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Big Box? Nissan Note the First-Ever Car You Can 'Buy' On Amazon

timothy posted about 10 months ago | from the ok-but-put-the-other-packages-in-there-too dept.

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cartechboy writes "You knew the day was coming when they started selling diapers. Amazon is now dipping its toe into car sales by selling a single car: the 2014 Nissan Versa Note. Amazon users hit a real live Versa Note product page, but instead of "Add to cart" you provide your ZIP code so Amazon can connect you with a nearby Nissan dealer. The first 100 Versa Note customers whose car purchases are initiated through Amazon receive $1,000 Amazon gift cards. Best part: Customers who end up actually buying the Note *will* receive them via boxed home delivery. Now, that's a big box." (The linked article says that "some" customers will get their Versa boxed; maybe this is only if you specify gift wrapping.)

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182 comments

That's nice and all, but... (5, Funny)

ButchDeLoria (2772751) | about 10 months ago | (#44961617)

How long until we can download that car?

Re:That's nice and all, but... (5, Funny)

norriefc (1998536) | about 10 months ago | (#44961835)

You wouldn't download a car

Re:That's nice and all, but... (3, Interesting)

fredrated (639554) | about 10 months ago | (#44961875)

Why not download the specs for use in my 3D printer?

Re:That's nice and all, but... (4, Insightful)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 10 months ago | (#44962211)

Why not download the specs for use in my 3D printer?

Whooosh [knowyourmeme.com] .

Though I was thinking the same thing. >_>

Re:That's nice and all, but... (4, Insightful)

TheSpoom (715771) | about 10 months ago | (#44962129)

Every time I saw that ad, I thought to myself, "Nope, I'd totally download a car. Why wouldn't you?"

Re:That's nice and all, but... (2)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 10 months ago | (#44962807)

Every time I saw that ad, I thought to myself, "Nope, I'd totally download a car. Why wouldn't you?"

Masochism.

Seriously, it seems evident that whoever came up with that idiotic bumper sticker has never actually bought a car, if they can't understand why anyone would want to avoid the process.

Re:That's nice and all, but... (1)

SpaceLemur (955902) | about 10 months ago | (#44962133)

About 5 minutes before someone pirates one.

Free shipping? (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 10 months ago | (#44961639)

How many pens do you have to buy to get Free Super Save Delivery?

Re:Free shipping? (2)

ButchDeLoria (2772751) | about 10 months ago | (#44961645)

I wonder if it's eligible for Amazon Prime 2-day shipping, too.

No a real Amazon item (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44961673)

This just links you to buy it at the dealer. Amazon is not the seller just the contact broker. It does not even have an ASIN assigned.

Re:No a real Amazon item (4, Insightful)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about 10 months ago | (#44961755)

Exactly. We can't let just anyone sell new cars. Otherwise, how would car dealers get their cut? Harumph! Harumph!

Re:No a real Amazon item (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44962139)

But Saturn promised us that we could buy cars online 15 years ago.

Re:No a real Amazon item (1)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about 10 months ago | (#44962191)

That's right, and it drove all the Saturn dealers out of business! My point exactly!

Re:No a real Amazon item (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44962639)

Don't knock regulations they made this country what it is today.

Re:No a real Amazon item (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44963133)

No You made this country way it is today and I mean you personally you to blame for everything!

Re: No a real Amazon item (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | about 10 months ago | (#44962237)

Damn. That means it isn't eligible for free 2 day shipping.

Warehouse Deals (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44961693)

Let me know when it's available through Warehouse Deals. I'm ok with "Used - Like New" with a few scratches.

I wish this was real (5, Interesting)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#44961699)

It just sends you to a dealer. I wish you could buy cars like everything else. No instead you have to fuck around with dealers who try to add fees, refuse to special order cars, try to convince you to take what they have in stock, or try to show you crap you are not interested in.

Car dealers please go out of business.

