Buyer’s Advantage in Seattle, WA


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Specialties

helping people with all of their car situations, selling, buying, trading, leasing, etc.


Dealer Info:


Phone(s):(206) 725-5222
Address:5100 S Dawson St, Seattle, WA, 98118
  • Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Reviews on Buyer’s Advantage

 
Deborah B. | 2013-11-18

I just had another stress-free and fabulous car-buying experience working with Marcee - owner of Buyer's Advantage.  This is the fourth car I have purchased from Marcee.  I tend to buy used cars and would not consider for a moment not working with Marcee as I have complete trust in her skills, expertise, process and integrity in finding and clearing a car for sale that is safe and reliable.  Marcee makes the process SO easy by taking care of all the details: licenses, tabs, mechanical checks, detailing.  She is a pleasure to work with, pays attention to details, has great follow-up and follow-through. I have referred many friends to her service and all have had a great experience.  Thank you Marcee!  I love my "new" car and you :)

 
Carol A. | 2013-05-10

If you want to get a competitive price on a new car, I wouldn't recommend Marcee Hanon.
We hired her because I thought she would be able to help us efficiently get a new car and would be able to leverage her volume and relationship with dealers for a good price.  We knew exactly the model we wanted and made it clear that price was important and that we were on a budget.  I gave her two stars because she did respond to our rapid need for a new car, which I appreciated.  However, she also assured me that the price would "more than cover" her 395.00 fee.  Wrong.   As part of my general research, I had put out requests for internet quotes for our car, and was shocked to find that the price that Marcee got was $500 - 800 higher than every single internet quote I received for the exact same car.  When I asked her if she thought she might do better on the price, and showed her my quotes, she begrudgingly agreed to get the dealer to match the price but chastised me, letting me know for future reference that "she didn't play the match game" and that I should place a "value on her service".  (I thought we had covered the "value of her service" with the fee we paid, but clearly, this is not her perspective.)  We felt our concerns were greeted with a defensive and sharp attitude.  We ultimately discontinued our relationship with her and completed the car purchase on our own at significantly less cost, and less stress.

Maybe her business functions better for used car services or for people who need help choosing a car, but if you know what you want,  with minimal effort, you will get a better price with internet quotes.

 
Christine H. | 2013-04-01

I just bought my third car in 17 years via Buyer's Advantage a couldn't be happier. Not only did Marcee save me at least triple her fee ($400), but the time and irritation too. I so appreciate her friendly professionalism and expertise.
After deciding on a few models to look at (also with some help from Marcee), she setup the test drives so that I could accomplish several in just a couple of days. Once I knew the exact model I wanted, Marcee did all the work: searching for the car, mechanical checkout, negotiating, purchase, license plates - and she handled my trade-in too, getting more for it than I could myself.
Buyer's Advantage makes buying a car super easy and saves extra money that I couldn't have done on my own.

 
Dan L. | 2012-12-10

Marcy did a great job finding us a car.  We gave her our budget and she came out a little over, but ultimately found us a great car for the $$.  Have some patience, she took over 2 months to find our car.  Part of that was because what we were looking for was hard to come by.  

When she found a car that fit our bill, she had us give the go ahead and then purchased it.  She had a mechanic look at it and replaced the brakes, wipers, and any other work they deemed necessary.  We came down and took it for a test drive and signed all the paperwork and cut her a check.  Easy peasy!

Save yourself the hassle of negotiating with sleazy used car salesman and hire Marcy!

Her office right by PCC Seward Park.  If there are no spots nearby there will be some in the nearby neighborhoods.

 
Audrey M. | 2012-08-03

My huz & I do not consider ourselves car savvy. We don't really even consider ourselves car buyers. And yet, when the time comes, buy we must. Five years ago a close friend recommended Marcee's Buyer's Advantage to us and we had an excellent experience. But the true test of a great business is consistency. So when the time came to get another vehicle we used Marcee again.

This time it was confirmed. If you want to buy a no hassle, dmv free, car lot free, stress free car, Buyer's Advantage is for you. Marcee knows the process inside and out. She gets us a great deal (trust me on this, I wasted a lot of personal time trying to find a better price) every time. Plus she takes all of the unknowns out of the equation.
I wouldn't hesitate to use her again or to recommend this service to a family member or friend.

Seriously. You need wheels? Go to Buyer's Advantage.

 
Keith G. | 2012-07-10

I first saw Marcee Hanan of Buyer's Advantage sign about three years ago when I went to her Seattle office building to set up a tattoo parlor client in QuickBooks, review  their business model, and train them how to use their accounting software.

