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So I went for an extended test drive of my chosen Civic spec today, really enjoyed it, the gadgets all worked really well (apart from the Sat Nav POIs being more concerned with France than the UK - dealer says 08 nav disc will probably not correct this, but I think he just wanted me to order ASAP, impossible to get the truth sometimes).
When it came time to talk about figures, the first price they quoted me was the manufacturers list price, which surprised me. Do people not in the know sometimes accept this price as final and pay up there and then? Unfortunately for them, I mentioned drivethedeal and autobytel and the salesman's grin soon faded. Talked about imported this and non-UK that, which I dismissed and told him to see what he could do on the price.
In any case, they came back and said that they would match the drivethedeal price, but that the drivethedeal price was not what I said it would be. It was around £18,850, and I checked his screen myself, when earlier it was £18,488 on my computer at home. I thought it was rather strange, and sure enough, when I get home, the previous price is still there. Have dealers started to forge drivethedeal pages in order to fool customers now? Or is my cache at fault? Could someone here check the price on drivethedeal for a 2.2 i-CTDi EX with leather and glass roof (with metallic paint option) and let me know what it reports please?
In addition, when I looked at the autobytel price on their computer (which was correctly shown), they told me it was all imports, with a clause in their contracts to change prices by up to 5% after an order. I couldn't check on their computer, but upon getting home I did and I found out autobytel is run by Inchcape, a UK dealership brand, and all models are UK models, and nothing about price changes, which a customer would surely have to agree to anyway. Not pleased.
In any case, they said they would do it for £18,850, but the finance they offered was crap. I felt some deception from them, so I told them I'd think about it. In any case, I don't think I'll be going back to them, especially if they did lie about drivethedeal and autobytel. How low do you go?
Last edited by DHough; 19th August 2007 at 16:11.