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Old 06-03-2010, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Philly, thru the holidays...
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Hello All...

I will be buying a car in 4-8 wks & heard about this company several years ago called Authority Auto. I've bought 8 cars in my lifetime & strongly dislike wheeling & dealing with car salesmen to the point that a small $200 fee max (it may be free... see below) to have someone negotiate my deal would be very welcomed. Actually, the route I'd probably take is to negotiate my deal then see if they can beat it... I'd then pay nothing.

This company either charges $200 to purchase a car on your behalf (new or used) or takes 45% of the money saved should you negotiate your own deal & they top it... 45% of the difference between what you would have paid & their improved deal. If they don't top it, you pay them nothing.

Has anyone used this service or another like it?

AUTHORITY AUTO | Car Buying Specialists

Thanks so much.

Oh, also, I will be paying cash for a car. I don't wish to have a loan pmt. How much $$ could I hope to save by paying cash, if any? Will a dealership negotiate down by any margin with a cash paying customer?

Thanks again!
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:27 AM
 
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haven't heard of them but imo its a reasonable way to purchase a vehicle for those who really detest the process, don't have time, or don't mind spending $200 to save money they may not have been able to save negotiating the deal themselves. as said i have never used it, but can imagine why some would

just to make my post more useful here is a way to negotiate somewhat painlessly, too. and it won't cost you a dime

With AutoBrag's Braggle, virtual negotiation allows you to haggle car prices anonymously from the comfort of your home (http://www.autobrag.com/Braggle.cfm - broken link)

good luck with your purchase!
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Philly, thru the holidays...
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... imo its a reasonable way to purchase a vehicle for those who really detest the process, don't have time, or don't mind spending $200 to save money they may not have been able to save negotiating the deal themselves..."
Guilty on all 3 counts. Add in always leaving the dealships with a monster migraine... avoiding that alone is worth $200.


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just to make my post more useful here is a way to negotiate somewhat painlessly, too. and it won't cost you a dime

With AutoBrag's Braggle, virtual negotiation allows you to haggle car prices anonymously from the comfort of your home (http://www.autobrag.com/Braggle.cfm - broken link)

good luck with your purchase!
Very helpful info, Plo, thank you so much for sharing the link.

Many years ago I read a Motley Fool's book regarding getting the best price whilst avoiding face-to-face car negotiations, in which they suggested faxing requests for the best offer back & forth to all dealerships within a particular radius from one's home & then honing down deals, pitting one against the other to get the best price. Never tried it, but I'm all for anonymous haggling & signing the agreement before entering the dealership & the sales manager is sent in for 10-rounds with my wallet & I.

Each time I buy, I say I'll never do car negotiations again. Well, I need a car now. I have to... but, between the link you've supplied & mine, I shall be driving a brand spankin' new car by summer's end by hopefully avoiding a drawn out, stressful negotiations process with minimal Sales Dept contact.

Cheers for the link & the good wishes.
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Many years ago I read a Motley Fool's book regarding getting the best price whilst avoiding face-to-face car negotiations, in which they suggested faxing requests for the best offer back & forth to all dealerships within a particular radius from one's home & then honing down deals, pitting one against the other to get the best price.

We got those things all the time.

We just threw them in the trash.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Oh, also, I will be paying cash for a car. I don't wish to have a loan pmt. How much $$ could I hope to save by paying cash, if any? Will a dealership negotiate down by any margin with a cash paying customer?

Thanks again!
I'm thinking that the dealer makes a lot of money through financing, so I'm not sure if they would change the price if you pay cash. Doesn't hurt to ask though.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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No, there is no additional discount for cash. If anything, you'll find them less inclined to discount the car.
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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No, there is no additional discount for cash. If anything, you'll find them less inclined to discount the car.
Yeah, I always negotiate price of car first, then deal with financing afterwards and sock 'em with cash. They always will try to link the two together.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I bought our two trucks with Costco. They negotiate the price, we got ours $2000 below dealer cost.
We will use them again next time. I understand Sam's club has the same service.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Philly, thru the holidays...
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We got those things all the time.

We just threw them in the trash.

Too bad. You probably lost plenty of sales.

This is partially why hard working consumers dislike dealing with car salesmen... we feel as if we're treated the same way. What a shame.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Philly, thru the holidays...
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I'm thinking that the dealer makes a lot of money through financing, so I'm not sure if they would change the price if you pay cash. Doesn't hurt to ask though.
Okay, Moon, thank you. I assumed they'd be getting a huge chunk upfront, rather than month by month over a few years, so they'd be happy to drop by a few %.

It's a process I absolutely dread, but I'll explore all options.
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