Mr. B describes a most annoying attempt to extort an additional dealer charge when buying a car recently – including what looks like a deliberate attempt to conceal it, and obtain payment by at best underhanded, at worst dishonest means.
We haggle a bit, and agree on a price with the business manager. All good. Paperwork is drawn up, and a total agreed upon.
[My father] goes to the cashier and pays the agreed cash price for the vehicle, plus the doc fee and the fee for the temporary plate…..No sales tax because this dealer is in Illinois and he will be taking it back across the border to Indiana.
The dealership has to do their “Delivery Prep” and we wait for a few minutes. Dude comes up and hands us the keys and says…”We need to collect the sales tax, I was wrong.”
Ok, my dad is agreeable, so we go back to the cashier and he hands them a credit card to pay the 7% sales tax on a $16,900 vehicle.
The cashier says the difference is $2833. My dad looks at her and says…”7% tax, right?” She says “yes, the difference is $2833…”. My dad is pretty good at math and that doesn’t seem right to him…
I ask to see the paperwork, and it now shows the $16900, plus the doc fee and the plate fee and the line for sales tax…$1183….and a new line that says “Napleton Dealer Sales Experience Fee” and the number of $1650. Odd, that wasn’t there before….
There’s more at the link. Go read the whole thing.
Prospective car buyers, you might want to take note of this. It’s a dealer trick I haven’t heard of before. I’d call it just plain crooked. Has anyone else run into it, or something like it? If so, please tell us about it in Comments.
“Napleton” . . . hmmm . . . an internet search for “Napleton Illinois car dealer” reveals a group of dealerships. I’ll remember that name for future reference, just in case.