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Cadillac Prices: MSRP vs Factory Invoice vs True Dealer Cost

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Most people mistakenly believe that the Cadillac Invoice Price reflects what the dealer paid for a new vehicle - The true Dealer Cost. It is not!

The Dealer Invoice Price has hidden mark up such as holdback and other fees built into the price.

The following Cadillac price guides strip these hidden dealer profits out and illustrate the MSRP, the invoice price, Holdback and the true dealer cost. (See Cadillac price definitions below.)

Why You Should Know the True Dealer Cost...

Knowing the dealer cost gives you needed leverage when it comes time to negotiate a great price. Negotiating from the cost up and not the MSRP down can save you thousands on your next purchase.

Cadillac Price Terms & Definitions

Car shopping can be a very confusing endeavor. Below is a list of terms you are likely to hear while car shopping, and a short description of how these terms affect the price of a vehicle. Knowing these terms will make car shopping easier, and may even result in being able to negotiate a better deal.

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is a manufacturer’s recommended retail selling price of a vehicle. The MSRP does not include all fees and charges, which will raise the price quoted to a customer. The MSRP does not include rebates and incentives that can lower the price quoted to a customer. Car shoppers should know that the MSRP is negotiable.

Dealer Invoice Price
The dealer invoice price is the amount the dealer must pay to the auto manufacturer for a specific car and all the associated charges.

Dealer Holdback
Dealer holdback is a percentage of the MSRP that a manufacturer holds in an account for a dealer. This money is eventually paid to the dealer, and is considered a dealer discount that lowers the invoice price. Manufacturers hold on to this money to ensure that dealers have enough money to pay their employees and other operating expenses.

Manufacturer Incentives and Rebates
Manufacturers often offer incentives and rebates to customers in an effort to increase vehicle sales. An incentive or rebate is an amount of money paid to a customer by the manufacturer for purchasing a vehicle. Typically, customers sign these over to the dealer, who discounts the vehicle in the amount of the rebate or incentive.

Destination Fee
Destination fee is the delivery charge that a manufacturer charges a dealer to ship a vehicle to the showroom from the factory. Most vehicles are shipped from the factory by boat or rail, and then by truck to the dealer, and the destination fee represents all these costs.

Dealer Incentives
Manufacturers from time to time offer incentives to help dealers sell vehicles An incentive is an amount of money paid to a dealer by the manufacturer for selling a vehicle. Dealer incentives are not usually known to the customer, therefore a dealer can choose how much, if any, of the incentive to apply to the vehicle’s price.

Regional Ad Fees
Most dealers are members of a regional advertising group. The regional advertising group runs advertising for a specific car or car line, but not for a specific dealer. Dealers must pay this fee to pay for their portion of this advertising.

True Deal Cost - The actual price Cadillac dealers pay for their new vehicles. Here is how it is calculated:

Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost of a New Cadillac:

  • Base Cadillac Invoice Price + the dealer Invoice price of Options + Destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
  • What is Dealer Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price. The holdback for Cadillac is 3% of the Total MSRP. (See the New Car Dealer Cost Example.)

Total Dealer Cost (calculated above) + Taxes / Licensing Fees - Rebate / Incentive = True Cost (See New Car Rebates and Incentives.)

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