I had been emailing with salesman Andrew for a couple of days, and we had discussed my coming down to Salem from Portland on Sunday to look at and hopefully purchase a particular used car. I specifically asked about the logistics of coming on Sunday: could I get financing from On Point Credit Union on a Sunday? Insurance coverage from Geico? Yes, yes, yes! Andrew made it very clear that Sunday was an awesome choice.
I called the dealership Saturday night to make sure that this was the plan, and was told that Andrew was busy, but they would make sure to get my message to him: I would be arriving in Salem at 2:30 on Sunday.
I arrived at 2:30 on Sunday, to be told that Andrew doesn't work on Sundays. Ok, so they gave me to an intern named Ricardo instead. The price of the car was now suddenly $1000 more than it had been online, which was weird. Ricardo took me for a test drive and he was a nice guy, but to to every one of my questions, his answer was, "I'm not 100% sure about that...." I get it, he is an intern and didn't know the answers, but it was frustrating to spend 1.5 hours with a person who couldn't answer a single one of my questions.
When we got back to the dealership they told me I'd be working with Jusitin, the sales person. While I waited for him, I went on the Capital Subaru website to get the "internet price" of this car, which was going to presumably have been less than the published $18,000.
Justin showed up with an invoice stating that in order to buy this car, I would need to pay almost $20,000. Part of that was DMV fees, but not all. I explained that I needed to negotiate from the posted $18,000 price rather than the new price of $19,000. There was no talk at all about the "internet price", which should have been less than $18,000. I proposed a price of $16,500, based on regular dealership mark up, and the fact that the car had been on their lot for 80 days without a price drop. I fully expected to negotiate from this, moving up/down as needed in order to come up with an agreement.
Justin came back a few minutes later and told me that based on the fact that this car had been on the lot fo 80 days, it had already dropped in price as much as it was going to. That was incorrect--my resources showed that it hadn't dropped at all in price in 80 days. I showed them other cars I was also looking at that were not only cheaper but were certified used cars, to no avail.
Justin then said that the only thing he could do was to give me $100 to help with the DMV fees. No counter-offer, no attempt to meet me halfway at all. Come on, guys, this is a negotiation!!! They took my $1500 price deduction offer, countered it with a $100 deduction not in price but for the DMV fees, and wouldn't budge a dollar more than that.
So, I walked. Too bad---I liked that car, and was willing to play ball. Capital Subaru was not willing.