I swear, I'm really trying to get a Ram, but......

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Zorin

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As most of you know, I'm currently scouring everywhere from the Midwest to the South looking for a good deal on a Ram 1500 pickup.

The first lucky hopeful was a 2019 Laramie, with 21K miles, and everything you could get! Delmonico over silver two tone, 4x4, panoramic roof, 12" screen, it had it all. Asking price was $48K, which was higher than Willie Nelson, so I tried to negotiate with them on it, they came down to $45,900, still too high for it, and far away from my $40,000 offer. And they have had it since March! (They still have it, and I submitted it for a trade valuation - Vroom offered $27,800 for it. They'll have a good time in the auction lane!)

Thought I found one this morning at AutoNation in Fort Worth, TX. Brand new 2022 Lone Star, had everything I was after, with rebates and what have you, the listed price was $43,183 before taxes and fees.

I immediately called and started a dialogue to buy the truck, and asked for a emailed OTD quote, and was told they would have to have a manager approval do that. I asked why, and then they said the truck already had a $2076 accessory package installed, one item of which being some electronic tracking device......and I'm trying to buy new to get a truck that hasn't had it's wiring played with!

AutoNation would not come off the price a single dollar holding firm to "It's already on the truck", with me parrying with "But I didn't ASK for it." then they tell me nearly every dealer does this.

So I called my local CDJR dealer, and they proudly admitted they do it too, and don't disclose it on the website.

So, I swear, I'm hunting, but man are they making it hard!

Tim
 

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Hold in there every thing I hear is the pendulum is swinging from Sellers market to a buyers market. I wouldn't rush to buy one right now. On new between Christmas and new years will be best discounts.
 

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I'm hearing the same thing. Best bet is to wait a few more weeks. I wonder if I jumped to early but then again CCLB's aren't too common around here so I grabbed mine while it was there and the used values were still high. I got it at a few hundred below MSRP.

Around here many dealerships didn't want to come off of that with the closest dealership to me still having a 10k market adjustment tacked on to the Rams. They had a 40k one added onto a Trackhawk. That was at the end of October.
 

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I probably called 25 or so dealers before I bought my latest. What’s maddening is the internet has become nothing but a fountain of misinformation. Trucks advertised that are already sold, undisclosed markups, mandatory bogus fees…

I don’t believe it’s accidental, either. Dealers have figured out information is power, and they are getting rich off this created shortage. It feels like 1990, phoning all over the region to inquire. Manufacturers and dealer websites are nearly useless.

But there are some honest, square dealers in existence. But it took a lot of effort to find the intersection of a truck I wanted and a dealer who wasn’t trying to rip off their customers.
 

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I wasn't looking for new, but used Ram 2500 for several months with 500 mile radius earlier this year. Used market plays the tracking device already installed game too at some dealers. I didn't go for it either. It's a scam tbh. Sounds like some sound advise to wait a little bit here. In the end I stuck to my guns with options I wanted and price and did find it eventually. Good luck to you! I'm sure you'll find it when it's meant to be found. :)

It can be frustrating at times though!
 

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As most of you know, I'm currently scouring everywhere from the Midwest to the South looking for a good deal on a Ram 1500 pickup.

The first lucky hopeful was a 2019 Laramie, with 21K miles, and everything you could get! Delmonico over silver two tone, 4x4, panoramic roof, 12" screen, it had it all. Asking price was $48K, which was higher than Willie Nelson, so I tried to negotiate with them on it, they came down to $45,900, still too high for it, and far away from my $40,000 offer. And they have had it since March! (They still have it, and I submitted it for a trade valuation - Vroom offered $27,800 for it. They'll have a good time in the auction lane!)

Thought I found one this morning at AutoNation in Fort Worth, TX. Brand new 2022 Lone Star, had everything I was after, with rebates and what have you, the listed price was $43,183 before taxes and fees.

I immediately called and started a dialogue to buy the truck, and asked for a emailed OTD quote, and was told they would have to have a manager approval do that. I asked why, and then they said the truck already had a $2076 accessory package installed, one item of which being some electronic tracking device......and I'm trying to buy new to get a truck that hasn't had it's wiring played with!

AutoNation would not come off the price a single dollar holding firm to "It's already on the truck", with me parrying with "But I didn't ASK for it." then they tell me nearly every dealer does this.

So I called my local CDJR dealer, and they proudly admitted they do it too, and don't disclose it on the website.

So, I swear, I'm hunting, but man are they making it hard!

Tim
I have learned that the best day to buy any vehicle is the last day of the Month as they most likely have met all of the sales quota for the month so any sale after is gravy...
 

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Why not order new from Granger at 5% under Invoice? They are in Iowa, so reasonably close. Laura Dodge in MO usually has some reasonable on the lot prices but does better on orders, as does Mark Dodge but they are down in LA so getting further away.
 

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The HD’s are fewer and harder to negotiate than the 1500’s according to 2 friends that recently bought.
 

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The HD’s are fewer and harder to negotiate than the 1500’s according to 2 friends that recently bought.

I found that to be the case. I think largely due to the disparity in order to delivery time new. If I wanted a 1500 I'd have ordered and waited. I got a good price, but I had to sift through a lot of dealerships and trucks until I did, and then drive about 3 hours to get it.
 

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The HD’s are fewer and harder to negotiate than the 1500’s according to 2 friends that recently bought.
^ This. I got about $1,500 off worth total ($600 + free delivery since I was out of state) so yea, it’s slim pickens for getting money off of a 2500.
 
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