...How have you been able to save money on your purchase?
I would like to keep this open to any make of vehicle, since for many of us a VW ID isn't our only vehicle.
I've been pretty vocal about dealer shopping and pre-negotiating before ordering an ID.4 to get the best deal, but this market is nutsy-cuckoo. It shouldn't matter -- an order is an order and a dealer should be happy to compete for your business since these cars aren't being allocated.
I bought the ID.4 as a walk-in customer, and was happy to find a dealer (at launch in March) who would sell at MSRP. All of my inquiries up to that point were being met with $3,000 to $5,000 markups. So it was just luck and persistence that I was given the privilege
of not negotiating a lower price. But with the various rebates and tax credits stripping $11k off an already attractive 1st Edition MSRP, I wasn't complaining, and Shift gave us a really generous price on my wife's 5 year-old Volvo, making this purchase even easier.
Just last month I bought a new BMW i3 that I didn't need. Despite the order book being closed on this car in July -- generating a spike in interest -- and the premium audio option being unavailable due to supply constraints, and very few "loaded" i3s in dealer inventories (fewer than 10 nationwide I could find), BMW was inexplicably continuing to offer an $11k discount to veterans on this model, and this Texas dealership was willing to knock another $1,500 off this car that had been on their floor for at least 4 months, a car they for whatever reason weren't advertising on the big auto sites. Plus 0.9% promotional financing? All in this crazy market where SoCal dealers were straight-up demanding $5,000 markups on the equivalent car. I feel like I lucked out getting this one because I wasn't even trying all that hard. Carvana and Vroom both offered me way more money than my 4 year old i3 should have been worth, so in the immortal words of Hannibal Smith, "I love it when a plan comes together."