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February 2018: Best Car, SUV & Truck Deals at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC

If you’re in the market for a vehicle upgrade, you have got to check out these deals on Buick and GMC in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

The first two deals you need to know about have a deadline.

Now, through February 19, 2018, the Auto Show cash available in West Michigan. The Auto Show rebate is up to $3,000 on select GM vehicles!

Let’s break the Auto Show cash down: $1,000 on the 2017 and 2018 Buick Enclave and Encore; $3,000 on the 2017 and 2018 Lacrosse; $1,500 on GMC Sierra 1500; and $1,000 on the 2018 GMC Terrain. The kicker is…the purchaser has to reside in West Michigan with a West Michigan zip code to get the cash.

Learn more about the Auto Show in Grand Rapids happening this weekend!

Next, the Buick GMC Fast Start Program runs now through February 12, 2018. The Fast Start Program features Zero Percent for 72 months, plus a $1500 rebate on both 2017 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL models. There is also a Zero Percent for 72 month offer on 2018 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL models!

The Fast Start Program also includes an extra $1000 bonus cash on all 2018 GMC Sierra Crew Cab models, including SLE, SLT and Denali trim levels.

Speaking of trucks, while the lease rebates are the same as they were last month (and they’re pretty good), there is a $1,000 Down Payment Assistance offer on 2017 and 2018 GMC Sierra models for qualified buyers financing with GM Financial.

I haven’t even touched on the most exciting deals yet.

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First, you’ve got to know about the insanely huge rebates on 2017 Buick Regal and the Buick Lacrosse models. You can’t lease a 2017 Buick, effective Feb. 1, but you can probably buy one for a cheaper payment!

On a 2017 Buick Lacrosse, anyone can walk in  the door and get $5,000 off. Don’t forget the Auto Show Bonus through Feb. 19, adding another $3,000 off! AND, these rebates are stackable with the GM Employee and GM Supplier discounts! Plus, there’s GM Lease Loyalty purchase rebate of $2,000! (I haven’t even mentioned the Todd Wenzel Trade Bonus Cash which can help save you up to 40% off the price of the vehicle)!

Then, there’s the $7,000 rebate on the 2017 Buick Regal to talk about. Holy Moly! Again, this rebate is stackable with all GM discounts and also offers $2,000 purchase rebate for GM Lease Loyalty.

Are you tired yet? Doesn’t matter, because there’s more.

Both the 2017 and 2018 Buick Envision are 18% off off this month! Or, buyers can choose the Zero for 72 Month option, which includes a $2,000 Down Payment Assistance offer with GM Financial.

Now let’s talk GMC.

The All-new 2018 GMC Terrain has a $3,250 rebate, plus $1,000 Auto Show cash, plus $2,000 if you have a current GM Lease and $750 Down Payment Assistance if you finance with GM Financial. If you want to lease a Terrain, the rebate got $600 better from last month.

The 2018 GMC Acadia includes a Zero for 72 Month option, with $2,000 Down Payment Assitance OR $5,750 Customer Cash, plus $2,500 Lease Loyalty Rebate.

On the purchase of a 2017 GMC Canyon, buyers get a $750 rebate, plus $2,000 Lease Loyalty Rebate. On the 2018 GMC Canyon there is a $2,000 Trade Assist bonus.

Finally, don’t miss out on Todd Wenzel’s Trade Sale – Get $5,000, minus reconditioning, on your 2000 or newer vehicle or $5,000 above KBB fair trade value, minus reconditioning.

Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC in Grand Rapids, Mich. Contact Sylvia at 616-975-3629 or sdana@toddwenzel.com.
Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC in Grand Rapids, Mich. Contact Sylvia at 616-975-3629 or sdana@toddwenzel.com.
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Get $6K on Your 2002 or Newer Trade through Sept. 30

Now through Sept. 30, get $6K on your 200 or newer trade towards remaining 2017s at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC in Grand Rapids, Michigan. All other discounts still apply! Contact me for details!

