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Car Buying for Women

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  • joel0622joel0622 Posts: 3,302
    I agree with the previous poster who said you may be SOL.. If you have nothing in writing then all you have is a contract that says in the fine print that the contract is final unless noted other wise.

    As far as the law that says you have to sell the car what it is advertised for. I don't think it would hold much water, if it did you could sue people every day that beat you down below the advertised price. Even if the law was tight who has a copy of the truck being advertised for the $19495.

    BTW I would have ran when they said they were charging $495 for a bed liner. We sell them all day for $235, cost is $170, and those are Ford Liners not cheap aftermarket crap.
  • greanpea68greanpea68 Posts: 1,996
    As far as the law that says you have to sell the car what it is advertised for. I don't think it would hold much water, if it did you could sue people every day that beat you down below the advertised price. Even if the law was tight who has a copy of the truck being advertised for the $19495.

    If you have a stock number or vin that was shown you have all the power in the world. It is at least the reason in Mass. that you have stock numbers attatched to any addvertised price.

    GP
  • joel0622joel0622 Posts: 3,302
    Understood, but I was just wondering if the poster printed the advertised price they found. If the car is sold I am sure it is not on the web site anymore, especially if it has been brought into question.

    If he didn't print it who does the burden of proof fall on, the customer to prove it was actually advertised at that price, or the dealer to prove it wasn't?

    Was there a trade in involved that the dealer over allowed on the trade and showed retail to retail figures on?

    I agree 100%, if the poster has money due then he should get it. If he is owed a bed liner then he needs to go park the truck in the service and tell them he will move once the bed liner is installed. That is if he does in fact have paper work stating he is owed a bed liner. Better yet demand a check for the $495 bed liner then go to a truck accessories store and buy one for $235. Hell you can put a Rhino Liner in for $495. But as you and I both know there is always two stories and we always just get one of them.

    Advice to all consumers. If the deal is not completed never leave the dealer with out a "We Owe".
  • Thank you all for the responses!

    I actually do have a buyers order for the bedliner for the Dodge. I have made several attempts to call them and ask them for my check. I have even shown up and gotten nowhere because so and so isn't in. I have contacted the BBB and have filed a claim but I haven't gotten any responses from that yet.

    I did print out the page from their website listing the vehicle being priced at $19495 and it even has the VIN number on it.

    So can I go to small claims court and win?
  • Also, it isn't just as easy as going down to their service area. I have to go to a place that can install the liner. The dealership doesn't have anyone who can install the liner there.
  • Thank you all for the responses!

    I actually do have a buyers order for the bedliner for the Dodge. I have made several attempts to call them and ask them for my check. I have even shown up and gotten nowhere because so and so isn't in. I have contacted the BBB and have filed a claim but I haven't gotten any responses from that yet.

    I did print out the page from their website listing the vehicle being priced at $19495 and it even has the VIN number on it.

    So can I go to small claims court and win?
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    is there any fine print at the bottom of the ad-adding on additional fees to that price. there are ads that advertise a certain price such as the $19,495 but with additional fees the actual price is higher.
  • greanpea68greanpea68 Posts: 1,996
    Also, it isn't just as easy as going down to their service area. I have to go to a place that can install the liner. The dealership doesn't have anyone who can install the liner there.

    The dealer must have a company that does it for them that they work with. All you will need is a PO# from the delaer and make sure the sales person or a manager calls them in front of you so you know everything is all set. Drop the Dodge off for a day and bang your bedliner is installed.

    You could bring them to small claims court I guess.

    The thing I can't get is why all the trouble :sick:

    GP
  • Yeah, it does seem like alot of trouble. It's not necessarily about the money anymore it's the principle. If they can take advantage of me, then how many people have they and can they do this to?
  • I do understand that after taxes and all the other stuff that the price does go up. It's the fact that the base price was priced online for less than what they sold it to me for.
  • joel0622joel0622 Posts: 3,302
    So can I go to small claims court and win?

    I am not a lawyer and I don't play one on TV.

    At this point I would contact an attorney and ask him to draft a letter stating you want a check for $495 for the Bed Liner plus the difference in what you paid and what the truck was advertised for.
  • I haven't seen a discussion on the board about using brokers or someone to do the legwork in finding a vehicle.
    I'm a single female who works long hours and I don't have the time to do the legwork involved in finding the truck I want. Plus, the experiences I have had in every dealership is enough to put me off the idea of visiting them again.

    Does anyone know a reputable place to find a broker (if that is the right term) or someone who will take the specifications I have and for a fee, find the truck I'm looking for?

    Thanks
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Try the yellow pages. Or do you have any car nut friends? A lot of people enjoy the car buying and negotiation process, even if doing for someone else, and would do it for nothing.
  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    Here's another thought - if you know precisely what truck you want (trim level, options, color, etc.) and have done some pricing research, call two or three stores that carry the brand and have them locate it for you. It takes just a few minutes for them to check their system and they will do so knowing that you are a serious buyer.

    Once they say they have found one (or more), have them send you documentation on the vehicle(s) so you can be sure everything is right. Then do your negotiations (which shouldn't take very long). They'll do a dealer trade and you'll have exactly what you want.

    You can also do the same thing with email but it can sometimes (depends on the manufacturer) be a bit more cumbersome because of built-in limitations on initial contact.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,485
    "...and would do it for nothing..."

    Gee Jipster, you don't even know if she lives near you!

    That's not a bad idea though.

    Failing that termico, I would just Google for the information. It's hard to recommend anything specific, not knowing what area you live in.

    I would be sure to get written information on what they are providing for the money.

    Good luck and please let us know how it goes. if nothing else we can offer moral support. :)

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • Thanks for the suggestions. The last time I was truck shopping, I had emailed several dealerships with exactly the truck I wanted. I got a ton of return emails, zero of them about the truck I was interested in. The salesmen did not seem motivated to find the truck I wanted, although maybe that won't be the case this time around.

    I do know all the specs I want, I just don't want to go through the stress of negotiations again. I'd truly rather have a root canal done than deal with the salesman/manager at any dealership. Each time I've bought a car, it's been such a unpleasant experience.

    I'm in North Texas, btw. Thanks again, I will try the yellow pages!
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