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#3064 of 3350 Re: how is this negotiating strategy? [kyfdx]
Jan 01, 2013 (8:02 pm)
I forgot to ask...is it common for new cars to have over 300 miles on them? what is standard? Is having over 300 miles a legit reason to negotiate a lower price? I just walked since I wasn't sure how to proceed upon hearing the car had 330 miles on it (after being advertised as having 10 miles).
#3065 of 3350 Re: how is this negotiating strategy? [beethovengirl]
Jan 01, 2013 (8:35 pm)
it can be. Might have been a dealer transfer, or could have been used for a lot of test drives. If it was transfer miles, no big deal. test drives, harder to say. But yes, normally you should expect more off for a car with miles, but that is in a gray area of being enough to matter.
#3066 of 3350 Re: how is this negotiating strategy? [beethovengirl]
Jan 02, 2013 (5:04 am)
As noted, it may have been a dealer trade or used for test drives.
Either way, it really shouldn't be an issue. Dealer trades are usually done by part time retirees and aren't driven hard. As for test drives, most dealers aren't going to allow customers to beat on the car.
As for standard miles on a new car - there isn't one. What defines a "new" car is if it has been titled.
#3067 of 3350 Re: how is this negotiating strategy? [beethovengirl]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 02, 2013 (8:40 am)
I don't think such few miles would be a point of negotiation, because the next buyer probably won't care.
#3068 of 3350 Re: how is this negotiating strategy? [Mr_Shiftright]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 02, 2013 (4:46 pm)
At most, a dealer might knock off $0.30/mi... or, $100 in this case...
Some people have a hard time with mileage on their new car... others couldn't care less... Dealers don't care, for sure..
#3069 of 3350 Re: how is this negotiating strategy? [beethovengirl]
Jan 04, 2013 (10:13 am)
I just walked since I wasn't sure how to proceed upon hearing the car had 330 miles on it (after being advertised as having 10 miles).
For me, 330 miles is not a deal breaker. You wanted a car at fire sale price and got it, so that's fine.
I have more of a problem with the car being advertised as having 10 miles, but actually having 330. It would just give me a bad vibe about the dealer.
#3070 of 3350 Re: how is this negotiating strategy? [verdugo]
Jan 04, 2013 (11:47 am)
well, that does not sound horrible. remember, the ads are not real time. probably had 10 miles when they did the ad, and it got used after that (test drives or maybe a salesguy used it temporarilly). the don't change the online ads every time it was driven.
#3071 of 3350 Re: how is this negotiating strategy? [stickguy]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 04, 2013 (4:52 pm)
In my book at least, 330 miles is a non-issue on a new car.
#3072 of 3350 Husband Negotiated Deal for me - the wrong deal, in error..
Jan 12, 2013 (6:51 pm)
I need a (late model used) car in a short time period but couldn't get out of a work related seminar so I printed out some cars for the hubs to check out today. There was some miscommunication as we were talking though texts during breaks - long story, he went to the wrong dealership and negotiated a final price on a car that I wanted, but the car was priced $2k more than similar cars at the dealership that I had expected him to go to. He put no money down but convinced them to hold it for me to do a quick cash transaction in the evening on Monday. They spent hours discussing/dealing..
At first I was just going to buy it because of the honor system, but as I thought about it, I really can't justify spending $2k more (these are the same cars, model years, and actually the cheaper ones have lower mileage - although they are all low mileage). Hubs is not happy with me wanting to back out because he feels he has bonded with this smaller ma and pop dealership. My idea is to go but bring the documentation from the other dealership and see if they can work with me at all. They originally said that they could go no lower, though. Is it worth the confrontation and aggravation to try or should I just call it off? This dealership is a little out of my local area so I will have wasted another night of car shopping by driving out there. I need a car by the end of the week, but the sooner the better. I feel terrible, but I'm also not financially at a point where $2k isn't a significant amount to me. I guess what I'm asking, is if, final offers are still negotiable, and if this is not going to be taken personally, as it's just business, right?
#3073 of 3350 Re: Husband Negotiated Deal for me - the wrong deal, in error.. [bb333]
Jan 12, 2013 (7:07 pm)
if you did not sign the papers and roll the car over the curb, you are not legally obligated to take it.
certainly you can call the dealer, and explain the mistake (just blame your husband, everyone will accept that!). You can ask if they will do whatever it is you were hoping for, and if not, apologize, thank them for their time, and go where you have the paperwork from.