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Friday, May 13, 2011

Buying A Car On The Internet

Recently I purchased a car on the Internet.   I have never purchased a car before that I had not driven or seen.   It was a first time experience.  I wanted a car of a specific color.   My local dealer could not find that color.  He kept trying to talk me into other colors to no avail.

I did discover that you can order a Porsche or Audi from the factory in a custom color.  It will cost approximately $2500.00 over the best price you get from the dealer.   $2500.00 is a bargain considering it is a minimum of $5000.00 to get a new car painted by a quality body shop.  My local quality body shop did not want to do it.  Tom was concerned about door jams, windshields, under hoods, trunks etc.   Both dealers I approached wanted $20,000.00 to paint a new car, which to my mind, just meant they didn’t want to do it. 

Therefore I was on a quest to find the specific color I wanted.   I searched the Internet until I found the car I wanted at Sutliff Dealearship in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  

I emailed and ended up speaking to Ashley and Emily on the phone.  They could not have been more accommodating.   I had compared prices and they met my pricing needs.   The provided a very fair price on my trade in, sight unseen.   They then expedited a very fair finance rate and delivered the car to my home more than 100 miles away. 

Jim, their driver, explained the car’s features, exchanged license plates and answered questions on the paperwork.   He then took my trade in, left us the new car and drove home. 
Smart Like

I am still amazed at how smoothly the transaction ran.   If you would have asked me 5 years ago if I would buy a car sight unseen over the Internet, I would have vehemently denied I would ever be that dumb.  I guess in this case I was smart like a fox since I got the car I wanted, at the price I wanted, a fair price on my trade and most importantly that darn specific color my wife wanted.  

Kudos to Sutliff and their staff for a job well done!

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