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I was just at a Kia dealership shopping for a Seltos SX. They said the all-season mats were ordered with the car initially and cannot be removed from the price of the vehicle.

The sticker price was $30,200 and they also had a list of all of the other optional crap they try to sell you when purchasing a new car such as "interior protection." I wanted it all removed but was told the rubber mats and trunk tray cannot be excluded because they were ordered with the car initially by the dealer. The mats were not included in the sticker price. They said the $800 all-weather mats must be added to the purchase price no matter what.

This blew my mind. I wasn't really happy with the way they were treating me either, so I walked out. I was not going to pay $800 for all-season mats that I do not want. Does anyone have any insight on what happened here?
 

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I was just at a Kia dealership shopping for a Seltos SX. They said the all-season mats were ordered with the car initially and cannot be removed from the price of the vehicle.

The sticker price was $30,200 and they also had a list of all of the other optional crap they try to sell you when purchasing a new car such as "interior protection." I wanted it all removed but was told the rubber mats and trunk tray cannot be excluded because they were ordered with the car initially by the dealer. The mats were not included in the sticker price. They said the $800 all-weather mats must be added to the purchase price no matter what.

This blew my mind. I wasn't really happy with the way they were treating me either, so I walked out. I was not going to pay $800 for all-season mats that I do not want. Does anyone have any insight on what happened here?
If more people would just walk away instead of "taking it", dealers would be more hesitant to gouge for this extra $$$.
Things like accessories (ex: floor mats), protection packages, and extended warranties are big money makers for dealers. It gives them a way to build extra profit into a vehicle without blatantly jacking the MSRP and getting an even worse name.
Sadly, in today's vehicle shortage climate, they will most likely sell it easily to the next customer through the doors.
 

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Yeah, they didn't seem very thrilled to sell to me after requesting to have all the bloat removed from the price. I was told the car was pending sale yesterday, but it fell through, so I decided to try my hand at a deal. I knew they would not budge on the base asking price for a hot-selling car like that. I wasn't going to let them shove their price inflated floor mats down my throat though.
I have a back-up dealership I can try for a white SX. The dark ocean blue SX did look great, though. There are only three SX's total in my city.
 

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considering many manufactures are cracking down on the dealer markups under the context "market value", dealers are adding all kinds of craps people don't care for and marking them up for huge profit. all consumers should not accept these practice and reject them like the OP.
 

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considering many manufactures are cracking down on the dealer markups under the context "market value", dealers are adding all kinds of craps people don't care for and marking them up for huge profit. all consumers should not accept these practice and reject them like the OP.
Yeah, it would be great...but we all know for every one who walks away, there's 10 more that will happily roll over and take it...
 
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