I've looked from a distance, not close up. I probably will as I get closed
to a buy. They just didn't seem very exciting, but the ease of entry and
exit gets more important every year. If it wasn't I'd probably get an
That is what I do. I ask for the final price (without sales tax) but
including all other fees, prep, documentation etc. This way they can't
add these items on top of the "final" price. I tell them I don't care
how they break it down. It reduces some of the games they play.
Mike Hunter wrote:
When I was Group Sales Manger for one of the largest mega dealerships groups
on the east coast, we sold just about every brand on the market, in six
states.. That is how one makes big bucks in the industry. Even back then
we made the largest profit margins on those 'smarter than the average'
buyers that bought import brands ;)
Yep, multi-line dealerships are the way to go for profit. If one brand
isn't popular, there are 4 or 5 other lines to sell. Do these multi-line
dealerships commonly allow the salespeople to sell ALL the brands? Or are
they trapped selling one brand? It'd be tough to sell one brand, esp. if
that brand doesn't have exciting products. Like Eugene Levy's character in
Vacation (1983)....."The Wagon Queen Family Truckster........this is your
automobile!........If you think you hate it now, just wait'll you drive
Go back on Thursday late in the day, its the last day of the month and they
have to meet their quotas, some will sell at cost just to meet quota and
clear the lots. Car manufacturers are not happy when the dealers don't meet
quotas. I would suggest going back, and the salesman who didnt want to deal
with you today just ignore him, talk to another salesman and let him get the
My brother's mother-in-law needed a car after hers had just blown up.
She made only like $9/hour as a nursing home worker and isn't too savvy
about cars/negogiating. My brother saw a newspaper ad, this was in like
2000, for a Geo Metro coupe for $7500 or something. It was the loss
leader: car sold at cost or below cost to get folks in. They then say
"sorry that car's been sold." So they get there to the Geo/Chevy place
and of course the $7500 car is gone. He haggled and threatened to leave
and ended up getting her a Metro sedan with auto tranny and AC for $8800
or something, not much more than the base coupe. With a low payment
even --like $150/month. She would have probably have ended up paying a
lot more for a lesser car, if buying the car herself. I never let my mom
go alone to a dealership. The salesmen are like sharks looking for
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