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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 04-23-2016, 05:24 AM
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Interesting Dealer experience - haggle for parts?

I do more reading than posting here, but I discovered something out that may be useful to some...or maybe well known, but here goes:

After reading that the dealer was a good place to get rubber inserts for wiper blades, I went over to buy some. My windshield came with some brutal scratching that I suspect was cause by the ratty rubber and grit on my blades.

After asking for inserts, they explained they only carried set of blades now. No more inserts. I asked how much, they said $47.79. I asked if they were Bosch and they said no, BMW brand. I said that they were too much money and then it got interesting. He said, "why don't you bid me down?" I looked puzzled. He said, "for example, I can sell them to you for $38."

So I took the deal in a puzzled quandary not even thinking to say, "how about $30, or $25, or whatever?" Stupid me.

Oh well, next time I will be a better haggler. The point is that the parts guy at your local dealer might be willing to haggle prices with you.

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Old 04-23-2016, 06:04 AM
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Yes, I've negotiated better prices with dealers - not just BMW - for years. Once they get to know you, it can work out well.
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:35 PM
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As a parts manager, that $47 price could have been a matrix to where the $38 was straight list.. Then we could do wholesale pricing of 15, 20, or even 25 percent off if we wanted to. Hell or even employee price which is generally cost plus 10 percent. When people actually ask me for a discount I usually knock 10 percent off which takes care of a little more than tax and they seem to be grateful.
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:23 PM
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I always go to my local dealership armed with http://thebmwminipartstore.com/ loaded in my smart phone showing the prices (online) of what I need- it always works for years now, albeit after initial resistance. I've been shopping there for years- actually since 2001. May be that also plays a role as to why I get such huge discounted prices off retail. For example, I would get a set of wiper blades (yes both left and right blades including the rubber) for $27.58 before tax.
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Old 04-23-2016, 10:07 PM
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That's a great idea. I will do the same from now on.
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Old 04-24-2016, 01:36 AM
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parts sitting on the shelf you dont sell anymore...


*pushes them parts out the door
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:13 AM
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Or if you have a mechanic/indy ask them if they have an account with them usually they do. and then just buy the parts under their account. Diffrence in prices are terrific.

For example my company has an account with a local Mack dealership and on the recuepts they have two prices, one normal rate and the other as an exchange rate. A dinky starter rebuild kit would cost 1500 bucks to a narmal customer but we get it for 600.
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Or if you have a mechanic/indy ask them if they have an account with them usually they do. and then just buy the parts under their account..
Not a bad idea, but I have to really wonder if my Indy mechanic would accomodate me on this....I think he'd be more inclined to want me to contract with his shop for the parts and labor. But, he does know I DIY so maybe worth asking, heck, all he can say is 'no'.

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