Do dealerships really rip you off?
Most car shoppers focus only on negotiating the price of the car. That’s fine with dealers, because they can easily give you a good price while completely ripping you off on the financing and trade-in. If you focus instead on your trade-in, that’s fine too.
Are dealerships responsible for damage?
If a vehicle is damaged by another customer, that’s different. In this case, customers tend to blame the dealership, but that’s unfair. It is akin to expecting a shopping mall to fix your car if it is scratched while in the parking lot of the mall. But the dealership is not responsible for any damage caused.
What does lemon law buyback mean?
A lemon law buyback is when the manufacturer repurchases your vehicle because it is a lemon. Additionally, the balance of your loan on your vehicle will be fully paid.
Are Doc Fees a ripoff?
A “Doc Fee” is a fee charged by a dealership that supposedly covers the cost of paperwork involving in selling you a car. At a certain level, this is legit. It also includes a mark-up, or a profit, for the dealership.
How are car dealerships going to rip you off?
When returned, the dealership’s finance officer has a different loan at a higher interest rate or larger down payment. This scam is most commonly used against people with bad credit scores because they may not have other options for paying for the car.
How does a car dealer make a profit?
If you negotiate a fair price for the car and leave the dealership with little profit on the sales price, the dealer may try to make money through financing and other revenue streams. With in-house financing the dealer will typically shop your loan application to several lenders to see what interest rates you qualify for.
What’s the biggest rip off on a car Bill?
Among the little rip-offs that add up to a major rip-off are charges listed on the car owner’s bill for so-called “shop supplies” such as rags and lubricants. The manager flatly calls these fees “the biggest crock of crap I’ve ever seen”: It’s been going on for years!
Why do car dealerships give you the numbers?
THESE NUMBERS ARE MEANT TO INSULT YOU AND PUT YOU ON THE DEFENSIVE, ESPECIALLY THE LAST TWO. The idea here is that, unless you’re really observant, to get you less concerned about the overall price of the car and what your trade is worth (we’ll go into trade manipulation in a moment), and get you to the payment plans offered at the bottom.