NEC as a cash buyer. Tips?

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  1. Wizbangs

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    Hi,

    Fingers crossed, we are now cash buyers for a new AutoSleeper, as our MH is potentially going to a new home.

    Even though we had said this private sale was a distinct possibility, when we told the dealer who originally gave us a price on trade-in that we had managed to sell it, he really got quite miffed. Ok... annoyed. I mean really annoyed. The company had been phoning at least twice every day to try and do the trade-in deal. I know it's their job but I found it pressuring and pestering.

    As it is, they won't budge on their quoted price for us as a cash buyer and said we wouldn't get anywhere near as good a deal at the NEC. I don't know if that is true or BS. I'm no haggler and hate the sales pressure so not sure of the best strategy to get the best price/deal.

    TIA, Mary
     
  2. mjltigger

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    Sounds to me like you are better off with a different dealer.

    Buying the NEC for cash would take quite a lot of suitcases I reckon. :)
     
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  3. Manic

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    Well they would be upset, they've lost a nice bit of mark up on your trade-in.:sneaky:
     
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  4. PhilandMena

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    It's a no brainer!
    The reason the dealer is miffed is because he was going to make a tidy profit from the PX namely sell on your old motorhome for a lot more than you sold it to the dealer and as such his profit margin has probably disappeared.
    If your still happy to buy the motorhome from him at the price agreed use a credit card not cash. You will have added protection from the CC company should something go wrong.
    Also, acquaint yourself with your new rights under the revised sale of goods act that came out in the beginning of October. You might want to ask for their opinion of this new legislation as a way of ensuring they know, you know these new enhanced rights for the buyer.
    Best of luck and Safe Travels
     
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  5. sedge

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    LOL - we bought cash at the NEC - it still took Pilote 4 months to make it !

    We just paid a deposit by card on the day.

    The dealer obviously was looking forward to making mega bucks when he sold yours and quoted you a price which incorporated a saving of some of that profit. That being the case he should have said - if you don't P/X the cash price will be £ whatever. No point in him getting stroppy or pushy with you - why would you wish to give a complete bully your money - we need any dealer to be completely approachable 'just in case' don't we?
     
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  6. milliethehymer

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    I've taken your approach many times when trading in cars, and am surprised at your dealers attitude. I'd always regarded the px offer as an "underwrite", and the balancing number between that and the new vehicle cost to be the " difference to change" . In other words, the px value is the minimum that I'm going to get for the vehicle, so if I can't sell it before the due date, I am at least guaranteed that figure.

    So the agreed price for the new vehicle would be just that, and to do the deal would be either old vehicle plus cash, or just cash.

    Strangely in the current climate, cash is no longer King, and the dealers will often prefer you to take their finance, as they make a commission on it. This is before they try to flog you gap cover, paint protection, upholstety protection, tyre insurance and so on.

    My thoughts would be either change dealer, who frankly seems to need to get a grip, and negotiate hard at nec.

    Often in the past when negotiating, if is easier for extras to be thrown in rather than the price pushed down beyond a certain point. Dealer has margins in every part of the transaction (not a criticism, just how he makes his business work) so maybe instead of getting a £1k off, you might be able to get £1k of extras that you'd like to have as the true cost to the dealer will be less. Equally you might get free servicing and hab check as opposed to more money off.

    When negotiating, you must never be afraid to ask. He can only say no. Then, when he says no, the response is " ok, what can you do then". There isn't any embarrassment at being refused, the salesman won't think anything of it, as long as you approach them in a friendly manner, it'll be water off a ducks back.

    I'd also suggest you make a last push once you've got the deal to where you want it, along the lines of " ok, I'm looking to buy today, and if you can do £x, I'll sign now." I always make the £x just below the round number eg if the deal has got to £35,248 I'd suggest x is £34,999. If they even drop to £35,200, that's still an extra £48 in your pocket below the price which you have already settled in your mind as ok.

    I always try to relate these final end savings to food, so even a final £20 off is a free take away on Saturday night..


    Good luck !
     
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  7. tonka

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    If there is not a deal at the NEC, try what I did, as I knew exactly what van I wanted and had no trade in..
    Found every Authorised dealer that sold the brand and van I wanted, contacted each one and asked best price and I will be down with the cash... Some did not have what I wanted, most all quoted 10% off list then one quoted a lot more off and we did the deal.. :)
     
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  8. Debs

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    Hi Mary, with the dealer reacting like that it makes you wonder if they've already taken a deposit on your old mh......we were pushed several times by dealers to do just that, to ensure 1st dibs when it came in....awful practice.

