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What is a dealer prep fee? #5354115 02/19/20 02:01 AM
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when i bought my car there was a added on dealer prep fee on the second sticker along with all the other BS. i don't recall this fee in the past. I thought the factory already pays the dealer to prep the vehicle and its built into the price.

So is this just another BS fee 100%?

Re: What is a dealer prep fee? [Re: WhyMe] #5354121 02/19/20 02:38 AM
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I am aware of fees that dealers add on to the vehicle such as:

Paint Sealant
Pinstriping
DOC Fee
etc., ect., ect.

Here's a video(there are others similar) that will help you to avoid this in the future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g53DkNWRgDE


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Re: What is a dealer prep fee? [Re: WhyMe] #5354122 02/19/20 02:59 AM
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Dealer prep is supposed to be; take off all plastic shipping stuff, inspect "all" components for operation, inspect "all" fluid levels, set tire pressure etc. I've been woefully disappointed on every car/truck I've ever bought, not even clean like it's supposed to be. The only saving grace is I get "great" deals from the sale's manager. So I do it at home and I know it's done correctly.


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Re: What is a dealer prep fee? [Re: WhyMe] #5354127 02/19/20 03:21 AM
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A dealer prep fee, like a doc fee, is a made up fee to net the dealer more money from the sale. You are correct, it's a 100% BS charge.

Re: What is a dealer prep fee? [Re: WhyMe] #5354129 02/19/20 03:34 AM
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Just another way to blank customer , a lubricant would be would be xtra of course

Re: What is a dealer prep fee? [Re: WhyMe] #5354184 02/19/20 07:37 AM
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As a teenager I was volunteered to help a family friend who owned a Dodge/Jeep/Chrysler dealership. Spent a Saturday washing cars which had just been sold. We washed them, pulled stickers and such, cleaned the interior and wiped down hard surfaces with a spray which had that "new car" smell etc. It's more or less a BS fee but there's an argument to be made that the w/out the fee it would be incorporated into the price anyways.

I was on of the "prep guys".


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Originally Posted by WhyMe
when i bought my car there was a added on dealer prep fee on the second sticker along with all the other BS. i don't recall this fee in the past. I thought the factory already pays the dealer to prep the vehicle and its built into the price.

So is this just another BS fee 100%?



Put it this way, its about the same as if they you knocked you off the head in a dark alley and took your wallet.


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Re: What is a dealer prep fee? [Re: WhyMe] #5354249 02/19/20 09:19 AM
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Just more cash infusion to the stealership


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Re: What is a dealer prep fee? [Re: BMWTurboDzl] #5354254 02/19/20 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by BMWTurboDzl
As a teenager I was volunteered to help a family friend who owned a Dodge/Jeep/Chrysler dealership. Spent a Saturday washing cars which had just been sold. We washed them, pulled stickers and such, cleaned the interior and wiped down hard surfaces with a spray which had that "new car" smell etc. It's more or less a BS fee but there's an argument to be made that the w/out the fee it would be incorporated into the price anyways.

I was on of the "prep guys".



Pssst......dealer prep costs are already figured into the price of the vehicle. For every auto maker. If it weren't, dealer prep fees would be listed on the window sticker instead of a dealer add-on sticker. Use of the add-on sticker usually ([censored] near always) represents just ADM.....additional dealer markup....or ADP.....additional dealer profit.

Re: What is a dealer prep fee? [Re: WhyMe] #5354259 02/19/20 09:31 AM
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Last time i bought from a dealer I emailed that i welcomed as many BS fees as possible since they didn't count for sales taxes but my check would be for $xxxxx and that would be the total amount. Count it as you wish, the total would be the same.


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A dealer prep fee is just another fee to rip someone off with, or something for a dealer to use as a negotiation tool. Either way it's BS, and drives their profits higher. Some people pay it though. I tell the salesman right from the get go, I negotiate on the out the door price, no hidden fees, no surprises, the bottom line with taxes, etc. If he/she or they don't like it I'll buy from someone else.


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Re: What is a dealer prep fee? [Re: WhyMe] #5354277 02/19/20 09:51 AM
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The dealer's prep fee is only another fee they tag on to increase profit!
All that others have said has already been paid by you in the shipping & PDI fee/cost

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The key thing is to negotiate price including all fees including doc and prep and whatever.

Re: What is a dealer prep fee? [Re: WhyMe] #5354293 02/19/20 10:04 AM
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Equals extra money for the dealer.


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Re: What is a dealer prep fee? [Re: csandste] #5354350 02/19/20 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by csandste
Last time i bought from a dealer I emailed that i welcomed as many BS fees as possible since they didn't count for sales taxes but my check would be for $xxxxx and that would be the total amount. Count it as you wish, the total would be the same.



In Virginia the doc fee is taxable. Last time I went to buy a new car I asked what my $600 was for. I told them if I have to pay a fee what am I getting for the money as I can do the paperwork myself with the manufacturer's certificate of origin in about an hour. Of course they didn't have an answer for me.


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