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#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.
#3074 of 3350 Re: Husband Negotiated Deal for me - the wrong deal, in error.. [stickguy]
Jan 13, 2013 (5:55 am)
to bb333: I'm with stickguy, but I would go in person.
I would also be very sure the other store has the car you want and is at the price you think they are, out the door, with no addons.
Then be straightforward with the higher store.
My thinking is a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. If the car they have is suitable and you like it other than the total cash on the deal, you can play bad cop and work them down or walk while your husband had the role of good cop. But I would be very sincere that if they meet somewhere in between or near that other price, you've got the cash to finalize the deal.
#3075 of 3350 Re: Husband Negotiated Deal for me - the wrong deal, in error.. [imidazol97]
Jan 13, 2013 (5:57 am)
I may be wrong, but I thought despite whatever papers are signed, the deal is not consummated until the car leaves the dealer lot over the curb. So I can back out despite a signed deal.
#3076 of 3350 Re: Husband Negotiated Deal for me - the wrong deal, in error.. [imidazol97]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 13, 2013 (7:48 am)
That's true.. if they have some of your money, the problem might be stickier... but, if no deposit given, just call up and call it off..
If they had the car I really wanted, I might show up, say my husband is a buffoon, and no way I'm paying $XXXX + $2000 for that car... However, I might be convinced to buy it for $XXXX....
#3077 of 3350 Re: Husband Negotiated Deal for me - the wrong deal, in error.. [bb333]
Jan 13, 2013 (7:59 am)
Odds are extremely slim that one dealership can truly sell a comparable car for $2k less than another. So either the first dealer can go lower or the 2nd dealer doesn't have a comparable car for that lower price.
If you give me all the details on both cars, I could give you a better idea of a fair price.
#3078 of 3350 Re: Husband Negotiated Deal for me - the wrong deal, in error.. [qbrozen]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 13, 2013 (9:18 am)
I'm also suspicious of this $2,000 difference. Numbers have been known to change during the time it takes to go from telephone to showroom
#3079 of 3350 Re: Husband Negotiated Deal for me - the wrong deal, in error.. [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 13, 2013 (10:44 am)
I see this everyday....some dealers have the belief that you tell the customer "anything they want to hear" on the phone to get them into the dealership....regretfully only a small number of people who fall for this actually get up and walk out...they usually just take the price bump with the dopey explination why the price just went up and buy the car. It's sad that dealers do this and it even worse than consumers fall for it all the time. If it didn't work, the questionable dealers wouldn't do it.
#3080 of 3350 Re: Husband Negotiated Deal for me - the wrong deal, in error.. [audia8q]
Jan 13, 2013 (12:38 pm)
My wife and I would have been a perfect candidate for that in August when we bought our new Acura. I had contacted a deal about 2 hours away (since that was the closest one exactly like my wife wanted) via the internet. I got a price back from the internet guy, but it was over the phone. And got offered a special deal to get it that day (Friday 8/31). So, I said OK, and arranged to show up at late dinner time.
But, I did not actually have anything in writing, or related to a specific car. And was going to be 2 hours from home, on a Friday night. So they certainly would have had some leverage to try a bait and switch of some kind, but they did not. Price was exactly what we had discussed on the phone.
the rest of the saga, well that had nothing to do with the price offered up front!
#3081 of 3350 Re: Husband Negotiated Deal for me - the wrong deal, in error.. [stickguy]
Jan 13, 2013 (3:13 pm)
Which dealer? I'm sure they'd appreciate a plug.