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Has anyone gone the route of joining Tread Lightly lately to get the -1% discount plus $75 fee? I don't want to shell out $100 and NOT get the discount. It is my understanding that you join at the $100 level and the following Friday, they send out the membership packet with a code that you enter into the Affiliate website(after 30 days of membership) that gets you a form you take to the dealer to get the discount. You have to make sure the dealer participates and that the model you want is covered(and most are)..mine would be a 2014 Summit. Is all this correct?
 

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It is correct, but if you don't want to dish out the money just ask the dealer for that price first. 1% under isn't that big of a deal for them to match, they are still making good money on the sale. Worth a shot anyway and might save you 100 bucks. But the program is for a good cause, so it might be worth signing up anyway.;-)
 

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Has anyone gone the route of joining Tread Lightly lately to get the -1% discount plus $75 fee? I don't want to shell out $100 and NOT get the discount. It is my understanding that you join at the $100 level and the following Friday, they send out the membership packet with a code that you enter into the Affiliate website(after 30 days of membership) that gets you a form you take to the dealer to get the discount. You have to make sure the dealer participates and that the model you want is covered(and most are)..mine would be a 2014 Summit. Is all this correct?
A zillion members have done it. Super simple. And most dealers who are offering great prices are requiring it. Do it without hesitation.

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Talk with a dealer to see what you can get without it. It's that easy the. To find out if you need it or not. Not that difficult.
 

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Are you ordering or hoping to pick one off the lot? Sounds like a strange question, but when I was planning on ordering, I could easily negotiate 3-4% off invoice and with master skills like Sno, he could do better. However, when I tried to negotiate some of the Jeeps that had hit the lots, I could not get anyone to budge under invoice. Some were even acting like they were doing me a favor by going to invoice PLUS 1%. Even asked one if he would do 4% below if I ordered instead and he said they could probably pull it off, but definitely would do -3%. Knowing this, I bit the bullet and did the Tread Lightly. Signed up on a Thursday night, received everything Monday, and had the number to dealer by Tuesday. Very easy process that got me into one of the first Jeeps in town!
 

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Has anyone gone the route of joining Tread Lightly lately to get the -1% discount plus $75 fee? I don't want to shell out $100 and NOT get the discount. It is my understanding that you join at the $100 level and the following Friday, they send out the membership packet with a code that you enter into the Affiliate website(after 30 days of membership) that gets you a form you take to the dealer to get the discount. You have to make sure the dealer participates and that the model you want is covered(and most are)..mine would be a 2014 Summit. Is all this correct?

You know...this Tread Lightly Discount is not all that it is made out to be. You are much better off negotiating yourself.

On a 40,000 dollar car 1% is 400 dollars.
400 dollars - 100 dollar membership - 75 dollars fee = 225$ discount. Really ? Not quite worth it the effort. :slapfight: yeah you'd be getting a 325 $ discount on your Summit unlike the rest of us, cheap and poor who are not buying the top of the line.
 

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tread lightly is 1% under invoice not 1% off total price of vehicle ;) . Thats 4000-5000 savings over msrp.
 

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tread lightly is 1% under invoice not 1% off total price of vehicle ;) . That's 4000-5000 savings over msrp.

I know. But I negotiated 4% under invoice, without membership fees and added fees. And my invoice was more than 40,000 - and it is still a Limited. MSRP was God knows...47-48,000 ? I would NEVER EVER pay anything but invoice or lower. When I wrote my reply above I did not even consider MSRP. On this site I did my homework, I learned the ropes, I talked to other people and came up with the Chicago Metro Group Buy (see that thread and the Hawk CDJ Dealer Sub-Forum).
 

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As a charter member of TL! and forner board member representing user groups, you should join on general principles to promote responsible off highway travel. The discount is a bonus.
 

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One thing I don't understand about the TL discount. Does it remove the destination fee and any other fees like a dealership fee? Or are those things outstanding to negotiate?
 

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One thing I don't understand about the TL discount. Does it remove the destination fee and any other fees like a dealership fee? Or are those things outstanding to negotiate?
It does not remove the destination fee. It requires a $75 fee to be paid to the dealer. The total amount will all be included in the paperwork the dealer has that shows MSRP, Invoice, Affiliate price, and Employee price. The dealer is not allowed to charge any additional doc fee, not even $1.
 

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The dealer is not allowed to charge any additional doc fee, not even $1.
And that discount could be savings upward to $500 as some states don't regulate dealer fees. Here in NJ, one can charge $399 while another down the block $250. With the affiliate, it's a flat $75 "dealer/doc" fee and nothing else. So, that can be another 1/2-1% off
 

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Please do note that some dealers do not participate in the affiliate program.

I did use the affiliate discount (my employer offers it as a benefit) and it did make the transaction a lot easier. That said, I suspect if I had taken the time to go to a particular high-volume dealer down the road apiece, I may have been able to negotiate a better price for the car and maybe even my trade. I strongly suspect that my dealer could have offered better on my trade than they did...my bad for wanting the car more than wanting to maximize the deal.
 

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Please do note that some dealers do not participate in the affiliate program.

I did use the affiliate discount (my employer offers it as a benefit) and it did make the transaction a lot easier. That said, I suspect if I had taken the time to go to a particular high-volume dealer down the road apiece, I may have been able to negotiate a better price for the car and maybe even my trade. I strongly suspect that my dealer could have offered better on my trade than they did...my bad for wanting the car more than wanting to maximize the deal.
I supposed if we know the MY14 can's be had lower than 1% below invoice, using the affiliate discount (I too get it from work) makes buying a car pleasantly easy - no haggling or BS involved.
 

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AbleRiot, true, and it certainly did make for a less complicated buying process. (outside of the trade thing) I'd probably do it again, although I'd also probably do a little more "research" with other dealers in a larger radius before zeroing in on a specific deal the next time around. It's a nice benefit, for sure!

I do think there is more benefit "in general" with the affiliate discount later in the model year cycle and for folks buying off the lot. For customers ordering from the factory, some dealers went a lot lower because they knew they'd have no inventory carry costs since the vehicle might only be in their hands for hours or a day or two at the most. The high-volume incentives to dealers also helped in that respect.
 

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It is obvious that the dealer also makes out when you get the Chrysler Affiliate discount(I've read they get a 2% kickback)..since my dealer was more than happy to pay the $100 for me to join Tread Lightly just to get it!
 

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I supposed if we know the MY14 can's be had lower than 1% below invoice, using the affiliate discount (I too get it from work) makes buying a car pleasantly easy - no haggling or BS involved.
Yeah I'm same way just want a quick easy no BS deal. Hopefully most NJ dealers will work with the affiliate program. I also get it thru work. In fact we get those kind of deals from most car manufacturers.
 

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It does not remove the destination fee. It requires a $75 fee to be paid to the dealer. The total amount will all be included in the paperwork the dealer has that shows MSRP, Invoice, Affiliate price, and Employee price. The dealer is not allowed to charge any additional doc fee, not even $1.
Are you sure about this? I don't have my employer number to access the website but I did call and the lady sounded confused but did say the dealer can still charge whatever doc fees they like....like I said, she didn't sound 100% sure. Is it written out on the website or program details?

I am very close to placing an order for a 2014 and will make my final offer and hopefully get an additional $500 on my trade-in. The dealer is also charging $349 in doc fees. I have not mentioned this to the dealer yet but through my employer I qualify for the affiliate pricing, however, I did much better than the 1% below invoice. Should I make a push to get those doc fees removed or just be happy if I get an additional $500 for my trade since I beat the 1% anyway??
 
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