Buyers Maliciously Comply When Car Dealership Gives Them The Ultimatum “Take It Or Leave It”

Any kind of purchase that involves a lot of money is not an easy decision and you want to make sure you are getting the best deal you can. You also want to trust the people who you are purchasing from so if something feels fishy, it’s best to take time to think or take the offer to leave if you don’t like it.

It’s not that hard, actually, as Reddit user dumpster_fire_15’s example shows. She and her husband were ready to buy a car, but the finance office tried to offer add-ons and then presented them with a deal that was not discussed prior and the couple didn’t have time to argue. After they declined to pay an extra fee, the finance person suggested that they leave and they gladly did so.

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Woman was about to buy a car but when she expressed her doubts about an extra fee, she was told to leave if she didn’t like it and she accepted the offer

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The Original Poster (OP) got in a car accident at the beginning of the summer and it was so wrecked that the cost of the repairs would be bigger than the car’s value, so most probably, insurance covered part or the total value of the car and the woman started looking for a new car.

Everything seemed to go well and the OP decided on a car, got her paperwork completed and the financial part was all set. The last thing to do was to arrive at the dealership and sign the documents.

The woman got into an accident earlier this year and the old car was beyond repair

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Because the dealership was quite far away, the husband took an afternoon off and the wife picked up the kids from school earlier as she didn’t have anywhere to leave them and wanted to maintain their family’s evening routine.

But it didn’t go as planned. First of all, the finance office didn’t have anything ready, so the couple waited almost two hours for that. Then the person started offering add-ons which the couple didn’t need, which they said right away, as they were in a hurry to get back home.

Second of all, the contract showed different numbers than they originally agreed on because there was an extra fee. The OP explained in the comments that it wasn’t “the dealer processing fee. This was a fee because they were ‘willing’ to sell the car at this time of year,” which was quite suspicious.

So she found a new one which had a good price, decent mileage and was comfortable

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However, when the time to sign the paperwork came, the price changed and the finance person gave the ultimatum of “take it or leave it”

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The OP was running out of time and out of patience, so she tried to argue with the finance person about the fee and was told that if she didn’t like it, she could leave, because the dealership has enough clients to sell the car to.

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It didn’t take too long for the husband and wife to decide to head out. The woman wasn’t that fond of that car. In the comments, she explained that it matched her requirements, was in the desired price range, but wasn’t her dream car she couldn’t live without or would want to pay more for, especially having in mind how she was treated at the dealership.

But then the finance person tried to prevent them from leaving, saying the paperwork was printed. The couple didn’t care and after all, there were plenty of clients begging for a car there. As the OP described later, seeing the look on their faces was amazing.

The woman chose the latter option and left because the person told her that there were plenty of people begging to buy the car

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According to Lending Tree, there are fees that you can’t avoid. It is the documentation fee that, in the US, can vary from $85, which is the maximum amount in California, to $895, which is the median in Florida.

You may also need to pay a destination charge if the car has to be transported from somewhere and many states need to pass a state safety and emissions inspection before they can be sold, which the buyer pays for. Lastly, there are tax fees, title and license fees.

The finance office didn’t expect the buyer to leave and apparently were bluffing, because the woman kept getting calls from them

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Any other fees that are not required by state law can be avoided. These include extended warranty, loan protection insurance, guaranteed asset protection, tire and wheel protection, and appearance packages.

You don’t need to have your car’s vehicle identification number etched onto the windows at the dealership, but save money and do it through your local police department instead. You also may think twice about anti-theft devices.

What you certainly don’t need to pay for is a fee for an opportunity to buy a car during a specific season, even though it’s true that during the year, prices fluctuate. Have you ever heard of such a fee? What fees would you try to avoid when buying a car? Share your reactions to the story and similar experiences in the comments!

People in the comments agreed that walking out of a disadvantageous situation is liberating and praised the woman for not giving in

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