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#2791 of 3618 S-Plan? Time to Buy!
Aug 16, 2005 (7:23 am)
Hey gang... back again. Gonna go test drive and get serious in the coming weeks, thought I'd ask the best for some answers first!
I am eligible for the S-plan pricing due to the company I work for. I understand this is competitive with invoice and non-negotiable? Plus any rebates/incentives?
Is the S-plan price for a 2005 RX8 with certain packages set by Mazda, or by individual dealerships? Are all dealerships required to participate? In other words, should I call around for S-plan prices, or are they all gonna be the same and I shouild focus on their inventory for what I want rather than the different prices?
Also, do I tell them immediately that I am eligible for this when I go to test drive, or wait until we begin discussing numbers? Will my S-plan eligibility affect how I am treated at the dealership? (Either better or worse).
Thanks so much! I'll keep ya updated.
Aug 16, 2005 (8:05 am)
Most dealers participate in the S-plan.....It makes things very easy for the consumer and the dealer. Just go in and pick out the car you want.. Let them know you qualify for the S-plan (make sure you have your PIN number)....The S-plan price is printed right on the dealers invoice...if your going to finance you can save an additional $1000 with the Mazda credit rebate. It's a great deal and it makes things very easy for everyone.
#2793 of 3618 Re: tripec [dwynne]
Aug 16, 2005 (8:55 am)
Yep, I knew I was at the right place. I think I'll wait and watch their car lot for a while. I still think White RX-8's in Boston metro are rare and may go the distance for hanging around on the longest. I may be wrong.
As for the Sports Pkg. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT, It's the best pkg. (I hate moon roofs in the other pkgs. anyway)
1) I'm gonna drive this baby like an old man and my wife's gonna drive it like an old women with me in the back sleeping.
2) I'm probably never going to drive it in the snow because I'm driving my wife's front wheel drive, traction control car for her.
3) Having the 2006 six speed AT is going to bother me lot since the damn things, never gonna stop shifting gears.
4) I drive from Hyde Park, through the reservation, over through West Roxbury, down the back side of Jamaica way and up route 9 and on to Huntington Ave two to four times a day so I NEED, the softer NON-sports tuned suspension cause the damn streets are beaten to crap, especially the lower half of Huntington Ave with the trolley tracks in the street.
5) I really think I can get the 2005 for $21K eventually and that would be sweet enough reward right there.
Aug 16, 2005 (9:13 am)
...I really think I can get the 2005 for $21K eventually
Used 2004's are bringing more than that at dealer auctions....You might be waiting a long time.
#2795 of 3618 Re: trispec [audia8q]
Aug 16, 2005 (9:43 am)
4 months ago, when my much beloved '04 RX8 was rear-ended and totalled had a value put on it of $25K by the insurance company.
Getting a new '05 for $21K is pretty unrealistic.
#2796 of 3618 Re: trispec [graphicguy]
Aug 16, 2005 (9:56 am)
We're talking the stripped base model RX-8 AT no pkgs. MSRP is $25.9K and standard S-Plan brings it to $23.8K. I'm just 3K away and last year there were $3K and $4K rebates at the end of the year.
Seems to me it's a matter of time vs demand for a stripped White RX-8 in the Boston market that hates white I think. If the car White RX-8 that I want makes it through 9/6 rebate period on the dealer lot I think I've got a chance.
#2797 of 3618 Re: trispec [trispec]
Aug 16, 2005 (10:54 am)
If last year is an indicator, then yes eventually you could get this car for $21k. If they continue to have unsold 8s on the lot they will put more money on them to move them. Once the new 06 models arrive then there will be more money on them to help them sell, but it was posted that they may be "late" this year (compared to other 06 models) so it may be the end of the year. The big money on the 04s didn't hit until about Feb or March of 2005 - so it might be 7-8 months until you could do $21k - if they don't sell the car to someone else.
#2798 of 3618 Labor Day or Columbus Day?
Aug 16, 2005 (12:04 pm)
Here's another odd question for ya...
I'm aware of the Labor Day incentives ($1000 MAC cash), but is Columbus Day a big car sales holiday? Worth waiting for? Or is the Labor Day one the big one for car dealerships at end of summer? Do it now?
I picture Columbus Day being a good furniture sale... not sure about cars.
#2799 of 3618 Cost of Stock Wheels
Aug 16, 2005 (1:27 pm)
How much do you think the stock 16" wheels cost for the '04 automatic RX-8 cost? I leased the car and with all the caked on brake dust, I may just want to replace them or get nice rims.
#2800 of 3618 Re: trispec [trispec]
Aug 16, 2005 (2:09 pm)
Unless you are a Mazda or Ford employee, I'd say X plan is about the best price to expect for any RX8.
I suppose you could wait.
BTW....Mazda isn't going to offer x plan AND those rebates. You get one or the other unless you are a Ford or Mazda employee. Those rebates last year were put in place because no "special pricing" (X plan) was in place like it is this year.
The dealer's have sold a ton of cars with the X plan price. As best I can tell, RX8s hit a certain end of year price for '04s (that $24K number sounds mighty close to it). Mazda gives whatever incentives they have to the dealer (in lieu of X plan) and let the dealer's fend for themselves to move remaining inventory.
We get some snow around the midwest, too. It still looks like the white color is popular. So is the Automatic base version, too.
I don't think any dealer will sell any RX8 under their cost. It's just bad business.
But, you can try. My guess is, 3 months from now you may be bemoaning the fact you didn't take advantage of the deals that are happening today.
As you say, 9/6 the X plan price goes away. The incentives that are running today are about as good as their going to get.
Another case in point, I know several people that wanted to buy a GTO. They felt that if they waited to get rebates on top of employee pricing they could strike a better deal. Well, don't you know, GM excluded the GTO from the "employee pricing for all" after the first month...no rebates either. Those folks now have to pay about $2K more to buy the same thing they could have had a month ago.
Many people wanted a Mustang GT. They've been bringing MSRP and above all year. Some said "wait until the end of the year....rebates will kick in". Well, Ford totally sold out of the '05 Mustang GTs. They didn't get the car they wanted and sat back watching Ford go through two price increases (3 counting the '06 price increase) and they still don't have a car.