When it comes to vehicle shopping, there are a lot of dealerships out there that pride themselves on making a quick buck by taking advantage of unsuspecting customers – especially young drivers buying for the first time. If you aren't careful, you could be subject to a number of hidden fees that you might be contractually obligated to. In truth, many of these hidden fees are unnecessary and not a requirement for purchasing a vehicle. Thankfully, the team here at Mike’s Car Store is here to keep you from being suckered in the next time you go vehicle shopping! Here are a few fees you should never have to pay at a car dealership.
Also referred to as destination charges, this is a fee that is charged for getting the vehicle from the factory to the dealership. If you are buying a used vehicle, however, there’s no reason to be issued this fee. Typically, you won’t even see this fee itemized on a bill of sale and if you do, have them remove it immediately. The only exception here is if you purchased the vehicle online and had it shipped to your home.
Some dealers may say that need to charge advertising charges for the vehicle you’re buying. This is a fully erroneous fee that customers should never have to pay. In fact, most dealerships get their advertising fees covered by the vehicle manufacturer.
This is a sort of insurance fee that dealers may promise coverage for in the event that your vehicle gets stolen or vandalized. These charges don’t usually lead to much assistance, and you’d be better off setting up supplementary coverage with your auto insurance provider.
Many dealers with untrustworthy service centres may try to sell you on nitrogen-inflated tires, suggesting that your tred and wear will be optimized. This is untrue. Standard air tires work just as well as nitrogen-filled ones – after all, the air we breathe already has 78% of the nitrogen in it! Some dealers may offer this as an add-on for free, but if they try to charge you extra, we’d recommend not only opting out but steering clear of this dealer in general.
Pinstripes are a great way to show off some personal style on your vehicle, but beyond that, they don’t serve much of a purpose. Many dealers may try to sneak in this charge if you choose a vehicle that includes them. Here at Mike’s Car Store, we support local businesses that do this for a price so small we’d have no business charging our customers for the add-on!
We don’t want to toot our own horn, but as a dealership run and owned by the #1 watched Car Salesman on the Planet, you can trust we know how to get you the best deal on a used vehicle and avoid being scammed in the process! There are hidden fees to cover, so stay tuned for Part 2!