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Carwow - any experience?

snakehips Aug 15, 2013

  1. snakehips

    snakehips Well-Known Member

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    I plugged my desired spec into Carwow.co.uk and started getting offers from various dealers with up to £2.5K discount (7%). This all sounds great but I haven't yet followed through and contacted each dealer.
    Anyone actually done this and is it on the level or is too good to be true? If nothing else I want to use these quotes as leverage with my local dealer.
     
  2. Fragup

    Fragup Member

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    I used wow car with the intent of using as leverage for getting a discount for more local dealers. Best discount through wow car i got was 180 miles away and about 6.5 %, down to less than 0.5% 90 miles away.
    I wanted to stick with local dealer as is only just over 5 mins drive from my house, and heard good things about them and they where the most helpfully and least pushy when first looking.
    I ended up just talking to them, never mention wow car and got just over 5% and a good / realistic trade in price, which I was happy with may be could have got 1% more poss, but wont have made that much difference .
    Unless you live in near London or another city with lots of Audi dealers competing and is a realistic option to buy without loss of customer service, I think your local dealer will know this is just a ploy to get discount, and you may get them off side, I think this is a last resort if you are not getting anywhere.
    I have been in sales for 17 years and I know the people that get the good prices and service are the most informed and patient (be prepared to walk away, even if you are in a rush) also if the salesman likes you, without seeing you as a pushover, they are far more likely to be on your side to get the best deal for you, why would they stick there neck out with there manager for extra discount for an arrogant / pushy customer who is shopping around with multiple company's as they have a much smaller chance of getting the order so why waste they time if they are busy.
    I got one other quote from a dealer 20 miles away and said to match / better it and they did.
    Customer service is important to me as I work hard and don't have a lot of spare time to run around to non local dealers if I get a problem, so for me price wasn't everything.
    That said some get 7+ % especially on high spec / dearer car so it is possible, depending where you live !

    i think most people on here will know all of the above or have there own diffrent views, but I hope this helps someone.
     
  3. TDI-line

    TDI-line Uber Post Whore Team Floret Silver quattro Audi A3 Black Edition TDi

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    I've specked up on carwow, with a gtd and the a3 2.0 184 TDIQ, neither beating dtd, but carwow are only £300 short on dtd, and a dealer is within 33 miles, so sounds good.

    Following on from carwow, I specked up the gtd about a month ago, and one of the dealers has sent a list of pre-reg golfs, including a couple of gti's but no gtd's.

    The Audi dealer who is 33 miles also emailed if he can help any further?

    So is quite a good site, but you need an extra email address for each car or spec at the moment.

    2012 AUDI A1 S-LINE BLACK EDITION : 1.4 TFSI 185 : DAYTONA GREY
     
  4. Flugel Hound

    Flugel Hound Member

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    Snakehips

    I used Broker quotes to lever options out of my Local Dealer till we were both satisfied and shook hands on it.
    B4C had sourced me a dealer down midlands who would give 7% off MRRP for a specced up SE 1.6TDI SB.
    Me not being the best haggler I had googl'd car negotiating tactics an hour before going in which helped my confidence. I printed off all correspondence headed into local dealer and advised no skin of my nose who I go with.
    I mentioned to them and subtracted broker fee and delivery up the country before they got chance to use that against me.

    Other Brokers had quoted me cheaper, which I demonstrated to the dealer. However I also mentioned that I had little confidence they could deliver and their correspondence was poor. This emphasised I was serious about B4C

    see my purchase here
    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/new-a3...di-sport-ordered-negotiated-some-options.html

    I came out happy with a SB Sport 1.6Tdi and more options.

    Fluges




    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/new-a3-8v-chassis/196450-a3-sportback-1-6tdi-sport-ordered-negotiated-some-options.html
     
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  5. sixmillionways

    sixmillionways New Member

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    I used carwow last week and got some excellent discount prices on new A3s from several dealers within 100m. Wanted to make sure I was properly informed about discounts before going into my local dealer. Really good service, would recommend.

