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#2682 of 3489 Purchased an Altima from Baker Nissan (Houston, TX)
Aug 16, 2010 (9:22 pm)
Just bought an Altima 2.5S over the weekend here in Houston, TX. My old car "blew up" and I needed to get something fairly quick so I did not spend a lot of time going from dealer to dealer to haggle and am sure I could have gotten a better deal. I visited two Nissan dealers in all.
I initially set out to get a 2.5 (no radio) that was listed in the newspaper for $16,988. I ended up getting a dark slate with charcoal interior 2.5S without any options other than floor mats and splash guards for $20,000 plus TTL (adding the 6.25% sales tax here in Texas and the nominal fees made drive out a little over $21,600.) Sticker was $22,900. I also got 0% financing for five years.
I purchased it from Baker Nissan near Reliant Stadium. The people were nice but the experience was a typical car buying experience. I talked to the salesman, we start talking price so the manager comes in, if I mention wanting to leave to think about it they run to lock the front door, and so on and so on. Like every other car I've purchased, as we were signing the paperwork the salesman just went on and on about his disbelief of what a great deal I got and how the manager just must've been in a great mood. Like I don't know that my 7 year old kid could have probably walked in and negotiated that deal. The only frustrating part was waiting for "finance". I agreed to buy the car around 4 p.m. (we arrived at the dealership at 2 p.m.) and it was about 7 p.m. by the time I was signing the loan documents and turning down the warranty and maintenance packages. Actually, that part (the waiting around) was very frustrating. Don't get me wrong, I would certainly recommend Baker Nissan to a friend but there was nothing that set them apart from any other car buying experience I've had.
The last new car I purchased for myself was in 1997 (got the wife a SUV four years ago) and this was an unplanned purchase so, not being a "car buff", I really wasn't up to speed on what's out there. I had hoped to buy a new car in a year to 18 months or so and being forced to go ahead and get one now drastically reduced my budget as to what I assumed I would spend when I finally did take the plunge. I really just honed in on the Altima over a two day period of reading newspaper ads and looking around on the internet. I state all that to emphasize what a pleasant surprise my initial experience has been with the Altima. My last new car was a BMW and of course the Altima can't corner like the Bimmer and doesn't have the punch but it is a smoother ride and it certainly is not under powered. I'm very impressed with what you can get for your money these days (I thought you had to buy a luxury car to get keyless entry and ignition.) The interior is high quality for the money and many safety features that were expensive add ons the last time I bought a car are now standard. I've seen some complaints in these forums about the seats being "hard" but I haven't noticed that. The Altima also looks pretty sharp in my opinion compared to other cars in its class. All in all it seems like a great value and, assuming the car is reliable, I think I am going to be very happy with it. I told the salesman I would probably only drive this car for 18 months or so but I can see myself keeping it for the long haul.
#2683 of 3489 Re: lifetime powertrain warranty on 2010 nissan [rickqueen1]
Aug 16, 2010 (11:26 pm)
A dealer in the Sacramento, Calif. area offers a 10 year/100K powertrain warranty with every new car purchase. We combed the fine print. It was only good at the dealership, you had to show maintenance records (whether done at dealer or 3rd party) and had to pay $200 deductible. The finance manager tried to tell us that maintenance had to be done at the Nissan dealer. Then we pointed out the fine print that said "recommended" to be done at the Nissan dealer. The finance manager then had the gall to say they must have changed it in the past few days. This guy must try to pull this trick on everyone.
#2684 of 3489 Re: lifetime powertrain warranty on 2010 nissan [xcountryflyer]
Aug 17, 2010 (8:01 am)
You probably already know this, but having gotten burned myself, it's good to keep in mind that such a warranty may be good only as long as this particular dealer is in business. Ask yourself how confident you are that this dealer will be there that long.
#2685 of 3489 Re: lifetime powertrain warranty on 2010 nissan [pen2]
Aug 17, 2010 (9:12 am)
Yes, it did cross my mind when my brother bought the car, but it wasn't something worth worrying about. This dealership group owns a few different brand dealerships and Nissan doesn't seem to be oversaturated in the Sacramento area fortunately. I figured the extended powertrain was just a bennie since they had the car they wanted in stock (3 total in NorCal) and was close to their home.
Sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience - so what happened with your dealership? Was it a Ford/GM/Chrysler dealership?
#2686 of 3489 Altima 2.5S price
Aug 17, 2010 (3:09 pm)
Hi all, the website says the 2.5S has a MSRP of $21,800 but the acutal stickers in dealer's lot say $20,895, isn't this weird? The reason I am asking this is when I was trying to get a quote for Convenience Package online, a internet sale manager gave me a good selling price of $16,895 for the base model and was later insisting on $20,360 for the one with the Convenience package. Do they use the MSRP difference or something to play some games? Thanks guys.
#2687 of 3489 Altima 2.5S with convenience, con. plus and audio
Aug 17, 2010 (9:02 pm)
I am looking to buy an Altima and found this forum to be very informative. Want to get people's feedback from the quote that I received and see if there are ways to improve it.
Altima 2.5S with convenience, con. plus and audio
Selling price $21930 after $1000 rebate and $500 customer bonus cash
Tax is $2289.79
Lic fees $394.75
Doc fee $55
This is out of San Leandro Nissan, CA
Assuming this is a good price, what are some other "freebies" I am realistically ask for?
Thanks in advance for your help.
#2688 of 3489 Re: Altima 2.5S with convenience, con. plus and audio [wakaru]
Aug 18, 2010 (11:41 am)
I'm not sure about the price of the actual vehicle as the Altima 2.5S I purchased a few days ago did not have any of the optional packages, however, I did want to mention I was initially told that I had to chose between the rebate and the 0% financing. By the time we were through dealing I was able to get both. Not sure if you need financing but just thought I'd mention it in case you do.
#2689 of 3489 Re: Altima 2.5S with convenience, con. plus and audio [wakaru]
Aug 18, 2010 (2:28 pm)
Does it have any other options on it? Like floormats, splash guards, etc?
For reference, my brother got a 2.5S with con, con plus, splash and floormats for $20,518 after rebates but before taxes/fees. I think should drive it down a bit further.
My brother did not want the audio pkg. so I searched everywhere in NorCal. I found that there were a lot more cars with con, con plus and audio. You should be able to play dealers off each other especially if you're open to color. Use the Nissan website search dealer inventory. It is tons better than going to each dealer's website.
#2690 of 3489 Re: Altima 2.5S price [tomcat626]
Aug 18, 2010 (2:29 pm)
Doesn't seem right to me. Was that $20,895 actually on the official Nissan window sticker?
The $20,360 price for a 2.5S with con and no floormats or any other options is not a very good deal. Brother paid $20,518 and got con plus, floormats and splash.
#2691 of 3489 Re: Altima 2.5S with convenience, con. plus and audio [wakaru]
Aug 18, 2010 (8:01 pm)
I am not sure about in Calif., but in Texas could negotiate down about $1000 more. I agree to play one dealer off against another. This is best done over the Internet, not in person, using an Internet sales person.
So far as freebies, I was able to talk them into kick plates, splash guards, 4 oil changes and tint.