAA (as I do) isn't already aware of this, AAA can get a bid for you from the car dealers they work with. At least, the people at my local AAA office suggested that I have them do this. There's no charge. Perhaps they can get a lower bid than I could on my own. (We shall see.) They said the bid would be some amount over invoice--take it or leave it.
Has anyone used this service? What was your experience?
P.S. Where should I post this, if not here, or besides here?
#3 of 51 Re: Purchasing Programs (AAA, Costco, BJ's, etc.) [kirstie_h]
Nov 15, 2004 (12:39 am)
My question in post #2 above about where to post has obviously been answered by our host moving my question about AAA Vehicle Purchasing Service here.
AAA gave me two dealers to contact. They usually give you only one, I think. Anyway, the first dealer has made a bid that I currently believe is too high ($385 over Edmunds TMV).
I'd definitely be interested in hearing about other people's experiences with the AAA program.
Thanks, Kristie H.
#4 of 51 I've checked out the Costco
Nov 15, 2004 (5:52 am)
and Sam's Club deals, and in my area, and in Oregon where I used to live, they had several dealers hooked up using a certain percentage over invoice.
In my experience, the service didn't do much good considering paying $700 over invoice for a Cavalier or Focus doesn't make much sense. Also, there's no program or incentive for your trade.
In my opinion, a consumer can do better on their own than to get locked into a "savings club" program and set pricing.
Nov 15, 2004 (6:56 am)
I used BJs about 9 years ago, and it worked well. I got a new design that was still somewhat hard to find for a better price than I was going to shoot for on my own (about $1500 off sticker on a 22K car). Best feature was the simplicity. Asked for the program guy, he looked up the price in the book (and showed me), and that was what I paid.
IMO, these services are great for people that won't or can't negotiate (or are just afraid of the car dealer). Many people can grind down to a lower price (in many cases) if the want to go into the negotiating trenchs, or at least do some serious homework and legwork.
So, you might get the "best" price, but you should get a "fair" price, and save some mental anquish.
#6 of 51 Internet sales probably provide a similar or better price
Nov 15, 2004 (7:30 am)
Most dealerships have an "internet sales" request on their web site. Contacting them via the email listed on their web site, asking for a quote, usually provides a very competitive price. Or just call and ask to speak with someone from their internet sales. I've gotten very fair pricing in the past. The last time I used this mehtod was with an Acura dealer.
Nov 16, 2004 (7:59 am)
Actually, the internet and buying service person is usually the same, and in many cases so is the up-front pricing.
I have used the internet departments in a few dealers very successfully, but it isn't true that you will always get the lowest price that way. Sometimes face to face works best, if you are in the rigth place at the right time.
#8 of 51 Re: AAA & right place [stickguy]
Nov 17, 2004 (3:14 am)
“. . . if you are in the right place at the right time.” --stickguy
I live midway between southern California and northern Nevada. The AAA office where I live deals only with dealerships in southern California, but the TMV for the car I’m looking for is almost $200 less in northern Nevada. I won’t be surprised if I find a better deal on my own.
#9 of 51 Costco buyer program vs. Sam's club program
Dec 14, 2004 (2:29 pm)
I have read alot of msgs. regarding money saved by going through the Costco program or Sam's club buying program. Can people tell me how much money I can save by doing this? I have read some people have only paid $500 over invoice. I am currently looking at the Audi A4, Vovlo S60, Saab 9-3 Arc, and Acura TL.
Any insight would be great!! Can I expect to pay 2% over invoice, 5%, etc.?
#10 of 51 It varies by the car...
Dec 15, 2004 (5:39 pm)
2% over invoice isn't going to work on a hot seller in high demand.
I've never seen a "club" price that I couldn't beat. the "club" price is supposted to make car buying an easy process. The customer is given a firm, discounted price.
Trouble is, they take that price, smile..." I'll be back".
Then they shop it all over town.
#11 of 51 The Club Price
Dec 15, 2004 (5:54 pm)
Hot sellers aside - They are a special class.
When I looked into this issue several years ago, the club buying programs for readily available cars were $500 over invoice less any available incentives.
So if you are looking for a readily available car, the very most you should pay is $500 over invoice. The one exception is expensive (luxury and other) cars. They may have a greater markup than $500.
You can probably beat this deal by several hundreds of dollars. However you'll have to bargain hard for it and hold your ground.