Re:I wish this was real (2)

omnilord (3050701) | about 10 months ago | (#44961777)

Car Dealers won't go out of business, online sales of cars will be made illegal. It's already being made illegal in some states as seen with Tesla [theblaze.com] .

Re:I wish this was real (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about 10 months ago | (#44962579)

It's already being made illegal

If by 'already' you mean, has been illegal for decades, sure.

Re:I wish this was real (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44963269)

Not sure which part you are referring to as 'illegal'. I have bought three new cars online (and none of them were Teslas). Yes, I had to go to a dealer to complete the transaction (and, yes, they tried to up sell extras, but I get that with non-automotive online purchase as well and it is easy to say 'no'), but the specification of the car was selected through e-mail or a web page and the price was a stated "no haggle" price (and close to invoice).

Re:I wish this was real (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about 10 months ago | (#44963339)

Yes 'illegal'. You still had to go to a dealer, hence you're experience proves my point.

Re:I wish this was real (2)

s122604 (1018036) | about 10 months ago | (#44963225)

Car dealers have absolutely no qualms with using the good-ole-boy network and government lobbying to quash competition.

Their existence is the worst kind of anachronism. Their overall value-add to society is zero, actually less than zero...

Re:I wish this was real (1)

Andrio (2580551) | about 10 months ago | (#44961803)

I had the same thought.

Bug your state legislators (4, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | about 10 months ago | (#44961853)

If the Tesla Motors saga [slashdot.org] is to be believed, this failure of local dealers to serve their respective markets is something that you should mention to your state legislators.

Re:Bug your state legislators (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#44961885)

Should I also mention the sky is blue and water is wet?

If you are so disconnected with reality that you think car dealers serve their market the way any other retail outlet would you should be kept in a padded cell not elected to public office.

Re:Bug your state legislators (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44962119)

Yeah, I'll get right on it. The majority leader in one of the houses in my state legislature is the dealer principal for a huge chain of car dealerships. I'm sure he'll take wonderfully to the idea.

Re:I wish this was real (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44961901)

I typically use TrueCar to get a quote from dealers for the car I want, who are nearby, but not the closest 3. I then take the best quote, go to a my nearest dealer and they always match the price of the quote. From there, it's a haggle. My innate indecisiveness and shyness works well for me, because I sit there for a few minutes contemplating the deal they're offering, and I easily outlast even the most patient dealer. They always offer me better deal because they get impatient. This happens a few times, until I feel that I've gotten a good deal, or I can tell they don't want to sell me a car. I have no problem walking out and going to the next closest dealership. By the time I have the deal I want, it's usually about 15-20% below MSRP.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#44962001)

Try to find a slightly unusual car that way and see what happens. For instance a Kia Forte5. Not that I wanted that, just an example. I ended up buying a Honda Insight because that car was a hatchback, was good on gas and the dealer was not a total cockbag about about. If I ask for a hatchback why you ever try to sell me a sedan?

Re:I wish this was real (4, Insightful)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about 10 months ago | (#44962423)

Sounds like my experience in buying vehicles. For some reason wanting a vehicle with a manual transmission that isn't a civic or real sports car causes sales people at dealerships to look at you like you are retarded, especially if it is a truck or SUV. The last time I bought a vehicle there were a grand total of 6 that I could afford and met my requirements in a 100 mile radius. I also hate only being able to get certain equipment as part of a package that includes a bunch of crap I don't want or need. Why should I have to get the premium audio upgrade + leather trimmed steering wheel + heated seats if I all I want is the uprated locking front and rear axles.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#44962637)

I had to give up on that requirement. The CVT is still 100 times better than any slushbox. Finding a hatchback that also has a stick is like finding the holy grail it seems.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about 10 months ago | (#44963033)

If I knew the long term reliability of CVTs I might consider them if they were as reliable as a manual but it doesn't seem likely. Then again the shiny gadget of the month in a car isn't a selling point for me. I would have thought a hatchback would have been easy to find with a stick given how popular the hatchbacks have become of late.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#44963155)

I know of CVTs will hundreds of thousands of miles on them. They were quite well proven in the Insight 1 which came out many years ago. They are way to old to be shiny gadget of the month. Hatchbacks are still very hard to find. With a stick near impossible.

