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In case you don't know, Instapundit is one of the largest blogs (web logs) around. It is run by Glenn Reynolds, a law professor who often posts on various political topics, gaining fame as a "war blogger". He's actually a libertarian, not a conservative.
Anyways, sometimes he talks about cars, such as an unfortunate experience trying to test drive a 350Z. Today, he posted about a test drive with the RX 8. It is a positive review. Check it out here.
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after reading the rx-8 review click thru to the article on his nissan experience i wish that all car dealerships and manufaturers would read the last paragraph:
I also think that the car industry is screwed up. Every time I start to think about buying a car, I put it off for months -- or sometimes years -- because they make the process unpleasant. And I say this as someone who always negotiates a good deal, but who doesn't enjoy it. (Though the VW dealer who sold me my Passat made it as painless an experience as I've had along those lines, and gave me an excellent price, too.) If buying a car were as easy and pleasant as buying , say, a stereo, I think that people would buy new cars more often; I'm pretty sure that I would. You'd think that the automobile industry would have that figured out, but I'm afraid that fixing their distribution and sales system would threaten too many rice bowls.
In regards to the quote about making car buying painless, here in San Diego there are many dealers of all auto makes who have a "no haggle" policy. That is, they post their selling price which is already below MSRP and, if there are factory rebates, already below that. I've checked out Ford and Toyota dealers who did that. My assessment is, the fixed price they are offering is what you would get if you are a half-decent haggler. I think it's a fair deal considering maybe a third of buyers don't even try to negotiate, and most of the rest are not "half decent hagglers." Only those who really push hard and know all the tricks might do better going to another dealer. Are these no-haggle dealers common around the country? If you can trust that they are already building in a reduced price, that it's reasonably fair, and that they really, truly won't come down any further despite your attempts then suddenly the car-buying experience becomes much easier. If you don't believe these three things, then it's as complicated as always.
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