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  • I had an Audi 1998 A6 Quattro on a lease. Fortunately ALL the maintenance was up to Audi as was the warranty. The lease was 3y/36K. It had so many suspension problems in that time, it's a good thing I didn't have to pay for repairs. 2 oil leaks, several other engine sensor problems. The only good things were the 4wd performance in snow and the way it protected me when I got rear-ended while at a stop by a SUV going 50+ mph. The SUV hit the driver's side rear, rolled onto 2 wheels, then came down on my hood. $14,000+ damage (totalled) and EMS was able to just open the driver's door even with a small buckle in the roof.

    Still, no more Audi's for me.

    We have an 04 MDX with 156K on it. It's been at the dealer once, for the 105K timing belt. That's it. Not one problem.
  • billy3554billy3554 Posts: 148
    Thankfully, not all dealerships remain in the dark ages of automobile sales. Some have actually embraced the internet and gained access to the large number of potential customers who choose to use the internet.

    Savy buyers know any price given by a dealer is not the lowest price, even if given over the internet. However, selecting a dealer who provides a comptetive starting price rather than one who refuses to provide a price or provides one which is not comptetive starts the process at a much better price level for the buyer.

    Regarding internet inquiries, sales people have no idea who is on the other end of the inquiry. Obviously, some may be serious and others not. So what? Not every sales lead results in a sale but surely sales leads which are ignored never result in a sale. Really, are sales people so busy on a weekday they cannot take a few moments to send an email?

    Good internet sales people recognize a person asking for a price is expecting a price. Not responding to a specific customer request is most assuredly certain to drive that customer to another dealership.

    Use of the internet gives the sales person one chance before the potential customer moves on. For every sales person ignoring an email inquiry there is another sales person who is most appreciative. In the age of the internet everyone knows pricing anyway. Ignoring that fact will not change it in any way.

    A prime reason people use the internet is to avoid (1) telephone calls where a sales person can size them up and perhaps (2) to get a general feel of the sales practices of the dealership. As most of us understand, buyers should always maintain control of the process. Smart buyers use the internet to size up the sales person and dealership rather than allowing the sales person to size them up.

    One might inquire, if a dealership is afraid to provide an offer, why do they bother with the charade of offering a price (click here for your special internet price) on their web site?

    Oh, one final note, a customer does not need a written price from a dealership to show to a competitor. Anyone who thinks otherwise is ignoring the reality of today's market. In my experience, a verbal quote works just fine. If price is most important, a person need only tell the competitor the price and ask if they can beat it. If not, just go back to the other dealership. If the price is realistic, my bet is most dealers will match it or beat it.
  • billy3554billy3554 Posts: 148
    You are correct about Radley Acura. They do seem to provide quality internet quotes. Also Pohanka in Chantilly. Perhaps that is why those two dealerships seem to have the most business in the DC area. Two examples of dealerships who have embraced the internet process.

    I would also mention Norris Acura in Maryland which also seems to have a very robust internet sales department while saving a few bucks due to a lower doc fee.
  • fastgstfastgst Posts: 46
    I'd say if you use internet do not ever ever give them your phone number or call them up. Arrange as much as possible via e-mail, internet sales guys actually seem to take shifts and you may get alot of automated follow up e-mail next week, as long as you e-mail back and express interest in a car, someone will help you eventually.

    Almost everytime I called a dealer / internet sales it got very aggressive and actually abrasive. Also some lies trying to lure you in. In my case, although not an Acura but I was trying to find out about the cars in their inventory what options does each one have. The person who answer the phone flat out refuses to tell you what it comes with. They are afraid the wrong options will turn me away. I was countered with 2 questions per each of my question.

    Finally I improved my "e-mail only" rule and made it clear in my request that I will only consider your dealership if you tell me what options is on this car..
    if you can't tell me this, I understand but I'm going to shop at another place.
    And I started to get a picture of the MSRP sticker of the window or the dealer invoice listing exactly what the car has. A sales person who at least made an effort to walk out to the lot instead of trying some baiting tactics over the phone or e-mail was worth my sale even if I did not get rock bottom price.

