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You should verify on the Chrysler website what that option would cost. Also, if it comes part of a package, say with a convienance package then he may not be fibbing as it is part of the $699 package and you get other stuff with it.
If your vehicle does not come with a remote start and you specifically request it as a delaer installed option, then he is pretty much free to charge whatever price. Ask if it is a factory remote start or dealer installed. If it's the latter, and NOT part of any other package then he may be trying to smoke you.
Then again, I'm from Canada so if you are in the States it may be very different. Up here we only have two Town and Country models. The touring and the Limited. Mine is the limited, with factory remote start. The annoying thing with the rmeote start is that you can only do it TWICE and it stays running for a maximum of 15 minutes. It's freaking cold up here and 15 minutes is usually not enough when its -40C!!!
'08 Chrysler Town & Country LTD 4.0L
Brilliant Black with Grey leather / suede inserts int.
MyGig, Pwr 3rd Row, Swivel n' Go
VES, NAV, trailer tow and Sunroof.
I was just recently in a Chrysler stealership dealing onan Aspen, and the New Car Sales Manager (quite a title for this bonehead) told me that the car starter was extra. I told him that the vehicle came with the Popular Group, which included the starter. He stated over and over that it wasn't, that he had to add that to the price, so I let him add it.Told him that I wanted to thinkthe deal overnight and leave him witha $1000.oo deposit. Nope,he wouldn't take my money, said he either sells it to me at this price or no deal. I made a call to another dealership, gave a $1000.oo deposit over the phone, went down to the dealership and found out what I had already known. What a way to lose a sale huh??
hi blue,from what i deal withevery day at the dealership, i see the sales team with their hands in every thing they can make money on.but having said that i think that price sounds a little inflated.the remote is not so easy to install from a tech stand point.but the labor time is regulated by chrysler.try playing the same game they (saleman)play.if it doesn't work out guess what start to the door.you won't make it to your car!!! good luck,moe
25 or so years exp.with chrysler,plymouth,dodge.jeep."A"tech at dodge /jeep dealership.living in N.J. "LET ME KNOW MOE!!
I didn't think that the DEALER would be installing ANY FACTORY REMOTE STARTER. Either it is included FROM THE FACTORY, or it is a dealer installed option (which isn't factory).
Well, first off, the dealership wanted to install an aftermarket remote starting system in my new 2008 T&C Touring "K package" vehicle. I would have had two seperate large key fobs on my key ring with this aftermarket system.
I told them that is unacceptable and that I wanted the factory remote starting system installed with the chrysler key fob that has the remote start button on it. So they agreed and did that for free as part of my lease deal.
The first module they installed ended up being defective, so by the end of the afternoon they had another working one installed. It works just great. If it is really cold outside, I engage it for 15 minutes, then when it shuts down, I engage it a second time to really warm the vehicle.
I really did my homework on this vehicle upfront and visited around 5 dealerships frequently and wheeled and dealed with salespersons and salesmanagers until I got the deal I was satisfied with.
Thanks for the great replies. I ended up going for it since we really wanted the remote start. All in all, I think I got a good deal on the vehicle. By the way, my key fob doesn't have a remote start button. I have to hit the lock, unlock, and lock keys in that order in order to start the car. Did they cut some corners on me? Thanks again.
Side question: I have automatic side doors and rear gate. Is there a way to make all three open up at once?