I thought at the time, "Wow, that's an interesting business idea. We have real estate agents to find us houses and handle the negotiation impartially, why not  the same for cars? (And shuddering thinking of the last time I bought a new car and how emotionally and physically difficult I found it.)"

Then when my lovely 98 Volvo S70 with less than 50K miles on it got totaled, I had to shop for a new car. I had three weeks of rental coverage from evil State Farm which tried to nickel and dime me on what the vehicle was worth. I had to submit the matter for arbitration. The arbitrator hired by the company agreed with me that my clean well maintained vehicle with all service records was worth twice what State Farm was offering. Which meant that I had more money to shop with. But that's another review.

I knew that I had a choice in terms of shopping for a car.

I could do it myself and shop (till I dropped) on the Internet until 2 am, get a Consumer Reports report, use Costco's or other alleged auto buying programs "to get a deal", or go from  dealer to dealer to get the "best price" while my business suffered from the time I would spend on "the search". Ironically, this is a common issue I deal with with my Quick Books and Quicken clients who tried to set up their books themselves, handle their own bookkeeping, and of course, mucked it up.

But that meant I would have spend a lot of billable time suffering through car dealer hell as I deal with salespersons I wouldn't hire as it was obvious that their only interest was their own and would sell me anything they could make money on as we bargain back and forth ("I have to talk to my boss about  that...") while waiting in an uncomfortable auto dealer showroom dealing with their hard seats, lots of bad coffee, and blaring music (which annoys me as a hard of hearing person, I guess it's the vibrations). And wondering why?

Or I could hire a licensed expert like Marcee Hanan to be my car buyer's agent to do the work for me. Yes, you have to be licensed to do the professional  work she does.

Marcee and I chatted on the phone. We first talked about what kind of cars I had owned in the past (basic Chevette 2 Dr, VW Camper, Peugeot 505 4DR, and  Volvo 4DR loaded) had I bought new or used, what I liked about them and didn't, how long I liked to keep my cars, what I could afford, had I prequalified  myself for a loan (yes, I used to be a real estate agent and understood the importance of being prepared) and what I wanted in a replacement.

She mentioned that she works with a couple of local dealers and suggested that I go on some test drives with her contacts and to do my own research as well  (which would also give me some price comparisons). One guy mentioned to me that "she's a tough negotiator and I was lucky to have her representing my interests."

I settled on getting a 2011 Prius IV with the navigation and solar roof package and some other less important features. I liked the mileage issues since I  travel a lot and was tired of wondering when I would pay for the next tank, safety ratings (after my accident, it was on my mind), that the vehicle was slightly less than the same size as the Volvo so I would have more room in my condo's garage, and other features.

Marcee pointed out the advantage of getting the vehicle financed through Toyota at 0% for 36 months which I took them up on versus getting it for 2.9% from BECU or Verity Credit Union and how having an installment loan would benefit my credit score.

Marcee ended up getting the vehicle from another dealer out of state for $496 less than what one Seattle-area dealer offered (still saving me money when I took into account her fee and my time savings), $1825 less than using USAA Buyer's program, and several hundred dollars less than Costco's program (you think you are getting a deal until you add on the dealer's automatic and allowed markup under the program).

She even took a picture of me leaping for joy next to my "new baby" which made its first trip to Portland on one tank of gas recently.

So if you have to buy a car, choose wisely. Choose Marcee. You'll sleep better at night. And most car dealers won't.

 
S P. | 2011-12-29

It was so great having Marcee do the dirty work of dealing with car dealers (while i could concentrate on going on vacation). When I got back from vacation, not only did she have the car I wanted at a really good price, but Also kept track of the dealer's changing incentives and got me a lower interest rate when I returned form vacation!

 
Chuck M. | 2011-06-07

Marcee recently assisted me with the purchase of a pre-owned Lexus RX 330. She also facilitated the trade-in of my older car. I feel that I received good value, sound advise, and professional service. If you are in the market for a new orused car I recommend you work with Buyers Advantage so you get a high quality vehicle at a fair price while you save time and money.

 
Theresa L. | 2009-09-10

Women owned and operated.  She'll work to find you a car that you want.

 
Todd L. | 2007-08-20

Need a new car? Want to sell your car?  

 For a small fee that will be nothing compared to the savings you'll get by avoiding a dealership, Marcee Hanan can find you exactly what you are looking for.

Why would you even bother with a dealership?