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Beware of Dealer Doc and Other Junk Fees

This is just a reminder to beware of dealer doc fees and other junk fees that dealers add in (also known as ADP=Additional Dealer Profit). These fees range from $0 to $800 or more. Some savvy buyers refuse to pay them. Some dealers come back and say they have to by law, because if they charge one person, they have to charge everyone. This may or may not be true depending on your state. However, if you say you'll buy somewhere else, the dealer often lowers the price by the fee amount, essentially making it zero.


Bottom line is always negotiate this up front in writing, not when you are picking up the car.


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if you put down a deposit and an order already, can't really say you will go elsewhere.
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here is some info i found out for California:

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calls them "document processing" fees because of the association between doc fees and government charges, the state's DMV told us. California caps the fee at $65 if the dealer hasn't partnered with the state to provide on-site registration services to the buyer. If the dealer has such a partnership, it may charge up to $80.
Read more at https://www.cars.com/articles/2014/0...EwX0M5TRFHw.99


Each state's fee rules vary.
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if you put down a deposit and an order already, can't really say you will go elsewhere.

Deposits are refundable. You can always cancel your order and go elsewhere.


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You may not be able to negotiate on the fees much on a new model vehicle that may be in high demand like the Bolt. But once it's been out for a while and supply has caught up with demand, then the walking away method could reduce the fees to zero.
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That's kinda it I think.

If there's a high demand, they know people will be there to buy it. So even if you don't, someone else will. Give it a year and then they'll be more in terms of flexing and negotiating. Until then, they really don't care.
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Figuring out how to get a "fair" deal on the Bolt seems like it may be difficult in the early stages, since demand is likely to exceed supply. Anybody have a good strategy? I talked to Concord Chevy and of course they wanted me to come out and "build a car". I would rather do it on line first.
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Maybe try asking multiple dealership to see if any of them will give you a better deal, but beyond that I can't think of anything for a newly released model. Wish Chevy would hurry up with their build page...
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Maybe try asking multiple dealership to see if any of them will give you a better deal, but beyond that I can't think of anything for a newly released model. Wish Chevy would hurry up with their build page...
Getting them to fight for your business is a good strategy which for me is the last help line if just negotiating with them without any outside influences won't help.

but depending on the real demand they might not even budge.
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From what I'm seeing, the demand for the Bolt is high so they probably won't budge for a while. Also, they probably know that some people needs to buy on within a certain time frame to take advantage of the full tax credit offered.
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