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#8168 of 8984 Dealer Experience with Service
May 11, 2004 (8:47 am)
A number of Nissan dealers in my area (NYC and Long Island) are bad to very bad. For my next service I may actually try one of the Infiniti dealers (as the I30 is very similar to my 2001 Maxima).
Acura - I have been using the same Acura dealer for a number of years and two cars - an old Integra that we no longer have, and the new RSX-S. Pretty good service overall - never thought of going elsewhere.
My 2 cents only. Not indicative of dealers in your area.
#8169 of 8984 my dealership experience
May 11, 2004 (9:39 am)
Koeppel Nissan (queens NY)- service and sales departments were both below average. Service - let me first say, i felt like i walked into a mob operation..everyone had gold chains, suits and slick back hair. boy, was i uncomfortable in there, i didnt even want to tell them why i was there. then they proceed to charge me $50 for an inspection on my brakes because i didn't think i needed full brake work like they said i did.
Sales - when i was buying a Max back in 2000, i walked into this same dealership, (no greaseball attitude in the sales dept), the gentlemen was quite nice in going out and showing me his inventory... to make a long story short, they wanted to sell me a max with a older production date (which had older GLE wheels) and it was the color i didn't want... after an hour, i started to leave and this gentlemen got very angry and slammed the chair i was sitting at against the desk... not very professional at all... he called me to come back a week later and tried to sell me a silver GLE but at $1000 over invoice claiming this is how much it's worth, i laughed and said i would go to another dealership, which i did.
BayRidge Nissan (Brooklyn NY)- Sales (Average)Service(no experience) this dealership was refered to me by a friend who leases from them at least 6 cars the last 3 yrs... so I went in and asked to pay invoice, they agreed after alot of negotiation, so they decided to put me thru the finance manager and fleece me for $500 for an alarm that cost $100 if not less... by the time i went into his office, i was exhausted so we just gave in....
Jerry Rome Nissan (Springfld, Mass) - Service dept (above average) - fixed my rotors and brakes under warranty after i showed them the TSB's.. called when they said they would, very courteous and even drove me back to work and picked me up. Sales (very little experience here) - although i've never bought a car from them, one of the times i took my max in for service, i walked in to look at the 03 max, the gentlemen asked if i wanted to drive it... he spent some time talking to me about new features and etc... (granted there was no one in the dealership at the time) i'm sure he could've been doing something else..
Harte Nissan (Hartford CT) - Sales - i drove my maxima into their lot because my gf was looking to buy something... the sales person said..ohhh i ilke you guys, i'll talk to my manager and see what i could do for you... granted, he seem new, he came back with $200 under MSRP.... my gf said.. i thought u liked us..LOL.. needless to say, i knew what was invoice and the manager said i couldn't buy a max near that in CT... oh well, she bought a 1.8T jetta instead of a maxima SE.
i think when buying a car, they put you thru a wringer to squeeze as much profit as they can from you... first from the sales person, then the sales manager and then from the finanace guy... what a joke! but in addition to having different experiences with different dealerships, i'm sure you also have diff experiences with diff sales people too.
#8170 of 8984 Honda vs Nissan Dealers
May 11, 2004 (11:07 am)
In my experience, it's purely the local owners that dictate the level of service (repair and sales).
In the Milwaukee Wisconsin area, we have 5 Nissan and 5 Honda dealers. There are 2 excellent Nissan dealers and 2 excellent Honda dealers, when it comes to service. The other 6 are nothing short of just poorly managed, bad businesses.
In the sales arena, the Nissan dealers are far better than the Honda dealers as far as pricing (Honda just says MSRP+ while Nissans are readily available near invoice) but you get better treatment at the Honda dealers in general when buying.
For an inexperienced buyer, your chances of getting hurt (as defined as paying more than you could) are higher at the Nissan dealers than at the Honda dealers.
#8171 of 8984 Re: Below Invoice [aggiedog #8166]
May 11, 2004 (5:32 pm)
Are you sure the brand new 05 Altima is already selling below invoice? Although I never priced an Altima (due to lack of interest), it is surprising to learn that Nissan's newly minted 4DSC (ostensibly replacing the Max and is suppposedly better fitted and finished) can be had at such a low price so early. Are the 05 Camcords being heavily discounted by Toyota and Honda, which could be the cause of Nissan's sales strategy?
As to the 04 Max with the elite package, I doubt there are many of them in production, because I guess most Max owners prefer the roomy five passenger seating configuration and the fold down rear seats. Moreover, I don't think Nissan correctly priced this package. If you find an elite packaged Max at a dealer, it probably has been sitting in the lot for quite time (due to lack of demand), and you should be able to negotiate a very good price for it.
May 12, 2004 (5:21 am)
dont have rebates, and never got below 2.9%. honda has never had rebates.
regarding the altima, i just sold one at invoice, and another at MSRP this week, so its a deal-by-deal scenario.
#8173 of 8984 Re: Below invoice
May 12, 2004 (5:54 pm)
Kenny, below is a cut-n-paste from carmax.com 9:50 pm today. They are a no-haggle dealership so what you see is what you get. Their sales people are even told to walk away from customers who want to haggle over prices. That's walk away, not disrespect. Check them out. Just pick Baltimore/DC and you'll see it. I checked about 5 different models and they are all below invoice. I don't know how they are making any money.
2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4D Sedan
Stock Number: 2287509
Exterior Color: Mystic Emerald
Interior Color: Blond
No Haggle Price: $27,778*
Destination Charges, Dealer Prep: $0
Factory Invoice: $28,582
Savings from MSRP: $3,352
#8174 of 8984 What is the asterisk for?
May 12, 2004 (11:35 pm)
No Haggle Price: $27,778*
May 13, 2004 (4:52 am)
probably means plus tax and license.
May 13, 2004 (1:20 pm)
* Price honored through 5/13/2004 when purchased from the CarMax location below. Vehicle subject to prior sale. Price does not include tax, title, tags, and document processing fees.
I guess their prices are from day to day.