jennrod12
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Hidden charges (CA-specific) ?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:36 pm

I've never bought a new car before. What charges should I expect besides the cost of the vehicle and options. I am in California

Destination charge? How much?
Sales tax - ugh!
DMV charges? How much?
Anything else?

I don't want the dealer to sneak something else in there that might not be required.

Thanks,

Jenn
2012 Diamond White i-MiEV ES
with green racing stripes and hubcaps (thanks to WeeJohn)
Santa Clara, CA

Wee John
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Re: Hidden charges (CA-specific) ?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:13 pm

Destination charge - $850.00
Sales tax - Is based on what city/county you reside (tax is charged on destination and pre-delivery inspection also)
DMV charges - total $291.00 - licence/registration/tyre fees

Other stuff - loan application fee $50-$100 (if you get a loan)
pre-delivery inspection - $300-$800 (dealers charge)

Wee John.

jennrod12
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Re: Hidden charges (CA-specific) ?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:18 pm

Wow - pre-delivery inspection, really?!? Is that required?

I don't intend to get a loan, thanks for mentioning that.

Jenn
2012 Diamond White i-MiEV ES
with green racing stripes and hubcaps (thanks to WeeJohn)
Santa Clara, CA

jjlink
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Re: Hidden charges (CA-specific) ?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:20 pm

These are from my sales contract:

Document Preparation Fee: $55
Sales Tax: $2947
Optional DMV Electronic filing Fee: $29
License Fees: $219
Registration/Transfer/Titling Fee: $110
California Tire Fee: $8.75

This was added into the purchase price:

Destination Charge: $850
Premium Package: $2790 (Optional)

Don't forget the $299 reservation deposit if you made one.
Last edited by jjlink on Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:34 pm, edited 3 times in total.
John - 2012 Silver i-MiEV SE model, Jan 19th, 2012 w/OpenEvse, caniOn,& OVMS.

Wee John
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Re: Hidden charges (CA-specific) ?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:27 pm

The dealer is required to do a pre-delivery inspection, removing the white protective plastic, checking all lights, tyres, all equipment is with the car, blah, blah, blah. You could probably get them to lower it if you give them a hard enough fight or find something after delivery which should have been done like removing the glue from where the edges of the white plastic was.

jjlink wrote:Sales Tax: $29


My sales tax was $2589.50

Don't forget $8 fee for those white HOV stickers. :D

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Re: Hidden charges (CA-specific) ?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:32 pm

Yes, I just fixed the sales tax. Thanks
John - 2012 Silver i-MiEV SE model, Jan 19th, 2012 w/OpenEvse, caniOn,& OVMS.

jennrod12
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Re: Hidden charges (CA-specific) ?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:37 pm

This is excellent info, thanks!

Jenn
2012 Diamond White i-MiEV ES
with green racing stripes and hubcaps (thanks to WeeJohn)
Santa Clara, CA

jennrod12
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Re: Hidden charges (CA-specific) ?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:27 pm

Picked ours up today! Transaction went smooth as silk. We were there about 2 hours, about one hour was spent test driving and learning about the car. No unexpected charges, no pressure to buy anything extra, etc. We paid in full at the time of purchase.

Thanks, especially, to jjlink who made me feel more confident about what to expect going in.

Jenn
2012 Diamond White i-MiEV ES
with green racing stripes and hubcaps (thanks to WeeJohn)
Santa Clara, CA

magicnote
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Re: Hidden charges (CA-specific) ?

Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:29 am

I also had a very smooth delivery experience picking mine up from San Rafael (California) a few weeks ago. They got me out of there just as fast as their printers coud print up the paperwork.

An earlier poster mentioned a dealer inspection fee in an earlier post. If a dealer tries to add that, you should definitely get it removed. I think most of us are paying close to sticker price right now since the car is in such demand. An additional "pre-delivery inspection fee" is completely unreasonable, in my opinion.

Wee John
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Re: Hidden charges (CA-specific) ?

Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:56 pm

jennrod12 wrote:Anything else?


magicnote wrote:An additional "pre-delivery inspection fee" is completely unreasonable, in my opinion.


You have to be prepared for assaults on all fronts when you go to the dealership, I'm sure this thread will help folks buying at the dealership.

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