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Tread Lightly Questions

Who has used this? Can the discount be used immediatly or does it take a week or so to get the letter? Must the car be in stock and delivered immediatly? Can the discount be used on a lease?
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Re: Tread Lightly Questions

When I mentioned it and the dealer instantly stopped his negotiation and circled a price (labeled FPP or something like that) on the sheet. The price was 1% under invoice + 75$. It was like magic.
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Re: Tread Lightly Questions

Most of the info is here:

http://www.treadlightly.org/page.php/chrysler_discount

They mail membership packets out each Friday from Utah, so it generally takes first class mail time Utah -> You starting from the Friday after you join online. When the info arrives, after you sign onto the Chrysler Affiliates site online you are good to go.

There is no announcement if Chrysler will be continuing with this program support in 2011. Orders placed before will be included.
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Re: Tread Lightly Questions

I just used Treadlightly membership last week for my Overland and it worked, great no problems and yes it does work with a lease.
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Re: Tread Lightly Questions

[QUOTE=KarlG;295409]Most of the info is here:

http://www.treadlightly.org/page.php/chrysler_discount

Found on this page:
"*The Preferred Price is the maximum amount to be charged by a participating U.S. dealer for an eligible vehicle. See dealer for details."

I see at least two red flags here: (1) "participating U.S. dealer, and (2) "eligible vehicle".
Let me explain. Yesterday I learned that as a Costco member, I can get a invoice + $500 price on a new GC. Sounds nice, but only one dealer in the Seattle area
(out of dozens) is participating, and they apply this discount only to Laredos. In stock Limiteds and Overlands are NOT eligible vehicles. The Internet sales rep said they are so popular, they sell them $6000 over invoice.

They will still honor my Costco member special price, but I have to order my Limited or Overland.

So, how can I find out which dealers in my area participate with Tread Lightly and what vehicles are eligible BEFORE joining Tread Lightly?
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:11 PM
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Re: Tread Lightly Questions

The dealer doesn't participate with Tread Lightly. They participate with the Chrysler Affiliate Rewards Program. I called Chysler Affiliates and got my control number. I too had already ordered. I asked if that would be a problem, and was told that as long as they participate (which they do when I called the dealership), I will get 1% below invoice. We'll see in about 4 weeks....
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Re: Tread Lightly Questions

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Most of the info is here:

http://www.treadlightly.org/page.php/chrysler_discount

Found on this page:
"*The Preferred Price is the maximum amount to be charged by a participating U.S. dealer for an eligible vehicle. See dealer for details."

I see at least two red flags here: (1) "participating U.S. dealer, and (2) "eligible vehicle".
Let me explain. Yesterday I learned that as a Costco member, I can get a invoice + $500 price on a new GC. Sounds nice, but only one dealer in the Seattle area
(out of dozens) is participating, and they apply this discount only to Laredos. In stock Limiteds and Overlands are NOT eligible vehicles. The Internet sales rep said they are so popular, they sell them $6000 over invoice.
According to the https://www.chrysleraffiliates.com/eligibleVehicles.do the only vehicle currently not eligible is the Dodge Viper.

I'm sure many dealers will try to keep you out of a WK2 Limited or Overland by telling you these aren't eligible for the program because they're popular at this point. They will likely succeed because by the time you fight it out - and put up with typical dealership stall tactics - the vehicle you're interested in will probably be sold off.

Of course, this is BS - excluding a vehicle because it is popular - but many dealerships will try this tactic at this time on WK2's. Kind of reminds me of cash-for-clunkers last year when dealers were only selling at MSRP and not negotiating.
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So, how can I find out which dealers in my area participate with Tread Lightly and what vehicles are eligible BEFORE joining Tread Lightly?
From my recent experience, the quick answer is - Good Luck getting this info in advance! At least the $25 is tax deductible

I called two dealerships yesterday and was given the run-around in answering this simple question: "Are you a participating dealership of the Chrysler Affiliates Rewards Program?".

Both wanted to know which vehicle I was interested in first, and then asked for my name and number so they could call me back after they talked to the manager because they did not know for sure.

Funny how every sales person turns into Sgt. Schultz when you ask them questions that might benefit the customer.

Of course I did not tell them it was WK2 or give real phone number...( ok maybe a real number, but not mine - sorry! )

Smelling BS after the first call, on the second call the salesperson told me that their prices were usually below the CARP.... Riiiiight!
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They will likely succeed because by the time you fight it out - and put up with typical dealership stall tactics - the vehicle you're interested in will probably be sold off.
I am not sure there will be any fights because the situation on our market is not as bad as I thought. Another dealer is willing to sell me any Limited and/or Overland for invoice price. He emailed me his agreement even before I told him about my trade in - a low mileage Lexus 2006 GS430 in pristine condition, from which they will make a lot of money for sure.
I am now trying to get as much as I can for the GS from them.
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Not sure about now, but I used the Treadlightly discount three weeks ago on a in stock Overland with the 6 and rear DVD had no problems, dealer just needed to see my membership letter and control number and we were good to go.I got invoice minus %1 and also had $1500 in rebates. I would try another dealer.
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... and also had $1500 in rebates...
Wow! Congrats.

I have yet to see any rebates offered in in the Key States region, only financing "specials".

Which dealer region are you in?
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Wow! Congrats.

I have yet to see any rebates offered in in the Key States region, only financing "specials".

Which dealer region are you in?
I am in the Philadelphia area, I got a $1000 for a loyalty rebate (traded in a 08 JGC Limited) and had a $500 rebate mailed to me from Chrysler toward any 2011 GC .
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