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The wife wants a new Golf GT 2.0 Diesel DSG with a couple of options.  She went to the local VW dealer last night for a test drive and to get a price.  After a little haggling all they would do was drop 5% off the car, but still full price on the options.

 

Looking at Drive the Deal they are offering 12% off the total price of the car (including options).

 

Now I'd like to deal locally, easier if she has a problem and this is where it'll go for a service.  Plus I don't like the idea of going to a local shop to try something on then ordering over the internet.  But I'm not a charity and we're talk £2k difference here!

 

My question is, should I see the same reduction from the local dealer, or am I expecting too much?  If I'm expecting too much, what should I be expecting?

 

This is a cash sale with no trade in so I'm unhappy with the local dealer for trying to fleece her!

 

Cheers,

Paul

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You'll get feck all loyalty back from the local dealer even if you do buy the car from them, unless they're a very rare local garage for local people. Chances are they're owned by a major PLC. Give them another chance to requote or contact another local franchisee?  

 

I've advocated DTD several times on this forum and would take their offer up if no gets close - the money is better off in your wife's pocket +++ 

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  • 4 weeks later...

Well she's changed her mind - why am I suprised?

 

She had me looking at a Seat Leon FR at the weekend.  To be fair, she's done her homework and can find no real difference between this model and the Golf GT, but saves in the region of £1.5k.  Added to that Seat have 0% finance on at the moment with £1k off the deposit.  If she takes that then she can use their "free" £1k to upgrade to the 184 diesel engine.

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A couple of things to consider.

 

The Golf will hold value much better than a Leon, so that difference may well be wiped out when you come to sell.

 

The other thing is that Leons feel cheap compared to a Golf - and this may drive you mad over the course of ownership. I know I have dismissed Seats in the past because of this.

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A couple of things to consider.

 

The Golf will hold value much better than a Leon, so that difference may well be wiped out when you come to sell.

 

The other thing is that Leons feel cheap compared to a Golf - and this may drive you mad over the course of ownership. I know I have dismissed Seats in the past because of this.

I know what you mean here and we've both had this discussion.

 

The future trade in value's not going to be an issue as our plans are to keep it for 5-10 (maybe more) years and this new Leon FR seems just as well built in the cabin.  It's almost identical to the Golf both in looks and feel, the older Seat's were very plastic, but this new one's a real improvement.

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Drive the Deal will usually get the order through a local to you dealer (you won't know exactly what dealership until you place the order - they still get paid commission on top of your discount so the fact that the discount is a good difference in £'s is as Tipex has said, more profit direct to the dealer!

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The wife's gone ahead and placed her order for the Seat Leon.  Got a call back from Drive the Deal at 9:30 a.m. to confirm the details.

 

So far she's quiet impressed with them, dealer should ring her within the next few days.  As you say Chick, they should be somewhere local(ish) to us.

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