Monday, October 03, 2005

Atricle on CanadianDriver.com

How to lower the cost of your next new vehicle purchase

Friday, September 09, 2005

New round of ads in Russian newspaper

Last time (July 21) I've posted ad to Russian newspaper. 2 guys called me (1st one wanted to know if I can take him to dealer auto auction, 2nd one wanted to rent car from me - ad was about "helping to buy new car for price close to invoice price"). This time I've posted it to 3 newspaper, hope it'll lead to some real customers.

Friday, August 26, 2005

I've bought 2006 Camry LE

We've got to dealership, finalized color selection (my wife agreed about Titanium Metallic) and said to the guy that we're ready to buy. He told us that his boss can release car for $1,300 over invoice price (I let him know that I went to CarCostCanada before visiting dealership). I said him that other place is ready to sell it for $400 over invoice price (a little bluff), he said that he need to talk to sales manager. We went together to the sales manager, sales guy spoke to him couple of minutes and then invited us inside. The manager introduced himself and said that the lowest price is $700 over invoice. Then I've asked to take admin fee off (Manager: "Guys, you're ripping me off", me: "Don't worry, you will survive it") and said that I don't want Protector Plus program ($249, additional insurance). After that we were standing and discussed price with the sales guy, the boss passed and said: "I will take $100 off if you decide tonight". I told him: "Take $150 off and we have a deal". We shacked hands and proceed to rip-off (sorry, business) office to finalize sale.

So total amount is: $22,723 (invoice price) + $550 (dealer profit) + $370 (freight) + $695 (PDI, another rip-off, but we have to pay it) + $175 (Air and Gas taxes) + 15% tax (7% GST and 8% PST, I live in Ontario) = $28187.65

Friday, August 19, 2005

Price of leather seats for Camry

Yesterday I've contacted both Katzkin Leather representatives in GTS and they gave me following prices:
  • Total Auto - $1,500 for leather seats, $400 for seats heater.
  • ASC/Mississauga - $1,400 for leather seats, $350 for seats heater.

Me and my wife dropped by to one of GTA Toyota dealership and asked for price. Here what we've got: $1,800 for leather seats, $800 for seats heater. At least $800 pure profit (+ taxes) for taking our car to 20 km trip. Another point: dealer shows you small piece of leather and it's hard to understand how it'll look in the car. When I've talked to Total Auto and ASC, they both suggested me to drop by to see how they do it, help us with leather selection, etc. My advice: if you're planning to buy car with leather, visit those guys and see what they have in store. You can save big bucks for 20 minutes visit.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Leather seats

If you like leather seats in your car on of the options is Katzkin Leather. They have 2 representative in GTA area:

If you know anybody else who is doing leather for cars, share your contacts. Thanks.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

How to test drive a car

Read this article (found through AutoBlog).

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Top 10 car-buying mistakes

Read here to avoid them.