In Reply to: Re: So Cal Dealers posted by Don on August 11, 1999 at 10:34:15:
A week ago I bought a '00 528iT from Harloff BMW in Encinitas (North of San Diego. Contact: Gary Newvine, 760-753-6301 x105). The car had just been unloaded from the ship. I didn't ask for any "thown in" extras, just $1500 over invoice. Gary delivered the car with the paper work to my house in the LAX area, I never had to visit the dealership. Very smooth and courteous transaction!
: In contrast with Augie, I have had excellent experience at Beverly Hills BMW. They have provided very competitive prices for myself and my referrals, and the service and attention have been great.
: : Jon Shafer at Cutter in Santa Barbara is excellent as well as active on this board.
: : Terry York BMW in Valencia is excellent too. Got a no-nonsense deal and was treated very well. Talk to Ron Fernandez. Tell him Augie sent you via the internet.
: : Nick Alexander downtown will offer to pick up your car and deliver you a loaner for scheduled service. They also seem to do big volume.
: : Pacific in Glendale has bargain prices on CD changers...around $400 for some reason.
: : Dealers to avoid: Bob Smith is a bunch of Bozos that lost my order for a new car and then couldn't bring themselves to return repeated phone calls. Beverly Hills BMW is a very shady operation with questionable pricing practices and mediocre salespeople. I'm sure others have had better experiences at those dealers but that's my experience.
: : For the record, I complained in writing to corporate BMW about these two dealers and got no response.
: : You are in a much better bargaining position buying a car in a dealers inventory so shop around. Expect to pay $1500 over invoice plus $400 Maco fee (except at Cutter). Have them throw in mats and tint.
: : Good luck!