Car Price – Let’s talk about the vehicle sale price

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We all know that competition drives car price down. Dealerships do everything they can to discourage you from making them compete. If you research new car prices online you’ll  quickly find it impossible to get complete information about the car you want to buy.

Let's discuss some of the information out here on the web on car price.

A few of the issues I find out there leave me scratching my head.

Often, dealerships might list a price online but you need to contact the dealership to get exact numbers. 

You’ll also frequently see a new car listed with a call to action:  “Call for price”. 

What’s the big secret? I have to ask. Why do we need to call for the car sale price?

What about those advertisements for a low-priced vehicle that says “You must finance with dealership”.

What’s the vehicle sale price if I pay cash? What interest rate is the loan going to be? Again… questions I have.

The point is they will give more details and a vehicle sale price, when you visit their dealership.

Any information you get online is only to drive you into the  dealership. They know that if you spend the time visiting their dealership, the better the chance you will buy from them without contacting another dealership. Most people don’t want to spend their time in dealerships haggling over car prices. So you’ll negotiate the vehicle sale price down and then buy.

And that’s the expectation. They knew you were going to negotiate them down, so the question remains: How much of a buffer did they put in that first number?

How will you ever know if the deal you get is good or not? 

We’re not just talking about the car sale price. We’re talking about the whole deal including financing, dealer fees, add on’s and insurance.

The truth is unless you contact multiple dealerships, you can not be sure you got the best deal.

As a former car salesman, I know that if you only contact one dealership you probably paid more than you had to. The key is to contact multiple dealerships and make them compete.

So regardless of what the car price says online even on sites like cars.com (which I use regularly for my research), you still have got to call and get a break down of the pricing. 

Get a proposal. 

When I first started YCBA Inc I had multiple dealerships refuse to work with me although I do not charge dealerships a penny. I work for the consumer.  Could you imagine a dealership refusing to talk with a friend or family member that was helping you purchase a vehicle?  Don’t most people like to take someone with them when car shopping? They apparently saw me as too knowledgable.

The name of the game is visiting the dealership where you will spend hours negotiating with their sales staff and eventually make a deal because you will not have the patience to go through the same process somewhere else. This is why you cannot buy a new car online with a click. Imagine how easy it would be to shop for a vehicle and how easy it would be to compare deals if you could simply shop from home with a click of a button.

So … will you make dealerships compete? If you contact multiple dealerships you will see a difference in car price, typically thousands of dollars.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Tom Brand

    What is your fee and how do you get paid?

    1. Mike Rumple

      Hi Tom, It’s a flat fee of $499. We discuss our flat fee rate and service offering in our free strategy calls to determine the best fit for our client and whether we think we are a right fit for you.

  2. jess

    DO YOU WORK MIAMI AREA?

  3. Tamra Dore'

    Pretty sure a consumer can get the same deal and you can get them plus they would save the 499 fee you charge which is more commission then the sales person makes on a loser deal!

    1. Mike Rumple

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. To your first point regarding a consumer being able to get the same deal: You many know as a car salesman/woman, if you’re honest, the average consumer pays a lot more for their car deal that an expert. I am not only talking about the sale price but financing as well. I tell people all the time when they call me, that if they have the time, knowledge and patience they could possibly get the same deal. The problem is not everyone has the time and not everyone is comfortable dealing with the process. And… MOST people are just plain fed up with the overall car buying process and don’t want to do it. The consumer doesn’t trust the car buying experience and I don’t blame them. Lastly, to your point that you think I make more than the salesperson on a loser deal. Yes, that might be accurate; however, when I was a traditional car salesman at a dealership I made 4x my fee on a homerun deal and that’s only 25% of profit. I’m not sure why that would bother you. Do you know the costs associated with being a small business owner? It would be real easy to get rid of me. Sadly, I don’t see dealerships changing their processes any time soon and until then I will continue to provide an excellent car buying experience that saves my clients TIME, HEADACHES, and MONEY. – MIke

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