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Custom Ordering Your New Car

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited September 2014 in General

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  • getting the right dealer is key. Any time I've mentioned special ordering the dealers get twitchy. I don't know if they run into too many people that back out of the deal or if turnover happens so fast that the salesman figures he won't be there when the commission finally happens
  • YAAAWWWNNN!!! Day after Day of posts on minivans CUV's and ford E-150 boxes. Wheres the interesting reviews??? Insideline has turned into Edmunds.
  • greenponygreenpony Chicago, ILPosts: 531
    When I was buying a new car last year, I found that dealers would quote me on the particular vehicle I wanted, whether they had one on their lot or not. This confused me a couple times because when I'd request a test drive the response would be that they don't have the car but they could locate it. I didn't get the impression they were being shady about it, more like just trying to be the first to offer me a deal on the car I wanted. I imagine the same sort of quoting imaginary cars would apply to a custom order.
  • tbone85tbone85 Posts: 27
    Dealers get twitchy because they'd much rather move the inventory they are paying carrying costs for. They have a much greater incentive to sell a car they have on hand to a real buying customer.

    I've ordered one car, and it was OK. Got exactly what I wanted, but had to wait about 6 weeks. I attempted to order another one years later, but the dealer did a search and found exactly what I wanted at another dealership a few hundred miles away. They trucked the car in 3 days later and off I drove.
  • kellermkellerm Posts: 2
    "One of the harshest realities of the car buying process is the disappointment you feel when you realize that the car you had your heart set on cannot be found on any dealer's lot. It doesn't have to be like this."

    You bet it doesn't. Axe the protectionist auto franchise laws so we can have true competition and innovation in this market. I can order a $11,000 natural gas boiler for my house with two clicks on Amazon Prime, but I can't buy a car the same way? Please don't give up , Mr. Musk, this needs to change.

    Within the current (horrible, inefficient, antiquated) system, my best advice is to skip dealer trades, find the dealer that does have the car you are interested in, and just go there and buy it. There are plenty of tools available to locate what you want. As soon as a dealer does a trade for you, he is less willing to negotiate, and you may be on the hook for a deposit. Better, get an out the door price (including tax and fees .. which you should also negotiate down) via email before you walk in, and walk right back out if they can't deliver that.
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