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Hi All,

Started working with the finance guy on our Ascent over the phone. Will follow up with him in person soon.

Question I have is on the Conveyance Fee. Here in CT it is $598.00. Now per the PO Form it puts a disclaimer that the "Dealer "Conveyance Fee" is NOT Payable to the State of CT. This Fee is negotiable"

I know the fee is for processing paperwork such as plate and reg transfer. He told me the fee for the actual transfer $170.00 could be paid seperate and that they "do not make any money off of that fee" HAHA He failed to mention the Conveyance Fee which more than makes up for it I am sure

Now I have read online that this is one of those "kinda getting screwed but try and make the best out of it" such as getting them to throw in accessories as they may not budge on this fee

What have your guys experiences been and how have you dealt with it?? As an FYI I am not in a position to walk away from the deal SHHHH Don't say anything :)
 

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"$698 Dealer Administration Fee" There has always been some sort of crazy fee at the end - name/description changes. Once upon a time, I think it was called "Dealer Preparation Fee". I was expecting it. In the end I was looking at the bottom line.
 

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"$698 Dealer Administration Fee" There has always been some sort of crazy fee at the end - name/description changes. Once upon a time, I think it was called "Dealer Preparation Fee". I was expecting it. In the end I was looking at the bottom line.
CT. is a strange state-they will try to get as much out of you as they can. Massachusetts is the same way. Now right next door in N.Y.- i think the fee is pegged at 90 bucks. Not bad.
 

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I am one that looks at the bottom line they can add what ever FEE they want, but if they add money to the trade or come off the car and the bottom line is the same then that is fine with me.
 

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In this neck of the woods it's referred to as a "documentation fee". It's just a last chance to grab some more $$$$$ before ya sign deal. I always get something for it and recognize there are legitimate fee expenses.... body side mounding or wathertec front and back floor liner sets.....one time I flat out refused to pay it and was going to walk..... they asked how much I'd pay...$50 and done...... at one time the dealerships had to send someone out to process the docs....today, they're processed at the dealership via remote computer links. the real ripoff is when people pay the dealer prep fee on top of the doc fee..... in states where the dealer has to execute registration or tax docs, it fair to get paid for that expense...... exaggerating these fees is nothing short of exploitation.
 

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Florida dealers and their crazy fees

CT. is a strange state-they will try to get as much out of you as they can. Massachusetts is the same way. Now right next door in N.Y.- i think the fee is pegged at 90 bucks. Not bad.
Here in Florida, it's practically impossible to buy a Subaru (and probably any other new car) without a "dealer fee". A dealer I was working with called it a "documentary fee" and it was $799.50. It varies here from $599 to $999, and it's legal by FL law. I contacted a different dealer that did say they would accept the VIP Pricing discount when I asked. Then I asked if there was a dealer fee and if so, how much was it. He said yes, we have one and our's is the cheapest of the FL Subaru dealers, $599. This "dealer fee" is pure profit! In addition, the first dealer I mentioned above, wanted and "electronic filing fee" of $179 and and "doc stamps fee" of $166.

I'm not against a dealer making profit. However, I know that they get paid by Subaru to sell these cars (approximately $1100 for the Touring). So, there's some profit. Plus, when I bring in my Subaru for all of it's scheduled services, they'll be making money there too...just like my local dealer has been doing for 10 yrs with my current Subie.

I'm to the point of ready to purchase out of state, pay to travel there, pick up my shiny, new Ascent, and drive it home. I called an out of state dealer and asked about their "dealer fees". They said their's was $176 for a documents fee and about $25 for an admin fee. That's it! To me, that's realistic and reasonable. Someone at the dealer has to file/send all of this data electronically to my state and probably Subaru, so I'm ok with that.

So, good luck on your purchase. Just have the dealer explain everything you don't think is clear. Everything is usually negotiable with exception to the $975 destination and delivery fee from Subaru and your state's tax, title, and tag registration stuff.

If you can't get the dealer to budge on a fee, try to get them to budge on the price of the vehicle. Remember, it's your money and you have to make the payment each month. :grin:
 
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