This is the route I took. I pretty much had a template email saying "What's the best pricing you can do for both financing and cash? Please provide the breakdown of fees in the reply back. I also have a trade in *list details*. Please let me know what we can work with and then I will schedule a test drive"Next best way is to get 3-4 offers in writing from separate dealers and then get them to compete against each other.
The first dealer to reply back actually read what I put down and gave me the breakdowns (listed above). The shitty dealerships didn't even read through the email and would just ask what I was looking for. For those that did reply back, I found the closer dealerships to me where a little higher than one who was farther out. I presented the quote and said "I received a quote from XXX Dealership but they're about an hours drive away. If you could beat or match this price, I would love to come to you instead." Two of the dealerships gave me a new breakdown showing that they could beat it by $500 or more!
It was super easy just dealing with emails and having paper trails I could reference with each other.