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Navigating Different Dealerships

CTJoshCTJosh Posts: 15
edited January 2019 in General
Hello!
I'm not sure where on the forums to put this- all the discussions seem to be centered on specific makes and models. Please direct me to a more appropriate place in the forums if needed.
So I am looking to lease a car. I'm trying to figure out how to handle the fortunate benefit of having multiple dealerships within a decent drive from me. Let's say I am interested in possibly leasing a Ford Escape (I havent settled on that but for example...). There is a Ford dealer 15 minutes from me, easy and convenient, but they have very little in terms of actual cars on their lot. It's a nice place to go for a test drive, but the options that I would want it is unlikely they would have a car on their lot with them. Now, I can drive 45-60 minutes and hit several other Ford dealers which have larger inventories. I would think that I would get a much better deal if I go to the actual dealership with the car with the colors/options/features I want than if I go to my local dealership and say "find me a car with xyz....". Is that correct or not necessarily? I dont want to waste my local salesman's time if in the end it would be better for me to go a little further away. The second part of my question is if I do buy a car from a dealer an hour away, and then I need service, is there any issue bringing it to the local dealership for service. Do they notice, do they care, will I be treated "worse"? Thanks for your thoughts.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 167,057
    I think you have the right idea. You can usually get a better deal on a car that is actually on the lot. And, also know that the deal will stick.

    You can service your car at your local dealership. Most service departments want all the work they can get, even if it's warranty work.

    Did you get a good deal? Be sure to come back and share!

    Edmunds Moderator

  • CTJoshCTJosh Posts: 15
    thanks so much kyfdx!
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