Originally Posted by fidler4
Thanks for the links. Fortunately I am to have a trade-in or finance the vehicle or get an extended warranty. I want to keep it simple.
I like the AAA car buy service because you can search the inventory prior to going to the dealership. Costco doesn't give you that option. It is hard to tell if pre-negotiated prices are the same but I suspect they are close to each other.
AAA - Online Preowned Car Event
There are different sites with affiliate links to Truecar, like AAA, Overstock and Penfed. We found they may have different prices (for the exact same car with the same VIN) and inventory based on what link you begin their search from. I also like being able to search the inventory ahead of time.
You can still look up inventory on the dealer sites and call and ask what their Costco price would be. They will say to come on in and you can just say I don't have time to drive all over, either give me a Costco price quote on the phone or not - your choice. In my experience they will then give you the super secret Costco price over the phone and it will be nothing that would have been worth driving over their for anyway. The having to drive over and show up in person is just a marketing tactic geared toward low information buyers who buy on the spot on impulse and emotion and not INTJ people who buy based on careful planning and detailed price comparison spreadsheets. If Costco really offered better prices than TrueCar it would be to their advantage to publish their prices online, but they do not.
I have tried asking dealers if they would give me a discount if I didn't go through the TrueCar link, if they would split the commission they saved with me, but last time I tried this I didn't get any takers.