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What are these fees? Door edge guards plus $395, Finishing Touch $495 and VTR $695. In thirty years of buying Chevy cars and trucks I have never seen these fees before last week.
 

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dealer fees

Dealer wanting more profit.
 

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it's called b/s fees pure profit the 395 is for 10.00 dollar walmart door edge guards finishing touch is most likely a teflon coating on the paint which the detail guy probably never did and the vtr is for etching your vin number on the door and body panels tell them your not interested they'll most likely remove the fees
 

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Just tell the dealer you are not interested in those "options" and will not be paying for them so "take them off"
 

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Don't forget window etching, Scotchgarding, undercoating, etc.. :p
 

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What are these fees? Door edge guards plus $395, Finishing Touch $495 and VTR $695. In thirty years of buying Chevy cars and trucks I have never seen these fees before last week.
Sometimes it is difficult to get around those at particular dealerships because they are attached to every car on the lot. Personally, I consider this total "SCAM" and would simply shop elsewhere. There are too many dealerships to deal with such dishonesty. Having said that, those fees don't affect a bottom line approach, so it is worth the effort to at least email with an offer and see what happens, but generally I would steer clear of such a dealership.
 

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Don't forget window etching, Scotchgarding, undercoating, etc.. :p
+Service plans, extended warranties, clearcoat treatment, fuel system cleaner, nitrogen filled tires, oil changes every 7500 miles

Did I miss anything? I'd even throw tire rotations into the list of unnecessary services that they have convinced people to regularly do.

If you negotiate as if those add-ons are worth $0 and can still get your best deal, then I have no qualms buying a car that has these extras...as long as they came free.
 

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It's not uncommon, especially on new models. The idea seems to be that asking for more than MSRP is more offensive than adding on overpriced options. It is what it is. Best advice is to walk. Plenty of dealers will sell you a car without these options.
 

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What are these fees? Door edge guards plus $395, Finishing Touch $495 and VTR $695. In thirty years of buying Chevy cars and trucks I have never seen these fees before last week.
These aren't fees the are add on services and accessories. GM and the other automakers have had these for decades. Is this your first new car?
 

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Sometimes it is difficult to get around those at particular dealerships because they are attached to every car on the lot. Personally, I consider this total "SCAM" and would simply shop elsewhere. There are too many dealerships to deal with such dishonesty. Having said that, those fees don't affect a bottom line approach, so it is worth the effort to at least email with an offer and see what happens, but generally I would steer clear of such a dealership.
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It would appear all those fees gain you something tangible, imagine seeing a "prep fee" or "delivery fee", total BS...Case and point, read everything before you sign and if you don't understand something ask about it...
 

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I remember when we bought our 2013 Volt a dealer to the south of us in a less urban area had included a $200 charge for nitrogen in the tires. $200? Really. Needless to say we didn't get out 2013 from them.

When we ordered our 2017 Volt last year I shopped pricing then emailed the local dealer and asked if they would meet the best CA pricing I'd found. They actually beat the offer and got our business.
 

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I negotiated the deal over email and phone since the dealership was over an hour away from my residence. I left because the dealership didn't honor the deal that was advertised on their website and the deal structure that they sent me. Once I left I noticed that not only did they pad the deal by almost $3,100 they added accessories to the car that were never even spoke to.

The accessories were not on the original deal paperwork. Come to think of it I have had a car salesmen try to pass the glass etching by me but he never put it in writing and just told me about it when we were finishing up the deal and he took it off without a fight when I told him I didn't want to pay for it. This deal was like everything we spoke about never existed. I have done seven or eight deals over the years and have never had an experience like the last one. This experience was bait and switch personified.
 
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