matt | August 31, 2004
So, I ordered my Golf. Indigo Blue with black interior. Diesel. 5 speed automatic with the “tiptronic” upshift/downshift. Electronic stability package. Mud flaps. This is the GL, so no sunroof to leak on me. Plain wheels. $400 over dealer invoice (plus, doing the sums, he knocked $100 off the MSRP for the ESP, and he said that he'll install the mud flaps at cost when it comes in, rather than doing it at the factory). The only “hidden” fee was a $420 port charge, but I talked about it with Liz, and she said that this is typical when you order a foreign car and they have to import one for you. If they're going to have it on the lot, or get it from another dealer, then you don't typically pay this fee, but if they're ordering it for you, then you do. Oh well. It's another $400. Only a $20 processing fee, though, and they do the whole “we get you the best rate from a bunch of different banks” and all that jazz.
I don't know when it's going to come in, though. The man said that with the options I chose, it's possible it's built already, because there's nothing unusual about it. So, it might be a couple weeks, it might be a couple months. The longer the better, actually, because I can put more down on the car the longer it takes to get here.
Other than that, happy happy.