Re: Affiliate Pricing
Terminology is everything. The program states they can charge you a reasonable "Documentation" fee, they CAN NOT charge you a "Dealer Fee". The $75 fee is now rolled into the price on the invoice they get with the vehicle though it's not on the POC they have in their computer.
So, if the printed contract says "Dealer Fee" then make they back it out. If it says "Doc or Documentation Fee" then it's up to your powers of negotiation.
If you're in Florida the law here is strange but can be played to your favor. Here, if they charge anyone a "Dealer Fee" whether it's called a Doc fee or not then they MUST charge everyone the same fee, it's state law. That type of charge, which under state law MUST be listed as "Additional Dealer Profit" cannot be charged under the Affiliate program. The legal way for them to do this in Florida is the lower the top line price of the vehicle then add the fee so the bottom line is the same as if there was no fee. If it's a fee that isn't controlled by the state then it's not considered "Additional Dealer Profit" and they can charge you that Documentation fee under the program. Clear as mud, right?
I shopped 4 dealers before I placed my order, 2 insisted on charging the fee and 2 were up front, explained the law and showed me how they back the fee out. I went with the one of those 2 who had the better allocation so I didn't get stuck waiting 4 months for a vehicle.
2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 Black/Black