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Yes, I agree with previous post..........give them hell but take them to the cleaners too......ha

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My experience was not unlike a colonoscopy....distasteful but necessary. They were selling something not too many people wanted (a two wheel dr.) and I was trying to unload a piece of buyers remorse ('06 Colorado) and since it was only $2800.00 more we did our deal and went our separate ways.
It wasn't the deal of the century, but..hey, the FJ was worth it.
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My experience was not unlike a colonoscopy....distasteful but necessary. They were selling something not too many people wanted (a two wheel dr.) and I was trying to unload a piece of buyers remorse ('06 Colorado) and since it was only $2800.00 more we did our deal and went our separate ways.
It wasn't the deal of the century, but..hey, the FJ was worth it.
Problem is, the car is worth X to me, and they want to give me X - several $K

But, if I can't get it from them, so be it. It doesn't bother me when a dealership is up-front. It does bother me when I tell them exactly, and I mean exactly what I expect, then they waste my time for several hours (one dealership insisted that I took a test drive even after I declined--trying to get me passionate, which didn't work) just to tell me "we're close, so if you could just sign here..."

Or, "how much do you want to pay per month." I usually reply "$0.00", just to be a [email protected] to such a rediculous question.

I understand the problem with my car. Giving the dealerships the benefit of the doubt, the car will take up valuable real-estate, while a Camry or Accord would move quickly. So the black-book is what they use for the VW, because of the cost of opportunity lost. If it were a Camery, I'm sure they would give me closer to blue-book value. :shrug:

So far, Fitz has still been my best choice. He called me back within a half-hour and let me know that they would only give me black book value. OK, I can live with that. I told him I wouldn't do it, but may still buy the vehicle. No pressure, no lies, he said "thanks, I hope to hear back from you." and that was that.
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Oh, and I plan to give'em hell!
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Got my loan, gonna go get FJ soon...
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Step 1: Get preapproved for loan from local bank @ 6.25% (wish there were insintives for FJ's, but oh well...)

Step 2: Call dealership to negotiate deal

Step 3: Get directions to dealership and drive to MD... (to be continued)
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Re: My FJ Cruiser Buying Experience

Hey:

This thread is a total tease. There is no "FJ Buying Experience" here. It's an "FJ Wanking Experience" thus far.

Post again once you've actually consummated the deal.



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This thread is a total tease. There is no "FJ Buying Experience" here. It's an "FJ Wanking Experience" thus far.

Post again once you've actually consummated the deal.



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lol.....yeah...totally...:-)..kinda of like a porno movie..we know the ending!
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Placed my order Friday 9/22 and I thought the experience was a bit annoying but not unreasonable for a popular new vehicle.

At first, the salesperson told me I couldn't get what I was asking for; but I'd already been to another dealer across town that said it could be gotten if I was willing to wait at least 7-8 weeks. When I mentioned the other dealer and what I'd been told, this salesperson scoffed; but the other dealer had given me some paperwork...

Although I didn't ask for someone else, I ended up working with the salespersons manager. The manager tried to get me to buy one from the lot... said he could save me some money and offered me $1,500 off of MSRP on one of the FJ's. Trouble was, that the particular FJ had one of those $1700 or $1800 Extra Mile Option packages and even with MRSP-$1500 it was still at least $1000 more than the vehicle I wanted and wasn't my preferred color. I wasn't pressed hard... only had to say no twice. Then we did the order on what I wanted (6MT CQAL) at MSRP.

Ordered the sliders from Trail-Gear on Saturday and hope to be in the hills soon...
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lol.....yeah...totally...:-)..kinda of like a porno movie..we know the ending!

Well get ready for the money shot then! ........


I bought my FJ from Fitz Auto Mall Saturday night! (where's the dancing naners!) Sun Fusion, some goodies, a few things I didn't want, but wasn't being picky.

Details (and pics!) coming soon...
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