I Bought a Car
I bought a car Saturday morning. I left my home at 8:35 am and parked the new car in my garage at 10:40 am. Not only that, but the car was EXACTLY what I wanted and the price was less than I had hoped to pay.
How did this happen? I was reading reviews of the Ford Focus. One of the review sites (http://dealers.autosite.com) offered to get sale prices for me. I filled out the form. Within a couple days, my mailbox and voice mail were full of messages from local dealerships. Most wanted me to visit their store to test drive cars. I responded to each email with a description of the car I wanted to purchase and the price I was willing to pay. A lot of dealers did not respond to this note. Most of the dealers that did respond sent me a list of vehicles that were close to what I was looking for with prices that were higher than I wanted to pay.
One guy sent me an email with the window sticker of the exact car I was looking for with a price $700 less than I had hoped to pay. His dealership did not have the car I was looking for, so he got on the computer and located the car at another dealership. He emailed me an excellent price with complete terms including rebates. I gave him a deposit over the phone and picked my car up Saturday. No up-sell. No pressure to buy a service plan. Just a couple signatures and a handshake.
For the record, the car was a 2014 Ford Focus SE Sedan with automatic transmission, air conditioning, and the winter package (heated seats, heated mirrors, and all weather mats) and the price was $14, 304.