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Thought I would mention how I approached my purchase, for anyone who might be interested. Some people live to haggle, and that's a great skill to have, but I'm not much for it. And I did decide I liked the Acadia better than the Outlook. So I decided to use the car buying service (CarBargains) of a local (DC area) nonprofit called Consumers CheckBook.

I basically gave them the Trim level I wanted and my zip code, and then they did the leg work to go around to different dealers and shop quotes and then sent me a report. My local dealer was third from the top. I went in and showed them the results and they matched the best offer, which I went ahead and accepted. I ended up paying invoice, less any incentives in place at time of delivery. And, spent almost zero time with it all.

I probably could have gone back and forth and knocked it down some more had I wanted to take the time. The service cost $190 so I technically paid $190 over invoice. Again, some of you would never go this route but perhaps, for others, you might be interested.

Bottom line... I was happy with my deal.
 

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Acustk5 - Sounds like you had a great experience with CarBargains and got a great deal. Excellent! I just visited their site and they have a pretty good article on "how to get a great deal" on a car that I'm going to reprint in another thread, crediting them as the source. Thanks for sharing!
 

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What happens if the price that CarBargains come back with is more than you anticipated and you decide you don't want the car? Do they still charge you the $190 or so?
 

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fenwah said:
What happens if the price that CarBargains come back with is more than you anticipated and you decide you don't want the car? Do they still charge you the $190 or so?
Yes, you pay for the service ahead of time. So I think you have to be willing to take the risk on the $190 and, then, put in a little effort yourself if you want to try for something better. I remember thinking after ordering it, "boy I hope these don't all come back at MSRP."

By the way, the turnaround time for me was about two or three days and they can email it to you as a pdf if you like.
 
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