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Afternoon all,

I have been lurking on here for a week or so now, reading all your valuable views and generally whetting my appetite for California ownership.
I have been onto VW site and campared prices with Drive the Deal and AutoEbid etc. which has enabled me to use 'man maths' and i can just about justify the outlay for what i hope to be a 4 year purchase, but only if i can get the deal.

Where have you been able to get the dealers to price match in the Midlands area please? I have spoken with my nearest dealers, Leicester, and they have offered 2-3% and laughed at me when i ask about price matching.

I would be using the PCP offer currently (gutted to miss the previous offer) so this could still be a lucrative order for the dealer.

Thanks in advance.

Simon
 
Alan Andrews

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Try Birmingham van centre.

The trouble you have is that the summer season has been extended this year because of Covid-19.

Birmingham did have 3 new California in stock last week.

You will always get the best deal if you are prepared to buy out of stock rather than specify your own spec.

I use Birmingham for my servicing and have come to trust them. Great people too.
 
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Thanks Alan, will look into making contact and seeing what they are able to do with regards deals.

The downside i have is i want a specific specification, this will after all be a major purchase and i do not feel i will be able to not only find one with the right options but also one that fits within budget in these seemingly overinflated times. Supply and demand i suppose, but i would hope that an order on the books would go some way to securing a good deal, after all even the 'Drive the Deal' company is making money somehow.

Out of interest, has anyone purchased a Cali through drive the deal? Would be interested in how this process works?
 
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Afternoon all,

I have been lurking on here for a week or so now, reading all your valuable views and generally whetting my appetite for California ownership.
I have been onto VW site and campared prices with Drive the Deal and AutoEbid etc. which has enabled me to use 'man maths' and i can just about justify the outlay for what i hope to be a 4 year purchase, but only if i can get the deal.

Where have you been able to get the dealers to price match in the Midlands area please? I have spoken with my nearest dealers, Leicester, and they have offered 2-3% and laughed at me when i ask about price matching.

I would be using the PCP offer currently (gutted to miss the previous offer) so this could still be a lucrative order for the dealer.

Thanks in advance.

Simon
Lancashire or Liverpool offer the deals, the Lancashire one Preston is 2 mins off the M6. But Birmingham Van centre is part of the same group Swansway so it would bizarre if they didn’t give you a great deal.
 
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Talk to Clive Lideard in sales at Birmingham vw van centre. Very knowledgable. Have bought two Calis from them.
 
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If you want the best deal then you need to be prepared to travel. Although to save £5k I am sure you will be happy with that. Someone else recently placed an order through DtD and I think it went through Eurovans Crawley. Someone else just achieved circa 10% with Preston. Ten percent seems good in the current market.

Good luck! :thumb
 
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Thanks all, looks like the phone will be working overtime then with calls to Birmingham and Liverpool.
There really is no way i can consider this without a price match so will be more than happy to put the leg work in.
 
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Afternoon all

Looking to purchase my first California and Drive the Deal have such good offers on a factory ordered van.

I was wondering if anyone has actually bought through them and if they would be happy to share their feedback on how this process worked and anything to be aware of?

Thanks

Simon
 
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I went to a local dealer with the Drive the Deal price and they said they would match. Worth trying
 
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Afternoon all,

I have been lurking on here for a week or so now, reading all your valuable views and generally whetting my appetite for California ownership.
I have been onto VW site and campared prices with Drive the Deal and AutoEbid etc. which has enabled me to use 'man maths' and i can just about justify the outlay for what i hope to be a 4 year purchase, but only if i can get the deal.

Where have you been able to get the dealers to price match in the Midlands area please? I have spoken with my nearest dealers, Leicester, and they have offered 2-3% and laughed at me when i ask about price matching.

I would be using the PCP offer currently (gutted to miss the previous offer) so this could still be a lucrative order for the dealer.

Thanks in advance.

Simon
I had exactly the same reaction from them! They basically said take the DtD deal!!
 
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Afternoon all

Looking to purchase my first California and Drive the Deal have such good offers on a factory ordered van.

I was wondering if anyone has actually bought through them and if they would be happy to share their feedback on how this process worked and anything to be aware of?

Thanks

Simon
Got the price quoted by autobid at Preston. Both the online have negotiatEd with a few dealers so you may have to go North or South. Like I said earlier Preston and Birmingham are both Swansway as is Liverpool. The online will keep the dealer secret from you in my experience until they have confirmed the deal with them.
 
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Tom @breeze posted this recently.

Might be worth checking out the high spec 204 6.1. Might be similar to your own spec.

 
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Afternoon all,

I have been lurking on here for a week or so now, reading all your valuable views and generally whetting my appetite for California ownership.
I have been onto VW site and campared prices with Drive the Deal and AutoEbid etc. which has enabled me to use 'man maths' and i can just about justify the outlay for what i hope to be a 4 year purchase, but only if i can get the deal.

Where have you been able to get the dealers to price match in the Midlands area please? I have spoken with my nearest dealers, Leicester, and they have offered 2-3% and laughed at me when i ask about price matching.

I would be using the PCP offer currently (gutted to miss the previous offer) so this could still be a lucrative order for the dealer.

Thanks in advance.

Simon
We approached Leicester with the AutoEBid quote and they just laughed at us!. We ended up going through AutoEbid and are getting ours from Guy at Swansway VW, Preston, Lancs. Really helpful and cant fault there service at the moment, just been given a week 43 build date so when it arrives we will go up on the train, if we are not in lockdown again :eek:
 
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Afternoon all

Looking to purchase my first California and Drive the Deal have such good offers on a factory ordered van.

I was wondering if anyone has actually bought through them and if they would be happy to share their feedback on how this process worked and anything to be aware of?

Thanks

Simon
I bought our A6 via DtD 5 years ago. No issue at all. They get a flat fee of £300-400 per vehicle. Really depends which dealer hadn't achieved their target as to who the sale goes to. Easy peasy, would use again without concern. :thumb
 
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Birmingham and Leicester are my local dealers. We hired a 6.1 from Leicester so went to them first, ready to order. 2-3% max discount. Birmingham said 2%. Went to Liverpool but they were hopeless and seemingly uninterested. They still haven’t got back to me after 10 days. Poole offered the DTD/AutoeBid price but after a delay. In the meantime I contacted Guy at Preston and did the deal with him. Really nice to deal with and efficient. Easy to get to by train when the time comes to pick up. :thumb
 
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Tom @breeze posted this recently.

Might be worth checking out the high spec 204 6.1. Might be similar to your own spec.

Nice, but a hefty Covid tax price of £78k!!
 
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Talk to Clive Lideard in sales at Birmingham vw van centre. Very knowledgable. Have bought two Calis from them.
You can also enjoy a lovely stroll through the Birmingham suburbs as you’ll never get parked at the dealers!!! It’s the worst car parking ever.
 
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Lancashire or Liverpool offer the deals, the Lancashire one Preston is 2 mins off the M6. But Birmingham Van centre is part of the same group Swansway so it would bizarre if they didn’t give you a great deal.
I can confirm - it certainly is bizarre :headbang
 
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You can also enjoy a lovely stroll through the Birmingham suburbs as you’ll never get parked at the dealers!!! It’s the worst car parking ever.
Agree not the best but not the worst either. Bilston is worse and so is Listers in Coventry.
 
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