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Need Advice car buying service help

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by jmbranch, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. jmbranch

    jmbranch New Member

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    Anyone use a car buying service and would you recomend it?
     
  2. hornerjo

    hornerjo Senior Member

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    E-Mail. :) I bought my Mazda3 a couple years ago using email. Once you find the car you want, just email all the dealers in the area. Ask for their best price out the door (must include all fees including destination). Be sure to say you're emailing all dealers in area, you have your own financing and ready to buy right now best price wins. Tell them to reply in email only, no phone calls accepted.

    Within a day I got emails back from every dealer (usually its their fleet manager that handles internet sales). I used truecar.com to check the deal and emailed back and forth a couple times verifying the options/price/etc. Car was waiting for me at the dealer, shook the guys hand, went on a test drive, signed the papers and off I went.

    If you can't stand car salesman its a great route to go. If you do end up using a service, don't pay much. Too easy doing it yourself.
     
  3. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    hubby does the above as part of his process and has always gotten exactly what he wants at the best price. funny, we were joking that he should open a biz buying cars for people because he's such a skilled negotiator. he actually got MORE than pay off on a car once and left the lot with a brand new car and $600 in his pocket...
     
  4. Villager

    Villager Ashburn Village Resident

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    Several years about when we bought a car we used the internet and email to buy a car. We found a car that we wanted and which dealership had it and communicated via email. No hassles when we went to sign the papers. The guy told us that he didn't make a commission on internet sales so thus no hard sell or a heavy pitch for extras.

    I also used the Consumer Reports new car buying service to determine the price of the various options and packages. Although now it seems like you can find that online for free. Check with Cars.com, Edmunds.com, and Consumer Reports for car buying info and tips. Costco has a car program as well if you're a member. No guarantee it's the absolute best deal you can get, but it's pretty reasonable.

    Good luck!
     
  5. rich351854

    rich351854 New Member

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    I have done the email thing as well....one thing from my experience is that you. Ay find that the dealers try to push cars with more options than you request and in doing so create a new baseline for the price....having done it a couple of times, from my experience it works best if you say "I am emailing several dealers within a 200 mile for abc car with packages xyz that I am buying tommorrow". By doing this approach you can put time bound pressure on them which might accelerate when they give you their best offer
     
  6. greggbroadlands

    greggbroadlands New Member

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    I have used Edmunds website for my last 3 cars. When you have decided what you want, go to their site and put in your details. The 3 closest dealers of that type will email you within 24 hours with their best price.

    We received our prices, took the best one to the closest dealer and they matched it. Was very easy, no haggle and good price. Worth a try, no commitment if you don't like the price.

    http://www.edmunds.com/
     
  7. Redolant

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    PDILLM Well-Known Member

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    We have one through our credit union and have used it for several cars. I can't put into words how much I hate car dealers and everything about them. I've tried the internet sales with the dealerships, but they still push the various options, etc. Hate it!!!

    The car buying service through a credit union was so easy. Pick the car you want and options. If you get a loan through them the service is free, if not its like $100. They get the car and bring it to you! All done in about 15 minutes!!
     

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