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GCMatt 06-08-2013 12:12 AM

Current Dealer Recommendations?
It is time to do an epic magic trick and turn my '01 WJ into a '14 JKU. I need to pick a dealer from the audience to help me pull it off, though.

I'm near Woodinville. Not trading in, so I'm little at the mercy of how far I can bribe a friend to take me. That said, I have awesome friends, and the dude I drove to Portland to buy his Mini owes me anyway. ;) So maybe within a 150-200 mile radius?

I searched the WA forum and found a three year old thread that seemed to indicate Tom Matson Jeep in Tacoma was a good place. Is that still the case? Other suggestions?

If I have the affiliate program, does it really matter where I buy? I think I'm ordering early enough that dealer allocation isn't a big deal, or is that wrong?

Just as important, anywhere I should stay the hell away from? ;) Either sales or service?

Feel free to PM if you'd prefer. I'm happy to roll up votes into summary-style statistics, and just as happy to not count you for those if you'd rather not be counted even as a +/- 1.


kjonge 06-11-2013 12:52 AM

I bought mine off rairdons in Kirkland. No issues so far. I did all the negotiations through email through several dealers and always came back to them. All I had to was drive up and talk trade in and we were good to go. Not all the annoying table negotiations...

Slobert 06-14-2013 01:18 AM

I bought a car ( non jeep ) from Tom Matson in Auburn and they were good to deal with.

SkipBaccus 08-24-2013 09:44 PM

I just bought a '14 jkur from Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Bellevue. I negotiated with a few dealerships in email around the Woodinville area but Mike Paulsen was the most responsive and most willing to work with me on price. I had an affiliate deal as well. I got the price I wanted. (getting a couple dealers to bid on price in email is the way to work a non stressful deal from the buyer point of view) After special ordering it several weeks ago, I just picked it up a two days ago (8/22). I'm very happy so far.

GraySkies 08-27-2013 05:44 PM

Have you thought about Dave Smith in Idaho? I think if you're buying they'll fly you there.

ChicagoGuy 08-28-2013 10:40 AM


Originally Posted by GraySkies (Post 15843046)
Have you thought about Dave Smith in Idaho? I think if you're buying they'll fly you there.

This is true, or it was a few years ago. Buddy has bought both his Escalade and his Suburban from Dave Smith, and his mom bought a Durango from them. He swears by them.

jeep-duck1 09-07-2013 02:06 AM

I got my jeep from rairdons in Bellingham, but what's nice is I have a 3yr oil change and I can go to any of the rairdons to get it done and they will honor it..

hemispin 09-08-2013 02:21 PM

I considered buying from Rairdon's in Kirkland or Bellevue, but I wanted to stay closer to the Tacoma area where I live. First stop to look was at Larson Jeep in Puyallup. Test drive was super easy. Sales guy just let my wife and I take a Jeep out for a test drive. That being said, he offered very little help in describing the Jeep. It was certainly low pressure there.

Then I asked a guy I work with about his recent Jeep purchase. He said he knows a guy at Tacoma Dodge/Jeep. So I called him, and he invited me down to work with Troy in sales, and promised they would "hook me up". I drove out that day in a new 2014 Grand Cherokee Overland V8, and I couldn't be happier. Very low pressure, hassle free even with a trade in, and Troy went the extra mile to describe many of the features of the Jeep. I would certainly recommend them. :thumbsup:

jedshadey 09-15-2013 04:26 PM

I bought my rubicon from Larsons Jeep in Puyallup and had a good experience with them, they worked with me on the price and got good value for my trade and they tossed in a tow bar package for my RV for free.

GCMatt 09-30-2013 12:48 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions! I ordered my Wrangler from the Bellevue dealership on 8/28. I tried Rairdons. I liked working with Joe there, and he knows a lot about Wranglers. But the sales desk guys were some bizarre mix of painfully inept and greedy. Every game you have heard about in horror stories about car dealerships, including misplacing the keys to my current vehicle for almost 30 minutes when they were appraising it. And getting a bottom line price out of them was like pulling teeth. When I finally got one, it was highlighter written on a torn piece of scratch paper. And they'd mysteriously forgotten about the affiliate pricing in between - which was hidden because it was just a number on a piece of scrap, not a nice orderly progression of epp + destination + fees + tax.

Bellevue gave me a print out of the final out the door price, along with the build order sheet. And there was no screwing around. No fighting. No pulling teeth. No stalling while the sales desk thought about it. No starting at MSRP + 6k even after I'd said I had the affiliate program. Just straight-up, straightforward dealing. I didn't feel slimy when I left.

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