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August 9, 2023

Be Aware of the Extra Charges Associated with Buying a Car!

For most people, transportation is a vital aspect of daily life. For this reason, commuting costs are often the most significant expenses in a person’s budget after housing. Although owning a car provides more mobility and freedom, it comes with a cost. As the prices of brand-new vehicles continue to trend upward, most car buyers look for a good deal.

However, car dealerships aren’t always straightforward. They’re typically out to make their margins that come in the form of extra charges added to the sale price. Some dealers might even go to the extent of concealing these fees, resulting in a surprisingly high bill.

Some extra fees that dealers charge are nothing to complain about since they cover additional services, such as registration or extended warranties. However, other fees may appear unreasonable. One of them is the car dealership admin fee.


Car Dealership Admin Fees and What They Mean

If you’re buying a new car, you’ll want to carefully review the admin fee to ensure it’s reasonable and not excessive. While some parts of the fee may be negotiable, others aren’t. Researching and asking questions can help you understand the total cost of buying a car while avoiding surprises. Veteran Car Donations invites you to look at the car dealership admin fee and its components that you might encounter when buying a car.

  1. Documentation fee

This dealership expense included in the admin fee covers the cost of preparing and filing paperwork related to the sale. While it’s typically a flat fee, some dealerships may charge a percentage of the sale price. Moreover, this fee is generally non-negotiable, but some states regulate the maximum amount that can be charged. You’ll want to review the documentation fee to check if it’s reasonable.

  1. Destination fee

Dealerships usually charge destination fees to transport the vehicles from the manufacturer to the dealership. Although this is usually a fixed fee, it can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Despite being non-negotiable, you’ll want to check the destination fee when negotiating the vehicle’s sale price.

  1. Title and registration fees

As the name suggests, these fees cover the cost of transferring the title and registering the car within the state. The amount varies by state and is often based on the car’s value. You’ll want to consider title and registration fees when budgeting your car’s total cost, even if these fees are usually non-negotiable.

  1. Dealer preparation fee

Dealerships need to clean and prepare the car for sale. The dealer preparation fee covers the cost of washing the vehicle, vacuuming the interior, and installing accessories, such as floor mats. You may ask the dealer if they can waive or reduce this fee because it’s often negotiable.

  1. Advertising fee

Although the cost of advertising the car for sale may seem irrelevant to you as a car buyer, advertising is necessary for dealerships to sell vehicles. Consequently, the advertising fee is usually fixed and non-negotiable.


Looking for the Best Option for Your Old Car?

After knowing what the admin fee and its various components are all about, you can now decide if you’ll push through with your plan to buy the car you’ve selected from the dealership.

If you’re buying that car to replace an old one, you also need to decide on what to do with the latter. Should you trade in that vehicle or sell it or simply give it away?

Here’s another choice that may be the most satisfying for you: Donate that old car to us at Veteran Car Donations. When you do that, we guarantee you a highly rewarding donating experience while allowing you to extend a helping hand to the struggling disadvantaged veterans in your local area.

We’ll put your vehicle up for auction, with the proceeds going to our veteran-focused nonprofit partners. Like us, these IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofits are dedicated to serving veterans who are homeless and unable to find decent jobs as well as those suffering from disabilities and serious illnesses, including mental health conditions.

Our nonprofit partners use the funding we give them to provide their beneficiaries with housing and financial assistance, employment and livelihood opportunities, family support, free quality health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, and many other services meant to improve their living conditions.

Donating to us is quick and easy. We won’t hassle you with unnecessary steps or complicated paperwork. All you have to do is contact us.

You also won’t go home empty-handed after making your donation. You’ll receive valuable rewards such as the free and fast towing of your unwanted vehicle anywhere in the country.

Your charitable contribution will also entitle you to claim the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.

More importantly, your act of charity will leave you feeling fully satisfied, knowing that you’re helping uplift the lives of the heroes residing in your area.

We accept not just cars but almost all other types of vehicles, including those that are no longer in good condition.

To learn more about Veteran Car Donations, including our quick and easy donation process, check out our FAQs page. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822 or message us here.

It’s Time to Give Back to Our Heroes!

Let our dear veterans know how much you appreciate their invaluable service to our nation and are very much grateful for it. Your car donation will convey that message to them. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now! 

Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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