Direct from Factory Purchase
Not sure where this fits in, so I'll just post this here.
Since purchasing my Commander back in December, my wife has decided she likes it and as such has pretty much absconded with it. I'm stuck, of course, with her old car. Its a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo. It was great when we first got it, but once it hit 100,000 miles, the thing has started to totally fall apart. Its currently got about 135,000 miles on it and needs a new CV joint, some transmission work, and a couple of other minor tweaks - which will cost somewhere between $3 and 5k depending on where I take it.
That strikes me as a perfect downpayment on ANOTHER Jeep (Commander, or GC, or whatever). And so, I've been looking around. For some reason, I can't get the same deals now in late January/early Feb that I could in December.
As luck would have it, I ended up on a connection through Detroit last night. The lady sitting next to me was the Mayor of a Detroit suburb on her way to DC to meet with Obama. We struck up a great conversation for 3 hours (ugh, we were stuck on the runway) and over the course of it we discussed the auto industry and of course my recent Jeep Purchase, my love of all my old jeeps, and my desire to purchase another one (which was probably made by her constitutents). She suggested, since the dealers on the East Coast are playing games, to buy direct from the factory. She said I could fly to Detroit and make the purchase direct from Chrysler and pick it up at the factory and then drive it back.
Anyway, I've been trying to research this option tonight, but haven't seen anything about it. What she described sounded almost like the European pick up options you can get on Mercedes and BMW and Volvo, etc (all byt te nice vacation to europe).
Anyone know if this can be done?? Is there a savings?? How much will they negotiate?