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There are always going to be a certain portion of the population who would rather not fool around with having to haggle. These services are great for them.
with ZAG or USAA you can still negotiate after they provide a quote via email. it's just a starting point. i would recommend checking edmunds.com in their forums section to see current rebates/incentives. additionally, many of the dealerships are active in the forum and can give you some insider tips.
Thanks for the advice! It'll be a straightforward cash deal, so that should cut down on the complications. I'm now trying to decide between a new car or a slightly used one (loaner car, etc.). Unfortunately, the Camry Hybrid is both well loved (consumer reports, NYT, etc.), low stocks, and the 2013s haven't been announced yet. I'm also looking at the Altima which might have better negotiating angles to it.
Cash is perfect. There's a $500 non-financing bonus that you'll qualify for on the Camry. Honestly, I'd skip the Hybrid and go for the SE. This is the nicest car I've ever driven.
Services are good if you're not a haggler. I'd do it for you if I was still in the country. If you're willing to spend more then go with one of the services. It won't be a HUGE difference, but you can definitely get a lower price doing it yourself.
What are people's dream garages? (reasonable, or I guess not reasonable) (also, GreenFrog, I know yours already: M3, M3, M3, M3)
Audi A8L for distance
Aston Martin Virage Volante for fun
Maybach 62 for distance
Rolls Royce Phantom for evenings
Aston Martin One77 for fun
Ferrari 458 for holidays
Sunseeker 30M for the water
I'm lucky enough to already have access to an aircraft, but ideally that would be upgraded to a Falcon 900EX - anything bigger and I'm not qualified to fly the damn thing.
-aforementioned Morgan plus 4, BRG, leather bonnet straps. Would fulfill that need for something really old and classy without having to put so much effort into it (modern EFI engine, etc)
-a 964 targa backdated to look like a circa 1970 targa (this would probably be the main, if not only real project car) - I'd get a 964 targa and strip it bare, dip and coat it, get the outside painted in a light beige/cream color or maybe just black, and then do the longnose front conversion (no 2.7RS clone or anything like that though) - then I'd put in some form of a 993 motor and maybe even roll it on steelies so it looks right. I'd do the interior nice and period-correct but keep it light, add some Cibies in the front grilles, definitely all the chrome and the aluminum targa hoop. I think I'm over the Singer Porsche, I'd rather have a narrow body car with a pure Porsche OEM look.
-a late '80's impact bumper 911, just a Carrera 3.2. Preferably in olive green. Needs to be mint. Not that special, but just for keeping and admiring.
-993TT, black over black. Not the Turbo S, just a regular turbo, 6 speed, mint. Very special occasion car.
-either a 991 or a 997 C4S, a car to drive often. Probably one of the newer metallic blue colors.
-F430 Spyder, that dark grey over red, would drive often enough
-a 'normal' luxury sedan, no sport package or huge rims or anything, just a nice large car I could go long distances in with other people. Maybe an A8 or a 740.
-a super wagon, like an E63T, for when I need some utility. I'd probably drive this car the most of any of them.
-a G55 as my 'truck' - would go camping and fishing with it, carry bigger things in it.
-some sort of alternative energy car, like a Leaf, for when I just want to go pick up some food, groceries, or drive junk miles.
Might be able to have 1 or 2 of the Porsches (preferably a contrast pairing like the 964 backdate and the 993TT) and then the E63T.