Hi All –
First, I want to say how helpful this forum has been. I wanted to relay my experience using Honcker in case anyone was curious about the app. In short, I was looking for an Audi A4 and I wasn’t getting very far with the nearby dealerships. I came across the Honcker app and found a fairly good deal and decided to pull the trigger (MSRP of 48,050 – Sale Price of 40,745 with $3250 down – Monthly payments of $430 for 36 months… I probably could’ve done a bit better, especially in comparison to some of the deals on this site, but it was better than anything I could negotiate outside the app).
Here’s the rough timeline of events:
Morning of 10/13 – I select the car via the app and provide all necessary information, including going to Audi’s site to run a hard credit check.
Afternoon of 10/13 – I get a call from an Audi dealership ~300 miles away saying they received my credit application and asked what car I wanted. I was confused because I assumed they would’ve known what car I selected and that I went through the app. When the dealer was able to find the car within their inventory, I told him about the app (he had never heard of it) and the above agreed upon price (which he had never received). The dealer mentions that the car has 250 miles on it and that he’ll see if he can match the figures provided.
Later that afternoon – Dealer says the lowest they can go is $473 a month ($43 higher than what was in the app). I ask them to provide me the quote in email and I send a note to the Honcker team (below).
Afternoon of 10/15 – I get receive an email from the Honcker team, mentioning they’re working with the dealer to see if they’ll honor the agreed upon price
Afternoon of 10/16 – I send a follow-up note and receive a call from Honcker within an hour or two. They said that the dealer isn’t going to agree to the offer, that the dealership is 300 miles away and the dealer is no longer working with Honcker. The rep says that if I want to get an Audi, they can use the same hard credit check they ran on 10/13. And if I get see another car I want within the app, that they will offer me a discount on the car. I eventually get the below email.
So, in short:
- Agree to a deal within Honcker and a hard credit check is ran
- Dealer has no idea about Honcker and deal is not honored
- Honcker rep apologizes and wants me to try and lease another car through the app
All’s well that ends well, as I ultimately leased an Alfa Romeo Giulia via Justin and the guys out of Erie, PA (it was a great, straight-forward experience and I never would’ve found them without this forum). Unfortunately, I now have two credit inquiries on my credit report instead of one. Not sure if my experience with the application was an anomaly, but wanted to at least share the story (and yes, the difference was for only $43 a month!). Thanks again to the community!