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Do Car Dealers Give Discounts Anymore?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Roland, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Roland

    Roland Active Member

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    My son is looking to buy a car this week, no trade in, cash buyer.

    He has been round quite a few dealers and most have said no discount off the screen price, one knocked £250 off an already well over priced car and another £99 off a fair price.

    I thought that if you didn't have a trade in that was worth a bit but it doesn't seem to count these days!

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  3. John Marwood

    John Marwood Well-Known Member

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    Confusing innerit

    Is What Car still going?

    And that place on the A5 in Cannuch?
  4. Roland

    Roland Active Member

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    Been to the place in Cannock, they were the ones to offer £99 off.
  5. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

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    Try Davis and Jeggo in Newport, I know about 10 people that have used them over the years and have got some very good deals and some very good service.
  6. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Buying cash is the problem, they make a lot of their money on the financing. Tell a sales rep he's already losing 60% of his commission and he's unlikely to do himself out of the rest! I'd say don't mention how you'll be paying at all, even ask what it would be monthly, then when a deal is struck say you'll just pay it all in one go. They will likely backpedal, just how much will show you their own profit margin. Every quid they add back on is a quid the salesman was going to get.

    Not that I don't think the salesmen should get a cut, god knows they are paid shite in most places, but I'd always rather keep money in my own bank than a strangers.
  7. hop

    hop Active Member

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    I think it probably depends on the car model and the time in the sales cycle. All sales men have targets and so are more willing to negotiate at particular times (e.g. end of quarter) when they need to hit their target. I believe christmas is a very bad time for them and you can get good deals in the new year.

    My experience when looking for a new car was that the VAG dealers were unwilling to negotiate and don't like cash buyers since they probably make a fair amount of money selling finance and gap policies.
    When I was negotiating with a VW dealer for a new car it seemed we were talking a different language.
    In the end I ended up using this site http://www.orangewheels.co.uk/ and buying the car over the internet. It was exactly the same specification car but at a much more reasonable price. You pick the car up from a dealer and it is a UK specification car not an import or European model.
    Basically this site has group purchasing power. They put a lot of orders through to a specific dealer who in turn gives them a reasonable discount. Worth checking out, I found the whole process to be smooth and hassle free and more importantly I was able to use this approach to compound discounts. I scraped a car which gave me £2000 for an old banger and through the site saved another £800 and then through a slip up on the build I got another £500 worth of extras for free.
    So overall it saved me £3,300 or around £1,200 over what I would have got from the dealer.
  8. That-Crazy-Rat-Lady

    That-Crazy-Rat-Lady Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Tek - go along with the finance things, they will offer discounts to get you in (at the end of the day tho the more discount they offer the less commission they get) and legally once they have offered it to you at that price they cant backtrack.

    At the end of the day I would never buy from a dealer – second hand all the way – much better value!
  9. grumpystaffordguy

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    What budget? £99 off is perfectly acceptable if its a £995 car for example.
    I'm going to guess your looking for the most popular type of car (small and cheap to run) and your budget is sub £5k. Unfortunately that is what is in demand these days. If you are a cash buyer why not buy in a private sale? The warranty offered by a dealer on an older car will more than likely be worthless anyway.
    If you need any help or advice let me know as I get through a fair few cars every year myself. Unfortunately I don't have anything available at the moment though.
  10. Roland

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    He is looking for a Corsa between £5K-£6K.

    Surely adding on a couple of hundred quid so you can knock it off agin is good sales practise, everyone likes to think they have got a bargain even if they haven't.

    So salesmen these days are little more than order takers if there is no haggling involved.

    Another thing that is p*****g me off is they all want to add £100.00 admin fee to the price!
  11. Dabbler

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    Not sure where he is shopping for a car, but that sounds like an Evans Halshaw type practice. We have bought our cars in recent years from Hill & Swift in Stone, it is family run and they treat us like human beings. They have a Corsa on their website, but lower than your budget.

    My advice would be shop around, there are lots of cars out there and if you're not happy with the deal, walk away. Having said that, if a car is overpriced to begin with, getting a discount may be easy, but you're not really getting a bargain!
  12. grumpystaffordguy

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    Would a 10 plate Seat Ibiza with 15k on the clock be of interest? £6k no offers
  13. proactive

    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    That's fairly common practice if you're getting a car on credit through a dealer. Better to get a loan from the bank. Better still if you can avoid taking a loan out on a heavily depreciating asset like a car.

    Try Bank Top at Gnosall, Hill & Swift in Stone or Hodsons in Penkridge,

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