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      05-12-2008, 11:35 PM   #1
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Question Ask a dealer

This is where members can come and get answers directly from those who work at BMW centers. I know besides myself, there are several other here who are CA's, parts reps, SA's, techs, etc. I figured maybe we could just use this thread to kind of help compile questions & answers for people. By no means do I have/ know all the answers, but I'll answer as best as I can

So whoever has a question, go ahead & ask. Whoever knows the answer, chime in and answer it

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* Please don't ask if I think you are getting a "good deal" on a certain price. A good deal is one that you are happy with.

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How long is current ED lead time and does doing ED change your room for bargaining at all
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How long is current ED lead time and does doing ED change your room for bargaining at all
  • Typically if you give yourself a 10 week lead, you'll be safe to get the days you want. From what I've seen, demand on euro is as high this year as it was last year
  • It shouldn't, but it is typically tougher bargain ed pricing lower. I once sold a $500 over ed invoice on a 325i, so...
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Hey UCB....

Any luck with your search for a 1er? I'm heading up north to Berkeley in two weeks so I might try that dealership there.... Best I got is $750 off MSRP..althought I think I can get $1k off MSRP but that is in San Diego
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not yet, still havnt tried bargaining at all

I test drove a 135i 6mt and its great however

Out of the country for 2 weeks for business so I'll try lining some stuff up over email
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  • It shouldn't, but it is typically tougher bargain ed pricing lower. I once sold a $500 over ed invoice on a 325i, so...
Sweet, if I could even get 750-1000 over ED invoice I'd be all over it. :biggrin:
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Thanks for the offer, Dave. A sticky is a great idea, and I am sure much appreciated by our members. I know I have appreciated your responses to my questions.
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I previously posted this question, but the dealer screwed up my order because he didnt know the paddle shifters were extra. Now he wants another $100. Whats the correct course of action? Can the dealer eat this cost without a problem? I am planning on sticking to my guns and refusing to pay the $100.
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I have a question... How much of a kick back does the dealer really get from the banks for financing a car? My CA said a few hundred $, but I've heard it can be a lot more. The reason I'm asking is because if the dealer can match the 4.25% I'm getting through PenFed I'm thinking about offering to use their financing instead of my own in exchange for a few freebies. (floor mats, an aluminum pedal kit, etc...) But I want to know how much stuff I might be able to get out of them before it becomes a bad deal.

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      05-13-2008, 07:53 PM   #11
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Question:

I made a thread similar to my question before I saw your thread. So I'll just repost my question: I've been stuck at production code 111 for about 2 weeks now, which seems terribly long to just get a production date. My SA says not to worry and that I will get a production date soon. How long does it normally take to get from 111(placed order) to 112(confirmed production date)? Should I be worrying?

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      05-13-2008, 09:37 PM   #12
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Thanks for the offer, Dave. A sticky is a great idea, and I am sure much appreciated by our members. I know I have appreciated your responses to my questions.
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I previously posted this question, but the dealer screwed up my order because he didnt know the paddle shifters were extra. Now he wants another $100. Whats the correct course of action? Can the dealer eat this cost without a problem? I am planning on sticking to my guns and refusing to pay the $100.
If I sold you a car for a certain price & it was we agreed on, if I made the mistake (especially just $100) I would eat it. Not worth the bad pub & headache. It's not an issue for him to ask, but he shouldnt push you for the $100
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I have a question... How much of a kick back does the dealer really get from the banks for financing a car? My CA said a few hundred $, but I've heard it can be a lot more. The reason I'm asking is because if the dealer can match the 4.25% I'm getting through PenFed I'm thinking about offering to use their financing instead of my own in exchange for a few freebies. (floor mats, an aluminum pedal kit, etc...) But I want to know how much stuff I might be able to get out of them before it becomes a bad deal.

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what the dealer or finance guy gets isn't relevant to what freebies you can get. The freebies come out of the gross profit of the car, from the ca's end.
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I made a thread similar to my question before I saw your thread. So I'll just repost my question: I've been stuck at production code 111 for about 2 weeks now, which seems terribly long to just get a production date. My SA says not to worry and that I will get a production date soon. How long does it normally take to get from 111(placed order) to 112(confirmed production date)? Should I be worrying?

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depends on the build week of your car.. I would ask your CA what "week" your car is. Off hand, I'm guessing you have a late may or early June production date. That will give you a better idea of when it will go into production. If it's still a while out, maybe he could trade for an earlier week?
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I was wondering if you could check and see if Schaeffer BMW of Wilmington, NC has any allocations available. They said they placed my order but I have yet to receive a production number. They said i'd probably have my car around mid to late June. The CA was supposed to fax me some paperwork today but he didnt. Also i gave them my credit card number over the phone for my $1,000 deposit but it has yet to be taken off the card. I emaild my CA and he said that they dont always take the $1,000 deposit. He said the card number is more for "commitment." Anyhow..... also, if any CA's could check their systems and see if my car is on order, it'd be appreciated also.

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what the dealer or finance guy gets isn't relevant to what freebies you can get. The freebies come out of the gross profit of the car, from the ca's end.
Maybe I could get the finance guy to buy me some floor mats then.

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I was wondering if you could check and see if Schaeffer BMW of Wilmington, NC has any allocations available. They said they placed my order but I have yet to receive a production number. They said i'd probably have my car around mid to late June. The CA was supposed to fax me some paperwork today but he didnt. Also i gave them my credit card number over the phone for my $1,000 deposit but it has yet to be taken off the card. I emaild my CA and he said that they dont always take the $1,000 deposit. He said the card number is more for "commitment." Anyhow..... also, if any CA's could check their systems and see if my car is on order, it'd be appreciated also.

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I think this is your car, it's in status 112, not yet in production (click on sport package):
Description MSRP Model0822 135i CoupeUSD 34,900.00 Sport Package
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i clicked on sport package and it says to enter my DSCnet Id?? I'm also seeing red x's. is there anyway to find out if its a priority1 car?
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i clicked on sport package and it says to enter my DSCnet Id?? I'm also seeing red x's. is there anyway to find out if its a priority1 car?
it is priority 1
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Thanks for the info. Do you think you could post a screenshot of what that sport package link was supposed to take me to?
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