To cut a long story short, I went to look at another car yesterday. It was just what I was looking for but a little out of my price range, but I thought theres no harm in trying, whats the worst that can happen.
The car was a 3.0V6 CDTi SRi estate in black on an '05' plate and was up at 10k.
I went in and grabbed a salesman like you do and the negotiations began, I say negotiations in the losest sense of the word. He asked how much I wanted to spend and I told him honestly about £1500 on top of mine, (I told you I was being a bit optimistic.), so he went to have a word with the manager and said the best they could do would be £7500 for mine which would leave me with £2.5k to find, he wouldn't budge on the screen price. I told him I couldn't afford the extra, but that was as low as he would go (although he did offer to do 0% finance, which I thought was good without having to ask for it). Oh well I thought, it was worth a try.
When I got home I had a word with a family member who offered to loan me the extra £1k that I needed, great I thought, on the phone first thing in the morning and the car's mine . Rang the salesman this morning to say that I could get the extra cash and he said he'd made a mistake with the valuation on mine and that it was only worth £6300, but as a good will gesture he would give me £6800, yeah right, when would I over to settle the deal. I said when you'll take my car and £2.5k, oh well, plenty more fish in the sea.