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Esteemed Contributor
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Registered: ‎03-11-2010

When we got married iions ago and with a growing family we bought cars by going into showrooms and checking them out. They were all American and really nice but over a short period of time they  had to be repaired and repaired and over repaired. MY DAUGHTERS AND I SPENT QUALITY TIME IN SHOWROOM SEATING JUST WAITING FOR THE CARS TO BE FIXED.  If they lasted 3 years it was a miracle. Finally by accident we bought a small Toyota.  well no more living at the dealership.  I only buy one brand  car, the one that made a difference. My four daughters all grown, married and with kids did not want to repeat the  live in experience with their children at the dealership  so without making this an AD, I will tell  you they own the same brand I do. 

 

This is all to say I could buy my trusted Toyota online, on the phone, etc and know I would be okay.  I imagine there might be other cars in that category I just don't want to take a chance.  As for price not sure but if it lasts and lasts and lasts, I AM GETTING MY MONEYS WORTH.  

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Registered: ‎06-19-2010

We just bought a new car last week finally getting rid of a 20 year old Ford F-150. We test drove 4 Kia’s that we saw online and picked the one we liked best. I remember when you couldn’t research cars online and you simply picked a brand and made your selection. Even though we didn’t buy it online, we did enough research to know what we wanted beforehand. 

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Registered: ‎03-09-2010

We have bought cars online but picked them up at the dealership.If there is a car that is too far away then we negotiate with a dealership that is close by to bring it in.

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Registered: ‎08-28-2010

We used the car buying service through Costco.  Knew the car we wanted, Costco provided a dealer where we could find the car with the price set. No wasting a day at a car dealership haggling.

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Registered: ‎03-29-2011

@Drlinda wrote:

We knew exactly what car, model, and color we wanted.  My husband sent the specs over the phone to three dealers and told them he would buy the one that came back with the lowest price. The car was delivered to the front door the next day.  We are sure we got the best price.


@Drlinda

Wow, talk about service.  I never heard of a car be delivered to your door, let alone the day after you phoned in an order. Don't you have to pay for a car first?

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@lulu1 wrote:

@Drlinda wrote:

We knew exactly what car, model, and color we wanted.  My husband sent the specs over the phone to three dealers and told them he would buy the one that came back with the lowest price. The car was delivered to the front door the next day.  We are sure we got the best price.


@Drlinda

Wow, talk about service.  I never heard of a car be delivered to your door, let alone the day after you phoned in an order. Don't you have to pay for a car first?


You don't think they can hand a check to the delivery person the same way they can at the dealership? 

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Registered: ‎03-14-2010

@Alison Wonderland wrote:

@lulu1 wrote:

@Drlinda wrote:

We knew exactly what car, model, and color we wanted.  My husband sent the specs over the phone to three dealers and told them he would buy the one that came back with the lowest price. The car was delivered to the front door the next day.  We are sure we got the best price.


@Drlinda

Wow, talk about service.  I never heard of a car be delivered to your door, let alone the day after you phoned in an order. Don't you have to pay for a car first?


You don't think they can hand a check to the delivery person the same way they can at the dealership? 


How about transfering funds electronically.

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Registered: ‎03-14-2010

My friend bought one online.  She wanted a little red convertible mid life crisis car and found a previous owned one in a neighboring State.  She paid them $300 to deliver the car to her house.  She's very happy with her purchase.

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Registered: ‎03-09-2010

At one time, you could buy a Saturn from QVC. I distinctly remember Steve Bryant selling them.

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Registered: ‎03-29-2011

@Alison Wonderland wrote:

@lulu1 wrote:

@Drlinda wrote:

We knew exactly what car, model, and color we wanted.  My husband sent the specs over the phone to three dealers and told them he would buy the one that came back with the lowest price. The car was delivered to the front door the next day.  We are sure we got the best price.


@Drlinda

Wow, talk about service.  I never heard of a car be delivered to your door, let alone the day after you phoned in an order. Don't you have to pay for a car first?


You don't think they can hand a check to the delivery person the same way they can at the dealership? 


We've bought a lot of cars.  There was a lot more paperwork involved than just handing a check over. Registration at motor vehicle and insurance took time too.  We've never been able to pick-up a car in less than 24 hours.  Maybe our car dealership is slow or maybe they are just busy. We've been dealing with the same dealer since the mid 1980s.  They have never offered to deliver the car to our home.