    Just to add - the only annoying thing is that their range of manufacturers is not complete (e.g. no BMW) and that you can only spec up 1 car with your account.
     
  6. Fragup

    Fragup Member

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    Do you mean 5% not 15% discount quoted above ?
    iknow you went for a different final spec but...

    £25585.00 OTR for £24282.00 as link above is about 5% off ?

    sorry to be picky or if I have misunderstood, as thread was about discounts / wow car throught i would check as 15% would be best discount I have seen by miles.
     
  7. Flugel Hound

    Flugel Hound Member

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    The 15% referred to the original SE MOTR, but that was whittled down by delivery and fees. Then changed again when upgraded to Sport.
     
  8. Fragup

    Fragup Member

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    wow 15% discount must be getting close to cost price on an se, then they make the money on the high delivery and fees, biggest discount I have seen is around 7% on a3 and bit more on s3 but is more money so therefor more profit.
     
  9. Flugel Hound

    Flugel Hound Member

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    Big apologies.
    Ive just gone back through my figures. 7% is the percentage discount not 15.
    [TABLE]
    [TR]
    [TD]Manufacturers OTR[/TD]
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    [TD="align: right"]£24,090[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]B4C[/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="align: right"]£22,448[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Broker Saving of Local Dealer[/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="align: right"]100[/TD]
    [TD="align: right"]£1,642[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="align: right"]£164,200[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Percentage Saving[/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD="align: right"]£7[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
     
  10. RazorSmith

    RazorSmith New Member

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    I'm currently using Carwow to look for an A3 Saloon and plan to buy once I finalise spec. Closest dealer isn't that close, 60 miles away, but the discounts are far better than my local dealer will give. I like the fact that I know exactly who the dealer I am dealing with is, which brokers I've tried don't do. Two of the dealers were much cheaper than the other three and I messaged both asking a question about delivery time, both got back quickly to my surprise and had the same lead time as each other.

    To be honest I can't really be bothered with the painful process of seeing if my local dealer will match the price, I'd rather give my business to a dealer who's already been helpful and has given their best price without any petty games. The dealer may be a while away but they offer delivery for free, though it'll be a decent afternoon to collect it from their showroom.
     
  11. TDI-line

    TDI-line Uber Post Whore Team Floret Silver quattro Audi A3 Black Edition TDi

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    I thought the same, but i'd thought i would give my local dealer one last chance to discount, after asking twice before with a firm No, this is a new model blah blah, i went back and said cards on the table, i'm looking at a discount of £2400 for this car which i have got from a local dealer, i'm not going to disclose this dealer as i will be going there this afternoon, what can you do, they came back with a good deal of £2000 + some freebies + the car was in stock with them with the options that where fine. So was happy with the result.

    What kind of discount did you get on the Saloon?
     
  12. PatS

    PatS New Member

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    I have tried carwow for three different searches recently. None have been satisfactory. The Audi one as bad, or worse than others.
    Nearly all the "offers" carwow produced ended up as fruitless telephone conversations with sales people who either didn't have the vehicle offered and had no knowledge of its existence nor capable of offering anything remotely similar.
    Needless to say I have as yet not found or bought a car through this medium.
     
  13. GSB

    GSB Old before my time... Team Navarra Gold Supporter Audi S3 quattro Manual

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    I used carwow. No problems at all. It's all on the level and you deal direct with the dealers.
     
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  14. MB86

    MB86 New Member

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    I tried Carwow before I ordered my S3 a couple of weeks back. Found them the be OK and my best offer was 9.2% discount. My nearest dealer (about 5 mins away) was 8.2% discount, so not too bad. Only when I checked though did I realise that the same local dealer actually offered me a bigger discount when I walked into the showroom the week before! That was about 9% if I remember correctly.

