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Old 21st November 2016, 21:06   #241
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An informative video on how to get an upper hand when dealing with dealer, the video is for Australian audience but many of the points discussed are relevant to us Indians as well.





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The Top 20 ways to beat a car dealer

Buying a new car from a car dealership is awful. Getting that new car should be a pleasant experience, but itís not. The deck is stacked against you, and your opponent (the car salesman) is match fit. That car salesman is not on your side. The dealership is not Ďhelping youí. The dealership's mission is to extract your cash - as much of it as possible. Car salesmen have a playbook full of tricks and traps. They do it every day. This video - and these 20 tips for beating the dealer - is the cure.

1. Shop at the end of the month
2. Buy a car in stock
3. Pitch a low offer
4. Abrogate the limit
5. Walk away
6. Sell your used car & get independent finance
7. The dealership is a vending machine
8. Any time a car dealer talks, itís probably bullshit
9. Time pressure is definitely bullshit
10. Thereís plenty of profit in the deal
11. Normal conversational rules and etiquette donít apply
12. Donít answer questions - ask them
13. Donít cave in to emotional pressure
14. Dealer delivery is a scam
15. Donít queue up
16. Scare tactics (protection)
17. Accessories
18. Extended warranties
19. Branded insurance
20. Use a broker - thatís where I come in.
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When you keep a vehicle for 5++ years - ideally 10 years like you kept your existing vehicle - the difference between just the previous and the next year's models is not much in terms of the sale price.

You get decent initial discounts by buying a 2016 car this late in the year, but just check the car's VIN to make sure its not been sitting around several months in the dealer's stockyards else it will be used as a demo car, tow vehicle, personal ride for the staffers etc before it is slightly spruced up and sold to you.

Unless the upcoming 2017 version has any feature that you particularly want, it won't make any difference - especially if there is just cosmetic facelifts here and there.
Thank you so much for the sound advice hserus.
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I'm planning to buy a new Skoda Octavia -

1) Should I buy now, or should wait till Jan to get the MFY17
2) If I buy MFY16 with MY17 features, is it possible to get any discount?

3) Planning for a Ambition plus petrol AT -


please suggest.
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I'm planning to buy a new Skoda Octavia -

1) Should I buy now, or should wait till Jan to get the MFY17
2) If I buy MFY16 with MY17 features, is it possible to get any discount?

3) Planning for a Ambition plus petrol AT -


please suggest.
See my points made in the post above this & ask yourself how long you will keep the car, and whether there is any feature in the 2017 model that justifies your waiting to get it.

If not go for 2016 model + recent month of manufacture + substantial dealer discounts.
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Hello,

I am planning to buy a new car after selling my Rapid Ambition 2012 Petrol.

The criteria for new car are:
1) Automatic / AMT
2) Price: Below 10 Lakh
3) No VW / Skoda.....
4) Safety package mandatory

Please recommend me some options.

Thank you.....
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Hello everyone,
I've booked a Honda City V-MT with a Chennai dealer and will be exchanging my WagonR upon delivery. My concern is that the RM has asked me to hand over the My WagonR's RC book (original) and copy of insurance paper right away as they have evaluated the car price for this month. My new car is supposed to arrive by mid of next month and I can continue to use my Wagon R till they deliver the new car. The reason is that he needs to provide the documents to Honda. Not sure how far this is true. Is this is the right process? Should I hand over my RC book to the dealer in this scenario? I thought I should be retaining the RC book and hand it over only at the time actual transfer. The dealer also said he will give it in writing that he has collected my RC book and insurance paper

I searched Team-BHP but couldn't get a specific response for this issue. Any advice in this regard is appreciated.
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Don't. Let them appraise the car whenever they take delivery of it and calculate a lower or a higher price depending.

Meanwhile put the car on olx and see if you get a better price in any case.

Keep your car papers with you till the car is in your possession.

