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bwia
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Vehicle(s) that interest me
Jaguar XJ
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I like money
Vehicle(s) I currently own
2011 Buick LaCrosse CXS
  • Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    Can you return a new vehicle?

    I would think not, but here is what Prime Auto says about its return policy. Sales gimmick or honest desire to please the customer?

    "Every car at Prime comes with Prime Peace of Mind; a guarantee that if you weren’t satisfied with your purchase you can return the vehicle within 48 hours and get your money back without a hassle. And on used vehicles sold at a Prime dealership, you can return your vehicle within 30 days or 750 miles and exchange it for a different vehicle of the same or greater value." http://www.driveprime.com/prime-peace-of-mind.

    And here is what a finance manager says about unwinding a sale: "It's an accounting nightmare," Eleazer wrote. "Commissions need to be charged back, even if the month has already closed and everyone has been paid. Your manufacturer's statement of origin must be retrieved from the DMV. Affidavits must be executed to retain the vehicle's new-car status; if you don't, you've got a huge depreciation on your hands. And, finally, if a trade-in was involved, the payoff must be refunded by the bank and the title received on that trade returned."

    I once bought a mattress with a return policy but there were so many conditions tacked on it that it was not worth the bother.

  • Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    Oh, Oh, I may have committed a Venial Sin because I was flagged for Spamming.

    Apparently, I got into this predicament when I mentioned a particular auto dealership's return policy. I was not promoting the dealership in anyway. In fact, I was skeptical of the veracity of their unconditional return policy.

    I beg for forgiveness and I hope the Edmunds' hosts will remove the offending post. A thousand pardons for this unfortunate faux pas.

  • Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    @Mr_Shiftright said: Given the carnage reflected in the annual statistics of auto fatalities and injuries, I don't understand how anyone could think that a particular car was "safe". There's really no such thing as a "safe car"--that is marketing poof---at best one could say that "some cars are less dangerous than others". The dynamics of an auto accident are far too complex to plan against them.

    After all, you are surrounded by glass, not armor plate.

    Agreed but your last comment is not entirely true. The accident death rate was extremely high in the last half of the 20th century because of extremely rigid steel structures. Thanks to Mercedes Benz and others for their innovations with crumple zone technology designed to absorb the impact forces of a crash or collision.

  • Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    Oh, Oh

    In the latest round of recalls announced yesterday, my Buick Lacrosse is on that list for a bolt problem in the driver's seat. They caution that owners should refrain from raising the seat until the problem is remedied.

  • Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    @oldfarmer50 said: "Although the starting price was U.S. $2,550 but after transportation, import duties, environmental tax, and broker's fee, the final drive-off price will be U.S. $13,100. And that is a bargain versus buying locally."

    Wow! Over $10k in fees and taxes on a $2500 car. :s

    I hope transportation was a big part of that.

    Here is a rough break-down of the final cost:

    Cost............................................................. $2,550

    Transportation + insurance......................... 2,080

    CIF (cost, insurance, freight)...................... 4,630

    Port charges (govt. taxes) 148% of CIF..... 6,714

    Commissions.............................................. 1,050

    Other fees and bribes................................. 707

    Total.......................................................... $13,100