    I then tried Coast to Coast Cars and got 13.5% discount straight up (including finance contribution). Dealer was about 30 miles away but for this discount I decided it was worth it. My advice would be to see what coast to coast can offer you. They're very quick to respond to you and I've found them to be really helpful so far.

    Needless to say I ordered it through the dealer Coast to Coast put me on to.
     
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  15. DaytonaS3

    DaytonaS3 New Member

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    I've had a good experience with carwow, both for evoque and s3 quote.

    I think a lot of its timing and being close to competitive dealers, but definitely saw initial cheap quotes from further away.

    I'm based on Wirral, so Cheshire oaks audi was my pick, and they ended up cheapest anyway after a bit further negotiation. About 11% discount off OTR on pcp if I remember right. They all probably see loads of time wasting quotes, so making it clear you're serious would be my advice.

    Made life a fair bit easier just knowing what sort of discount could be achieved, and then using it with your dealer of choice.

    I don't really see what youve got to lose with carwow, its free and no commitment.
     
  16. Tom.H

    Tom.H Well-Known Member Audi S3 Black Edition s tronic Team Ara Blue

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    I used carwow, I ended up with 11.1% discount on my S3. The dealer I went to matched the price from the screenshot I sent.
     
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  17. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Team Sepang Audi S3 Black Edition

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    Old thread this,but my own personal view of Carwow is....the dealers are pants...response time ****,discounts ****,very...basically ****....they kept telling me Exclusive paint colours could'nt be got,got a phone call from a nice chap named Jordan Leighton from coast2coast cars,he said james they're not available at the moment but l will get in touch with you ASAP when they are...2 weeks later....James you can now order Exclusive paints.....Job done.....seriously l would buy a car off this young chap before l would have bought one off my own son.....This salesman has gone beyond....the norm....for me....Whetstone Audi.....Got a great discount and a 4-8% apr
     
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  18. GSB

    GSB Old before my time... Team Navarra Gold Supporter Audi S3 quattro Manual

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    Worked ok for me.

    Apart from the fact the dealer ordered the wrong bloody car I did just fine, had a free car for 5 months, an upgrade to a facelift model, and almost 17% off...

    I was playing with carwow last week, getting quotes for a fairly eclectic range of cars (S5, Jag XE 'S', Alfa Giulia Quadrofogigglyio, Renault Zoe and A Nissan Leaf) and was getting quotes back within an hour.
     
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  19. SamP97

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    I used carwow, at the end of the day it just puts you in contact with dealerships, once you contact them you're buying a car as you usually would, nothing dodgy about it. If anything it filters it down to those who are desperate to sell a car this month/have a lot of leeway with the sales managers, any reason possibly to get a discount.
    I ended up getting 9% off.
    Took the quotes to my local dealer, they wouldn't match it at the time, monthly payments ended up £26 cheaper than anywhere else I could get it!
     
  20. Bristle Hound

    Bristle Hound Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi S4

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    The likes of Carwow, Orangewheels, DriveTheDeal, Coast2CoastCars etc are all great bargaining tools for visiting your local Dealer with

    The great thing is, if your local Dealer doesn't 'play' you can still go back thro' the broker for a great price

    I used Carwow to buy my first 2 S3 saloons and eventually got my local Audi to come very close with the price for my S4 that I got thro' Carwow
     
  21. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Team Sepang Audi S3 Black Edition

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    Also may l add, best discount from Carwow last month on a S3 saloon was 9% l got 13-5% from coast, also l have tried quotes from Carwow for yonks always unresponsive with quotes not much better than my local dealership in Glasgow
     
  22. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon

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    Purchased my current A4 through Carwow and a Seat Ibiza for my daughter as the offers were the lowest at that time. Both dealerships honoured the deal...
     
  23. Forbzeeee

    Forbzeeee Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Team Sepang Audi S3

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    I used carwow and got a 13.5% discount on my S3. At the same time, my local dealer refused to discount it at all due to apparent high demand.
     

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