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  • avatar sylvia 12/30/08 7:03 pm PST

    First, it will depend on what state you live. In many states, there is a cap on how much a dealership can charge you on the document fee when buying a car. Follow the link for the chart. In states where the doc fee isn't regulated and is anything over $100, simply cross it off and tell him you aren't paying an excessive document fee.

    I paid $45 for the doc fee in California, the limit on what the dealer can charge.

    Good luck and don't be afraid to show him the link on what fees can and cannot be charged if you are in a state where this is regulated.

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  • sylvia 12/30/08 7:03 pm PST

    First, it will depend on what state you live. In many states, there is a cap on how much a dealership can charge you on the document fee when buying a car. Follow the link for the chart. In states where the doc fee isn't regulated and is anything over $100, simply cross it off and tell him you aren't paying an excessive document fee.

    I paid $45 for the doc fee in California, the limit on what the dealer can charge.

    Good luck and don't be afraid to show him the link on what fees can and cannot be charged if you are in a state where this is regulated.

  • Stever@Edmunds 12/30/08 7:10 pm PST

    Another thing you can do is tell the dealer that you will pay X dollars for the car. That's your "out the door" price.

    That way you focus on your bottom line and you don't have to get bogged down fighting over every line item.

  • isellhondas 06/10/12 5:34 pm PST

    A 600.00 doc. fee is nuts but if you have ground every lst penny out of the deal, it may be all of the profit left in the deal.

    Just tell him you don't want to pay it!

    If he refuses and "walks" you over it, you'll know the deal didn't make financial sense for them to do.

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