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Old 05-19-2000, 05:52 PM   #1
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Question Questions for UK people (rant)

Why are car dealerships and Manufacturers treating customers like gold there?

I'm wondering because in this month's issue of car magazine, there was another article on Subaru's, and the writer say (err.. types)"standard 5 year 100,000 mile Subaru warranty." Then in this months issue of Top Gear magazine, there's a Honda Ad that states "0% APR, 1 year free insurance." Whats going on?

In the states 0% APR doesn't exist, anywhere, and only the bottom feeding cars, like Hyundai's, only have 100,000 mile warranties.

America's car market SUCKS!!!

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Old 05-19-2000, 06:17 PM   #2
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I wouldn't exactly say that the UK dealerships are all that great.

For a start new car prices are ridiculously overinflated, probably at least 25% more expensive than over here. Everywhere in Europe is cheaper than the UK and lots of people buy their cars in Belgium or Holland, and then import it into the UK.
I remember reading about many of the UK manufacturers were found guilty of deliberately keeping prices high, like a cartel.

As for the 0% finance, well firstly the prices are so high anyway, and secondly you'll be losing money elsewhere. For example if you go for the 0% finance they might not throw in options which you might have got for free otherwise.

Customer service is probably no worse/better than over here.
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Old 05-20-2000, 01:09 AM   #3
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Laugh.. I nearly pee-pee'd myself...

We arent treated like gold... no way!!

Car prices are stupid!! A scoob turbo over here is about about 21K.. you can buy from from Holland for 16K tops...

0% interest ? That only applies to about 2 makes of car.. and then only to specific models (models like a Geo Metro and a like).

Some makes have long waiting lists.. over 6 months... The backup Service (warranty and servicing) sucks with most places...

I would say we are treated like that "brown smelly stuff".. not gold..

Unless you spend 250K on a car.. then they might call you sir.. lol


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Old 05-20-2000, 02:05 AM   #4
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0% interest usually only counts if you have paid a 50% deposit or more, a lot of manufacturers do it, but when we pay 30% more for a car than anywhere else, i suppose they are still getting the full amount with interest

Standard Subaru warranty is 3 years or 60000 miles here, on the continent they only get 1 year, I dont think the warranty costs 30% on the value of the car.

I paid 22K pounds for my car, which is about 35K USD and as Jay said, we can buy them in Holland or Belgium now for 16K Pounds, which is a heck of a saving.

Plus we pay a LOT more for fuel than you guys, we pay 80pence a litre, which is as close to 4 pounds a gallon as you can get, which makes our gallon about 6 dollars 50 and on a car that averages 23MPG it aint cheap to run 36 pounds per tank.

So we arent that well treated, plus SOME of the dealers really stink, but most are ok, although they do tend to charge for it.

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Old 05-20-2000, 03:53 PM   #5
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We do have some advantages here. Much more sensible aproval procedures for vehicles than in the US is a big plus. Remember what they did to the MG to make it legal in the US? Gave it a snout like an old pig and performance to match! We can import high-spec Impreza's from Japan and get them through approval very easily. We can get 280BHP out of a standard turbo without a re-build, and so on...

If at some point the turbo Impreza does appear in the US it will attract one heck of a premium and could end up nearer our UK prices. This could be your next cult car guys.

However, whatever the price I love my UK Prodrive modified (handling and performance) turbo Impreza. Even 'out of the box' its a beast, but with an ECU upgrade, better brakes, suspension and a good free-flow exhaust there's nothing to touch it. That's why I'm onto my second Scooby .

Leeds, UK
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Old 05-20-2000, 04:14 PM   #6
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Ok, then I don't feel so bad then, kinda. I was just getting frustrated by the fact that America is full of SUV driving Soccer Mom's. Which really sucks for cars, 'cause the manufacturers know that nobody is going to spend $30k plus on a Japanese sports car. And the $20k japanese sports car market is pretty tight here as well.

I have spent a good portion of my life in Europe, so I know what gas prices are like over there. I was to young to drive tho.

When I looked at some ads and read that article that mentioned the warranty, that was the last straw.

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