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Old 06-14-2010, 11:12 AM   #1
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Tread lightly ????

Does this really work in getting 1% below invoice when buying new car. Has anyone really used this themselves. I do not want to waste $25 to register if it is just a sham and doesn't work. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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You have to pay 25 dollars a year to be a part of Tread Lightly.

1% off of invoice might be 250 bucks, depends on the model you get.

Not worth it in my opinion.

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You wouldn't spend $25 to save $250???? Ok. I joined to get $100 rebate on my tires. Saving $75 was worth it to me... Treadlightly is a very highly regarded organization, and I feel confident in saying that you would have no problems in getting the 1% under invoice. It is simply employee pricing, just a perk you get for being a treadlightly member. I guess you are the only one who can decide if saving some $ and not having to haggle over pricing is worth it to you....
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Old 06-14-2010, 11:25 AM   #4
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Well the $25 is also a donation to the organization that trys to help teach people about the effect we have on nature whether it be wheeling biking boating hiking. They try to keep trails and land open to the public, they organize cleanups and stuff. In my opinion you should be donating for the cause...not because you might save 250 of your vehicle purchase.

Anyway..how is it not worth it? You spend 25...and you save 250 or better.....
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My fault, I misread the page and I thought it said it was a yearly subscription of 25 dollars.

To me, a 225-300 dollar savings on a vehicle isn't something to write home about. Everyone is different though, I didn't want to come across as telling him/her to definitely not do it, just giving my opinion.
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Well, that's fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But personally, I like saving $, every few $'s I save is that much more going into the mod fund!
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The savings can be much greater or nothing at all. It just depends upon your negotiating skills and how much hassle you want to put yourself through. Where do you come up with a $250 figure?
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Well, that's fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But personally, I like saving $, every few $'s I save is that much more going into the mod fund!
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Well the $25 is also a donation to the organization that trys to help teach people about the effect we have on nature whether it be wheeling biking boating hiking. They try to keep trails and land open to the public, they organize cleanups and stuff. In my opinion you should be donating for the cause...not because you might save 250 of your vehicle purchase.

Anyway..how is it not worth it? You spend 25...and you save 250 or better.....
i agree.
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The savings can be much greater or nothing at all. It just depends upon your negotiating skills and how much hassle you want to put yourself through. Where do you come up with a $250 figure?

1% of 25,000.
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well I am all about donating for a good cause but on the same token my original reason for going to site was because I am in the market for a new jeep. 1 % below invoice sounds great to me for $25 dollars. I called the number for the chrysler affiliates on tread lightly's site and they know nothing of them and told me that they only offer 1% below invoice to employees and family of. They told me that this was a fraudulent site and would not be recognized. No one who has chimed in so far on this discussion seems to have actually used this discount. As of now seems to be a fake. Any help would help. Please let me know.
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also, if i read the OP correctly, it gets you 1% off the INVOICE price. most people pay more than invoice. so, if the jeep had an invoice price of 25000, but you were going to pay 26000, you are saving 1250 because you get it down to invoice price and then some.
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also, if i read the OP correctly, it gets you 1% off the INVOICE price. most people pay more than invoice. so, if the jeep had an invoice price of 25000, but you were going to pay 26000, you are saving 1250 because you get it down to invoice price and then some.
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well I am all about donating for a good cause but on the same token my original reason for going to site was because I am in the market for a new jeep. 1 % below invoice sounds great to me for $25 dollars. I called the number for the chrysler affiliates on tread lightly's site and they know nothing of them and told me that they only offer 1% below invoice to employees and family of. They told me that this was a fraudulent site and would not be recognized. No one who has chimed in so far on this discussion seems to have actually used this discount. As of now seems to be a fake. Any help would help. Please let me know.
Go directly to your dealer that your gonna buy from and bring treadlightly's number with you incase you have to make a phone call. That's odd that they told you it was fraudulent. I have read posts on other forums of people getting the discount.
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This is the email I got from Treadlightly....
Dear valued Tread Lightly! member:



We are excited to announce that Chrysler has recently expanded its partnership with Tread Lightly! and has now included Tread Lightly! as part of its Affiliate Rewards program.

