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Old 02-16-2006, 12:56 AM   #21
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Well I think I'm as prepared as I ever will be.

So far I've gotten to act semi-uninterested, choose between lowballing and a solid offer, bring lots of info (I have KBB, NADA and a Carfax printed out on the car), point out every small thing, don't tell them the max I can spend, ask about titles and tax up front, tell them there is another dealer with one I'm looking at (Bobby'*), mention it'* been in a wreck.

Unfortunately, I told the lady on the phone I wanted a supercharger but I wasn't acting enthusiastic about it at all. I'll tell her something like "I'm still not sure if I've sold myself on the supercharger yet."

Anything I've missed? Should I lowball or make a solid offer?
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Sounds like you have done your research on the car so I would make a solid offer. If they say can't do that walk away and make sure they have your phone number. I bet you will get a call.
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Vig... I saw the other thread had detoured..it'* cool man

The best thing you can do is know you currently have a perfectly running car and don't have to buy this particular car. That gives you an edge. You aren't on a timetable or in need.

Therefore if you love the car, but the price isn't right...look further..there may be a better one around the corner. Tell your friends and family to keep their eyes open.

Like it'* been said...walk in with the bluebook figures..on your car and theirs. That way you have the facts. If both cars are worth about the same..then you offer a little cash..maybe that works the deal. They'll make a little on you and the guy that buys yours.
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Bad news guys - the car sold 5 days ago...kinda odd since I was told two days ago that the car was on the lot. Oh well, the search continues. I hate how SSEi'* are such a bitch to find.
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No biggie..was a longer drive than you wanted to make anyway. Tell friends and family to keep the eyes open...

BC Members in the area...let'* look around and see if we can help Vig is his search.
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The best thing you can do is know you currently have a perfectly running car and don't have to buy this particular car. That gives you an edge. You aren't on a timetable or in need.

Therefore if you love the car, but the price isn't right...look further..there may be a better one around the corner. Tell your friends and family to keep their eyes open.
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Thoroughly sage advice. You are trying tio buy a car you like at a fair price. You are not trying to buy a car you like at any price.

Fundamentally, all you need is the attributes of a good shopper. Good shoppers usually have at least 2 possibilities in the works and they know what a fair price is. If they don't work out, there always be more down the line. If you were buying audio equipment you would check several places for price. Of course the car search is different because it is not a commodity. But you can do the same with the car dealers if you can "make them come clean" with their best offer, then try to get your preference to price match.

FYI, i often go with friends to help them go through the buying process because i enjoy the wrestling. I noticed the Danacar listing has been pulled. I just had this done to a friend by Arrow Pontiac in NJ. It honestly might be sold. As it turned out, they thought he was a such a pigeon, that this would spook him.. When I went with him, the car had only been pulled by the salesman. We had it staked out for 4 months as a possibility. I didn't have him buy the car because the UIM and U and L gaskets didn't look too good although the final offer was excellent. I don't know how to do the UIM and gasket overhaul yet, and that'* just too much cost to have for him immediately. By Monday the car was back listed at autotrader.

http://www.automart.com/vehicledetai...harles-town/wv

this is a link to a picture of the WV car. This is not an endorsement by any means. Just ammunition for your experience. The price is high, but you never know. I'm looking for an SSE for my wife and the 2 dealers I stopped in at in the past two weeks were thrilled that I had been so lucky to stop on that day(*) because the 2 different sales manager had just reduced the prices by $800 and $1000. Yeah, right. All that wasis just excessive fat they had on the prices on two cars that had been sitting for a few months.

Edit : Just saw that it was sold. I'll keep my eyes peeled here in SEPA. One of the problems we have getting listings is that franchised dealers backlot these models to wholesalers and autions. Doesn't hurt to keep your eye on the (back)lots of local dealers.

Good luck!
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I just talked to a guy from Bobby'* used cars and I'm going to go and look at their SSEi tomorrow.
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Vig, Good Luck tomorrow, man. Sorry to hear about the other " i " being sold out from underneath you. There'* more out there, be patient. You'll find the one for you.
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Bonnevilles are easy to find. SSEi'* are not. :(

The thing that sucks about this other SSEi is the dealership is small and usually don't do trades, but if your car is in the condition where they can put it right out on the lot they'll trade (luckily mine is that way).

Supposedly the dealer is selling the car FOR somebody and they've had offers on the car but the owner isn't willing to budge on the price. We'll see how it goes....
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Bad news guys - the car sold 5 days ago...kinda odd since I was told two days ago that the car was on the lot. Oh well, the search continues. I hate how SSEi'* are such a B**** to find.
That has happened to me the last couple of months as well. And I hate it. :(
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