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Nissan Altima, Sedan
#3266 of 3459 2013 vs 2012 Altima
Aug 12, 2012 (1:31 pm)
I test drove the 2013 Altima SL vs a well-optioned 2012 SL and the 2013 version is so much better. Based on that data I drove a HARD BARGAIN on a 2012 Altima. The dealerships know they must move this inventory.
I'll post my deal here but let's just say that previous buyers are spot on with $6500-$7000 off MSRP. Forget the dealer sticker. Look at the actual MSRP then subtract $7000. That's the offer.
Then, you must "negotiate" the dealer fee with the various dealers. I paid my dealer fee but Got a Spoiler and Aluminum Kick Plates (dealer has to install still) for just $200 (installed).
Overall, the 2013 is a killer car and worth every penny of $2500-$3000 over a 2012 version. But, I chose to save that 3,000 and just get a 2012 SL. Once I have the car in my hands I'll post more about my EXACT numbers.
What I can warn you about are the LIES that dealers tell about Invoice. Most will only give you $5K off a 2012 Altima including the rebates; but, the high volume dealers will give you $7K off.
Hence, you must find a HIGH VOLUME DEALER and check the inventory.
I think once Nissan puts a $1,000 customer cash incentive on the 2013s later this year the Altimas will fly off the lots. There is NO BETTER CAR in this segment than the 2013 Altima.
I've driven the Kia Optima (EX, SX), Toyota Camry, Hond Accord, etc. and while they nice the smooth V-6 of the Altima combined with better seats, better visibility, etc. makes the Altima the one to beat.
I like my 2012 Altima SL but the 2013 Altima is a vastly improved car which is the best in its category.
#3267 of 3459 Re: 2013 vs 2012 Altima [valueguy]
Aug 12, 2012 (6:02 pm)
In order to get my deal of $7000 off MSRP I had to contact 6 dealerships.
One tried the bait and switch game with me ( "you wanted a loaded SL. oh, I thought you wanted a BASE Altima") while 2 others would only give $6K off MSRP.
One flat out said "5500 is the Max off MSRP with all the rebates" then called me back a day later to increase the offer to $6,000 off.
2 dealers really wanted my business and I think that a true cold-hearted SOB could have bled them dry feeding off each other. In the end I got the car I wanted at a cool $7K off MSRP for a SL with Audio package, Convenience package, Convenience plus package and a few minor dealer items.
This process took me at least 10-12 hours of my time (my wife says 20 hours was more like it) so be prepared for a long haul to get that $7K off MSRP instead of $5500. Pethaps, you can try the FAX method but then you must still call them back and haggle over the phone for an hour. Then, call the other dealer and haggle some more. If you aren't careful both dealers will cease bargaining with you as they will see you won't be buying from them (they see that this game never ends as well). You will be asked "What price will you buy the car from me and do I have your word that if I get you that deal then you will buy the car?" If you say "yes" then in all probability you won't be able to call back and haggle much more with them.
Good luck with the deal and remember use the actual MSRP to start from and not some dealer sticker.
#3268 of 3459 When will the 2.5 SL Tech arrive, Long Island
Aug 13, 2012 (7:31 am)
So I got a 2.5 SL with Tech package 2K down, free oil changes for 2 years and tire coverage for 3 years 39 months 12K miles for 343 a month about 400$ due at signing in Long Island
A: is that a good deal?
B: WHEN WILL IT COME??? The dealer THINKS 8/24 then again they first said 8/17 at the end of July when I ordered it. What's the delay? I already sold my old car and I'm aching to get behind the wheel of this beauty. HELP
#3269 of 3459 Re: When will the 2.5 SL Tech arrive, Long Island [mattinyc]
Aug 13, 2012 (9:48 am)
I placed my order with nissan in July 1st week around independance day and also visited the nearby dealer for my appraisal for trade-in. I was told 4-6 weeks. than after some follow up with nissan I found out the order was never confirmed by the dealer and had to change the wordings and tone ot talk with nissan. Nissan than called in dealer and the order was finally confirmed on July 23rd with potential delivery date in Sep 1st week.
I am in same boat with you the only difference is I didn't trust my dealer and sell the car. Anyways my car is 14 years old and nobody is ready to touch it so that could be another reason why i got saved from dealer gimics. I am in NJ and no dealer in NJ area has received SL with tech pacakge. If you or anyone finds any SL with tech package in NJ please inform me here.
Also if you or anybody can shed some light on what are the next steps in pre-order process please let me know
#3270 of 3459 Re: When will the 2.5 SL Tech arrive, Long Island [growing_credit]
Aug 13, 2012 (2:11 pm)
Really September now? UGH! I just called my dealer. She said she had a 3.5 with tech in white (no thanks) and didn't seem to have a clue about when the 2.5 would arrive. I was told the 23rd/24th too about a week ago. I don't buy it. I would think the dealers want them in before month end so they can closed out the sale. I don't think commission is earned till the car is in the buyers hands? I wouldn't want this car in fabric. The fabric seats look like big cheap lint brushes.
You should shop around the trade in. I had a 2006 Civic coupe 5 speed with 40K miles and Nissan said they would give me 4K and a smaller local used car guy offered 7K, I ended up selling it privately to a friend for $8,250.
#3271 of 3459 Re: When will the 2.5 SL Tech arrive, Long Island [mattinyc]
Aug 13, 2012 (5:28 pm)
I've lot of problems in car (internal and external) with more than 171000 miles on it. I knew it is going to take long for it to sell so I already tried puttling up online but people are turning down after hearing the mileage and looking at the exterior (had a hit and run on drivers side). I definately have private sale option open.
#3272 of 3459 2013 Altima 2.5 SL with Tech Package
Aug 15, 2012 (11:47 am)
Just saw yesterday a 2013 altima 2.5 SL with tech package for sale in a nissan dealership located near NJ - PA border. Hope NJ receives it soon
#3273 of 3459 Re: Proud owner [bfired]
Aug 15, 2012 (8:38 pm)
You got a great price. I paid only about $3500 less for a 2.5SL Audio, Conven, Conven Plus, Spoiler, tint, etc. so your price was awesome.
In addition, I got hosed with 4.9% rate for 36 months through NMAC. I going to pay it off in 90 days.
Does anyone know if I can mail in 3 equal payments over the next 90 days?
Or, must I pay the agreed amount for the first 2 months then pay off the remaining amount with the 3rd month payment?
Also, I never signed anything formally requiring me to NOT pay off my Nissan in 30 days. DO I risk small claims court if I pay off my loan in 30 days?
By the way, I was Tier 0 credit and they still nailed me with 4.9%.
Aug 17, 2012 (8:35 am)
Does anyone here know if banks and or CU go below their advertised rate depending on the credit to finance a new car?
#3275 of 3459 Re: 2013 altima [growing_credit]
Aug 17, 2012 (11:39 am)
PenFed CU has 1.49% for new & used cars -- if you use their online car buying service (partnered with TrueCar) you can get 0.49%
PenFed is very picky about who they approve so make sure you have good credit history -- anyone can become a member by making a one-time donation
They also have a good credit card to use for gas purchases