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OK, so I've decided on Murano. Unfortunately, the dealer I'm working with doesn't have what I want, but says he can trade with a dealer approximatley 200 miles away. He proposes to drive the car here. I can't say I'm wild about paying 30k plus for a new car that's going to have 200 miles racked up on it. I haven't bought that many new cars so, is it common for dealers to put this many miles on a new car before selling them? Should I be looking for another dealer?

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You could always drive to the dealer that is 200 miles away and buy it from him. Maybe he'll sell it even cheaper then this dealer. Who knows. ;)

This was my first new car and it had a whopping 2 miles on it. I was the first one to test drive it and they hadn't even prepped it yet so I had to put gas in the tank for the salesman so I could take it out. But I would think it's completely possible that a new car could have a couple hundred miles on it easily. Especially if it's been at the dealer a little bit and a lot of people have taken it for test drives.
 

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New Car from other dealers

I have heard that you have to be careful in negotiations when a dealer is going to get your car from another dealer. In fact I discussed the holdback with my salesman and he told me he would not have very much wiggle room if they had to get the configuration I was looking for from another dealer. The originating dealer keeps the holdback. I would definitely negotiate the price before they get the car from the other dealer.
 

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Be cautious about stopping your new car search too soon. I had two "dealer trade" deals cancelled, even after agreeing on a price and giving a $1000 deposit. In the first, the car being dealer traded turned out to be a demo with 5000 miles. The second car showed up on its way to a dealer. When a trade was attempted, the receiving dealer wouldn't trade. They said the car was pre-sold.

In both cases, a trailer was going to be sent to pick up the car. I would not have seen any transportation miles on the odometer.

I also heard the holdback went to the dealer giving up the car.

These two disappointments were enough. Three days later, I ordered the exact MO I wanted - from a different dealer. My cost was still the same, but I knew I was getting the car...... if only I knew when.
 

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A "dealer trade" is an opportunity for a less than honest dealer to increase their profit. In my case, after negotiating a deal for $2,300 under invoice, before signing the order, the salesman said "now we have to find a car". By this time, the dealer knew I was "drooling" over getting a Murano. After an hour of back and forth crap, the sales manager said, "we've found the vehicle you want but its at another dealer. We can have it for you in 4 days, but its going to cost you full invoice." I walked. I ordered from another dealer the next day (joint Nissan/Infinity) for $2,100 under invoice. I had to wait 5 weeks, but i think it will be worth it having a good dealer.
 

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Tell the dealer that you will buy the car only if he has the MO brought in a on a flatbed. Tell him you don't know what kind a clown will be driving around for 200 miles in your car eating big-macs and spilling drinks while trying to do 100 MPH on the interstate.
Play hard ball.
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I concur. Mine had 2.7 miles on it when I test drove it. Ya neva know how somebody drove it those 200 miles before break in.
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Mine was dealer traded and had 200 miles on it when I got it. I've had no problems. I only did this because we got a great deal on it. Good luck and congrats on the new MO.
 

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Mine had 250 miles on it when I first got it. The manager of the dealership just got it 2 days earlier and was using it for his personal transporation. Too bad, my car: no regrets. :D
 

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Thanks everyone for your input. The dealer refused to flatbed it in unless I paid for it. He was already trying to charge me a $200 transportation fee to swap it with the other dealer.

I found another dealer who's taking delivery of the exact one I want this week, so I put a deposit down on that one instead. Now I just need to make sure it comes in before before 4/1 so I can get the Nissan .9% financing!
 
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