Now all Tread Lightly! Individual Members can take advantage of the Chrysler Affiliate Rewards program, which qualifies you for the Preferred Price* (1% below factory invoice) on a new Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge or Ram Truck purchase or lease. You can even combine this discount with current incentives† to give you a price that's up to thousands of dollars below MSRP.‡

Here's how:

1.) Visit www.chrysleraffiliates.com or call (888) 444-4321 to learn more about the program and to obtain your Control Number. You'll need the Tread Lightly! Company Code, which is D*****.

2.) Take your Control Number, along with the letter you received in your membership package with your name on it to any U.S. Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge dealership. You MUST have your membership letter to get the discount. If you no longer have your letter, just email us at treadlightly@treadlightly.org.

3.) Ask for a copy of the vehicle invoice, and you'll see the Preferred Price (PP) clearly listed.

4.) Drive away in your new vehicle!


Please visit the Affiliate Rewards Web Site at www.chrysleraffiliates.com for more program information.

Don't forget to take advantage of Tread Lightly!'s other benefits as well, such as a $100 rebate offer from Goodyear and a discount on insurance from Foremost Insurance.

Thank you for your continued support of our important cause! We hope you're able to take advantage of this incredible new benefit.

Sincerely,

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*The Preferred Price is the maximum amount to be charged by a participating U.S. dealer for an eligible vehicle. See dealer for details. A $75 administration fee applies. †Current incentives apply at time of offer. ‡The MSRP is the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. MSRP excludes tax. Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge are registered trademarks of Chrysler LLC.

I used the GoodYear rebate, along with the rebate offered through GY at the time and did infact receive both rebates. I have no reason to doubt the authenticity of this offer. If you just called Chrysler without the appropriate info, then they are likely to tell you they know nothing of which you speak....
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I wanted to bump this thread as I just bought my Wrangler this past weekend using my Tread Lightly discount, and wanted to share my experiences. I registered on treadlightly.org a few weeks ago, and I received my welcome package about a week later.

When I got to the dealership, I simply let them know that I had an "AR" number, which they knew to be a number for friends and family pricing. They instantly gave me the prefered pricing which is 1% under invoice with no arguments. When they had questions about what Tread Lightly was, I simply referred them to the http://www.chrysleraffiliates.com website.

In my area, the dealerships don't seem to be willing to negotiate much this time of year, and I wasn't able to come anywhere close to invoice. As soon as I started telling them that I had that "AR" number, their tune changed and I was getting the prefered pricing right away.
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wish i knew about this when i bought mine...
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x2 Thanks for letting us know how it worked for you. I have been recommending it since I got my letter about it, but since I'm not in a position to be in the market for a new Jeep myself, it's good to know it was easy to do!
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The only reason I knew about it was because of you infernogirl, so thanks a bunch.
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You are most welcome! I love sharing a great deal! I joined due to another member posting about the GoodYear tire rebate when I was tire shopping, so I was just paying it forward, as it were..
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:35 PM   #22
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Hey all!

This is my first post and I'm looking at getting a Jeep Wrangler Mountain Edition.

I learned about the discount from these forums and was wondering if the dealership will be reimbursed from the factory. This would allow me to further work down the price starting from 1% below invoice.

Some would say this is getting greedy, but dealerships have gotten one over on me too many times... my turn.

Any help would be great.

Thanks again InfernoGirl!
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According to my salesperson, Chrysler does reimburse some of the cost of the 1% below when the buyer is a member of the Chrysler Affiliate program. Ie. Treadlightly, employee, or immediate family member of employee.
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If you cant get at least 1% below invoice you either live in BFE , or dont know how to deal.

