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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    Quote Originally Posted by paul8488 View Post
    Yikes, seems a bit pricey. I loved my Vibe, but would have a tough time coughing up 10 grand for one today.

    On a strange note, I once went to the Pontiac dealership to buy wheel lugs for winter tires. They wanted $20 (not a typo, $20.00) per lug! The parts guy shrugged and said 'If I were you I'd go to Toyota and get lugs for a Matrix'. I did, and they were around $2.00 each. The GM parts guy couldn't explain why they were so expensive, but I appreciated him sending me elsewhere!
    Weird but pretty much SOP from my many trips to dealer parts counters over the years.

    (It sounds like Toyota figured out at least part of it. I wonder what other parts prices are like.)

    Someone up the chain either doesn't understand how to move merchandise, or doesn't give a crap. So you can get a 15" or 16" steel wheel that would be fitty to seventy bucks at TR or DT. Dealer wants $180-$200. Oh yeah!

    If you sell 12 wheels at a $20 profit, vs. one wheel at a $130 profit, which do you do? Which generates more floor traffic? Goodwill? Exasperation?

    Too weird for words.

    So, OP, what's the status of the hunt?
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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    Quote Originally Posted by paul8488 View Post
    Yikes, seems a bit pricey. I loved my Vibe, but would have a tough time coughing up 10 grand for one today.

    On a strange note, I once went to the Pontiac dealership to buy wheel lugs for winter tires. They wanted $20 (not a typo, $20.00) per lug! The parts guy shrugged and said 'If I were you I'd go to Toyota and get lugs for a Matrix'. I did, and they were around $2.00 each. The GM parts guy couldn't explain why they were so expensive, but I appreciated him sending me elsewhere!
    we sometimes have customers asking for parts for the things we make at work, small things like bolts for example
    they are cheap but it is like impossible for us to sell... just the time of me to tell them the price, and the cost of us processing the order, having someone go and pick it out of the box is like $50 or $100 even
    Since normally we are doing big machines of $10 000 - $100 000 each
    Sometimes you just have to suggest to go somewhere better aligned to their needs...



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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    Quote Originally Posted by Smaart Aas Saabr View Post
    Sometimes you just have to suggest to go somewhere better aligned to their needs...
    I feel like watching "Miracle on 34th Street" all of a sudden...
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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    No way too high w/o even looking

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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    It is a fine car but why not pay a bit more and get something newer?

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