Questions about dealer tactics...
So I'm not a real good car shopper, I've bought two big car purchases in my life, the 1998 Honda Accord and the 2004 Acura TL, and been pretty much by the dealerships both times.
I'm trying to be a little more savvy now in my 40's than I was in my 20's and 30's, married with two kids etc, its important to get what I want and not pay extreme amounts for it.
In my recent shopping experience, currently the dealership I'm working with has me in a loaner, while they hunt down the car I want, which is a 2016 Accord EX sedan, base of this model.
I was wanting to see the colors and interior options but OF COURSE, they don't have anything on the lot right now, just one black with ivory interior which I know I don't want.
They were willing to do a search for me with other dealerships and get me the car I want, I'm not sure how they do this, they were back in an office looking on a computer, so not sure exactly what they were doing.
They did ask if I had a set milage that I wouldn't want the car driven to them, which made me think they were looking outside the state maybe. I pretty much gave them options in state but if it were outside I'd not want it driven in.
I live in OKC and so Dallas I'm sure has more inventory than some of my surrounding lots in Norman, MidWest City, Tulsa etc...still, Dallas miles are over 300 and while thats not much I wasn't a fan of it.
They came back to me with a few options that would be easier to get, Modern Steel Metallic with Gray Interior or Silver with Black Interior. I told them I prefer the Modern Steel Metallic exterior over Silver, but what I really want is the Modern Steel Metallic with black interior. And now after driving in the loaner, I want leather but that price point puts me out of budget, so cloth it is for now, lol.
I guess I should have just stuck with what I really wanted and not budged? The reason being is they had me sign some papers that were basically the agree to terms papers which I did like the price felt that part of the deal was good, but they made me put a $500 deposit check down to get this car into their dealership. It will go towards the car when it gets here, but my question is, if I just hate this color combo when I see it, am I obligated to this car and them keeping my deposit? I know if I just hate it, which is probably doubtful, but if I do, I don't want to be stuck with it and stuck with them keeping $500 of my money. Now I don't know what it cost them to get it here, if delivered etc, I'd guess that is not cheap, but its hard to know exactly if you like a car and its interior sight unseen. I figure if they want my business, getting a car on the lot that I might want to buy is an essential part of a deal, so why should it cost me a deposit? I could just take my business where the car is, if they don't want me to stay. I like them so far, and would continue to work with them but if I hate this combo I don't want to be stuck with it. I know I can't expect them to just keep getting cars and bringing them to their lot. I'd even go as far as to say had they told me such and such other dealership has these color combos go look at them and come back and tell me which one you want and I'll get it from them, etc, but I know thats probably not reasonable from their standpoint as they figure that other dealer will try to win my business too while I'm there, so they didn't want to risk that so making me put a deposit down for this car was their insurance I'd stay and do business with them, I guess? What are my rights though, if I hate this car? Again, I don't think I will, just want to be ready to defend my stance if so.
I know I can always change the seats/interior down the road as well, I'm just kind of starting to have some buyers remorse already even though I haven't actually signed the contract etc...they just wanted to make sure I didn't go elsewhere, which I probably should have if they didn't have what I wanted exactly. I think the price was too good, but I know the inventories are low everywhere on 2016 now, but still, I should get what I want right?
2016 Accord EX - Modern Steel Metallic with Gray Interior