Re: I wish this was real (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44963267)

Renault FDM cars nearly all hatchbacks, and automatic transmission is considered blasphemy in France. Plus they all have at least 1 diesel version.

Re: I wish this was real (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#44963287)

I am not in Europe. Nor do they sell cars in North America.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

CaptSlaq (1491233) | about 10 months ago | (#44963313)

I had to give up on that requirement. The CVT is still 100 times better than any slushbox. Finding a hatchback that also has a stick is like finding the holy grail it seems.

uhm.... The Mazda 3 and Ford Focus both still have the third pedal as an option, and that's just off the top of my head. Now if they're on the lot... that's another story entirely.

Re:I wish this was real (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44963401)

For some reason wanting a vehicle with a manual transmission that isn't a civic or real sports car causes sales people at dealerships to look at you like you are retarded, especially if it is a truck or SUV.

Has it occurred to you that nowadays that's like asking "Don't give me any of that Intel SpeedStep crap, I want an old-school computer with a Turbo Button! I want to be in total control!". Computers are better than humans at shifting gears.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

lgw (121541) | about 10 months ago | (#44963505)

No, slushboxes still suck (and I say this driving a car that by God should have a good one).

A few sports cars have robot shifters. Robot shifters kick ass. Eventually that will reach "normal" cars, and then you'll be right.

Buying without driving? (1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | about 10 months ago | (#44961909)

Would you really buy a car without ever driving it first?

Re:Buying without driving? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#44961951)

Some cars sure. Other cases let me drive the base test model then let me order the options I want.

Re:Buying without driving? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44962111)

If you're in the market for a Nissan Versa, why bother? It's going to be exactly as uninteresting as you think. There are certainly reasons why someone would buy a Versa, but the driving experience isn't likely to be high on that list...

Re:Buying without driving? (1)

SirGarlon (845873) | about 10 months ago | (#44962249)

Is the experience of a test drive worth the $1000+ the dealer is going to gouge you for?

For new cars, I would rather pay 50 bucks to rent the same model for a day and get a feel for it -- without anyone trying to hold my driver's license hostage or demanding my home phone number.

Re: Buying without driving? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44963291)

The Nissan Note is not a car, it's more a kitchen appliance/shopping trolley combo. Like for a fridge, there is no place for pleasure in its daily use...

Re:Buying without driving? (4, Insightful)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about 10 months ago | (#44962617)

Because I drove my friends/parents/rental car and liked it?

Re:Buying without driving? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44963289)

Would you really buy a car without ever driving it first?

For a couple of brands, yes. Mercedes and Toyota have consistently provided me good cars. A list of features is sufficient. It's the same rationale for buying a Bethesda or a Rock Star game bothering to play it or read reviews.

Re:Buying without driving? (1)

lgw (121541) | about 10 months ago | (#44963567)

I'm in my 40s, and I've never driven a car before buying it, though I once drove a vaguely similar car at a dealership first. I do my research to pick a model, and I use a car buying service to buy the car. About half the time I never even see a dealership (though the car was purchased from on for me). I've been happy with my choice each time, from econoboxes to luxury sedans.

Really, there's very little that matters that you can learn from a test drive.

Re:Buying without driving? (2)

unkiereamus (1061340) | about 10 months ago | (#44963729)

Really, there's very little that matters that you can learn from a test drive.

I rather disagree.

First, I'm 6'8, I can find out whether I fit in the car. Second, I can find out whether the build quality meets MY definitions of acceptable. Finally, I can find out if I like to drive it, for some people a half second turbolag is no big deal, for some it's a huge deal, and still others they have no idea, since they've never driven a car with a turbolag.

