Stopped at the local Honda dealership yesterday, got a quote on a new CRV. Planning to visit two or three other dealerships tomorrow to get competing quotes. I am intending a sealed-bid scenario, in which none of the dealerships would know the price any of the other dealerships are quoting me.
This morning I remembered that the salesman at the local dealership punched my name/address into his computer, and now I’m wondering whether that info will stay with the local dealership, or whether it’s gone into some regional/national database and will pop up (along with the local dealer’s quote) when I ask those other dealerships to quote me their price.
Is there any kind of behind-the-scenes cooperation between dealerships of the same marque in order to avoid being pitted against each other by a customer? Or are dealerships completely independent business entities (despite being of the same marque), with collusion between them being illegal?