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Old 10-04-2014, 09:39 PM   #1981
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Originally Posted by PeterC6482 View Post
Here it is: (nothing bad in the report--no accidents, etc.)

11/23/2013 NICB Vehicle manufactured
and shipped to original dealer
12/05/2013 5 AutoNation Ford Delray
Delray Beach, FL
.com Pre-delivery inspection completed
Nitrogen fill tires
12/06/2013 AutoNation Ford Delray
Delray Beach, FL
.com Vehicle offered for sale
08/04/2014 Dealer Inventory Vehicle offered for sale
A car can sit on a dealer lot for 10 months? Wow.
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Old 10-13-2014, 12:34 PM   #1982
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Hoping for some assistence

Hello all! Newbie here, but not to car-specific forums, but i wanted to throw around some info for our sales guys and see what way to proceed.

I currently have a 2013 honda civic, and while not as much of a drivers car as the focus, has served me well and been relatively easy to own.

However, i'm a hatchback fan, and have always been a fan of the focus, even moreso after this gen came out.

I wasnt looking to trade out ( i currently carry about 5k in negative equity in the civic) but seeing how deeply discounted the new focus' are led me to think i could improve my situation, even if only a little.

I'm looking for an se with the sport package, (powershift auto, sportseats, 16 inch painted grey wheels) and have had lots of dealers in the area straight up offering them for 5-7k off sticker (making them anywhere from 16-17k)

Even factoring negative equity, this would leave me leaving the dealer with around sticker or slightly more financed, as opposed to several thousand more like i did with my civic.

I have so so credit, but my cosigner (who would be primary) has awesome credit (750 credit score on all all 3 reporting agencies)...are these incentives plus the 0% financing available at the same time? or are dealers only given the choice of one or the other?

does it depend on how desperate they are to get these off lots? i've heard conflicting things, even from within the same dealership.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-16-2014, 12:02 PM   #1983
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Here is my situation and question:

I can buy using the A-Plan. A week ago, I test drove two models (2015 Fiesta and 2014 Focus) and decided I liked the Focus better. With the current incentives, the price becomes comparable to get the 2014 Focus.

That dealer does not have the car with the options that I want. The salesman says that there is a dealership 100 miles away that has one coming in that matches my specs, plus has the "winter package" for another $495. I talk it over with my family and we agree that it's OK to pay the additional amount. The salesman writes out the form with the VIN number of that car that's coming into the other dealer's inventory, and I charge a deposit of $1000 on my credit card. I failed to ask what the smallest deposit I'd have to put down for this "dealer trade" or "dealer swap" (in some forum posts here, I saw $500). I thought that $1,000 would show my commitment to go with the salesman that has been helping me with the test drives and not go up to the other dealership.

Well, I also told him that I wanted to finance the car with Ford Credit because there's a $1000 incentive on that. The finance manager calls me today and says that I must sign the finance paperwork *now* before he sends his "runner" the 100 miles to get the car. However, the car with that VIN number isn't even at its destination dealership yet! It is still on the train somewhere.

When I asked the finance manager "what if I changed my mind and didn't do financing but paid cash?", he says that I'd have to pay the entire cash amount *now* before the car even arrives at the destination dealership, and before they send someone up to get it.

This sounds wacky to me -- why would I pay 100% for a car when I haven't even seen it? When the runner could get into a collision accident on his way from the other dealership?

So my questions are:
- Is asking the customer to pay 100% of the amount on the purchase form to the local dealer really a requirement of the standard "dealer trade" process with another dealer?

- If I went ahead and paid the 100% amount to the local dealer in advance of him going to get it, what protections do I really have if the runner guy gets into an accident? Does the whole deal get unwound because they could not deliver the car to me?

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