Kakkerlak wrote:You've got some good stories, hybridbear !
I wonder if the dealership really did sell it at sticker price, or if they just sold it out from under you for a couple hundred bucks.
I am thinking that they just might have. We had been looking at that FFH since it was inbound to the dealer from the factory and had put the deposit down to hold it before it arrived at the dealer because we wanted to make sure that we'd get a chance to test drive & buy it first. The dealer could have sold the car to us the day we test drove it if they had given us a decent offer for our 2006 Honda Accord Hybrid. They originally offered $9,000. When I told them how insulted I was by that they offered $10,000. We ended up trading it in to the dealer who sold us our black FFH at invoice price for $11,500. The trade in for $11,500 happened over two months
later when our special order vehicle arrived. That's how badly they were trying to rip us off.
Between the day that we placed the deposit to hold it and when the car arrived and we test drove it the salesman told me that they had multiple ppl calling to ask about the car. And he said that they had ppl see it on their website and show up at the dealer to test drive it only to get angry when they couldn't because we had put down the deposit and were going to buy it. We even saw some of that while we were there. While we were at the dealer after test driving the car we witnessed two other couples walk in and want to drive it only to be told "no". In fact, they were both in the parking lot fighting about which couple had arrived first and would get to buy the car because they both claimed that they had arrived seconds before the other couple and thus had the right to buy that car. Then dealership staff had to tell them that someone else had already put down a deposit on the car.
They had the car listed on their website for $1000 above MSRP after the Ford $500 incentive
and that's probably what they got for it. They're a "no haggle" dealership who, in my experience and in the experience of friends & family who have shopped that chain of dealers, will never budge on price.