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FastSRT8
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Postby FastSRT8 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:10 am

Well said.

The only reason I can give you is that car salesmen are like pimps. They exploit and use your weakness of desire to get you to bend over backwards so they can screw you.



MemberSince99 wrote:I know, I get a bad vibe around a lot of them (not all but a lot that I've come into contact with). The more slimy ones ooze fake warmth while trying to play games with you. But I see through that. Just be upfront with me and I'll do the same with you - you'll get the sale if you are forthright probably for more than you're thinking, but try to screw with me and I'll walk. I understand you have to make a profit and I don't have a problem with that - I want you to be around after the sale for service and to purchase my next vehicle from. But lie to me or play games and I will call you on it if you push, and if you jack me around, no deal. You don't have to kiss my butt, I don't want you to, and I won't kiss yours, let's do business like adults.

Why is that so hard I wonder?
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Postby Jacksnow » Sun Jun 30, 2013 12:46 pm

What about online car shopping?

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Postby rockyrock » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:26 am

FastSRT8 wrote:Well said.

The only reason I can give you is that car salesmen are like pimps. They exploit and use your weakness of desire to get you to bend over backwards so they can screw you.


+1

I've purchased five new cars since 2002. Once I got burned because I trusted someone. Never again.

I will say it helps to know someone; my supervisor was neighbors with the manager of the dealer. As soon as I introduced myself they said they were expecting me. The first offer they put in front of me was $500 under MSRP. In many states you can do better than that but in Hawaii where a lot of people actually pay dealer markup it was a pretty good score.

At the end of the day I walked out with five years scheduled maintenance and a warranty extended to seven years and still paid under MSRP.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:30 am

That's a pretty fair score.

I'm not looking for the deal of the century... I just don't want to get ripped off.

I'll let you make your money I have no issue with that. What I am looking for in return is good service and a fair market deal.

Funny how 9 out of 10 times I won't get this.

rockyrock wrote:+1

I've purchased five new cars since 2002. Once I got burned because I trusted someone. Never again.

I will say it helps to know someone; my supervisor was neighbors with the manager of the dealer. As soon as I introduced myself they said they were expecting me. The first offer they put in front of me was $500 under MSRP. In many states you can do better than that but in Hawaii where a lot of people actually pay dealer markup it was a pretty good score.

At the end of the day I walked out with five years scheduled maintenance and a warranty extended to seven years and still paid under MSRP.
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Postby Jacksnow » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:49 pm

carsdirect.com

you won't get the best price in the world, but you won't get royally screwed, also they may let you pay in full on a credit card since they're online.



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