    P.s.I've sent you a pm
     
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  9. Wizbangs

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    I've had a few PM's asking me for the dealer's name. Let me just say the dealer has a very good reputation especially on the after sales side, which is why we approached them in the first place. To me after sales is a big positive.

    We have had calls from 2 or 3 different people within the firm as courtesy calls etc. To me that's ok....

    But the over eager push, push, impatient push from this one guy? I think he's looking for his own commission and wanted to close a deal as he is not going to the NEC. If he is Sales, why not? Maybe it's desperation on his part and little to do with the company as a whole as their website says they don't use such tactics. His attitude does them no favours however.
     
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    Here is my take. Dealers sitting on old stock will want to get rid this year. We visit shows , make a connection but never buy. It's a crazy atmosphere IMO, better deals to be had afterwards with winter fast approaching...

    Just be cheeky, leave offer with them and walk away...always plenty of other vans about. Above all be your own man and don't take the BS seriously..
     
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  11. FJmike

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    I don't know if people are aware that the October show the trade stands are manned by staff from the franchisees so its possible that Wizbangs could meet his not so friendly dealer manning the Autotrail stand :cautious:. Keeping this in mind he could approach a different salesman and maybe get a better deal.
     
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  12. activecampers

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    Do not rush. Dealer are keener than you to make a deal as its their income, but as they are experienced they seem calm and make it seem like the deal is just for you and only for the day. Its a load of tosh generally. Exceptions may be demonstrators where there is one only.
    If you are after a mainstream make, as someone said above, ring around - but not straight after show as they will be busy - do it at a quiet time (December?).
    Dealers will tell you what they think you need to hear to make a deal.
    So, in my view, don't go to buy. Go to view and research only. Don't get excited - other vans generally exist!
    (PS - been paid to work at NEC to talk about vans, NOT to sell, and I've heard many things said to try and close a sale which are complete tosh )
     
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  13. Judge Mental

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    Yes that's how it works. different dealers have their own salesman on stands..get a quote from all. Play them off against each other.
     
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    Spot on!:)
     
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    Hi Mary, would do no harm when dealing with the dealer to say you are a active member of Motorhome Fun, and been getting opinions on different Motorhomes, don't be bullied, and you are looking around.
     
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    Bought at NEC last year. 10% after a bit of haggling. Good luck (y)
     
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    Tee hee. When we were looking at the upholstery samples, having placed the order Bill Hayes told us we could take the sample book away with us and decide later. We both did a double take at this - nowhere near the end of the show - and so did Lee, the salesman. 'Are you sure, Bill?' he asked, guardedly.

    'Yes - absolutely positive!!' quoth Bill, as he turned the book completely over to display the name of another well-known Pilote dealer also manning the stand at times but not right then, on its reverse! We all howled with laughter.
     
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    Oh- forgot to say....
    If you think the salesmen are your friend, walk around the show 30 mins before opening (OK - most people can't) - but if you could, blimey. You would get the impression the "punters" are "lambs for the slaughter" and ready to be taken for all they can.
    Some big stands have their sales guys raving and cheering and the like, akin to call-centres and double glazing salesmen getting themselves primed to go in to battle (watch Watchdog type programs!).
    Cheering for the best sales of the previous day (bonus or whatever due) and really talking about sales as if it was a p**ng up the wall contest. Its a game. Based on commission.
    But, as ever, (my parents included lol), people go with excitement, money to burn, and get talked into how critical it is on the day to sign.
    Its not, you'll just be a number towards that sales guys target, and if you got upsold something more expensive you'll be joked about whist swigging champagne.

    Not saying they are all like this, and for sure where we helped out it wasn't like that, but we saw this in multiple places on a daily basis.

    Unless its a demonstrator, or a hand-made van, or you need it ASAP, then the discounts will always be there - and much better to shop around at a quieter time.

    However, as people get older they believe more of the sales talk :(

    Trust no one lol - do your research and buy smart

    Good luck with the battle ;)
     
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    Oh yes they are:) in the UK anyway...we are the host and they just feed of us making up all sorts on nonsense for the naive punters they eat for breakfast :censored:
     
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    My guess why the dealer was miffed is when a nice van is due in for PX they have a list of people on their books waiting and the salesperson probably made arrangements for a viewing so that valuable sales space is not taken up. Many would say go abroad and buy but the NEC might cut out the middle man, you may not get a huge discount but you might get plenty of free extras.
     
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