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Old 12-12-2002, 10:01 PM   #1
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I just received a quote from Carlsen Subaru and, from what I read on this board, it's a great price. But I was wondering if I should ask them how much they'll give me for my trade-in. Should I ask or should I just wait til I get there and then tell them I have one when we've decided to get the car. Ugh from the quote they gave me, it seems as though they're one hell of a dealer, but I'm afreaid they might stiff me on the trade-in. Any advice?
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Old 12-12-2002, 10:25 PM   #2
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It really shouldn't matter. They should just hack off the price of the trade in off the price. Be warned that they're not going to give you a very good price for the trade in but if you've seen Kelley Blue Book you already know that. I got a killer price for my car and then they took off the price of the trade in (which was pretty good because it was about to implode). And that's at Stevens Creek!!
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Old 12-12-2002, 10:32 PM   #3
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ahhh now my friend tells me that the dealer has a different invoice price than the one you can find online. what's that doc called. man my first time buying a car is frustrating. anyone ever heard of this document?
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Old 12-13-2002, 01:04 PM   #4
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ahhh now my friend tells me that the dealer has a different invoice price than the one you can find online. what's that doc called. man my first time buying a car is frustrating. anyone ever heard of this document?
Why not give Subaru Santa Cruz a try for your new car purchase experience? Free oil change for 3 years/60k. Also check out the Customer For Life program. It's free with a purchase of a new or used car.

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Old 12-13-2002, 01:28 PM   #5
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the reason why I'm not really considering SC is because it's a good hour and a half away form there I am. Even if you sold me the car for invoice it wouldn't be worth it to drive all that way. Driving that much for oil changes every 3 months is kind of a hassle as well. If I were to go there for oil changes it would take at minimum 3 and a half hours just for an oil change.
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Old 12-13-2002, 01:30 PM   #6
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I'm taking delivery of my 03 wrx in a few weeks and was wondering what kind of deal Carlsen was giving you. Livermore quoted me 200 over invoice and santa cruz was 150 over invoice. What was Carlsen quoting??
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Old 12-13-2002, 01:38 PM   #7
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Hey Mog_22,

Check out www.edmunds.com. There's tons of info on buying a car and trading in a car, how much to ask, how much your car's worth, etc. etc. Great source if you're looking at buying a car.

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Old 12-13-2002, 01:39 PM   #8
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well take your car to other dealers and see how much they quote you for, dealers such as santa cruz stevens creek and other subaru dealerships as well as other car makes ford, chevy . . . they should all price your car of about 1k of each other, expect to get the same from carlsen, and if carlsen gives u less go to the dealership that offered you more. best bet is to get the dealer quotes and just sell it in the classifieds a little more that what they offered you so u can sell it quickly in the papers. hope that made sense
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Old 12-13-2002, 02:46 PM   #9
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Carlsen is quoting me 100 over invoice. I'm not really complaining, it's just there so much to do that I didn't realize. Guess I need to do more homework.
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Old 12-13-2002, 06:22 PM   #10
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My only word of advice is be patient. If they give you a bad quote for your trade-in, which they always do, sell the car yourself.

If you catch yourself saying, "But it's such a hassle. I'd have to post for sale ads, meet with buyers, do all the sellers paperwork, go to the DMV, etc, etc", just remember that by selling it yourself, your'd be making $2-3K minimum. And is 2 weeks of making appointments with buyers and test driving the car worth $2-$3K? YES. That's my take home pay for a whole month! And I can guarantee you your not going to spend 160 hours selling your car.

I took my old car to trade-in for my wrx, and they offered me $9k under blue book. When I tried to walk out, they tried to rope me in by saying they'd take the car from me now, and give me 30 days to try to sell it for more money than they were offering, and I could walk out THAT day with a wrx. I told them they were full of it cause how in the hell was I suppose to sell it if I couldn't let people test drive it cause it was in their lot. Needless to say, I sold my car myself 3 weeks later for $2k under blue book cause the economy's kinda crappy.

Saved myself $7k for a minimal amount of work.

www.cars.com

$35 to list your car UNTIL IT SELLS. Best deal I found.

Good luck!

ps...I've seen add-ons (autodimming compass mirror, arm extension, roof racks, sound package, etc.) on sale on E-bay and here for a fraction of the price you'd be paying at a dealership.
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Old 12-13-2002, 07:31 PM   #11
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If you don't already have the information, Consumer Reports online offers you a service (I thought it was around $25-$50) to get the actual dealers cost of a specific new car, along with the dealers' cost for options, plus any other dealer incentives that they may or may not kick back to you in the price.

Besides the price for the vehicle they quote you, you would want to ask whether there are other dealer markups. In Reno, I had to pay a fee for 'security etching' on my windows (was told by dealerships in two towns that it was a requirement in Nevada).

Good Luck!
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