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Old 12-26-2012, 11:48 PM   #1
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should I have been required to pay for this?

I recently purchased a used 2012 gti. When I was finalizing my paperwork with the financial guy at the dealership he told me that the vehicle came with a gps tracking system that I would be required to pay for at a cost of $395. I'm assuming it was an option that the previous vehicle owner chose but if it was something that I was not interested in having should I still be required to pay for it?
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:51 PM   #2
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Tell them NO! and you want it removed. Also don't fall for the VIN etching "fee". None of these fees are *required* but most consumers don't know any better....
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:51 PM   #3
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:52 PM   #4
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Thats so they can locate your car if payments aren't made. It only has to do with repo purposes.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:59 PM   #5
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Tell them NO! and you want it removed. Also don't fall for the VIN etching "fee". None of these fees are *required* but most consumers don't know any better....
Actually the vin etching saves me 10% on my insurance every year, more than paid for itself in the first year, and puts money in my pocket every year after. And yes I called the insurance company before agreeing to it.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:00 AM   #6
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Tell them NO! and you want it removed. Also don't fall for the VIN etching "fee". None of these fees are *required* but most consumers don't know any better....
Actually the vin etching saves me 10% on my insurance every year, more than paid for itself in the first year, and puts money in my pocket every year after. And yes I called the insurance company before agreeing to it, just to make sure it would be worth it.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:11 AM   #7
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A lot of dealers will install them on the lot. It makes it much easier to get into them with some sort of master key system, and also adds some security while in their possession.

I sold cars for a dealership once that "required" the consumer to purchase it so they didn't eat the cost of the unit (typically like 85 bucks installed).

Just tell them that you won't buy the car unless they disarm it (they usually don't remove them, they just put a chip in the system which deactivates it) and I'm sure they won't give you to much fuss.

If you've already signed the contract your probably SOL unless you provided your own financing.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:31 AM   #8
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It must be Lo-Jack.... You don't have to have it activated....
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:37 AM   #9
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Actually the vin etching saves me 10% on my insurance every year, more than paid for itself in the first year, and puts money in my pocket every year after. And yes I called the insurance company before agreeing to it, just to make sure it would be worth it.
I have used several popular insurance companies, not one of them have ever given me a discount for the "VIN etching"... -BUT- I'll be sure to ask for a discount the next time I renew
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:24 AM   #10
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$395? lol. Ask to see the official VW documentation that requires that purchase to be made. When they can't provide it then say well clearly VW doesn't care if it has it or not so I'm not buying it.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:36 AM   #11
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Nope, they're just trying to dupe you into an upsell.

Hopefully you didn't give them the money.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:51 AM   #12
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$395? lol. Ask to see the official VW documentation that requires that purchase to be made. When they can't provide it then say well clearly VW doesn't care if it has it or not so I'm not buying it.
Exactly..... just tell them to prove it.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:56 AM   #13
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It's for reposession.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:06 AM   #14
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It's for reposession.
This. It's their way of being able to find you. Nothing you can do except to to negotiate the price of it or buy from a different dealer.
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