You’d think the price you see is the price you pay on a new car’s window sticker, but that is not the case. Taxes aside, there’s another charge you have to keep in mind: the destination charge. There’s no use haggling or looking for a discount on this fee. You, as the car buyer, have to pay it — and it’s typically an extra $1,000. Why? We’ll dive into that.
Consumer Reports examined the rise of destination fees and found they’ve climbed from an average of $839 in 2011 to $1,244 in 2020, a massive 48% increase in less than a decade. Over the same period, the price of an average new car has risen “just” 27%. I join CR in calling for destination fees to be made part of MSRP and not a footnote to it.