I have a question for all the dealers on this forum as well as for folks who paid for their cars in cash (i.e., no financing from the dealer) - I recently bought my Prius II for cash from an IL dealer. As I was concluding the deal he asked for my social. I reiterated that I was buying for cash and I didnt want my credit pulled since I was planning to refinance my mortgage and didnt want any hits at this time. He said that it was a requirement of the Patriot Act and he HAD to do it. Since I had driven all the way to the dealership and my wife was starting to get irritated, I gave him the social and then we moved on. Later I mentioned this to a friend who also recently purchased a car for cash and he said he never gave his social. So my question to all dealers is - what is the real scoop? Did he just pull my credit to snoop around? to try and sell their financing which I clearly did not want? The reason I am posting this is 'coz I probably gave the dealership low marks on "Integrity" and the sales manager called me and was all pissy about it. He too reiterated that it was a govt requirement to get the SSN. I want to know what the truth is.