The ability to browse a car dealer's real-time inventory online is a tremendous sales asset.
That same asset, however, can also be used to see how long certain cars remain on the lot.
Case in point: the 2007 Corolla we looked at nearly two weeks ago in Bluffton, S.C. Guess what? She's still on the lot.
Y'wanna know something I found out recently? Most all car dealers FINANCE their current inventory. Meaning, the longer a piece of iron stays parked outside, the more interest $$$$ the dealer is paying. (Too bad I didn't know this info when Toyota was playing their "good cop/bad cop" games)
At this rate, it'll be costing Stokes-Brown more in the long run than it would had they only offered a little more "give" in our direction in order to get that car sold.
I have a snot-filled kleenex for them to cry into.
Ciao for niao.
--Talmadge "Zoom-Zoom!" Gleck