Uncovering The Hidden Costs of Car Buying

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At Herb Chambers Honda Seekonk, we believe in telling you the whole story. So when a customer asks for car prices, we provide the most accurate price we can–including fees. Why? Because when it comes down to it, it’s your money, and we want you to be educated on where it’s going.

Here are a few “hidden fees” that sometimes come up in the car buying process:

1) Documentation Fee: All dealerships charge this fee to cover administration and paperwork. The amount does vary, so be aware.

2) Port fee/destination charges: This is a biggie. Many dealerships don’t mention this fee when they quote an initial price, making it seem like their prices are significantly lower. But every dealer is subject to this fee. It’s from the manufacturer and based on shipping the car out to the dealer, so it may change based on region. But rest assured–it will be included in the price when you sign on the dotted line. Don’t let yourself in for an unpleasant surprise.

3) VIN etching: This is a service where your VIN number is etched into all of the windows of your car. Certainly this service has some benefit, but some dealers require it with each purchase, forcing you to take on an extra cost.

Often, we have a customer come in and they’ve been burned. They want to know every piece of the price because the last time they bought a car, the dealership wasn’t up front about hidden costs. But they ended up buying the car anyway because at that point, they were so tired of the process and they just wanted to get out of there with their new car.
We don’t work like that.

Buying a new car is a big decision, but it’s also exciting and fun! You should feel good about your new Honda from the moment you see it on the lot, to the moment you sign the papers, and well into your years of owning it. That’s the experience we aim to give you at our dealership. If you’re feeling burned, pressured, or unsure about your car buying process, we’d like to invite you to try us out. We’ll give you the real deal.

This blog is brought to you by Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk. We invite you to like, comment, and share! Check out our selection of quality new and used cars. Stop by our full-service dealership for test drives, parts, service, repairs, or just to say hello!

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