Can/should I negotiate for a used car before it is "ready"?
March 11, 2013 8:52 PM Subscribe
Looking for advice on buying a used vehicle in limited supply. More inside.
posted by ngn01 to shopping (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
There is a used car offered by a dealership that I'm interested in. I generally buy from private parties but in this case, there are only about 30 of them for sale in the style/trim I'm interested in in the US. That said, the manufacturer discontinued this body due to lack of sales...
The car isn't cheap and I have been pre-approved for financing. It will take about a week for the bank to send me a check once I submit the VIN and price.
I went to the dealership last week to test drive it but it wasn't quite ready yet since they were still had to remove some minor scratches and also finalize the CPO certification. The sales rep claimed it need 5 more days and offered to hold it for me, unobligated, for $1000 which I declined.
The question is - should I try to negotiate in advance over the phone? I would ask for a buyers order, put down a deposit with a pre-purchase inspection as contingencies. Or would it be more prudent just to wait.