    Also never express too much interest in a car particular color or interior color etc. I made a mistake of trying to negotiate a set price on a car 8 hours drive away. I got excited and decided to give that "personal touch" of calling up the guy I had been e-mailing with, that's when they wanted me to sign a purchase order and put $1k on my credit card so I can pick it up that weekend, for that extra $200 off. I refused and the guy hung up on me. I could have done much better just flying in and do the offer. It was incredibly difficult to get each $100 off because I had expressed the interest and effort of wanting THAT particular car.

    Although sometimes you WILL get a great offer via the e-mail or phone that blows the price of other dealers by almost $500-$1000. I ended up submitting a similar offer via e-mail ($2000 below invoice), after a consult with their GM it was accepted, oh cool, can you show me the car on saturday hopefully to close the deal? Of course. No phone call was needed.
  • trblmkrtrblmkr Posts: 8
    I and my friend got 2013 RDX AWD BASE each from two different dealerships in Central NJ for $33,6xx + docs + TTL. We picked up particular colors and had waited few days to get them, after paying a deposit.
    I am looking at dchautomotiveparts dot com to buy accessories. It seems to be the cheapest genuine around.
  • martin2498martin2498 Posts: 22
    edited July 2012
    Hello everyone,

    Just an FYI I was quoted at $38,415 including destination fee for the AWD + tech package. For the AWD no tech package quote was $34,700 including destination.

    Add onto this 6.35% for CT sales tax, registration, and documentation (dealer said their documentation was $298)

    So including everything final prices
    AWD + tech, about $41k
    For AWD not tech, about $37k

    Do these look like good prices?
    Thank you!
  • Which CT dealer?
  • tructruc Posts: 4
    edited July 2012

    I got the same deal in DFW. I purchased the AWD with Tech package including dealer options (tint, wheel locks and mats) for $38,350. Don't know if that is a great price, but it's too late now.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,181
    Looks like you guys both got about $2k under MSRP which is a good price for a newly redesigned vehicle that hasn't been out that long and is in demand. That's about the best price I've seen posted(which I believed) on several different forums.
  • rcj03xrcj03x Posts: 1
    Hey Truc,

    What dealership in DFW was this? Thank you.
  • tructruc Posts: 4
    edited July 2012
    it was vandergriff acura in arlington. i also tried goodson acura, but they never came back with a quote. it took them about a week to agree to the deal. they were trying to get me to go 38620. i offered 38200. they let me walk out the door. a few days later, i got an email for 38500. i told them i would split the difference and he called me an hour later and asked me when was i going to pick it up. i got the white diamond awd with tech package.
  • geosynchgeosynch Posts: 1
    saz_1, congrats on a great deal. I'm in NoVA and looking to pick up an RDX AWD/tech from Radley this weekend. Your price was fantastic, I'd like to see if I can get them to make me the same offer. Any chance you can provide any details such as the salesperson that you worked with? What other dealer's quotes did you use to work them down?
  • tclstcls Posts: 8
    Two San Diego area dealers quoted $33,440 or so for a baseline 2013 RDX (no packages) over the phone/Internet, which is about $350 over invoice. I got it at that price (plus tax and fees) mid July.
  • eli2tyreeeli2tyree Posts: 6
    Great deal. Did the $33400 include destination? What was your out the door price?
  • martin2498martin2498 Posts: 22
    It in actually in MA because I currently live here and am moving to CT so will have to pay that tax. It was Acura Walpole.
  • It would be helpful if the price is "Out of the door" or "+TTL"... it a big different between the two deals!
  • ron233ron233 Posts: 1
    I got a quote for RDX FWD with tech package for 37415 (MSRP 38020+895 = 38915) and after taxes in NC OTD price came to 39100. He is giving All season protection package I ( weather mats + wheel locks + splash guards ) and cargo tray with this price. Is this a good deal??
  • tclstcls Posts: 8
    You much know that the invoice before destination is $35,670 for FWD+Tech Package. ( I paid $400 above invoice+destination for the FWD w/o Tech but with cargo tray. So whether it's high depends on how much the protection package is worth. But my gut feeling is that the price quoted to you is not the best you can get.
  • What is the hang up with destination? At least it's a consistent charge that makes sense (getting the vehicle from the factory to the dealership). I don't see why everyone seems to think it's BS. The documentation fees, on the other hand, seem to vary from location to location and are much more open for interpretation in my opinion. In addition, destination has a tangible benefit; I don't want to have to go to the factory to pick up my car.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,181
    You're 100% correct. People that don't know any better think destination is some kind of extra negotiable charge and it isn't. It's part of the invoice price. Some people think..."hey, I live down the street from the factory, why should I have to pay the same as someone 2000 miles from the factory?' The only reason the dest. chg. is broken out on the invoice is for advertising purposes, so they can advertise a lower price and then say "plus destination". Try to negotiate the "destination charge" off your next refrigerator and see how well that works. It's part of the invoice price and it is not negotiable.