There are some things that are very specific to people. True story: I once went out to test drive a truck, turns out the exhaust note was smack dab on the resonant frequency of my sinuses. Despite it not being that loud in any sort of absolute sense, driving for 5 minutes gave me a splitting headache. And yet the vast majority of people had absolutely no problem with it.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

alen (225700) | about 10 months ago | (#44962159)

where do you buy your cars?
in NYC i was looking for a toyota camry with leather seats and the dealer found one in stock in the area. it had some i didn't want and he said it would be no problem to order it.
honda's have feature packages so one will always be at your dealer
what fees are you talking about? every NYC dealer i have been to you pay the sticker price plus tax plus state fees. if you get a costco discount then some dealers will add on fees to clean it, etc.

even if you could buy direct you would still have fees to deliver it, DMV, etc.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#44962901)

Western NY.
If you paid sticker you got screwed. I mean transport fees and the like. They can and will be waived if you complain.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 10 months ago | (#44962183)

I wish you could buy cars like everything else. No instead you have to fuck around with dealers who try to add fees, refuse to special order cars, try to convince you to take what they have in stock, or try to show you crap you are not interested in.

Grow a pair. Or stop being a prima donna and blaming the world for your social dysfunction or because you don't have the backbone to deal with salesmen. Because the last thing I want is to buy cars like everything else - either prepackaged and designed for the lowest common denominator or having to spend days or weeks wasting my time trying to learn the arcana of a field in order to make a simple goddam purchase. Specialists and middlemen exist for a reason, I pay them to make my life easier.

Re:I wish this was real (2)

firex726 (1188453) | about 10 months ago | (#44962483)

Salesmen can be annoying, and customers tend not to like annoying things.

Same reason people started to buy stuff online, even with stores price matching; when I visit a store I'll have sales people walking around pestering me, and at check out getting a hard sell to sign up for their extended warranty, their mailing list, their rewards program, and best of all their news letter.

Compared to most online retailers where I have opt into those services, and can proceed with but one click of the mouse.

> Specialists and middlemen exist for a reason, I pay them to make my life easier.
If you trust a salesmen, any salesmen to tell you the truth 100% then you're a rube and deserve to get taken advantage of; when buying a car you should always do research and know at least as much as the salesmen.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

Sperbels (1008585) | about 10 months ago | (#44962513)

You know, if you poll the entire population of the United States, the vast majority of people despise buying a new car because of the car salesmen constantly trying to fuck you over. It's not at all unreasonable to want them out of the picture. The average consumer wants that prepackage for the lowest common denominator.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 10 months ago | (#44962713)

> Grow a pair. Or stop being a prima donna and blaming the world for your social dysfunction

It's not my social dysfunction that's the problem.

Car salesmen have very much earned their place as one of the most despised creatures in modern society.

Re:I wish this was real (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44962797)

Or stop being a prima donna and blaming the world for your social dysfunction or because you don't have the backbone to deal with salesmen.

How about you just stop lying? Because that's what you're doing here, and you know it.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 10 months ago | (#44962887)

... You're a car salesman, aren't you?

Re:I wish this was real (3, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#44962931)

Grow up, jackass. I have no problem telling them off. What I have a limited amount of is patience and time.
I want to be able to order the car I want, like it appears you can do with the design your ford website thing or whatever. I do not want to check to see what numbskull ordered what options for their lot.

Car salesmen are not specialists, most know less about the cars than I do. They are not on your side and are not worth paying.

Re:I wish this was real (5, Interesting)

pla (258480) | about 10 months ago | (#44962937)

Or stop being a prima donna and blaming the world for your social dysfunction or because you don't have the backbone to deal with salesmen.

