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I am about to go to the dealer moday or teusday this week and order a Charger SXT. I've never ordered a vehicle before, the dealer I am going through has given me a great (to me; price and trade). This is how I think it works, correct me if I am wrong.

I walk in place $200 dollars on the table order a great car and walk out. What I am questionalbe about and maybe it depends on the dealer is, if my charger takes 5 - 6 weeks to get, do all the numbers that they came up with to get me my down payment stay the same, are they sort of locked-in. So when my car come is I walk in, lay down my keys, hand them a check for the rest and drive out. So in the mean time since I have ordered I put maybe 500 miles on my Jeep, I payed two car payments so my payoff is lower making my trade in better and I have had 5 - 6 weeks to get my $1000 together for the down payment (maybe more). Sounds great to me, but maybe I have it wrong.

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I ordered mine and this is how it worked for me.

1) Decided what options I wanted
2) Got the MSRP for the car
3) Played lets make a deal
4) Had my trade-in appraised
5) Gave them 2K for a deposit

The only thing the dealer told me was to keep my trade-in under 60K so that the trade-in amount wouldn't change. I'm not sure how much I really saved, and I did this over a week period (two trips). I think I have a cool dealer because my car is taking longer (or will for sure) then the 6-8 weeks and he said not to worry about keeping my trade-in under 60K. That way i know when I go back exactly how much to give him. And yes this is from the manager himself.

And I did have to sign papers indicating the agreed upon price, and he told me the deposit was non-refundable. Just take your time, and look at other dealers for the best price (I went to 3 dealers total).

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Me too - 3 dealers and I was able to get a $855 below invoice for the sxt that I want with options.

Thanks for the info.

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AFcharger said:
And I did have to sign papers indicating the agreed upon price, and he told me the deposit was non-refundable. Just take your time, and look at other dealers for the best price (I went to 3 dealers total).
This is very similar to what I did, however, I have not signed anything at all. He did say that the deposit was "non-refundable" but I think thats more of a standard statment used to make sure that you are serious about ordering. They don't want you backing out (because you might have found a better deal someplace else). The only thing that seems to tie me to the order is the fact that it is "sold" and has my name and address on the order sheet. Maybe I could be hurt down the road, but I am going ahead with this as a gentlemens agreement that they truely want to sell me the car for the price we agreed to.
 

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After doing all my research (on this and other boards), I contacted a number of Dodge dealerships via the Dodge website. I got a couple calls from fleet managers. One had a Charger RT to test drive, so I took the drive, then we sat down and verbally agreed on a price.

I haven't had to sign anything or put any money down. Originally (in May) the dealer said he'd call me for a small "good faith" deposit of a few hundred dollars when the VIN was assigned, both of us assuming that the whole order process was about 5-6 weeks. Since the Protection Group has been unavailable, that process has taken significantly longer. The car is a "sold vehicle" and he knows it. We're now talking about a "patient-guy discount" since it's taken so much longer than originally expected.
 
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