SelectCar.com used car price comparison web site – “SelectCar provides used car shoppers with actual prices not asking prices”
Shopping for a used car, comparing prices and features can be a full time job. Clearly the internet has helped this process However the used car classified sites (cars.com and autotrader) present the asking price. SelectCar shows the actual price with the date sold.
The prices posted are the prices paid.
SelectCar is testing a buyer's broker a buyer's agent service. Will SelectCar web visitors pay a reasonable fee to retain the services of a very experienced used car expert to help buy a new or used car?. Real Estate shoppers have used a buyer's broker or buyer's agents foryears. If you need help buying a new or used car and you have a pay pal send an email to shep at selectcar dot com with "will pay for used car help" in the subject line
SelectCar as a retailer believed in open, honest communication. We made it very easy to find out how much our cars cost. We posted prices on our cars and on our own web site and on outside used vehicle web sites. We only post 1 price.
Direct straightforward communication to our customers was always reflected in our pricing philosophy. The selling price of our cars was never a secret. We clearly posted all our prices. When you go to the grocery store, you don't have to ask the price of a can of soup. When you go to a restaurant the menu prices are posted for all to see.
Most car dealer set prices just like other retailers.
SelectCar marked up of the wholesale price to a retail price. The used car wholesale market is driven by supply and demand. We are now testing to see if there is a market for used car advice? Will consumers pay small fees for our expertise? We are not sure if there is a web based market for SelectCar's used car buying expertise? We know in real estate there is a fee based market for buyer's brokers. We are not sure if this model translates to used cars?
Our posted price is the price you pay
Most car buyer know the sticker price the MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price) is a ‘place to start”. Very few cars are sold at full MSRP. Dealer also include last minute add ons or additional charges. Car manufacturers suggest a retail price for their vehicles. This is the "MSRP" shown on the window sticker of new cars. As most customers know, very few cars are sold at the sticker price. The MSRP is a place to start.
Dealers decide to re-price vehicles, for many number of reasons. A vehicle price might be lowered based on the time it is in inventory or if it were used as a demo and increase its odometer mileage. When this decision to re-price a vehicle is made dealers do it different ways. Not all margin reductions are available to all prospective customers. For many dealers there is a need to to haggle or negotiate. In many instances this invloves the trade in alowance
The Retailer's Decision: The Retail Price
Car dealers are retailers. Each new car retailer, acts individually, decides the price at which it will sell new and used vehicles. Buying a car is more complicated than buying a can of soup off the shelf in a store or buying a book from a web site. A car purchase often involves both a trade in and a car loan.
The market for the SelectCar Car buying service
We have seen the rise in buyer's brokers in the real estate market. Real estate sales agents are conflicted. Although they claim to represent both the buyer and the seller they really work for themselves and want to facilitate a tranaction and move on to the next sale. Car dealers and car salesman love "Horse trading" and dickering. No wonder most car buyers always wonder whether another customer got a better price by "driving a harder bargain."
Like all customers, you have the final say: to buy or not to buy. Many delaers are experts in high-pressure sales tactics. It's important consumers look at the entire vehicle cost, including depreciation, maintenance and insurance costs. Slectcar are used vehicle warranty experts we know there is more to owning a car than just the selling price. As part of our fee based serive we evaluate the "whole package" of owning a vehicle versus a similar vehicle either new or used from many other dealers. We help you discover there is a better offer from another dealer.
We promise everyone who who calls us or emails us will be treated with integrity and respect. entire staff SelectCar.com.