08 November 2011

Finally ...

What we actually wanted to buy when we came to the US - but it wasn't available at the time.

2012 VW Golf TDI - stick shift of course

10 comments:

  1. Or, to be more precise: we replaced our GTI with a TDI last Sunday after lots of haggling and an interesting experience regarding buying a car here.

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  2. Guido:

    I have a broker friend who does all the "haggling" for me. I only get to know the bottom line. Much easier for me. I just have to pay and pick it up

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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  3. That's a pretty good idea as a broker doesn't get in the "I want" situation. On the other hand - it was kind of fun and it taught me a lot about car dealers in the US ...

    I bet that behavior like that would be unlawful in Germany ... ;-) But so what? I was pissed after his first offer and that's about the best position you can be in for price negotiations - I didn't want to buy from there anymore.

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  4. Yeah, the 'I want' position makes it difficult to negotiate. This is why we went away many times before we actually got our A3. It was one of the best deals ever... because we could wait this time.
    Congrats to the newest addition to your vehicle fleet. Looking forward to test-drive it one day ;-)

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  5. Guido:

    I don't like the games that dealers play. they lowball you, or find a reason for you to test drive, then they move your car out of sight, or let you use it overnight . . . Then the back and forth bargaining/haggling. It gives me a headache. They want you to pay full MSRP and then give you lowball, below wholesale for your car. Plus there used to be dealer incentives/rebates based upon certain sales volumes, so even if you saw the original invoice, you still can't be sure

    but . . . you are happy now with your new wheels.

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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  6. @Sonja: it was similar for us. We were kind of reluctant to replace the GTI, but also weren't willing to pay for extended warranty and the car had given us some trouble lately (still under warranty though). Therefore, there was desire to replace it, but absolutely no urgency.

    @Bob: yes, the games were pretty bad. Low balling on the GTI trade in, "mark up" on top of MSRP on the new car. We were on our feet and about to walk out (for the third time or so). In the end, we got a pretty good deal, but that was really because we didn't want to buy anymore. They met exactly what we offered in the first place, basically 25% less cash difference than their initial offer. Which in itself is absolutely ridiculous.

    The best part was about "Supply & Demand" drives the markup. We were both saying at the same time, that we have no demand then ...

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  7. It's best not to have a trade-in then things get pretty cut and dry. I thought the TDI golf was out for a while? We don't have a local VW dealer so I never kept track of their model availability. I used to have one of the old diesel rabbits and thought it was a great car. 500 mile range on 9.5 gallons of fuel. I should have never sold that car....

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  8. Yes, the TDI was out since 2010 - we came to the US in 2009 and bought our GTI then as it was the car we liked most from the available ones.

    So far it seems we can go about 600 miles or slightly more on a tank. We'll have to see as we haven't had to fill it up again after we got the car with a full tank.

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