Not a matter of backbone, but rather, of the pointlessness of it all. I don't make it a habit of intentionally dealing with wolves, either, even though a modern firearm will make short work of them. I simply have no interest in the whole negotiating game. For my last car, I found what I wanted, went to the nearest dealer, took it for a ride, came back and told the salesperson what I would pay for it (a fair price, not the most profitable customer of the day but not a loss, either). As soon as she started to play the "I'll need to talk with my manager" bullshit, I headed for the door (and would have left) when she backpedaled faster than Lance Armstrong on Oprah. I drove it home half an hour later after filling out the annoying ream of paper (getting rid of that wouldn't suck, either, but I realize most of it doesn't have anything to do with the actual dealer).


Specialists and middlemen exist for a reason, I pay them to make my life easier.

No, they don't. You haven't bought a car in a while, have you?

You don't get to customize them anymore. You pick one of a small number (half a dozen or so) of equally ugly colors with stupid names you don't even recognize, you pick one of a small number (less than three, usually) of standard trims, and you might have one or two options you can select (like alloy vs steel wheels); in most cases, upgrading to option-X requires upgrading the entire trim (or buying it after-market). Oh, make no mistake, I have no doubt you could get it with whatever you want. But whether they say it or not, you will pay for trim-package-B when they "throw in for free" the 17" rims.

But the best part about all that? You could just as easily choose all those options via the dropdown size/color/etc boxes Amazon already has. So no, I don't have any use whatsoever for salesmen; and those particular middlemen haven't counted as "specialists" in a good 20 years (if they ever did, which I somewhat doubt).


Now, as for this listing on Amazon - Amazingly enough, I currently need a new car. And I have considered that exact car as an option. I went to that page fully intending to add it to my cart and order (you won't do much better than $1000 off a $14k car anywhere else, so paying MSRP really doesn't much matter here)... And sure, I understand that a "real" dealer would technically have sold it to me, but at least I wouldn't have needed to actually deal with them.

And as one further perk, most dealers won't actually let you put a whole car on plastic (usually limiting it to something like $5k or 10% as a down-payment), but that woudln't present a problem on Amazon... Except... It did, and in fact, just cost them a sale. That page doesn't sell you a car, it amounts to nothing but an ad. You can't just buy it there and check out, "Purchase or lease must be completed at Nissan dealer within 30 days of submitting your contact request". You don't buy a car at that page, Nissan buys you as a sales lead.

So fuck you, car dealers, and fuck you too, Amazon - Oh, and fuck you too, Slashvertisement on the FP. I can't wait for Tesla to come out with something under $30k; Once they do, I'll never go to a physical dealership again in my life.

Re:I wish this was real (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44962243)

Sucks that you have had such a shitty experience (I know many have). Dealership I dealt with was extremely nice, asked me what I wanted in a car and when they didn't have what I wanted on the lot I put in an order. I guess it depends if you look like a sucker or not.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

twotacocombo (1529393) | about 10 months ago | (#44963151)

Carsdirect.com is as close as you're going to get to this for now. You still have to technically go through a dealer, but without all of the bullshit associated with buying directly from them. When I bought a car through CD, I just showed up, signed the papers, signed a check, and drove off. With my current car, Carsdirect couldn't get me the color I wanted, so I used their price as leverage to get the one I did want from a local dealer. They tried to play hardball, so I walked. The next day I got a call saying they caved, and they matched the price. Car dealers are still around because people are ignorant and hasty. Arm yourself with knowledge, concrete numbers, and be prepared to walk if you don't feel all warm and fuzzy. You usually don't need a car TODAY, but they sure want the sale yesterday.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#44963195)

Cardirect.com is a terrible website for what I want. It appears you can't even get a price without giving up your information. Ideally they would shield you from the dealer. I don't want those folks knowing anything about me.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

twotacocombo (1529393) | about 10 months ago | (#44963399)

carSdirect.com. You went to the wrong website. Carsdirect shows me a price right up front, and then updates as you add/remove options. No personal information given.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

lgw (121541) | about 10 months ago | (#44963645)

