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Re: Sounds fishy... (more) (archive)

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Posted by Lorenz on March 02, 1999 at 18:11:24:

In Reply to: Re: Sounds fishy... (more) posted by Nick S. on March 02, 1999 at 16:35:20:

: I did put down a deposit on the car. However, I was not given any production number. The dealer told me that all BMW dealers are experiencing the same delay, which is why I posed the question here to see if any else was told the same thing.
: He did offer me my deposit back, but since he had originally given me the best price on the car I decided not to cancel the order. I will do exactly what you said and have the dealer fax me the production number of my car. Do you think the salesman may have sold my car to someone else at a higher profit and pushed my order back to accomodate them?

I wouldn't want to speculate on that...

Here's some food for thought, though: he knows you're very serious about buying the car from him (he's got your deposit), and as far as he's concerned, the chance of losing you as a buyer is pretty remote. You're not actively shopping around anymore, right?

Where are you located/what dealer is this? I have heard that certain dealers in the SF Bay Area (South Bay) have been known to "get people out of the market" by promising certain delivery dates, and then being pushed back. Surprisingly, a car that fit the exact specs would mysteriously appear on the dealer's lot around the original promised delivery time, and then be sold off the lot to a higher bidder.....

Depending on how comfortable you feel with pushing this guy, you might want to ask for the original production number -- if he really did sell your car to someone else, he might fall for this and give you an answer, in which case he's caught red-handed.

One last thing to consider: do you really want to start a long-term relationship with a dealership that might potentially screw you over like that for a couple hundred bucks you save? Of course, it's always your call, but in the grand scheme of things, you're spending over $30k. Saving a couple hundred dollars at the expense of not being able to trust the dealership doesn't sound like money well spent to me...

That's only my 2 cents, of course.

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