Made To Measure
Money Magazine, December 1999
by Jerry Edgerton
...Let's take a 2000 Ford Taurus equipped with power locks, front-seat side air bags and anti-lock brakes. The list price would be $19,435; the total invoice cost $17,855. A good negotiator could get that car off the lot for $18,155 (before taxes and destination charges)...
...If you hate haggling, you can custom order through the Web buying services Autobytel.com and www.Carsdirect.com. If they can't find the car you want in inventory, they'll custom order it for the same no-haggle sale price. Buying services that bargain with a dealer on your behalf are also especially good at putting in factory orders and will likely get you a lower price than you would get on your own. Among the best are CarSource [CarQ.com] (800-517-2277); www.carq.com; a $375 fee on average...