For a long time I used Enterprise Fleet Services' car buying service (not sure if they still do that it you don't finance through them, but they used to). It was perfect, though not the "internet buying" experience. You tell them what car you wanted and how flexible you could be with colors and so on, they were upfront about likely prices and such, and just not annoying weasels in any way, and they'd find what you want at a better price than you'd ever get yourself (when you buy 500K cars a year, car salesmen are your bitch - it was quite entertaining the one time I actually had contact with the salesman involved, he never knew what hit him - plus they can search a great many dealerships). Their normal process was you'd pick up the car from them (though I had one shipped to me).

No clue whether that's still how they work, but it was by far the best way to buy a car when I used them. They don't really have that leverage over luxury dealers, though, and luxury dealers tend not to be asshats in the first place.

Re:I wish this was real (1)

Lesrahpem (687242) | about 10 months ago | (#44963711)

Tesla Motors does sell directly from their website and is getting a lot of flak from car dealerships because of it. WSJ article [wsj.com] .

$1000 off? (4, Interesting)

MMC Monster (602931) | about 10 months ago | (#44961713)

Can I pay them an extra $1000 and buy directly from amazon? Why get a dealer involved?

(Not that I'm interested in a Nissan Versa. But my point is the same. Car dealers are the scum of the Earth.)

Re:$1000 off? (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#44961767)

I would absolutely give amazon an extra $1000 for a car, provided like all other products on their site I can pick exactly the one I want and I get some assurance that no standard car dealer was involved.

Re:$1000 off? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44961823)

Can I pay them an extra $1000 and buy directly from amazon? Why get a dealer involved?

(Not that I'm interested in a Nissan Versa. But my point is the same. Car dealers are the scum of the Earth.)

Carmax works like that. Their cars are marked-up, but there really is zero pressure and zero hassle.

Re:$1000 off? (2)

David_Hart (1184661) | about 10 months ago | (#44962029)

Can I pay them an extra $1000 and buy directly from amazon? Why get a dealer involved?

(Not that I'm interested in a Nissan Versa. But my point is the same. Car dealers are the scum of the Earth.)

There are laws that prohibit this. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2009/02/why-you-cant-buy-new-car-online [motherjones.com]

Until the law changes, Amazon, or anyone else for that matter, cannot directly sell cars online.

I too would love to be able to buy a car from Amazon. I had to buy a new car this year and it reminded my why I hate the process. The sales and manager guys were fine and kept it light while we played the negotiation game, but the finance guy was a tad slimey. He tried to get me into a higher interest rate than what I qualified for and acted like I was killing him when I didn't want the extended warranty.

Re:$1000 off? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 10 months ago | (#44962673)

This is how a lot of other industries work as well. Sure for cars, there's laws in certain states which say you have to sell through a dealer, which is a bit over the top, but for many other industries, it's the defacto standard of how business is done. If you're building a datacenter, and buying 1000 servers, you'd think you can just go straight to HP/Lenovo/IBM and get a special deal, and cut out all the middle men. But that's now how it works. HP/Lenovo/IBM will give you a special price, but they'll still make you do the actual ordering though a reseller, who orders from a supplier. The supply chain is set up to ensure that the reseller and supplier get their cut of the sale. The reason they do this, is because manufacturers are very scared of their resellers/suppliers abandoning them for getting cut out of the loop.

Re:$1000 off? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 10 months ago | (#44962959)

You can order them from HP, I know I have done this.

Re:$1000 off? (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 10 months ago | (#44962929)

Can I pay them an extra $1000 and buy directly from amazon? Why get a dealer involved?

(Not that I'm interested in a Nissan Versa. But my point is the same. Car dealers are the scum of the Earth.)

So long as I can still test drive and physically inspect the thing prior to handing over the cash, I'd be all for it. $1000 is a pretty cheap price to pay to not have to deal with dealership financiers.