Plus $25 is a small fee to belong to a great group like Tread lightly.
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^^Not sure if that's a fair statement considering how popular wranglers are and how every season is a jeep season. Many dealers aren't willing to take too much off the price because people are paying MSRP
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I've watched prices of jeep over the years and have not seen too many times when they were willing to deal the price down. It usually happens when they produce too many in anticipation of market conditions based on sales overall. It happened when the market crashed. People got some good deals on jeeps. Still not the kind of percentage price break that passenger cars were selling at though. Chrysler knows that they have a target audience and they price accordingly.
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I wanted to bump this thread as I just bought my Wrangler this past weekend using my Tread Lightly discount, and wanted to share my experiences. I registered on treadlightly.org a few weeks ago, and I received my welcome package about a week later.

When I got to the dealership, I simply let them know that I had an "AR" number, which they knew to be a number for friends and family pricing. They instantly gave me the prefered pricing which is 1% under invoice with no arguments. When they had questions about what Tread Lightly was, I simply referred them to the http://www.chrysleraffiliates.com website.

In my area, the dealerships don't seem to be willing to negotiate much this time of year, and I wasn't able to come anywhere close to invoice. As soon as I started telling them that I had that "AR" number, their tune changed and I was getting the prefered pricing right away.
Well if thats how it works,then putting 25 dollars down to buy a Jeep at 1% under invoice AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

I was not aware of "tread lightly" That is really a great program. Again you pay 25 dollars and you get the Jeep at 1% under invoice. Even a Rubicon,thats excellent.

This is good to know,nice job guys
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I joined Tread Lightly specifically because of this deal, knowing I'd be buying a Jeep in 3 months. I also read about here, so thanks.

Here was my experience in getting the discount. I knew I wanted a Mountain Edition and I knew there weren't that many around. Last month, in my town, there were exactly two.

Dealership #1: Is very excited to sell me the Jeep. We work out financing deal, I get the trade-in $$$ I want and then I mention the Tread Lightly discount. Dealer's face falls. Tells me he can't get approval from Chrysler Affiliates on a Sunday, so we'll have to do it on Monday. On Monday, no one calls me. I call them, they tell me they've sold the Jeep to someone else.

Dealership #2: Similar scenario, but this time I mention the discount right off the bat. Salesman says "great, we do that all the time if you have you're control #." I tell him I do, and then we start negotiating financing and trade-in $$$. They try unsuccessfully to push me into a crapper rate. I refuse. They try to get me to take less than the last dealer on trade in. I refuse. Finally, they relent. He brings out a piece of paper with the STICKER price of the Jeep to calculate payments.

Oh hell no. I remind him of the %1 over Invoice deal he already agreed to. He sheepishly goes back to the sales manager. At this point, I've been at the dealership for almost 3 hours. Finally the sales manager comes over. Here's what he says:

"You wanna buy a pickup truck?"
"Uh. No. I'm here to buy a Jeep. That Jeep. The one we've been talking about for hours."
"Well, I'll sell you a pickup for %1 over invoice. I won't sell that Jeep. It's a special edition. I want sticker for it."
"I don't think it works that way. The program clearly states you are either participating or not. Not that you'll participate when it suits you."
"I don't care what it says."

So I left. Next day called Chrysler who apologized profusely and admitted it isn't supposed to work that way. It's not meant to be ignored at will when the sales team wants leverage. I lodged a complaint (that I'm sure amounted to nothing).

The next day I found a 3rd dealership 2 hours away in a much smaller town. I called, told them on the front end about the Affiliate pricing. They were great. We negotiated a better deal than either dealer 1 or 2 gave me. And I selling the car on CL and paying cash down.

The best part? Driving through Dealer #2's lot in my new Jeep, promising them I'll never ever use their Service or Parts dept and laughing at the unsold Mountain edition still in their lot.

So my advice: The %1 over Invoice is a great deal. Assuming you can find a great dealership that plays by the rules.
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Even if you can negotiate the price down to 1% below, the $25 would still be worth it just to not have to hassle.

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