Hmmm? Good question. I'm a member of all three and I know USAA uses TrueCar with a discount. My wife just bought a new Mazda through USAA before Christmas.So who generally has the best Honda deals between Costco, AARP and USAA? Anyone priced the new Pilot between the three?
You should run a loaded Pilot through all three and see what you come up with.....I bet a lot of us would like to know!Hmmm? Good question. I'm a member of all three and I know USAA uses TrueCar with a discount. My wife just bought a new Mazda through USAA before Christmas.
I second that as we recently talked about signing up at Costco.You should run a loaded Pilot through all three and see what you come up with.....I bet a lot of us would like to know!
My wife has AARP, I have a USAA account that I haven't used in a decade or so, and we've been talking about joining Costco, although the nearest one is over an hour away.
This is quite true for hot selling cars,the RL was a different storyGreat discussion! The problem I have seen, granted it was a few years back, is that when a dealer knows they have a reasonably hot commodity they will not reduce the price very much. In my area, I have even seen one case, specifically my daughter buying a CRV, where they tacked on an additional $500 to the price because they knew it was a hot commodity. I suspect that if I want to purchase a new RL I will have to wait at least a year or purchase in another part of the US?
I don't mind haggling, but the reason I am looking into buying options like Costco and USAA is that I don't expect dealers to deal on the RL2 during the first year on the market. If it turns out to be a hot-selling vehicle with limited supplies, the buying clubs might get you a better deal.I think the Costco auto buying program is much like CUABs... it's for those who don't want to play the game. And that's fine, as long as you're willing to leave cash on the table.
I found the same thing years ago when I tried my credit union's auto buying program (CUAB). I beat it quite handily before even beginning negotiations.
My wife doesn't care for the buying/negotiating process. I find it rather fun and challenging.
I guess the same could be said for buying a used car from Carmax. No negotiations. But I suppose they do provide some value for the higher prices you pay there in that the cars seem to be gone over pretty well and I think there is a reasonable warranty.
This ^.. Easy and all in writing..no hassle..online sales guys from what i could tell sell 5 x the cars in house sales does..dont think they liked him..and if online isnt good enough then use gmail without name and haggle at dealer to try and beat it...be specific in your request otd price same car color optionsI did my shopping at my keyboard at home (with a couple of phone calls here & there to identify eMail addresses). This was back in 2005, and I just outlined what I wanted for my RL, and sent it out to the on-line sales managers at about a dozen dealers within decent range.
I got back about 5 with competetive offers. Worked those down to 3 pretty quickly, and found two were willing to slug it out to get my business. Worked out well in the end.... I don't know how much things have changed in that industry in the last 10 years.
Regarding MSRP mark-ups, I bought 2 different vehicles (1985 Voyager mini-van, and 1982 Camaro Z28 with stick) that were 'hot commodities' at the time. In both of these cases most of the dealers marked up price over MSRP; but eventually i was able to find a place that had enough inventory flowing that they did not need to mark-up (I bought Voyager at end of year when '86s were just starting to trickle in). Those are tough times to get a good price on a car (newish model that's selling hot).