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    Do main dealerships come down by much?

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      All depends on the time of the month/quarter and whether they need to hit a target, and your deal will help them hit it. I'd try either on the last couple of days if a month, or wait till the end of a quarter.
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      All depends on the time of the month/quarter and whether they need to hit a target, and your deal will help them hit it. I'd try either on the last couple of days if a month, or wait till the end of a quarter.
      This. I got a brilliant deal on mine by holding on, saying it was too much etc, then a week before the end of March they came up with a deal that was way better than where we started (almost 20% less). March was apparently their year end....
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      If the UK market works anything like the US market then the above opinions are very much valid.

      In a recent episode of the excellent 'This American Life' podcast, they spent time with a Jeep dealership in the States, tracking their progress to hit their monthly target from Chrysler. If they hit their target of 129 cars, the dealership received a bonus in the region of $65,000 - $85,000. If they missed, even by just 1 car, they would not get a single cent.

      In the last day or two they worked frenetically to sell every car they could, including selling them to themselves (to use as courtesy cars in the service side of the business), selling them to their relatives and, pertinent to you, making heavy losses on cars sold to regular punters. They were happy to take a big hit on a few cars - selling them for less than they'd bought them for from Chrysler - in order to hit the target.

      (I won't give any more details away on the show in question, as it was an excellent listen and I don't want to give away any spoilers)
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      If the UK market works anything like the US market then the above opinions are very much valid.

      In a recent episode of the excellent 'This American Life' podcast, they spent time with a Jeep dealership in the States, tracking their progress to hit their monthly target from Chrysler. If they hit their target of 129 cars, the dealership received a bonus in the region of $65,000 - $85,000. If they missed, even by just 1 car, they would not get a single cent.

      In the last day or two they worked frenetically to sell every car they could, including selling them to themselves (to use as courtesy cars in the service side of the business), selling them to their relatives and, pertinent to you, making heavy losses on cars sold to regular punters. They were happy to take a big hit on a few cars - selling them for less than they'd bought them for from Chrysler - in order to hit the target.

      (I won't give any more details away on the show in question, as it was an excellent listen and I don't want to give away any spoilers)
      Thanks for that, always looking for new podcasts and the list of shows looks right up my alley, will start with the car dealer one which is episode 129 13/12/13
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      Just bought a VW Tiguan for 15% under asking price from carwow.com
      It's a great brokeridge sight that reaches out to all participating dealers of the particular brand that you want. You input the model and spec that you want and they come back with their best price. Generally get 5 or 6 responses for you to take the best price.

      A tip to save further cash once you have the first quote is, if you're not fussy about exact spec, go back to them and ask for a price on their nearest match from their stock fleet.
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      If the UK market works anything like the US market then the above opinions are very much valid.

      In a recent episode of the excellent 'This American Life' podcast, they spent time with a Jeep dealership in the States, tracking their progress to hit their monthly target from Chrysler.
      Whereabouts was this? All the dealerships in the Houston area seem to have a vaguely sinister but rock-solid omerta pact when it comes to haggling: they literally don't budge by a cent. Even the dodgy ones. It was very disconcerting for someone like me who loves a good haggle.
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      Whereabouts was this? All the dealerships in the Houston area seem to have a vaguely sinister but rock-solid omerta pact when it comes to haggling: they literally don't budge by a cent. Even the dodgy ones. It was very disconcerting for someone like me who loves a good haggle.
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      Whereabouts was this? All the dealerships in the Houston area seem to have a vaguely sinister but rock-solid omerta pact when it comes to haggling: they literally don't budge by a cent. Even the dodgy ones. It was very disconcerting for someone like me who loves a good haggle.
      Here in sunny Oregon it's very dependent on the make. For example.. there's four Subaru dealers in the Portland area, and they a) all hate each other, and ) all have the same quarter end date. It's very rewarding to play the "well, dealer X gave me THIS quote.. " and work them off each other. On the other hand, if you want a Jag or a Land Rover, there's only one dealer... so you're very *very* lucky to pay a single cent under invoice.
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      Just bought a VW Tiguan for 15% under asking price from carwow.com
      It's a great brokeridge sight that reaches out to all participating dealers of the particular brand that you want. You input the model and spec that you want and they come back with their best price. Generally get 5 or 6 responses for you to take the best price.

      A tip to save further cash once you have the first quote is, if you're not fussy about exact spec, go back to them and ask for a price on their nearest match from their stock fleet.
      I had a quote from carwow on a Mercedes E class coupe which was over £6000 below the list price of £36000.

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