Car purchase stiffs county

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Like everyone else, Richmond County car dealers are having a hard time. Our Augusta Commission and fleet management people decided to make times even harder by purchasing 30 new sheriff’s office vehicles from an out-of-county dealer. That means no profit for our dealers and, worse, no taxes for our county.

Vehicles, services and all other items for county use should be procured in Richmond County. That’s called taking care of your own.

Tony Winburn

Hephzibah

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deestafford
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deestafford 03/25/13 - 09:35 am
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Has there been an explanation

Has there been a public explanation as to why the cars were not purchased locally? Was the transaction up for bid?

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 03/25/13 - 11:29 am
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Dodge

I don't think there is a fleet dealer for Dodge in Richmond County. I know Bobby Jones Ford is a fleet dealer.

mosovich
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mosovich 03/25/13 - 11:59 am
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I'd say..

I'd say when your spending my tax dollars you better be going where the best deal is, I don't care if it's out of state.. Save the taxpayers money!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/25/13 - 12:28 pm
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Agree with mosovich!

Not much profit on fleet sales so get the best deal. As far as service keep it close to home!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/25/13 - 12:32 pm
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I suspect the people making

I suspect the people making the purchase have discovered the same thing that I have......you can usually get a better deal elsewhere. You cannot holler for preference and then charge more. Mandating local purchase of anything opens up legalized price gouging. I know buying locally SOUNDS loyal, but loyalty and stupidity are two different things. When it comes to buying cars, the best price should win.

And I do not know this for a fact.....but I suspect....that the county government is tax exempt on their purchases. I think it's just us poor chumps that have to pay 6.5% sales tax on our vehicles.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/25/13 - 01:12 pm
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Low Bid

So the local dealers would not sharpen pencils and instead put in a padded price bid. Dichotomy is correct when he says a mandated "buy local" ordinance would lead to price gouging. Perhaps Richmond County auto dealers should lower their prices to show appreciation for government protection. That's called taking care of your own.

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twolane 03/25/13 - 02:37 pm
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well i am in the car business and there is and Thomson Motor Center does fleet sales....however there comes a time when you have to tell someone to go buy somewhere else......car dealers are in business to make a profit....i know its unbelievable that a business would actually want to make money....and for the ones that say you get a better deal out of town by all means please go elsewhere....but good luck if something goes wrong with your car.....lets see how much that out of town dealer cares about your car breaking down or if you have any other problems....theres a really bad problem with people thinking they should be able to buy something for nothing.....next time you are out to dinner argue with your waitress about the menu prices and see how far you get

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/25/13 - 04:11 pm
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Dittos to the above

I believe it supporting local business, but not to the point of being stupid.
When we were shopping for my wife's car, I asked the local salesman about factory incentives etc. ( i don't ask those questions without already knowing the answer)He was a bit evasive. I later dropped him an email and told him that "we had narrowed it down to two or three different makes, and if his was the selection, he would have one shot at the price as I don't dicker, and I would get three quotes. I wouldn't take my business to Greenville or Atlanta over a couple of hundred dollars, but I would for much more than that". When my wife went back to drive the car again with my son, the salesman was all huffy and offended.

We bought the car from Nalley in Atlanta.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 03/25/13 - 04:23 pm
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It's a fact

... that any sort of set-aside leads to systemic over-charges for under-performance.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 03/25/13 - 04:31 pm
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I had the same type of experience

...Itsanotherday; only with after-market parts. In my case my internet price was $160 with free shipping. I printed off the offer and then went to two of the parts stores here in Grovetown, after calling the dealer as well. Dealer price was 25% higher, plus tax. Of the two local shops one was higher than the dealership (!) and the second, refused to even bother. So much for "buying local."

By the bye, I'm waiting until I'm in Columbia again, I can pick it up for about fifteen bucks less than internet price, including tax, from a store manager that actually said he'd rather make a sale at less margin than lose the sale entire. Suspect he'll be in business for some time to come.

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nocnoc 03/25/13 - 05:13 pm
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If I heard correctly

The Local CSRA dealers were offered to meet the bid price and passed on it?

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 03/25/13 - 07:36 pm
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Best Price / Product

If the local dealers offer the best price & product, they should get the business. If you can purchase something as good or better elsewhere, including the internet, so be it. As for tax revenue, governments don't pay tax on the purchase so that portion of the argument is not valid.

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grinder48 03/25/13 - 08:41 pm
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Buy Local
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The whole "Buy Local" campaign is ridiculous. I'm buying from the seller that gives me the lowest price for the same products when service is not a factor. And the people who came up with the "Buy Local" campaign should be shot for being so stupid ... "Buy Local" is incorrect, it's "Buy Locally". These idiots are teaching our children to be idiots like they are!

Adam Bomb
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Adam Bomb 03/30/13 - 08:57 am
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Wouldn't it make sense?

For local dealers to bend over backwards to make the sale? They will most like have to do the warranty work but missed the sale. Yes, buy local, but only if the locals meet the buyer in the middle. Money still talks. Chrysler Corporation shafted the CSRA when they ran Augusta Dodge out of town. That showed they didn't care to do business here. So now we buy thirty cars from them. Go figure.

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