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Old 12-05-2011, 03:41 AM
 
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Default Do you try to negotiate down from the Internet Special Price?

I recently bought a car and paid the advertised Internet sales price. It was a $1000 below what other car dealers were charging for the same model, year, features and apx. mileage. It seemed like a fair price to me.

When I told my friends and relatives about my car purchase, and told them I paid the advertised Internet sales price, they said I overpaid. They said you should always pay at least $500 less than any advertised price no matter how reasonable it sounds.

So...if a car dealer advertises a super low Internet only price, (only available to people who mention the Internet sale and bring in the ad from the Internet,) do you try to haggle it down even lower?
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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How much lower ? There isn't a rule of thumb about that, but I do negotiate still from their "internet price". This past weekend I picked up a new car and the dealer originally wanted MSRP as shown on their website. Like hell I'd pay MSRP for a Ford so negotiation ensued for the next 2-3 days over emails.

In a nutshell, yes I haggle their "lowest price".
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:36 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I would never go in thinking that was the lowest price. Regardless of what it was. Now it may turn out to be the lowest price, but I'm going to at least make an effort to get it down.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:41 AM
 
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Clification from the orginal poster:

The car was used

The price was a "no haggle Internet only price."
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:44 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Clification from the orginal poster:

The car was used

The price was a "no haggle Internet only price."
Doesn't make a difference in my mind. You still make the effort. What is the worst thing that can happen?
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Everything is negotiable even the "non-negotiable 'super-special, amazingly low, military-family-patriotic-american-apple pie-baseball lowest price EVER" is...negotiable.

Do your research, look on ebay and autotrader within X number of miles from the car you're looking at. If the "lowest price" at the dealership is truly a good bargain on a vehicle, then I'd offer a few hundred dollars below that price and hope to make a deal. Everything is relative, just compare prices on the same make/model/year/mileage range and see what the average price is and what a GOOD price is and go from there.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:25 AM
 
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It never hurts to ask. I've surprised myself numerous times by what I get just by asking. I bought a suitcase recently (very specific need) off craigslist. Over a couple weeks I'd watched it drop from $50 down to $20 FIRM FINAL PRICE. When I got to the guys home I had $100s and $7 on me (oops, don't get stuck like that), so I asked (jokingly) if he'd take $7. He said "sure, thanks!" with no haggling at all. I would have gone to get change if he didn't have it and paid $20, but I always figure the worst the other person can say is no.

No entity that is proficient in sales will lead with their best offer. But you do need to recognize a deal and act upon it. Too many people view the sales process as a battle, and aren't happy until they've made it a miserable event for all concerned. Be realistic about your expectations.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:56 AM
 
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Then why offer no hassle prices if it is not really the lowest price they will offer?
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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ALWAYS.


especially on a used car. They have more room to wiggle. And there are no such thing as lowest internet price with no room for negotiation. if they can't move the car within 30 days you bet couple of thousand is coming off that car.
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:46 PM
 
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There is always room to negotiate on anything, but how much is all dependent on the individual situation. I've seen cars advertised for $500 over what the dealer paid for them after they languished on the lot for a while. So, there are no hard and fast rules, but it is always worth a shot. They may really be charging the lowest they can, but chances are they aren't.
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