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Old 05-24-2009, 10:22 AM
 
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Business is slow, detail when they get an order for them. not as they used to, in advance.
Yes, that seems to be occurring a lot around SA lately. Its amazing that some businesses think that they can lower their level of service when business is slow.

Obviously the good ones are doing the exact opposite.
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Coral Springs, Fl
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What if the price was already better than your best haggling could get you?
I wouldn't rule it out then.
If you look on auto trader, you'll see you can get a better deal elsewhere. I was in the market for a Nissan 350Z last year and I found that Car Max prices were marked up at least $2000 more than other dealerships.
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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If you look on auto trader, you'll see you can get a better deal elsewhere. I was in the market for a Nissan 350Z last year and I found that Car Max prices were marked up at least $2000 more than other dealerships.
Of course that may be the case..but your post said that you wouldn't shop at any place where you couldn't haggle. If you saw a posted firm price (at a place where you could not haggle), and that price was better than any haggling that you could do around town....why would you not buy it? That was my point.


Here is your exact quote: "I wouldn't buy a car from a place that wouldn't let me haggle."

You said it...not me.

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Old 05-24-2009, 12:17 PM
 
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Carmax not prepping their cars for the lot is ridiculous: If the consumer is told to prep their cars to get the maximum amount of resale value from trade-in, then why can't the same be expected from a used car lot? I think it's a cop-out and for a company who also owns Best Buy (who's not hurting in the LEAST right now), the least they can do is keep quality control on the up and up.

I have little-to-no sympathy for car dealers in-general right now: Many of them made their own bed with this mess and now they're laying in it. If a car lot wants to skimp on what brings in and keeps customers, it's their funeral. Counterproductive idiocy.


... End of rant




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Old 05-28-2009, 10:48 AM
 
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well, I'm likely to buy from Carmax this weekend. Asked a salesman yesterday if they detail them (again) and he said their shop guys do a basic cleaning, and they don't have a detailing crew or contract with an outside company. So they'll have me make up a punch list of things that need work. Like the sticky goo found in the armrest cubby, etc. Oh well...
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Coral Springs, Fl
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Of course that may be the case..but your post said that you wouldn't shop at any place where you couldn't haggle. If you saw a posted firm price (at a place where you could not haggle), and that price was better than any haggling that you could do around town....why would you not buy it? That was my point.


Here is your exact quote: "I wouldn't buy a car from a place that wouldn't let me haggle."

You said it...not me.
If it was the best price I could find, then YES. So yes you are right, but I will back up my statement by saying that I have never found a less expensive price at CARMAX in the last 8 years.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:00 PM
 
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I have no complaints against Carmax....just be careful with economy - mid size car purchases. Lots of their stock comes from rental car companies that sell off their cars when their "rental" time is up. Dont know if I want a car where 300 drivers rag them out
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Bexar County
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The Max part of their name refers to the prices they charge.
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:43 AM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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If it was the best price I could find, then YES. So yes you are right, but I will back up my statement by saying that I have never found a less expensive price at CARMAX in the last 8 years.
There you go...
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Old 05-31-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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yeah, exactly! I think Carmax is a good company, fantastic concept. Heck, i'm a repeat customer. I just wondered if I'm getting picky as i get older.
Carmax and Circuit City were a part of the same business group, iirc.... maybe that explains their bad business practices
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