Ok so ordered a new car this year because used prices were ass.Can anyone here tell me what the protocol is for buying a new car nowadays when cars are so scarce and expensive? I've only ever bought one.
So I'm looking at a subaru crosstrek, and the only ones available are all listed as "dealer ordered - in transit" or whatever. How does this work? Do you have to pre-order it or something? How do I go about not getting screwed over by a salesperson when they don't even have the cars on the lot and they sell out instantly?
1) Be less picky if you can be, but if you can find the other points this matter less
2) Find dealers who advertise that they do not charge dealer fees/that they sell at MSRP
3) Go in and talk to them about ordering whatever it is you’re thinking about. What would the price be. Is the price protected. You don’t want dealer add-ons etc. are they willing to promise this in writing?
4) if so go ahead an order, takes no more than a $100 deposit. That’s transferable to the car purchase.
5) Ensure that the order is entered in your name specifically and not the dealer trying to play funny games. Orders in your name provide your with more protections from shenanigans.
6) proceed to Wait 4-12 months for you car. Ford took me 4 months this year and I didn’t go wild. Apparently the Asian manufacturers have been quoting dealers 9months +, but not sure how accurate that is now versus a few months ago.