April 22, 2006
The Necessary New Car Ripoff
It seems like every new car I see these days has the dealership's name painted or glued to the back of the vehicle. Why do car purchasers put up with this? What's next, real estate agents spray painting their names and cell phone numbers to the front of the houses they sell? We would never let the local appliance store permanent marker their name to the front of our refrigerator, so why do we allow car dealers to put their advertising on something we had to pay thousands of dollars for? They should be paying us to do their advertising.
I'm not suggesting we remove these name badges ourselves. We shouldn't have to mess with these stupid things. Instead, we should tell the dealership we won't buy a car from their lot unless they remove the advertising. If enough people do this, the jokers will learn that it's not worth their time and money to stick this stuff on the cars in the first place.
Another idea is to leave the name badges/decals on. But then buy some magnetic phrases and stick them around the dealership's name. So next to their decal, "Smith's Community Ford, Waterloo, IA" you could put the words, "The Ripoff Experts." It won't be long before dealerships realize it would be a better idea to forgo the advertising.
Posted by fstone at April 22, 2006 5:41 PM
I actually removed mine two years ago when I bought it. I wonder if the dealerships can use a portion of the vehicles sold as advertising write-offs? Stupid stickers!!!
Posted by: Scott H at May 26, 2006 11:44 PM
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