Amex car buying service...

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Amex car buying service...

Postby jeffysdad » Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:01 am

Has anybody used it?

I've been thinking about a new vehicle and yesterday went on the Amex site and filled out the specs for what I want, sent the form and received a price quote that I could live with.

Then I was contacted by two different dealers, neither of which had exactly what I wanted. Both agreed to keep an eye out for the truck I want, spec'ed exactly as I told them.

What I'm wondering is if this goes through, do I have to charge the entire purchase to Amex card? (The Amex site seemed to contradict itself on this point). Also, is the dealer somehow bound to complete the deal via Amex since that's how the initial contact was made? If it becomes apparent to me that I could do better by abandoning the Amex process in favor of whatever dealer incentives are available, I would, of course, prefer to do that.
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Postby Pete838 » Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:35 am

No personal knowledge of the service, but it seems to me like just another referral service, not much unlike They take your info and basically sell it to the dealer. I've never found a dealer that would put the entire price of a new car on a CC, so post your results. I have read that the AMEX car buying service is run by a website called, and that they are obligated to allow you to put $2K on an AMEX card.
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