Personal Car Shopper
Behind the scenes on a used car
The typical used and/or new car dealer marks up
each vehicle $3,000 - $4,000 above his
Most of the vehicles sold on dealers lots are purchased at
wholesale auctions and are off lease vehicles or dealer trades.
Every dealer has expenses involved in each vehicle. Typical
expenses include dealer auction fees, transportation charges,
administrative charges, and reconditioning and repair
Most dealers before putting a vehicle out for
retail sale, thoroughly clean the interior and completely buff
and wax the exterior. Your above average dealers will also
mechanically inspect the vehicle. It is not unusual for an
above average used and/or new car dealer to spend between $300
- $900 on reconditioning and repairing a vehicle. Vehicle
reconditioning and repairs could include repainting a fender or
bumper, changing the oil, new tires, new brakes, resetting and
investigating why a check engine light is on, and much
What you can expect from us.....
When we receive your phone call or Personal Car Shopper
Request Form, we will keep in contact with you and inform you
of what vehicle are upcoming at the wholesale auctions and what
prices they have been sold for. We will charge you a Flat
Finders Fee of $900 over our cost. Our cost includes the price
we paid for the vehicle purchased form the auction, plus the
cost of the dealer wholesale auction fees ($150-$350), plus
transportation expenses ($50-$300), plus $30 administration
We will do a light interior clean and an exterior hand wax
before you pick up your vehicle. We will also do a 27 point
inspection. We will make a list of what
items are in need of repair or service and the condition other
items such as tires and brakes are in.
YOU will decide what repairs you
want done and we will complete these repairs and any paint work
at a discounted rate. The repairs
will be billed separately from the price of your car.
through Sam's Auto
Sales carry the manufacturer's
10 Questions to ask before buying ...
Whether you purchase from us or someone else make sure
you ask these 10 questions before purchasing a
- Do you have a reconditioning
- Do you use a mechanic who is ASE
- Do you have a Carfax Report available for
- How long have you been in business?
- What warranty comes with
- Are you a member of
- Do you have the title for the
- What is the total price I’ll be charged for the
vehicle? – Watch out for hidden finance charges, credit
life disability, etc.
- Can you show me the Federal Buyer’s Guide is
on this vehicle?
- Would it be possible to take this vehicle to my
mechanic so he can look it over?
And remember – Dealers who use gimmicks such as
“Minimum Trade”, Push/Pull/Drag It In,” “No Payments for 90
Days,” “Free Stuff” could possibly not be offering anything at
all and actually may be charging you for it, don’t forget – the
you ready to have us
begin shopping for your next car?