 

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Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC in Grand Rapids, Mich.

How Much Does it Really Cost to Lease a 2017 GMC Terrain?

Have you seen the incredible lease specials on the 2017 GMC Terrain? You may or may not qualify for a $149 month payment on a lease…but it’s still a great deal! Contact me to learn more about how much you can lease your new Terrain for today!

Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC in Grand Rapids, Mich.

20% Off 2016 Chevy Spark, Sonic, Impala

Sylvia Dana
Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Update: June 17, 2016

Only three Sparks left in stock at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Michigan! Chevrolet is taking 20 percent off all 2016 Chevy Spark, Sonic and Impala (excluding Limited Edition) models, through the end of June.

Plus, you can stack this offer with the $3500 Cash for Junker Sale at Berger Chevrolet, in Grand Rapids, Mich., the dealership where I’m proud to sell cars. You can also stack the 20% discount with GM Card Earnings.

Get a brand new car for around $10K!

Check out the break down:

A 2016 Chevy Spark, 1LT, automatic starts at $16,660.

$16,660 – MSRP

minus $3,332 – 20% discount

$13,328 – Selling Price

minus $3,500 – Your Trade Value on your ’86 or newer jalopy

$9,828 -Selling Price After Trade

plus $996 – Tax on the MSRP

plus $234 – Dealer Doc Fee

plus $23 – Title Transfer Fee

$10,918 – Out-the-door Price

Think of it! You get a brand new car, under full warranty and lots of new Chevy perks, including 6-months Onstar trial, 3-month wifi trial, two-years free scheduled maintenance, built-in Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Chevy Mylink blue tooth streaming, 5 years free roadside assistance, 5 years Onstar Basic. So much value for your money!

Don’t wait. Contact me today for details!

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Cash for Your Clunker in Grand Rapids

Updated: June 1, 2016

Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Cash for Junkers is back! I love this sale; it only comes around once in a blue moon! If you have a clunker, a junker or a jalopy, get $3500 minimum** when you trade in your 1986 or newer car*, as long as it starts, drives and stops. This sale ends June 30, 2015, at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Contact Sylvia for details or to make at appointment.

*one trade per deal, must be registered and insured for last six months.

** compatible with most other current rebates

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How to Use GM Credit Card Earnings Towards Purchase or Lease of New Chevrolet

Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.

I received a call today from a gentleman with a great question: “Can I use my GM World credit card earnings with the GM Employee Discount?”

The answer is “no.” The only GM formula pricing stack-able with the GM World or GM Buy Power cards are the Military and College discounts, which both offer GM Supplier pricing (as of this original post date).

I’m hearing a lot about GM card earnings this month because the BuyPower Card has sent out a private mailer, offering a $1000 top-off on earnings through early June.

Be aware — some GM sales people and GM sales managers don’t realize the GM BuyPower card CAN be used with the GM Military discount and GM College discount as described on the BuyPower Card FAQs page.

Years ago, the GM World card, a.k.a BuyPower card, earnings could be used with the GM Employee Discount as well. Be assured this is no longer the case . If you are eligible for GM Employee pricing, be advised there is only one GM credit card eligible to combine its earnings with the GM Employee Discount — the GM Extended Family card.

GM card earnings can be applied to both purchases and leases.

Learn more about GM Discounts…

 

 

Top 10 Tricks for a Quality Car-Shopping Experience

Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sylvia Dana, sales consultant at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich.

It’s amazing to me how many people come to a dealership with nothing but incorrect and preconceived notions — usually negative. As a car sales person, I would like to personally apologize for all the wrongs you have encountered at a car dealership in times past. But it’s a new day, so when it comes to a quality car-buying experience, I recommend you relax and listen.

1. Eat first: Yes, that’s what I said. Eat! Have a good breakfast or some lunch before you go to the dealership. In addition, bring some snacks or vending machine money. You can’t think straight or make big life decisions when you’re stomach starts growling. Don’t expect to stop in the dealership “really quick.” That’s not happening. Don’t waste the sales person’s time or your own time if you’re not willing to put in the effort it takes to shop for a car — no matter what stage of the process you think you’re in. If you end up with a good sales person who guides you through their sales process, it really helps things go more smoothly (and happily) for all involved — especially you — if you’re not “hangry.”

