Cars are expensive to buy, and there is usually a lot of complicated paperwork involved in the sale of a vehicle. Most people are surprised when they purchase a car at how much more expensive it is than they expected, and that the price they end up paying is a lot higher than the sticker price advertised on the car they chose. This is not by accident but by design. Car dealerships slip a whole slew of additional charges into the fine print of the purchase agreement their customers sign, and those charges quickly add up and push the price higher. What car salesman count on is that their customers will not know what the charges are for, and that they can get away with telling people that the higher price is due to taxes. Don’t believe them. Educate yourself and know what charges you should not pay when purchasing a new or used vehicle.
What is “freight,” you ask? It is the cost the car dealership pays to ship the car you bought from the plant where it was manufactured to the dealership where it is sold. Why, you ask, should you pay to cover this cost? You shouldn’t pay to cover it. Car companies have to ship the vehicles they manufacture to their dealership network as part of the sales chain. That they try and pass this cost onto their customers is both ridiculous and insulting. And freight charges are typically around $150 to $200—not cheap. So be smart and savvy and tell the salesman at the dealership right off the bat that you refuse to pay any freight or delivery charges. And be mindful. Some unscrupulous car dealers try and charge their customers twice for delivering the car to the dealership. On some invoices, you can see a charge for “freight,” than another charge called “delivery and handling” or “destination fee.” These are all the same thing and should never be paid by the customer.