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#1 of 26 Small town vs. Big town dealerships
Mar 04, 2005 (9:17 am)
I'm beginning my search for a used Toyota Camry. I live in the Portland metropolitan area in Oregon and have noticed that the price of a Camry in a small town about 30 miles away can be up to $2000 cheaper. Is this typical or should I be weary of the dealership?
Mar 04, 2005 (10:17 am)
places know they have to compete with the big dogs. I lived in Beaverton, OR for several years, so I would probably know the store you're talking about.
You're likely to have a much better, less hassle, and more personal experience with the smaller store.
#3 of 26 but then ...
Mar 04, 2005 (10:59 am)
The flip side is that small towns far away from big cities don't have any competition. So if I want to look elsewhere, the Honda dealer is 50 miles away, Mazda, Saturn, Kia, etc. are 85 miles or more in different directions. So comparison shopping trips can eat up the savings of cheaper prices. Locally, Chevy, Chrysler, Ford and Toyota are all owned by members of the same family.
#5 of 26 Re: Wrong board [pf_flyer]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Mar 04, 2005 (12:54 pm)
Thought Smart Shopper would be a good home for this discussion, so we'll continue here.
#6 of 26 Re: Mom and pop [driftracer]
Mar 04, 2005 (1:03 pm)
Thanks for the response. It's McMinnville Toyota.
#7 of 26 Sure, been by there -
Mar 04, 2005 (4:14 pm)
smaller than the Thomason and Hannah stores in Portland, but not like there's 3 salesmen who double as service advisors and the customer shuttle is a horse and buggy...
I'm sure you'll have a much better experience with McMinnville - I had major issues (actuall, theft of a downpayment) with one of those previously mentioned groups - I don't like the way they do business at all..too many stories from too many reliable people.
#8 of 26 ... Smallville ...?
Mar 04, 2005 (5:23 pm)
....... Can't speak for Buford OR, but it's always good to shop around a little for anything .. but size sometimes doesn't make a difference or lack of population ..
Some dealer friends I know have a 115/125% market penetration and their stores are in smaller rural area's .. sometimes the cost of the "big" city store can cause the majority of the vehicles to be sold at a little higher price .. you never know until you take a look see ..
As a matter of fact, the "Mega Store" craze was invented by a Ford dealer up north in 94/95(?) .. he bought 20 acres of a cow field in the middle of nowhere, about 2 seconds off the turnpike and 30 miles from downtown and sold 6,000+ Fords every year ... Smallville, yes .. small store, no ...
AutoNations bought him out about 6 years ago, and it's "still" a record as far as purchase price goes after 300+ stores .... you gotta love them cows ..............
#9 of 26 Re: Mom and pop [lookn4now]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Mar 05, 2005 (8:36 am)
IMO, the best thing to do is to stop by that dealership and a couple more just for a "look see." Then start negotiations at the shop that makes you feel the most comfortable. If you like the feel of a smaller shop where you'll get more personal attention and they're more likely to remember you when you come back for service or for another purchase, then that seems like the best route.
#10 of 26 Re: Mom and pop [kirstie_h]
Mar 05, 2005 (8:46 am)
The problem here is that the average consumer is so dead-set on getting the "best deal" that they will shop your number all over town to save $50. Far too few people consider service after the sale when purchasing new.