2. Get a baby sitter: This is not a judgment on parents with young children. If you have to bring your kids with you to car shop, then so be it. But, to help take the pressure off of you, worrying about how your child is coping with what can be a painstaking experience, try to arrange for child care, all day and unlimited. This will allow you to relax. P.S. Your 5-year-old cannot be held responsible for your financial decisions. They don’t need to be involved.

3. Make an appointment: If you have been referred to a sales person or you have worked with a sales person at a dealership previously, it’s better if you make an appointment with that person directly and ahead of time. That way, they will more likely be ready for you when you come. If you’ve bought a car from one sales person, and you choose to go to a different sales person at the same dealership and purchase, you are forcing that second sales person to split their commission with the original sales person, even though the second sales person completes the whole job. On the other hand, if you’ve never been to a dealership, don’t have a sales person and haven’t been referred to a sales person, simply show up. That’s just fine. However, if you make an appointment with a specific sales person ahead of time and talk things over on the phone first, your sales person will have time to prepare before you come and hopefully shorten your time at the dealership.

4. Bring your driver’s license (and other important documents): Duh! I’ve actually had people come in the dealership with the specific intent of test driving a car, but who failed to bring their Driver’s License. Whaaaa??!! The salesperson is going to need to make a copy of your license to, legally, let you test drive their car. They will also need your license to, legally, take your credit application. Also, bring your trade title. If you don’t have your title or can’t find it, expect to pay a “Lost Title” fee of around $50 and sign some paperwork to authorize the dealership to apply for a duplicate title on your behalf. Note: You can get a Instant Title at a Secretary of State Super Center location for around $20. Also, be sure to have your current plate registration (or at least plate number) and current proof of insurance ID card. Are you worried about your credit? Bring your most recent paystub. Learn more about credit challenges.

5. Know your trade-in value: Have an idea of what you want for your trade. Simply go to KBB.com, enter true information about your vehicle and look at the the low-to-high-range “Fair Condition” value when you trade into a dealership. Second, know who your lender and your loan or lease account number. Also, know your 10-day payoff and your per diem. P.S. If you owe more money than your trade is worth on trade, it’s possible you can roll over that negative equity into a new loan or lease. Or, you can have some money down. Don’t worry about it yet…let your dealer show you options to deal with this issue.

6. Enjoy the ride: Guess what? Your sales person knows how to do their job. Don’t expect to walk in and run the show. You don’t work there. Let your sales person guide you through car buying process. It will save you time and frustration. Just go with it…

7. Know what discounts you might qualify for: Do you get a manufacturer discount through a family member? Know what that discount is and get the information you need from the family member, preferably before you go to the dealership. See more.

8. Have a goal: Know what you want to accomplish in regards to features of your new car, trade value, out-the-door price and monthly payment. Decide what is most important to you. And please, share that information with your sales person. Don’t play games. Be clear about your most important goal.

9. Do math: You’re not going to be able to buy a $30,000 car for $250 a month. Lease — mabye — but not buy. So, if you’re budget is $250, understand that you’re allowing your budget to dictate the model and features of your vehicle; it might also be dictating year and miles if you’re going pre-owned. For example, I had a young woman who turned down a $275 a month payment on a 2014 preowned Chevrolet Cruze LT with 43K miles on it — a 2 year-old car that came with the remaining 5-year, 100K mile powertrain warranty and roadside assistance. She said she wasn’t willing to go over $250. So, she chose to take a 2010 Malibu LT with 59K miles, out of warranty and a bit more…used. It didn’t make much sense to me, but she was happy, and that’s what matters.