You think salesmen are dicks, wait until you try to buy a car with your own financing, from a place that 'offers' it in-house... and by 'offers,' I mean 'will lie through their fucking teeth to convince you to finance it through them, up-to-and-including refusing sale of the vehicle.' I know, I dealt with this shit not 4 months ago when I got my truck.

I bet there is one day shipping (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44961737)

Because they are simply going to have the dealer in your area drive it out to your house.

I also doubt for the same reason you are going to get a great deal. But then just not having to bother with lot lizards at the new car dealer's lot is a pretty big plus.

Re:I bet there is one day shipping (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 10 months ago | (#44962963)

Because they are simply going to have the dealer in your area drive it out to your house.

Then I wouldn't pay new car pricing on it, because the second someone else drives it off the lot it's not a new car anymore.

Side note: Next time you look at buying a car from a dealer, make sure to point out how the value drops by 1/3 the second you sign paperwork. They fucking hate that :)

Re:I bet there is one day shipping (1)

tompaulco (629533) | about 10 months ago | (#44963259)

Next time you look at buying a car from a dealer, make sure to point out how the value drops by 1/3 the second you sign paperwork. They fucking hate that :)

I'm sure they do hate that. However, if they had two brain cells to rub together, they would probably counter by asking if you can think of any other retail item which you could get more than 2/3 of retail value after you walk out of the door with it. Oh, I'm sure there will be a few things, but for the most part, you would be lucky to get 1/2 of retail from somebody once you walk out the door.

Re:I bet there is one day shipping (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 10 months ago | (#44963483)

Next time you look at buying a car from a dealer, make sure to point out how the value drops by 1/3 the second you sign paperwork. They fucking hate that :)

I'm sure they do hate that. However, if they had two brain cells to rub together,

Well, these are car salesmen we're talking about...

Re:I bet there is one day shipping (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about 10 months ago | (#44963695)

Then I wouldn't pay new car pricing on it, because the second someone else drives it off the lot it's not a new car anymore.

ALL cars on dealer lots have been driven OFF the lot. It's called road testing the thing prior to delivering it to a customer and I'd wager is probably the law.

That a dealer employee is driving to your house? Still in possession of the dealer and as such is still a NEW car.

Finally (4, Funny)

Dachannien (617929) | about 10 months ago | (#44961769)

Finally, a package that the delivery guy will really, really regret drop-kicking off the back of the truck.

Re:Finally (5, Funny)

femtobyte (710429) | about 10 months ago | (#44961981)

The trick to proper delivery by forklift is to find a long approach path, so you can get up to full rolling speed in advance. Then, coordinate tipping down the forklift blades with slamming on the brakes, and you should be able to toss the package over the recipient's fence with ease. Bonus points for lifting the package by skewering the forklift blades through it, instead of coming from underneath.

Re:Finally (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about 10 months ago | (#44963707)

I'm thinking Amazon Prime to completely fuck them over ;-)

Sweet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44961845)

Best part: Customers who end up actually buying the Note *will* receive them via boxed home delivery. Now, that's a big box

Comes with free low income home, sweet!

Illegal in Texas (2)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about 10 months ago | (#44961921)

If this were real and not just a link, wouldn't it run into the same problems as Tesla and be illegal in Texas?

Re:Illegal in Texas (1)

erroneus (253617) | about 10 months ago | (#44962379)

Yeah... that will happen. I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop in Texas as the guy behind Tesla is also behind some spaceport thing right?

Hmm (1)

therealkevinkretz (1585825) | about 10 months ago | (#44961989)

Nothing worse than a big box.

Re:Hmm (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 10 months ago | (#44962623)

Probably the size of the package that's the problem.

Re:Hmm (1)

therealkevinkretz (1585825) | about 10 months ago | (#44962701)

Well, the package *is* the box. Probably you meant the size of the contents, but that's not really suitably insertion-imagery-inducing.

Re:Hmm (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 10 months ago | (#44963559)

In American idiom; men have packages, women have boxes.