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Hello everyone,
I've booked a Honda City V-MT with a Chennai dealer and will be exchanging my WagonR upon delivery. My concern is that the RM has asked me to hand over the My WagonR's RC book (original) and copy of insurance paper right away as they have evaluated the car price for this month. My new car is supposed to arrive by mid of next month and I can continue to use my Wagon R till they deliver the new car. The reason is that he needs to provide the documents to Honda. Not sure how far this is true. Is this is the right process? Should I hand over my RC book to the dealer in this scenario? I thought I should be retaining the RC book and hand it over only at the time actual transfer. The dealer also said he will give it in writing that he has collected my RC book and insurance paper

I searched Team-BHP but couldn't get a specific response for this issue. Any advice in this regard is appreciated.
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Thanks a lot hserus! Practically, every dealer said the same thing but I was hesitant. I didnt want them to lower the price later on so was a little worried. But then giving the papers were risky.rochy I will put it on OLX as you suggested.
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I had booked a Honda City VMT last month and they had given me an estimated arrival date of March 28. I followed up with the sales person regularly. When it came March 28 he said there's a delay and that the car will arrive only by April 4. He also said that I should pay the whole amount before April 1 to avoid price hike. Another dealer had told me that the price hike takes effect from April 6 as thats when they get the new prices. As mine was coming earlier, I had told the salesperson to inform me on April 4 itself and I will come to inspect the car and pay the full amount the same day if I am fine with the car. I followed up this morning and he says he alloted the car to another person who paid the whole amount. Is there anything I can do in this instance? I called hia team leader and he said he will check the salesperson but that he may have done that to close year end deals. He said he will check and get back. Should I have paid the full amount without seeing the car? Any advice or suggestion is appreciated.
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.......Is there anything I can do in this instance?....
If you were given the VIN of your allotted car, you could try escalating to Honda. You are unlikely to get much traction at dealer level.

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Should I have paid the full amount without seeing the car? Any advice or suggestion is appreciated.
Absolutely not! The correct procedure is the pay a booking amount, do a thorough PDI and if satisfied, pay up and register the car in your name.

Why would you want to pay a million+ rupees for something you haven't even seen yet? Given the absolutely lack of consumer protection in this country, what would you do if the car is transit-damaged, a lemon, or has obvious issues that make you want to back off?

This may cause a minor delay, esp. with popular models where there are plenty of people willing to pay upfront, but you're better off being circumspect.
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No, they didn't share the VIN number. Most people are even surprised about the need to inspect a vehicle. Anyways, I sent an email to Honda team that sent me a welcome email in which they mention they allot vehicles on a first come basis. I added the media relations person as well as I don't have any other Honda contacts.
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No, they didn't share the VIN number. Most people are even surprised about the need to inspect a vehicle.....
Did any of your communication at dealer-level happen in writing (emails, texts, WhatsApp etc.)? If not, escalating won't help much as it will just turn into their word against yours.

For future reference, please insist all important communication be put in writing. VIN#, dispatch information, financials (deals offered, if any). That way, you actually have information to escalate with, if needed.

Don't hand over money, your old car or any ORIGINAL documents before you see the car and are OK to proceed. If the dealer is adamant you have to play by his rules and Honda doesn't intervene, you're better off taking your business to another dealer, if available in your location.

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Yes, I do have an email communication. I actually called the sales head and he said the dealership needs to pay the full amount when the car is dispatched from Honda. "By the time it reaches Chennai, the price will increase - who will pay for the balance amount?" he asked. Apparently, someone in queue paid in full so they allotted the car to them. According to an Autoportal contact, all dealer offers apply to that specific month. So what applies in March may not apply in April. I was offered freebies in March that are unlikely to be passed on the subsequent month. So I've actually asked another SA to share availability and take a booking for the earliest delivery. They are yet to confirm pricing and related offers.
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I have a query regarding the booking process:

I am in the process of booking a Polo TSi with VW Bangalore (Elite Motors) dealer on Hosur road.

1) I requested the dealer to remove the illegal delivery & logistic charges of Rs.8700, but he said it is a standard fee charged by all VW dealers. However, Palace Cross & Apple auto gave me different quotes. When I complained to VW customer care about this, they simply forwarded the query back to the dealer. Fine whatever, I got tired and decided to pay this illegal fee.

2) I asked the dealer to provide me with a proforma invoice with the break-up of prices, and clearly mention the promised delivery date on this document.

--> Today morning, the sales advisor told me that he had emailed me the break-up, but I did not receive any of his emails.

--> I spoke to the CRM head over the phone and he assured me that it will be taken care of.

--> Now, the sales advisor tells me that proforma invoice can only be generated and given directly to the bank for loan processing. Since my loan is already approved, he apparently CANNOT provide me with a proforma invoice.

Is this practice normal? Am being paranoid or is something really fishy going on?

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