Yes to All of Your Questions
Next month I want to buy a black 6 speed SSR with the $400 guage set. The problem is that in my area black 6 speeds are tricked out with all the extras. I don't want to pay for all the extras, especially on a long term interest loan.
I've found a few down south. But what do I do? Just call them and make a deal? I've found a shipping company that'll deliver it for 600-800. But what do I do about service? Can I get them to do all the recall stuff before they ship it? Is my local dealer going to be able to service it?
Yes, to all of your questions. Just call the dealer and say that you want to purchase the vehicle. You then negotiate a price over the phone. Ask all the relavant questions you may even get them to throw in shipping if you negotiate it. The dealer will send you all of the papers in the mail. You sign the papers and send them back. Ask if they can Fed-Ex the papers so that this speeds up the process.
Also, it is very, very important to put everything in writing. If you do not want the vehicle ot have a front license plate installed. Tell the dealer and follow it up (before you buy or as terms of the sale) in writing. Make sure you specify a delivery date and time (if you chose). Remember, if you or the dealer do not honor any part of the agreement then the deal can be legally called off.
My dealer stated that the vehicle would be delivered at a specified day. The dealer did not fulfill his part of the deal. They tried to tell me that there was a snow storm so that was the reason, however, they were supposed to ship the vehicle on a Tuesday or Wednesday and they did not ship until that Friday when the snow storm hit. The vehicle was supposed to get to me either Saturday or Sunday if it shipped Tuesday or Wednesday. However, because it shipped Friday it didn't make it to me until Wednesday. It completely inconveinenced me. I had to reschedule my entire week. In addition, when I spoke to the dealer, even their second to top guy, his attitude was apathy. He was not going to call the shipping company who stated that even though they had the vehicle in my area they were not going to deliver until they got around to it. They stated that they had other tbings to do. Another bad thing was that the dealer himself thought that he was helpless and would tell me "what can I do, I don't control them". I found this ludicrous because he was paying the guy.
I called the dealer and stated that they had not fulfilled their part of the agreement and that I wanted to end the deal and for them to return my check.
The next morning at 6:00 a.m. the vehicle arrived. I chose to accept the vehicle although I did not have to, and I was very close to telling the guy to return the vehicle. I also believe that I could have gotten compensated for all of my inconvenience if I wanted.
Get everything in writing. Outline what constitutes successful service.
Finally, If you want recall items performed specify this in your agreement. Otherwise any dealer has to honor your warranty. They may not like it but they have to honor it. However, since most items discussed in this forum do not show up until after you drive it you will have to rely on the warrantee anyway. Also you will have to rely on the warranty anyway even if you test drive it.
I hope that this helps.
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P.S. After the deal was made and the specifics agreed to in writing the dealer was acommodating. He even said that I would get a call from Chevrolet and he asked me to tell them what great service I received. I have never received the call. I am going to give them some more time to get to me before I call them.