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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?

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dougnc said:
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?

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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.

:seeya E :seeya

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.
 

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Bear in mind that on an out of state purchase, payment of the sales tax in YOUR state occurs upon registration of the vehicle.

IF the out of state dealer is not geared to do this, you will have a problem financing that part of the purchase (if you intend to finance).
You will have to pay CASH to YOUR state for the sales tax.

No, you cannot avoid paying the sales tax. Every state I know of insists on payment of the sales tax upon registration, for this very reason. Attmepts ot avoid paying the sales tax won't work.

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Bear in mind that on an out of state purchase, payment of the sales tax in YOUR state occurs upon registration of the vehicle.

IF the out of state dealer is not geared to do this, you will have a problem financing that part of the purchase (if you intend to finance).
You will have to pay CASH to YOUR state for the sales tax.

No, you cannot avoid paying the sales tax. Every state I know of insists on payment of the sales tax upon registration, for this very reason. Attmepts ot avoid paying the sales tax won't work.

Jim G


active duty military can avoid sales tax if they get a letter from their c. o. , or at least they could when i was in the service. :flag
 

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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.

:seeya E :seeya

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.
How many weeks from beginning to delivery was it? I need to time this.
 

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Bear in mind that on an out of state purchase, payment of the sales tax in YOUR state occurs upon registration of the vehicle.

IF the out of state dealer is not geared to do this, you will have a problem financing that part of the purchase (if you intend to finance).
You will have to pay CASH to YOUR state for the sales tax.

No, you cannot avoid paying the sales tax. Every state I know of insists on payment of the sales tax upon registration, for this very reason. Attmepts ot avoid paying the sales tax won't work.

Jim G
That could be very expensive, 3 grand or more.
 

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active duty military can avoid sales tax if they get a letter from their c. o. , or at least they could when i was in the service. :flag
Don't believe the sales tax can be avoided. Every G.I. has a state of residence. It may not be the one they are currently on active duty with. Their state of residence would be the one to collect the sales tax, and the state which is of the registration.
If the purchase is made out of state sometimes the states split the sales tax. This happened to me when I purchased a Lexus from Alabama when residing in Florida. That applies to all citizens, military or not.

P/P

Peace :flag
 

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One thing I would first check is to see if local dealer can either order one the way you want it at an agreeable price or swap one with another dealer. That way you could do things locally.
I had a real good experience buying mine out of state. Local dealers wouldnt come close on price. I flew from Florida to Buffalo NY and drove it home. $85 airfare and about $100 for gas and tolls. The ride was priceless. My local dealer has no problem taking care of service. The salesman I didn't buy from comes up to me regularly and asks about the SSR and How things are going.
Sales tax had to be paid in full here in FL when I registered it.
Still lovin it every time I get behind the wheel!!!
 

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How many weeks from beginning to delivery was it? I need to time this.

The entire process took three weeks. I believe that it should only have taken one week.

Day 1-Negotiate deal decide on a price
Day 2-Get and Fed Ex cashier's check for vehicle (2 day delivery)
Day3-Check in transite
Day 4-Check arrives and is validated
Day 5-Vehicle is prepared and leaves in the evening
Day 6-Vehicle in transite
Day 7-Vehicle Arrives that evening

Now, for me I actually got the check the same day I negotiated the price and sent the check by courier who delivered it the next night (The check was in their hands by Day 2).

Good Luck. Beware of dealers who will say anything to get a sale and don't care after the deal is done. Worst service I ever had (Sorry, I thought this was the survey).

No wonder chevy is in trouble. :mad

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ECurtis,
Please don't paint with such a broad brush. We're not all bad dealers. Don't blame all for the actions of a few, (or one). :)
Mike :cool
 

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Before you go too far from home, try Chevrolet's website and search the dealer inventories near your home. I did this on a Monday night, called the dealer and made the deal on Tuesday and the salesperson delivered my truck on Friday (about 90 miles away). No aggravation from local dealers for service.
 

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I truly believe, it's a bunch of sales hoouie, that a dealership's service dept. would object to servicing any vehicle not purchased through the sales dept.

It's a guess on my part, but I'd bet Service generates more income than the Showroom does.
 

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All the dealers want to service as much as they can. I think the grey area is when there is warranty work or "the next level" of service. Like loaner cars etc....
 

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All the dealers want to service as much as they can. I think the grey area is when there is warranty work or "the next level" of service. Like loaner cars etc....
Certinaly a good rapport with the owner has it's benifits. With the exception of my SSR all the new cars bought by either me or my parents, over the last 20yrs, were purchased through the local Chrysler dealer. When my mom totaled her Voyager, dad told the tow, take to to the dealer. They stored it in their fenced yard for a couple weeks until the insurance co. took it away. When they bought a replacment, it came from his lot.

Still how many people buying cars meet and deal with the owner of the lot. When my mom bought her replacment, she dealt with the man, the other salesmen were flabbergasted that he took the time to deal with a buyer.
 

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When my mom bought her replacment, she dealt with the man, the other salesmen were flabbergasted that he took the time to deal with a buyer.
At my Local Dealer where I ordered my SSR I dealt with the owner for many months before I finally ordered my SSR. He is one great guy who will take the time to order and even deliver a vehicle or two for you. Mind you that doesn't happen every day because that is why you have sales people.

He even has asked me for feed back on what options and colors I like on certain vehicles, perhaps thinking I might have some insight on what the latest trends are.
 

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One thing I would first check is to see if local dealer can either order one the way you want it at an agreeable price or swap one with another dealer. That way you could do things locally.
I had a real good experience buying mine out of state. Local dealers wouldnt come close on price. I flew from Florida to Buffalo NY and drove it home. $85 airfare and about $100 for gas and tolls. The ride was priceless. My local dealer has no problem taking care of service. The salesman I didn't buy from comes up to me regularly and asks about the SSR and How things are going.
Sales tax had to be paid in full here in FL when I registered it.
Still lovin it every time I get behind the wheel!!!
They said they'd find me one but now they're not returning my calls or e-mails.

The factory is shut down, so I can't really order one and get it by May.
 

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Before you go too far from home, try Chevrolet's website and search the dealer inventories near your home. I did this on a Monday night, called the dealer and made the deal on Tuesday and the salesperson delivered my truck on Friday (about 90 miles away). No aggravation from local dealers for service.
The black 6 speeds around here have all the extras and are $50,000. Chrome tires are for, well, I can't say pimps here, the running boards are for men living altenative lifestyles, :), and I'll probably end up replacing the stereo system anyway.

The only extra I'd really like is the heated outside mirrors, and the outside temperature guage, since I'm always trying to lower the top when it's too cold.

The MRSP of a black six speed with nothing but the $400 guages is 43,000, and I should be able to get a good discount from that.

But only a few dealerships in the deep south have that basic package. So far as I've been able to find. That search on the Chevy website is kind of hard to use.
 

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I truly believe, it's a bunch of sales hoouie, that a dealership's service dept. would object to servicing any vehicle not purchased through the sales dept.

It's a guess on my part, but I'd bet Service generates more income than the Showroom does.
But in the Northeast the dealers service dept are backed up for weeks. They can be pretty snippy if you have a problem and you didn't buy from there.
 

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I have running boards - but I'm not sure what my alternative lifestyle would be - unless it would be having excess funds to play with.:)

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