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    Administration Fee for Buying a Car
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    • 18th Aug 10, 8:20 PM
    Administration Fee for Buying a Car 18th Aug 10 at 8:20 PM
    I can't think of any situation where you pay somebody in order to buy a product from them. We went to Evans Halshaw today to look at a car. On top of the price, there was a 99 administration fee. I asked what this was for and it is apparently for a HPI-type check, which is normally around 20 to the public (and there are cheaper ones).

    Evans Halshaw has already carried out this check when they took the car (a p/x). They want to pass this cost on and add a huge extra amount to add to their profits. I think Car Giant do a similar thing.

    EH offered to halve the fee, but we didn't buy the car anyway and it would put me off buying from them in future.

    Is this common practice? I normally buy privately, so I'm unfamiliar with dealer practice. Has anybody refused to pay the fee and had it dropped?
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