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Will be changing the tow car in the spring and have been looking at a few online car brokers who seem to be able to wangle some reasonable discount.

 

My question is that,for example,Drive the Deal ( http://www. drivethedeal. com ) and Orange Wheels ( http://www. orangewheels. co. uk/ ) don't take a penny from the customer ( i. e me ) as they get their commission from the dealer,while Broadspeed ( http://www. broadspeed. com/ ) charge the customer a £199 fee.

 

Now Broadspeed haven't gone out of business so people must pay the fee,is there any advantage to doing so ?

 

I find it rather puzzling to pay £199 when you can get what is apparently the same service for free.

 

The prices of the cars seem much the same.

 

Ian

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Be careful using brokers. I used one several years ago and it worked well and I wouldn't hesitate to use one again. But some of them hang on to the log book for six months and when you finally get it, you realise that you are listed as the second owner of the car. Check before you deal.

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Will be changing the tow car in the spring and have been looking at a few online car brokers who seem to be able to wangle some reasonable discount.

 

My question is that,for example,Drive the Deal ( http://www. drivethedeal. com ) and Orange Wheels ( http://www. orangewheels. co. uk/ ) don't take a penny from the customer ( i. e me ) as they get their commission from the dealer,while Broadspeed ( http://www. broadspeed. com/ ) charge the customer a £199 fee.

 

Now Broadspeed haven't gone out of business so people must pay the fee,is there any advantage to doing so ?

 

I find it rather puzzling to pay £199 when you can get what is apparently the same service for free.

 

The prices of the cars seem much the same.

 

Ian

The companies you mention are much of a much with good reputations on the whole. IMHO go for the best deal for you but don't forget to get a price and then check if your local main dealer can match. You may be surprised!

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Be careful using brokers. I used one several years ago and it worked well and I wouldn't hesitate to use one again. But some of them hang on to the log book for six months and when you finally get it, you realise that you are listed as the second owner of the car. Check before you deal.

They're no longer allowed to do that, it's been made illegal - but some still do !

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As Madasmad mentions always try your dealer before committing to a broker.

 

There are many pro's and cons to using brokers, the obvious pro is they are usually very keen on pricing but on occasion delivery times can be stretched beyond what a dealer would offer and sometimes they are model / colour restricted, they also usually require hefty deposits (very useful to them when delivery times are extended).

 

Before placing a deposit print the offer and take it to your local franchised dealer, if they cannot match the offer you need to question how the broker can offer the price and will they homour the deal as I assure you nobody can purchase a car from a manufacturer cheaper than a dealer who are bound to each other by a watertight contract. Many dealers will not want to match the offer but when faced with potentially losing a sale they may well buckle or get very close to it, at the end of the day they have bigger overheads to cover than a broker but you get the security of dealing directly with your supplier.

 

My advice would be if you decide to go the broker route stick to the more established names such as the ones you have mentioned as they have proven to be reliable, and always pay your depost by credit card, many smaller brokers come and go leaving customers out of pocket without recompense.

 

Davros

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Heard good things of drivethedeal.

I tend to use their prices and then haggle locally. Managed it a peach with current merc and managed to get over 5k off. Simple things, just threaten to go thru broker if they don't play ball.

Drivethedeal just put you in contact with a dealer anyway, so I don't see the risk tbh

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As Milkymarsh says DTD just put you in touch with a main Dealer who is committed to stick to the price quoted.

 

I have used them once, earlier this year, and the service from them and the Dealer was first class. I believe the Dealer pays DTD about £250 per car for the business.

 

I have a new Sorento on order direct from a Dealer and did not use DTD this time as I was able to get a lower price myself, so it is always worth negotiating with your local Dealer once you have what you think is the best price.

 

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I bought a Honda CRV through DTD. They are totally honest and do what they say. Check them out on Honest John. My brother bought a Merc from local dealer for. £ 1500 less than DTD price so always check. But if they are cheapest go for it.

Any other broker check out internet feedback on independent review sites.

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As a member of CSMA, I bought my Citroen in May through their broker scheme. Went without a hitch. Car delivered on a trailer to my door and old car taken away. The car was sourced from a Citroen main dealer. My son bought a new Ford Fiesta through buyacar. co. uk only last month. Again, went without a hitch, car delivered to his door and trade-in taken away without quibble. Read the reviews and make up your own mind, but these places trade on their reputation and can't afford to get it wrong too often. You can always get a price from a broker and then try to find a local dealer who will match it - but in my experience, few will.

 

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