I am a tread lightly member. So I should get at least 1% below invoice. The paperwork I received states that a Maximum of $75 admin/doc fee can be charged.
I go to the dealer today. I am bid $5,000 for my trade in. I am shown invoice less 1% on the wrangler I want to order. At the bottom they have a $500 doc fee. I explain the max allowed in the Tread Lightly terms is $79. Salesman says there is nothing he can do about that.
The way I see it, they bid too high on my trade in and simply want me to pay up or kill the deal.
Are there any penalties for dealers that don't honor the terms of the affiliate programs? Other than walk (which I did), any suggestions?
For me the tread lightly thing was a waste of $100. I got a better deal than the 1% anyway and didn't even use it.
Oh well, maybe it's a worthy organization. I won't renew though.
2013 Wrangler Sport S. Max tow, 3.73, connection package, power package, upgraded Alpine, Rough County stubby bumper mod, Rugged Ridge light bar, Ace rock sliders, Rough Country 2.5" lift, 15" MB TKO's, 33" Duratrac's, Spiderweb Shade.
Coming from somebody that works at a dealership, that is complete bull. The $75 everyone has to pay for tread lightly or any other affiliate program, its an administration fee. But a documentary fee is different all together, it has to to with your tags. The standard is $131, and after everything else should be about $179 if your transferring a tag, give or take depending on what state your in.