MSFT Employee Car Discounts?

Accenture / Strategy SEAGuy19
May 2 19 Comments

Does anyone know if any car dealerships in the Seattle area offer additional discounts to Microsoft employees? Looking specifically at Hyundai’s or Subaru’s but open to other brands

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  • Microsoft eusgsi
    It’s usually peanuts. If you are a Costco member, you get pre-negotiated price. Try to negotiate over email before stepping into the dealership. End of the month, end of quarter - when they are trying to hit sales numbers, you might get some more discounts. Tell them you are interested to buy maintenance packages and taking loan from their finance department - there is front door profits (from car) and there is back door profits (from packages, loan), focus on the car price first, then you can choose to buy loan/packages.

    Email all dealerships in the area, also try other states if you can drive the car to Seattle.

    Check the inventory and see which has been sitting in the lot for a while, being open to different colors can lead to lower price, but play this correctly.

    If you are not in a hurry, you can place factory order as well when you find yourself competing for car on the lot.
    May 2 2
    • Accenture / Strategy SEAGuy19
      OP
      Thanks for the detailed response! This is my first car purchase (planning to lease) so I appreciate all the tips. I will definitely send out emails before going onto the dealership site for test drives
      May 2
    • Microsoft eusgsi
      Test drive at the dealership, you won’t ever buy from. Don’t sit down with the sales person after test drive.

      If you are unsure whether you will like the purchase few years down the lane and you want the easy option to change cars, lease otherwise buy
      May 2
  • DocuSign 10charonly
    Yes, some do (or at least they used to). They'll offer some no-hassle pricing, via the Passport program.
    Carter Subaru is listed in the Alumni Passport program. (Current employees often have different deals)
    May 2 0
  • New / Eng QTdN03
    First car purchase? Go to your credit union (or join one if you haven’t already), and get a pre-approved loan for the car you want. Do NOT use car dealership financing. The rates are always inflated.
    May 2 12
    • New / Eng QTdN03
      And even if a dealership could beat my credit union’s rate, I would rather do business with them than a shady dealership lender like Ally. A good credit union will understand if you’re late on a payment, but Ally will take you to the poorhouse for making a mistake. (From personal experience with both scenarios).
      May 2
    • Microsoft gfba68
      Car dealerships CAN take a cut, but they don't have to. Even with no spread, they still make money by financing you, so they will do it. They also have volume discounts from the same bank you got a quote from. They can almost 100% of the time get a better rate than you can on your own. Try it. There is basically no way your credit union will have the lowest rate. You are misinformed.
      May 2
    • New / Eng QTdN03
      I’m basing my information on what the dealership told me. They said they could not beat my credit union’s rate. I don’t know how you arrived at the conclusion that I’m misinformed. This is pretty common car-buying advice if you google it. The dealership would almost have to pay me a negative rate to beat my credit union.
      May 2
    • Accenture / Strategy SEAGuy19
      OP
      I’m planning to lease so financing isn’t a consideration for me
      May 2
    • Microsoft gfba68
      The common car buying advice is wrong. There are rare cases where a dealership will be unable to beat a credit union rate, but they are VERY rare. I'm talking under 1% rare. I arrived at the conclusion you are wrong because I have family who own car dealerships.
      May 2
    • New / Eng QTdN03
      Ah.... it all makes sense now.
      May 2
    • Microsoft gfba68
      That you are wrong? I agree.
      May 3
    • New / Eng QTdN03
      You sound pleasant to work with. Please tell me you don’t still work at Microsoft?
      May 3
    • Microsoft gfba68
      LOL says the jerk who got defensive for being called out for giving inaccurate advice
      May 3
    • New / Eng QTdN03
      I’m going to be optimistic here and take that as a “No.”
      May 3
  • Microsoft SatyaClaus
    Check the Prime app. You are probably better going it alone.
    May 2 0
  • Accenture / Strategy SEAGuy19
    OP
    Gotcha, so I’m assuming all these discounts are only accessible after I start? Would a dealership accept an offer letter as evidence for a discount? Was hoping to lease something before my start date but can wait if the deal is worth it.
    May 2 0