Hoping someone can help me on this one. I ordered a new Caliber from my local dealer (Dealer A) 2 weeks ago. They said 12-16 weeks out. I can live with that. The dealer was really pushing cars off the lot and I wouldn't accept color/option mix they had at that time. They even wanted to add an (that is as in qty 1/each) heated seat (aftermarket). I said no. They agreed to let me order one knowing the lead time. They also said that there is a 5% penalty if I cancelled the order. I put 200.00 down deposit.
Yesterday I visited a dealer (dealer B) about 30 miles from my house (was on my Harley, just checking Caliber colors). I told the dealer about my delivery delima, etc. He couldn't believe the delivery times and said he could pull one much quicker. He had a few cars down the pike in "D" status and he could probably pull some strings and have one changed for my mix/color, etc. Anyway, he's going to get back to me Tuesday. Last night searching the web I ran into a inventory Caliber about 40 miles from home (Dealer C). Almost the exact car I had ordered with just one more option added. I can live with that. I called the new dealer guy, dealer B. He said they have a good working relationship with dealer C. and they could probably get that car for me in a few days or so. They'll check on Tuesday.
Question? What can I expect resulting in my deposit and the 5% penalty if I drop that car I ordered. I can't believe dealer A is even interested in working for me to get my car. Any comments on this would be helpful. Do dealers usually deal back and forth like this?
BTW, Dealer B is a small town dealer. They let me take a RT out for about 1/2 hour, no license check or anything. First time I drove the Caliber out on the highway by myself. What a neat car! I was impressed by how quiet it was and how steady footed and how sure it gripped the road. It had 3 miles when I started - 37 when I returned. AVG MPG 24.9. Car still wasn't prep'd, still had plastic on seats, foam in sunroof. Nice car!
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