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Old 02-06-2019, 11:33 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The documentation fee is higher than most, but is meant to cover the cost of the finance guy doing all the paperwork. The Dealer Prep can mean anything and is pretty much just bogus markup. The fact is that if you tell them up front that you will not pay it they will simply adjust any discount to maintain the same profit. What I do is finish negotiations on the price first, then refuse to pay those fees, and walk away if they don't agree. When buying from a "program" like Costco, the prices and additional fees are pretty much set, with very little room for negotiation.
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Old 02-06-2019, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Unfortunately, no. Looks like I got screwed out of $700.

The car is being driven from another dealership tomorrow maybe 40 miles away. (the color I wanted the dealership didn't have in stock.)

Now, because the agent didn't know the exact miles driven tomorrow he wanted me to sign for the car and leave the mileage area blank. I insisted on a figure of 50 mile.

Anything over that and I will demand a price reduction or cancel the deal.

As said above, you only got screwed out of $299 not $700.
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Old Today, 03:18 AM
 
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The documentation fee is higher than most, but is meant to cover the cost of the finance guy doing all the paperwork. The Dealer Prep can mean anything and is pretty much just bogus markup. The fact is that if you tell them up front that you will not pay it they will simply adjust any discount to maintain the same profit. What I do is finish negotiations on the price first, then refuse to pay those fees, and walk away if they don't agree. When buying from a "program" like Costco, the prices and additional fees are pretty much set, with very little room for negotiation.
no it's meant to steal 500 dollars from the op.
don't pay that garbage or the prep fee.
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