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Choosing a Dealer - What to Look For



  • joel0622joel0622 Posts: 3,302
    Ya, because the bank or CU don't care about making money. They are completely different than the dealership.

    Thats funny!!!!!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,856
    GEEZ and all this time I was thinking that my bank was a philanthropic institution. :shades:

    I am hear they are only interested in a profit!!

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  • exb0exb0 Posts: 539
    Actually, most Credit Unions are "not-for-profit" organizations. Yes, they do charge interest on their loans, but usually not as much as retail banks, and definitely not as much F&I guys try to charge. Therefore, it is a good idea to see what rate someone could get before they go to a dealership.
  • Just about sealed the deal on a new car but one thing bothers me.
    The dealer where I finally decided to buy the car didn't have the car on the lot in the color or extras that I wanted.
    He is at this moment having one brought in from another dealer, he wanted charge me extra for that but I refused and got the same price that we had agreed on if he'd had one on his lot.
    While we were doing the paperwork I found that I would be paying sales tax on the price that the car was selling for at this other lot. Not on the final price that we had agreed on for the car.
    Does this sound right or is there room for argument here.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 10,852
    "...paying sales tax on the price the car was selling for at this other lot..."

    Not a sales tax expert but that not only sounds like like a dealer scam but also like tax fraud. I know my state only requires tax to be charged on the actually sales price. I think your dealer is trying to make some money off you.

    Can you imagine going into Best Buy and purchasing a TV during a 50% off sale and then being charged tax on the pre-sale price?

    2015 Mustang GT, 2009 PT Cruiser, 2004 Chevy Van

  • That's kind of what I thought, however I will be checking out the final paperwork and if the correct tax amount is not on the paper there will be a problem. I don't mind paying it if it is legal and my dealer is passing on the taxable amount I pay to the state .
  • joel0622joel0622 Posts: 3,302
    Ya they are non profit just like most big churches are, for tax purposes..
  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039

    I had a customer who needed money down and a cosignor on his car purchase. His uncle, pastor at a megachurch, pulls up in his Bentley to sign the paperwork for his nephew and put $15k down.

    The church business is GOOD!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,856
    You're not being fair to the pastor. That's probably the only Bentley he owns.

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  • lhylhy Posts: 48
    Are there any websites (besides Edmunds) that provide informative ratings of used car dealerships?

    I am looking for reasonably trustworthy used car dealerships in Oregon.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 10,852
    "...ratings of used car dealerships..."

    I'd try the BBB or even your state's Attorney General's office. Just remember, crooked dealers can fold up one corporation and open up under another corporate name and look clean.

    Word of mouth is usually the best.

    2015 Mustang GT, 2009 PT Cruiser, 2004 Chevy Van

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,899
    Oregon is a tough market,almost like California.

    Ask family and friend for a referral is the bst way to find a quality dealer.
  • :sick:

    We bought an Odyssey from them. When we were talking to the sales guy he asked us to sign on a blank piece of paper. I asked "what for?" he said to state our intention to buy a car!! We already felt uncomfortable and didn't sign. As we have just moved to the US we never have credit history so we believe we need to buy the car with cash. Since we just moved from oversea we really needed a car so we decided to take the car but we had to wait one week for the money to get transferred from Europe. They asked us to signed the buying contract which was done on Jan 20 in order for them to keep the car for us until we get money. Jan 27 we took delivery of the car. We got 30 days warranty or 1000 miles. We didn't know about the 1000 miles which is our own mistake as we didn't check the TRUE mileage and they simply put the mileage recorded on Jan 2 when the car was inspected (25 days before delivery of the car) also the delivery date on it was Jan 20. We asked them to make correction the guy said don't worry about it we know you we will fix it for you. (I knew I shouldn't believe that!! but we were tired of all this car buying as we have 2 years old girl with us all the time and want to just get it done) 2 weeks later the car has problem with the sliding door.. it took them 1 week to get it fixed. 5 days after we got the car back the transmission failed. They said it cost 4,500 to get it fixed!!!! They said the car was driven 1,100 miles and already exceed the warranty which they calculate based on the mileage read on Jan 2 and not when the car was delivered which is 25 days later!! I spoke to the sales manager who kept lying that he will do this and do that to help us and he will get back to me. He NEVER call me even once. I called him 8 times within 1 week and finally got to talk to him. He didn't do anything at all. He kept lying and sweet talk. They don't take any responsibility at all. :sick: I BELIEVE THEY REALLY CHEAT US TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE WHO CAME FROM OVERSEA NOT KNOWING THEIR TRICK.. COME WITH CASH..THEY SELL OFF..AND KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND EVERYONE TO STAY AWAY FROM THIS DEALER. THEY WASTED OUR TIME, ENERGY, FEELING, AND MONEY.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    You may want to write up an item for our Dealer Ratings and Reviews.

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