    Ok, you may get some hot shot that says, "bull...., I negotiated the destination off the price". Well, what they really did was they got the dealer to lower their sales price by about the amount of the destination charge. Dealer doesn't care what you call a discount, they just care about the bottome line price. Same way with doc fees. Some states regulate the fees as to how much they can charge and then say if they do charge a doc fee, they have to charge the same to everybody or leave themselves open to discrimination risk. So they all charge and when some "expert negotiator" says they will not pay that exhorbitant doc fee the dealer just says ok and lowers the sale price of the vehicle by that amount and joe blow negotiator thinks they really showed that dealer what for. ;)

    Bottome line ---quit worrying about what it's called and just negotiate to your price, it doesn't matter how the dealer breaks it down on the paperwork.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Everywhere, USAPosts: 126,124
    Conversely, you negotiate what seems like a good price on the car, and when they start adding it up, there is an additional fee of $795 for destination.... What?

    "Oh, everyone has to pay for destination... why would we include that in the negotiated price?"

    So... it goes both ways.. :)

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  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,181
    It's clearly stated on the window sticker so that would be odd that the customer wouldn't realize it's part of the overall price. Not that I doubt that it has happened but it has never happended to me and I've bought a lot of cars over the years. If I had spent a lot of time negotiating and then they tried to drop that on me.....I would walk, period! Then I know I'm dealing with a real shyster outfit.

    I've lived in states where the doc fees are reasonable(as reasonable as it can be I guess) of $150 or less. In Illinois I think it may be something like $151.50. In those states that the dealers want to charge $300, $400 and even $500 I guess you just have to be real diligent and ask up front before you even start negotiating. Nothing wrong with "hey, before we start, what's your doc fee and do you include the dest chg in the negotiation?"
  • Guys, Help me locate best dealer and price to buy Acura RDX 2013 in Washington state, esp in and around Seattle. I got offer for $ 39,300, But that is bit expensive as I feel.

  • billy3554billy3554 Posts: 148
    Destination, freight, is part of the MSRP of the vehicle. Savy buyers should consider the freight part of the negotiated price rather than a fee.

    Documentation fees, on the other hand, are not a cost to a dealer, not part of the price of the car, and most certainly not a fee. Dealers attaching the word fee is clearly designed to enforce the belief, to many buyers, the "fee" is a required part of the deal. In fact, the documentation fee is nothing more than profit for the dealer.

    One thing to recognize is the dealer most likely must segregate the fee in the deal. Dealers selectively charging the fee to only some customers will likely run afoul of discrimination laws. However that does not mean a buyer has to pay the fee. A smart buyer will negotiate a price, say $20,000. The dealer would likely try to add the fee, say $300, and make the price $20,300, A savy buyer would say no way and demand the deal be stated as $19,700 + $300 = $20,000.

    It astounds me how many people posting on Edmunds seem to have accepted this dealer scam!
  • pzzcatpzzcat Posts: 20
    i was quoted at $38,760 for AWD+Tech Package NYC MSRP $40,315 ....ANY ADVICE
  • Hugo_StiglitzHugo_Stiglitz Posts: 167
    edited August 2012
    -2K MSRP is the target
  • pzzcatpzzcat Posts: 20
    got it,THANK YOU
  • pzzcatpzzcat Posts: 20
    i was quoted at NYC $38,760 and NJ (22 MI from my home )$37860 for AWD+Tech Package MSRP $40,315 ....ANY ADVICE
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 32,870
    buy in Jersey?

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • pzzcatpzzcat Posts: 20
    edited August 2012
    dont know, do you think good price (save $900)
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