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Car buying - Haggling days over?

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banned5y, 6m agoPosted 5 years, 6 months ago
Just been to buy a car at a main Ford dealership. Seems they don't budge on price anymore. According to them they offer a price match policy and that's it and they say other dealers now do the same.

Anyway I didn't buy the car but are the haggling days over? THey must have been telling the truth I guess as they let a sale go.
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banned5y, 6m agoPosted 5 years, 6 months ago
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#1
May just be the time of year. Wait a while if you dont need to buy immediately and things may change.
#2
gone are the days of "what will you do me for cash?" all they want is the credit now ... makes them more money !
banned#3
Looking online it would seem they don't allow haggling, according to an ex-employee. (talking about Evans Halshaw)

Crazy system, they must surely lose plenty of sales.
#4
Maybe there are shortages of Japanese cars at the moment and the dealers feel more certain of being able to drive a hard bargain.
But if times get tougher they WILL start to accept offers again.
banned#5
Seems strange. Try another dealer
#6
Glad you voted with your feet,best way,I bought a new car recently and the showroom was doing most of the haggling to get me to take the car :)
#7
All you can haggle on these days is a full tank of petrol or 12 moths tax.
banned#8
I picked a right time to begin my haggling career. I hate the idea of doing it but I felt it was my manly duty to do so. I had 3 of their sales guys arguing with me over it.
#9
Try nearer the end of the month you may get something especially if they are miles away from hitting its monthly target. Beginning to middle of the month you'll find hardly any retailers moving.
banned#10
simplyjimbo
Try nearer the end of the month you may get something especially if they are miles away from hitting its monthly target. Beginning to middle of the month you'll find hardly any retailers moving.


It seems, after a bit of research, that a lot of the major dealers are operating this way now. Seems like price fixing to me...
#11
simplyjimbo
Try nearer the end of the month you may get something especially if they are miles away from hitting its monthly target. Beginning to middle of the month you'll find hardly any retailers moving.

and also in June.. the end of the quarter...
I got £4000 off a new car and they told me it was for figures
They always hit March and Sept due to the new reg
#12
What about doing a search on drive the deal and getting them to match that dealer.

http://www.drivethedeal.com/
banned#13
This was for a 2nd hand car by the way.
#14
Go try again on the 31st late afternoon this will be your best chance if they haven't hit targets. Also ask what deals they have on different colours and specs they have as they may have stock to shift. But don't expect silly discounts as those days are gone.

When I bought my car I spent the day phoning dealers within an couple of hours drive away saying I wanted to buy the car today then took my list to my local dealer and at first he wouldn't get close and it slowly started to come down. I didn't get my deal until I stood up and said I had to leave to phone another garage to order the car then the sales man went to see his boss. He came out and I told him the maximum price I would pay and that I would pay today by debit card then I got my price.
When I went to pick up my car 5 weeks later the sales guy said my sale only made him £26 commission and the dealership less than £400.
The funny thing was they had a year old secondhand same spec and colour car outside for only £5 less than I paid for a new one.
#15
Wasn't a cmax was it?
banned#16
sancho1983
Wasn't a cmax was it?


Just a standard Focus. I'm guessing you have a Cmax?
banned 1 Like #17
Round two of me vs car salesmen today. Going to avoid Evans Halshaw completely in protest against their business practice.
#18
master_chief
sancho1983
Wasn't a cmax was it?


Just a standard Focus. I'm guessing you have a Cmax?


Yup
1 Like #19
turn up with the cash in ur pocket and wave it in front of their face just before u walk out
banned#20
DudeyGeeza
turn up with the cash in ur pocket and wave it in front of their face just before u walk out


I've already decided to boycott their business though I'm sure they'd prefer finance customers anyway.
banned#21
Right off out in a few mins. I'm going to walk away from any dealer with this no haggle policy.
#22
We got £4k off a new Volvo last week so must depend on the dealership.
banned#23
Soaps
We got £4k off a new Volvo last week so must depend on the dealership.


Deals aplenty to be had with new cars, it's the 2nd hand market that seems to have changed for the big dealers.

Still not bought one. I hate shopping for things I have no real interest in.

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