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  • boomchek 08/19/09 4:59 pm PST

    Dealers don't bid against each other becase if you send out requests for quote, one dealer won't know what the other dealer is quoting.

    You have to decide the exact car you want first before you get to that stage.

    So, start of with online research as to the type of vehicle you want, including doors, size, engine, price range.

    Then go in person to the dealerships to drive a short list of cars you narrowed down.

    Then if you want to collect quotes, you have to email dealers individually, and see what prices they come back with. You'll have better success if you specify the exact model, trim level, options, and color you want, as well as provide your info like name, phone email, and address. Anonymous requests for quote get thrown in the shredder. Also give the salesperson a shot who helpd you out on the test drive, and let them have a fair chance at earning your business since they invested some time with you.

  • Stever@Edmunds 08/19/09 5:04 pm PST

    Priceline tried that for a while but no one is doing bids now that I know of. The Priceline rep (hi Ray!) was participating on the CarSpace forums at the time and the bid deal seemed to be working well; I think they were just a few years ahead of their time.

    I suggest you use the Dealer Quote service on the main Edmunds.com page and try to extend your reach as far as you're comfortable going to pick up a new car.

    And you can try the Blast Fax Car Buying technique (works with email too).



    Sometimes an auto broker can cut through the noise and get you a good "bid" price.

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  • bakerx5 08/19/09 6:00 pm PST

    I DID THIS BEFORE ON MY OWN.FIGURE WHICH MAKE AND MODEL YOU WANT AND START CALLING DEALERS AND ASK FOR THE FLEET MANAGER.DO NOT TALK ABOUT OPTIONS,THEN ASK HIM HOW MUCH ABOVE OR BELOW INVOICE HE CAN SELL THAT MODEL FOR ,WHEN YOU GET A COUPLE DEALERS THAT ARE CHEAPER THEN YOU CAN LOOK INTO OPTIONS.

  • isellhondas 12/21/10 1:39 pm PST

    No smart dealer will respond to you.

    They know you will only take their number and shop it everywhere.

    You are setting yourself to be "lowballed"

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