What Extra Fees Should I Expect When Buying a New or Used Car?

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Subject: extra fee

The fees I paid for 29K kia is
handling fee $67
Texas tax $1654
dealer fee $67
Title Fee $28
inspection $23
Documentary fee $125

Used Cars of Fairfax LLC

Subject: Processing Fee

In the state of Virginia, dealers are required to post the processing fee and the amount as a additional cost. That way it will help the customer plan their budget spending.

Rick Torrey

Subject: Dealer Fees

As well as your article was written, you left out one thing that all consumers should know. I retired after 40 years in the car business. In all that time, I can count on one hand how many people walked out because of dealer fees. The "Doc Fee" is strictly a way to boost profit without having to pay a commission. If a customer said that he wasn't paying it, no dealer was letting him walk. That's just dumb. Next time you get to the bottom line cost, and the rep hits you with that BS fee, just tell him to pound sand, you aren't paying it. 95% of the time you will get your deal.


Subject: Doc Fee

Rick, that is what I thought too when I was hit with a $200 doc fee from a dealership in St. Louis. I said if they waive that fee, I would buy the automobile. They wouldn't so I walked. Very disgusted that profit was more important than the potential of gaining a lifetime buyer and advocate.

chelsea cooper

Subject: Extra fees

Great advice given about Doc fees! I wanted see if I should push for them to be waived all together. I know the dealership will have cost incurred by running my credit and so forth, so from doing research some sites suggested making them go through it line by line and only pay what was really paid out of pocket. I honestly want to walk in and say This is the price I'm walking out the door for, make it work or lose my business. Do think that's even realistic? I was able to find a used 4runner that is price 2-4k less than most similar vehicles in a 100 mile radius, so I'm expecting exorbitant dealer fees to be added on, and I've already got a rotten impression of the salesman over the phone, he slimed it up when contacting me about my inquiry.


Subject: Dealer fees

Great to know Rick!!!
I'm Getting ready to get a car in a week or 2
Any other pointers I need to know?

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.