10. Be open to different financing options: Perhaps you heard leasing a new car was a bad decision. Or maybe you heard Of course, you have no idea what your best car-buying options are for your unique situation, but someone told you something once and you think you know. Well, you don’t. So, be sure to share your goals, along with information about your credit and your driving habits, with your sales person. Then, let the dealership educate you on all the different options in regards to length of the loan, leasing options, money down, interest rates, etc. If you’re credit challenged, read this…

How to Get the GM Employee Discount After Employee or Retiree Dies

Children of deceased GM employees and spouses can continue to enjoy the privilege of the GM Employee discount through the GM Family Legacy Program.

To apply for eligibility, Contact the GM Family Legacy Coordinator at 313-667-7372. You will be asked to leave a voicemail message with your first and last name and your phone number to receive a call back.

When you get a call back, you will be asked to provide the name of the deceased GM employee or retiree and the deceased spouse. You will also need their dates of birth, dates of death and social security numbers.

You can also email familylegacy@gm.com.

I also found this very good how-to post on a Chevy Camaro Forum in regards to how one child of a deceased GM employee got approved for the GM Legacy Program.

Learn more about how to qualify for the GM Employee Discount

How to Get the GM Supplier Discount

Employees of GM Suppliers can get GM Supplier Formula Pricing twice per calendar year!

The GM Supplier Discount is the second best discount you can get from GM. Its discount code is known as a GSP authorization number, which can also be obtained at gmsupplierdiscount.com.

Eligible participants include actives hourly and salaries full and part time employees of eligible GM suppliers and business associates, excluding contract employees. There are hundreds of GM Supplier companies, from parts manufacturers to food services to health organizations. Find out if your company is eligible for the GM Supplier Discount. 

It’s also worth mentioning that as of Oct. 1, 2015, GM announced a change to its Supplier Employee Program. The authorization code for this discount changed from GSU to GSP. All authorization codes issued under the old GSU code name will be honored through the expiration date and will not require proof of eligibility. However, under the new GSP program code, employees of supplier companies will be required to show proof of eligibility by providing a copy of a Company ID badge or a current paystub.

The GM Supplier Discount Program is compatible with most other incentives and rebates and is good for a purchase or lease of a new Chevrolet. Each time you purchase or lease a new GM vehicle under the GSP program, you can share your supplier discount with one friend or family member up to one year of your vehicle purchase. Once you obtain an authorization number for your prospect, they have six months to use it. This discount for friends is coded GSF and does not require proof of eligibility.

GM Tightens Its Belt on New Chevrolet Discounts

GM announced a few changes to its discount programs as of Oct. 1, 2015. Here’s what you need to know…

1. Current GM Formula Pricing Programs, including Employee, Military, College, Supplier and Educator, are moving to a calendar year basis. These programs run from Oct. 1, 2015, through Jan. 4, 2016. They are scheduled for renewal on Jan. 5, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2016.

2. Credit Union Program, which offered a $750 rebate to credit union members, ended Sept. 30, 2015, and will not be renewed. However, CUP authorizations obtained prior to Oct. 1, 2015, will be honored through their expiration date. Members must present authorization code to receive the discount.

3. The GM Credit Union Discount, which offered GM Supplier Pricing to credit union members, ended as of July 15, 2015. However, GCU authorization codes obtained through July 14, 2015, are valid for six months toward the purchase or lease of an eligible new Chevy.

3. USAA Program, which offered a $750 rebate to members of USAA, ended Sept. 30, 2015, and will not be renewed.

4. GM Supplier Employee Program code changed from GSU to GSP. All authorization codes issued under the old GSU code name will be honored through the expiration date and will not require proof of eligibility. However, under the new GSP program code, employees of supplier companies will be required to show proof of eligibility by providing a copy of a Company ID badge or a current paystub.

5. GM Supplier Discount for Friends Program code will be known as GSF. This incentive code will not require proof of employment or eligibility. GM employees/retirees can give one GSF discount away to one person each month. An employee of a GM Supplier can share their discount with one other person if they have used their discount to purchase or lease a new Chevy for themselves within one year.