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I thought pinstripe gouging went out in the 80's. I was stoked to see a truckload of new Renegades dropped off at the local dealer so I decided to stop in and have a look around.

Every single one had the ridiculous pinstriping with an even more ridiculous added price. What really peeved me off was that every car on the lot had it along with a sticker that said custom PAINTED pinstriping.

I just could t force myself out of the car to deal with these clowns.
 

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I'd request they take it off and not charge you for it. If they say no, order one exactly as they have it on the lot without the pinstripe. They'll love that.
 

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Pinstripping on my Fit was part of the deal from the dealership. I specifically asked for it. The person that did the job regularly charges $200 for it. Both sides and the hatchback. If I get a Renegade I'll get in touch with the same guy and have him add it to the Jeep. Not sure what the dealer would have charged if it had already been done as a dealer add-on.
 

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Dude, I hate dealer installed stickers and bad pinstriping over the clear coat.

Went through that BS buying my wife's kia. The discussion over that got uhh... extremely blunt about their practices, cost, and quality of what was on the cars as well as how it can be removed and the fact that all of the above was not particularly expensive and that what stupid BS they decided to install on a vehicle speculatively was not my problem. It also got more than plenty loud enough for other customers to hear.

It ceased when I bet them that I could go over to the show room model and chip it off with my thumbnail. The terms of the bet were not particularly flattering. At that point the sales manager came over for a visit and put an end to the sales douchebag who was trying to demonstrate how to rip off customers to the trainee.
 

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They're referred to as addendums. I see a lot of smaller dealerships do this for mark up as they are higher profit for them.

When shopping for my previous ride the dealer I was working with told me of the vehicle being delivered the next day. I said I'd be over to look at it and asked they don't add any addendums to it. They ignored my e-mail and when I looked at it there was already a desert coat package and something else boosting the price by $1000.

When I confronted them about it they said they would give those to me for free, but then quoted me the MSRP instead of discounting off of the MSRP. I got up, left and let them know how I felt of the shady practices.

I tend to go to higher volume dealerships now as I get less hassle when negotiating price / trade in, no addendums and no dealer branded stickers.
 

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They're referred to as addendums. I see a lot of smaller dealerships do this for mark up as they are higher profit for them.

When shopping for my previous ride the dealer I was working with told me of the vehicle being delivered the next day. I said I'd be over to look at it and asked they don't add any addendums to it. They ignored my e-mail and when I looked at it there was already a desert coat package and something else boosting the price by $1000.

When I confronted them about it they said they would give those to me for free, but then quoted me the MSRP instead of discounting off of the MSRP. I got up, left and let them know how I felt of the shady practices.

I tend to go to higher volume dealerships now as I get less hassle when negotiating price / trade in, no addendums and no dealer branded stickers.
I don't think the size of the dealership has anything to do with it. The dealer I am referring to is huge.

It just took my energy away and made me not want to even deal with them. I wonder how many sales they lose without even knowing about it.
 

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I hate the dealer stickers also. Two different vehicles from different dealerships I have told them I don't want it. Both salesman try to guilt me into it because they "got me a good deal". I told them they are more than welcome to put it on if they would like to make 15% of my payment every month that it was on... That ended the conversations quickly. My ex wifes last Sonata had one on it when we went to pick it up. As we did the walk around I ripped it off right in front of the sales lady. She didn't look to pleased but didn't say a word...lol
 
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I hate the dealer stickers also. Two different vehicles from different dealerships I have told them I don't want it. Both salesman try to guilt me into it because they "got me a good deal". I told them they are more than welcome to put it on if they would like to make 15% of my payment every month that it was on... That ended the conversations quickly. My ex wifes last Sonata had one on it when we went to pick it up. As we did the walk around I ripped it off right in front of the sales lady. She didn't look to pleased but didn't say a word...lol
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When I was buying my last car I had the dealer do some extra detailing and add ons. When I went to pick it up they added a dealership sticker. I told them I didn't want it with the sticker on it. They said it was mandatory from corporate. I just walked away. They called me a good 15 times after telling me they took it off. I still went somewhere else.
I live in a big city, there's a car dealership every 5 blocks. When you have that much competition you should be listening to the customer.
 

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My pet-peeve is the dealer logo stickers. If they want to put one on my car, then they should credit me $500-$1000 for being an advertisement.
I was lucky enough to get mine before they could put their name on it. Had a dealership license plate bracket, but it came off as soon as I got home.
 

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After reading this thread, I never knew dealership logo stickers were put on new vehicles. I was always under the assumption they were only put on used vehicles. ...Guess I've been lucky to never have this issue. ::knocks on wood:: Absolutely agree, they're ugly and I wouldn't want them on my vehicle either.
 

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My dealer was really pretty good, but they did try to stick me with a "fabric protectant" fee of some sort. To their credit, they didn't blink an eye when I asked them to remove it.

However, I do have the dealer logo on the back of my Jeep and I hate it. Anyone have a good recommendation on how to remove it without damaging the clear coat?


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My dealer was really pretty good, but they did try to stick me with a "fabric protectant" fee of some sort. To their credit, they didn't blink an eye when I asked them to remove it.

However, I do have the dealer logo on the back of my Jeep and I hate it. Anyone have a good recommendation on how to remove it without damaging the clear coat?


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What kind of stick-on is it? Sticker, puff sticker, stick on metal letters, etc?

Mostly they are all on by adhesive (there used to be one dealership near me that sold volkswagens and mercedes, and actally drilled holes in the cars and attached a cloisonné medallion).

Easiest thing is to let it sit out in nice hot summer sun.

For thin stickers, fingernails picking up a corner, pull slowly and consistently, and then clean up any adhesive left with friction (professionally they use a rubber wheel in a drill, but for something this small and not having lots of skill/experience built up on such a thing I just use a decent sized eraser if rubbing it with my thumb till it balls up like snot doesn't work). The warmer the surface, the less an issue adhesive usually is.

For puff sitckers/dome stickers, just leave it in the sun for an afternoon, and pull up at a corner, they usually just pop off, especially if they aren't very old.

For the metal metal stick ons, let it get hot, pull up at the corner, once it gets started you cna use a taut piece of dental floss to help carve it off. If any of the double sided adhesive remains, use picking and friction as above to get that off.
 
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