Re:Hmm (1)

tompaulco (629533) | about 10 months ago | (#44963283)

For some reason when "big box" and Nissan were mentioned, I immediately thought they were referring to the Nissan Cube, and not to an actual box with a car in it. God, that Cube is so aesthetically unappealing that other cars are afraid to run into it for fear of catching ugly.

Wait until they piss off the car dealers (1)

benjfowler (239527) | about 10 months ago | (#44962039)

Amazon might think they're clever, until they step on the toes of the greedy car dealer lobby.

It'll be interesting to see how they make THAT problem go away.

This is America ("the land of the free") we're talking here -- where any whiny, greedy anti-social bitch with deep enough pockets can carve out a niche for themselves by merely buying convenient laws and regulations.

Re:Wait until they piss off the car dealers (1)

Urza9814 (883915) | about 10 months ago | (#44962711)

Right now all Amazon is doing is driving more business to the dealers, so I don't see why they would complain....

Re:Wait until they piss off the car dealers (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about 10 months ago | (#44963721)

Funny how newspapers seem to sue google for sending them more customers...never underestimate the moronic behavior of entrenched legacy industry players.

Re:Wait until they piss off the car dealers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44963689)

Amazon might think they're clever, until they step on the toes of the greedy car dealer lobby.

Amazon has one of the largest enthusiastically loyal customer bases in the nation. As the SOPA proponents discovered, a strong lobby doesn't always win. A checkout page stating "We can't sell you this product because your state government says you have to use a middleman. Click here to contact your State Rep So-and-So and tell him what you think." is a very strong weapon.

Prime (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44962069)

Meh, until I can hit the 1-click button to order and have it sent by 2-day shipping on my Amazon Prime account this is just a stunt. Not that I would ever hit "buy" on a Nissan Versa anyway...

cars.com tried this (1)

Animats (122034) | about 10 months ago | (#44962089)

That was the original idea for "cars.com". They were really going to sell cars online. But they ended up just being a lead-generation service.

Wtf? That thing is really expensive (1)

YoungManKlaus (2773165) | about 10 months ago | (#44962327)

seriously, barely smaller than a tincan and starting at 13k? Wtf is wrong with you car people?

Re:Wtf? That thing is really expensive (1)

Bacon Bits (926911) | about 10 months ago | (#44962643)

Safety regulations make cars very expensive to engineer and test. $5,000 for the car. $8,000 to make it safe.

However, it does mean that that tin can is probably far more survivable than most cars prior to 1965.

1897 Sears Catalog (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | about 10 months ago | (#44963051)

My novelty reprint of the "1897 Sears Catalog" lists dozens of buggies, phaetons, wagons, surreys, traps and road carts available to be crated at the factory and drop-shipped. They promise a 5 day order turn-around at the factory, and freight-shipment by rail or boat to your nearest depot/port/etc. Getting your crated vehicle unpacked , assembled and back home is your problem, I guess. But anyplace big enough for a depot probably is big enough for carriage repair shop, I guess.

They really were the Amazon of their day. Or vice-versa. There's a pun in there somewhere.

Awesome.. (1)

Brian Horakh (2928873) | about 10 months ago | (#44963413)

Can't wait till these are fulfilled by Amazon.
No more need to rent a car, I can just buy one on Amazon have it shipped where I'm going, then go ahead and return it when I'm done.

Little known fact: Amazon apparel vendors to accept returns of worn Halloween costumes even if they are returned several weeks after Halloween.

Test Drive (1)

Craig Milo Rogers (6076) | about 10 months ago | (#44963441)

Can we take it on a test drive on a Kindle?

In-app Purchase (1)

Craig Milo Rogers (6076) | about 10 months ago | (#44963463)

Why not buy cars as in-app purchases through Grand Theft Auto?

Versa is Made in China (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44963715)

Just so you know, the Versa is made in China.

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