Buying a 2009 Toyota Matrix, and saving $1500 off of MSRP.
I've done this successfully twice now. Go see the car, test drive, get familiar with all of the options EXACTLY. THEN use CarCostCanada's "Dealer Cost", add a few hundred dollars, and send an email to 5 dealerships (IMPORTANT - only use 5 - don't send it out to 20 dealerships as you want to just put a feeler out there and deal with a few people.)
State in your email that you know exactly what you want, it will be an easy sale with no effort on their part. Tell them you are willing to pay them $_____ (from above), and lay out the costs exactly (Model #, Option packages, Freight PDI, gas tax, etc.) and you will come in and sign papers immediately if they would like the easy sale.
In the first day, I got a response from all 5 dealerships, the first two dealerships said "YES, when can you come in?", The third one says "Yes, I'll match that price and throw in a couple of oil changes too!" The fourth dealership said that he'd match the price, I replied and said thanks for the email, but another place is offering me 2 oils changes as well. He wrote back and said "Ok, we'll give you THREE! We want your business"... Closer to the end of the day, the 5th dealership wanted my business so much that he even beat my own suggested price by a few hundred and threw in the oil changes as well. He was also the most pleasant, "non-salesmen" type person. I went in the next morning and signed the papers, paid literally 1.5% above dealer cost, and had my new car in a matter of days.
Great experience, worked with my RSX back in 2002 as well. I have recommended Car Cost Canada to everybody - Thanks CCC, you put the power back in the buyer's hands!
Fred from Aurora, ON
reported on Sunday, May 04, 2008