Florida: Outlaw the Dealer Fee!

Earl Stewart
Earl Stewart 181 Comments
413 Signatures Goal: 10,000

Hopefully, by now, all Floridians should be aware of the questionable car dealer practice of adding "dealer fees". If you don’t know about it, it’s a hidden price increase on the car you purchase disguised to look like a federal, state, or local tax or fee. It’s actually 100% profit to the dealer. “Dealer Fee” is the most common name for this disguised profit, but it goes by many names such as doc fee, dealer prep fee, service fee, administrative fee, electronic filing fee, e-filing fee, tag agency fee, pre-delivery fee, etc. The names are only limited by car dealers’ imaginations. Almost all car dealers in Florida charge a Dealer Fee. The dealer fees range from around $700 to as high as $2,000!

Please add your name to this petition and tell the Florida legislature to either outlaw this practice or to impose a cap like many other states do. In California, the dealer fee is capped at $65 - $80.

You may be asked to make a donation to iPetitions.com after you add your name to the petition - this is 100% voluntary and you shouldn't feel the least bit bad if you choose not to donate (I didn't ;))

  • Larry H LaVigne
    Larry H LaVigne United States, Ocala
    Feb 21, 2018
    Feb 21, 2018
    First: DONT FALL IN LOVE WITH A CAR ON THE LOT! It’s an easy job for a salesman to reel in a fish (that’s what they call you) that has it’s mouth wide open, it’s tongue hanging out, and who is drooling.
    Second: PAY ATTENTION and BE AWARE that somewhere during the buying process, the sleezy manipulators are going to add fees to the price you have agreed to pay for the automobile.
    Third: KNOW that NO ONE has to pay those fees or documentation fees. They may even tell you that they are required by law!!
    Forth: Know that there are thousands of unsold cars sitting around, many are identical to the one you are trying to deal on. They may not be in your town or even in your state. Look online, make calls, ask about added fees, check customers’ feedback on the seller, and if possible, try to get a feel for the integrity of the seller.
    Fifth: If you are encouraged by what you have learned, and it is practical, take a road trip or fly to checkout your potential new car. Legitimate dealers are happy to give you an honest appraisal of your trade, if you have one. If you are objective in describing it, they will honor their offer. You have to determine that what they are asking for their car is realistic, the ACV (Actual Cash Value). Remember, it doesn’t matter what you are “given” for your trade. The only figure that matters is how much difference you will pay them.
    Finally: Legislation can’t fix greed. The only way to eliminate the dealers’ added fees, is NOT TO PAY THEM! Good luck.
  • Larry H LaVigne
    Larry H LaVigne United States, Ocala
    Feb 21, 2018
    Feb 21, 2018
    You can’t legislate morality, ethics, greed, corruption, deception, truth, trust, sleezy salesmenship and sleezier dealerships. However, as with many other issues, education, knowledge and competition are strong forces governing individual choices. I first experienced this illicit practice in FL, and it has spread. Some dealers scam their customers in northern states also. Some dealers squeeze insane “documentation fees” from their customers. I believe dealer and documention fees are not mentioned to the customer until the sleezeball vendors, salesmen, or F & I rip-off artists are hastily having customers sign a bunch of papers including financing forms. Those unethical fees are tossed in there inconspicuously and nonchalantly. A lot of people are not even aware that they are being fleeced, partly because of the polished tactics of the bait-and-add-on artists and because they are so eager to drive their new car home. When shopping for an automobile, I make it clear to the vendor, that I will not pay any money in excess of the agreed-upon prices plus tax, title, and registration. I will not pay a fee for the privilege of giving them my money.
  • Christopher Columbus
    Christopher Columbus United States, Ocala
    Feb 21, 2018
    Feb 21, 2018
    You can’t legislate morality, ethics, greed, corruption, deception, truth, trust, sleezy salesmenship and sleezier dealerships. However, as with many other issues, education, knowledge and competition are strong forces governing individual choices. I first experienced this illicit practice in FL, and it has spread. Some dealers scam their customers in northern states also. Some dealers squeeze insane “documentation fees” from their customers. I believe dealer and documention fees are not mentioned to the customer until the sleezeball vendors, salesmen, or F & I rip-off artists are hastily having customers sign a bunch of papers including financing forms. Those unethical fees are tossed in there inconspicuously and nonchalantly. A lot of people are not even aware that they are being fleeced, partly because of the polished tactics of the bait-and-add-on artists and because they are so eager to drive their new car home. When shopping for an automobile, I make it clear to the vendor, that I will not pay any money in excess of the agreed-upon prices plus tax, title, and registration. I will not pay a fee for the privilege of giving them my money.
  • Christopher Columbus
    Christopher Columbus United States, Ocala
    Feb 21, 2018
    Feb 21, 2018
    You can’t legislate morality, ethics, greed, corruption, deception, truth, trust, sleezy salesmenship and sleezier dealerships. However, as with many other issues, education, knowledge and competition are strong forces governing individual choices. I first experienced this illicit practice in FL, and it has spread. Some dealers scam their customers in northern states also. Some dealers squeeze insane “documentation fees” from their customers. I believe dealer and documention fees are not mentioned to the customer until the sleezeball vendors, salesmen, or F & I rip-off artists are hastily having customers sign a bunch of papers including financing forms. Those unethical fees are tossed in there inconspicuously and nonchalantly. A lot of people are not even aware that they are being fleeced, partly because of the polished tactics of the bait-and-add-on artists and because they are so eager to drive their new car home. When shopping for an automobile, I make it clear to the vendor, that I will not pay any money in excess of the agreed-upon prices plus tax, title, and registration. I will not pay a fee for the privilege of giving them my money.
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