The Costco Auto Program: A Good Deal or Just Hype?

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As someone who enjoys negotiating with car salesmen because I can show off my knowledge, I also know there are those who despise it. That’s why there are car-buying programs like the Costco Auto Program that help make the process easier—or does it?

The Costco Auto Program provides members with prearranged pricing on many makes and models through a network of approved dealerships. The program allows car buyers to save on car pricing; whether you’re looking for a luxury SUV, plug-in hybrid, or EV – there’s a deal.

The Costco Auto Program is designed to be straightforward and user-friendly. All you need to do is select the eligible model, register for a Savings Certificate online then present your certificate at the Costco partner dealership to access the special pricing and incentives.

Here are several reasons why the Costco Auto Program might be the perfect fit for your car-buying needs, and a few things you should know if you decide to try it.

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The Costco Auto Program Features No Haggle Pricing

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Not All Dealers Are Costco Dealers, Or Can Offer the Costco Deal

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The Costco Auto Program Offers Discounts on Accessories

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The Program Does Not Allow Dealer Add-ons

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The Costco Auto Program is Flexible

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The Costco Auto Program Has Limited Manufacturer Partnerships

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Dealer Participation Varies by Model/Trim on the Costco Auto Program

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Before Using the Costco Auto Program, Check Other Dealers

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Being Prepared To Buy Is Still Important

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Use the Costco Auto Program as a Starting Point

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