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Nissan Altima, Sedan
#400 of 3495 Re: Price on 2005 Altima 2.5S in Central Fla [roberto2]
Dec 23, 2004 (8:25 pm)
Just bought a 2005 2.5S AT with ABS, Side Airbags, splash guards, mats, protection package (oh boy) and dealer installed spoiler (like I need a hole in my head).
I live in Missouri.
I am now driving a 2001 Maxima SE - loaded to the gills.
The complaints about seeing instrumentation during the day - bogus. Complaints about noise and ride - bogus. It's a nissan - feeling the road is what it's about.
I can tell you that I have gone round and round with dealers for about 2 months. I have solicited fax offers, done some phone "dealing" and been in dealerships and walked out.
I was originally looking for a 2.5S, ABS/Side, convenience package, with exterior color choices narrowed to two (silver and pewter) and interior one (only frost for me).
These packages (forget my color peeves) are TOUGH to find.
Let me first say that when I began dealing, I began dealing with dealerships I figured I would never deal with. Those that are small and/or sell multiple makes of cars. It paid off, because I ended up buying from a large Nissan only dealer with a good rep. - where you will most likely get your best price. I used faxed offers from others to bring the target dealer in line.
I considered ordering a car and also the "dealer search" method. What I learned was that I could not get a date in writing for the order (or provide a loner for free) and that "dealer find" adds a who knows (who knows how much it costs them) money factor (we have to trade for it, get it here; blah, blah, blah). Besides that, if you're dealing on a car that doesn't exist on a lot in the local area, most times you are wasting your time. If you shop offers this way - you're gonna hear, "Do they have it in stock ?" - and they're right (cuz they know) - you end up negotiating for a car that doesn't exist.
I never talked payments, never talked financing or trade-in, wasn't in a hurry, never test drove the car (until 2 seconds before signing the paperwork - the guy about fell over - I did the research, it's a good 4 banger so who cares)always started from "invoice" ('wholesale' of items plus holdback and destination, minus incentives), never thought about paying a dime for BS extras and kept my options open (Honda Accord Lx, Mazda 6).
So the price - 17,900. Could have been 17,600 - but I got hung on the spoiler. The only dealership in the area with my exact colors and package (gave up on the convenience) - but with a spoiler added. But, I figured this was my max price for what I wanted - so what the hell.
Sweet victory - the dealer I bought it from is getting the car from another local dealer. That local dealer wouldn't deal - was at about 20,000 for the car. Mr. 'old fashioned sales manager that won't let us deal on the phone' dealer.
Anywho - I don't think I "tore their lips off" but I got a good deal. The Consumer reports wholesale for the car was at 18,370 (2.5S AT, ABS/Side, mats, guards, protect and spoiler).
Incidentally, I could have had (without the final haggling) a convenience package added and paid 19,000 - but I dislike the black interior.
Incidentally - my finance rate was at 4.25 with an established credit union. Nissan offered me 3.7 as I was signing the paperwork.
Feel free to e-mail with questions; wrasse1hotmail.com.
#401 of 3495 GOOD website
Dec 25, 2004 (2:36 pm)
Can YOU recommend any GOOD website where I can purchase a car directly?
#402 of 3495 Re: Price on 2005 Altima 2.5S in Central Fla [wrasse1]
Dec 26, 2004 (4:31 am)
Not a good idea to post your email address here. You risk getting a lot of spam. It is better to mark your email public. This allows other Edmund's members to email you. Good luck!
#403 of 3495 Re: Price on 2005 Altima 2.5S in Central Fla [roberto2]
Dec 26, 2004 (7:44 am)
Received 2005 Altima SL and I love it. I forgot to include the sticker price in my previous post. Here are the final numbers again. Entire transaction was completed via email and phone. Car was delivered at no charge (driven to trucked 100 miles).
2005 Altima SL
SL package (leather, heated seats & the works)
Side Airbags and ABS (hard to find)
Powered Moonroof (no choice)
Floor & Trunk Mats- 5 piece
Sunroof Wind Deflector
Sticker on Window(MSRP) $26070*
TMV was $24059*
Paid $24100 Out the Door
*These numbers do not include Tax, Tag and Title.
#404 of 3495 Re: Price on 2005 Altima 2.5S
Dec 27, 2004 (12:31 am)
I just bought an Altima 2.5S, convenience package, splash guards, floor mats - MSRP $22,110, for a drive out of $19,900.
From other messages it sounds like the recent experience has been to get a drive out about $2000 less than MSRP. However one message,-
#397 of 403 New Altima Pricing by durandal0 Dec 17, 2004 (10:32 am)- got closer to $3000 less than MSRP.
I got my price by submitting a detailed request for quote from 10+ dealers in my area. More than half responded. I picked the best response, and went to the dealer and paid the price w/o haggling. After the ink was signed, the two salesmen that I was talking to gave me indications that I was leaving money on the table using my approach. It sounded as if the dealerships have a bottom line number at about $500 below invoice, that they will not quote below. The sales person I was dealing with said the on-line sales people have the same constraints that the dealers on the floor have.
If I could have done it differently I may have taken the best quote, subtracted $1000+ from it, and asked a dealer if they would meet it, and practice walking away from dealerships until I got a price that worked.
#405 of 3495 best price on a 2005 SE-R
Dec 29, 2004 (12:12 pm)
my dealer has a 2005 SE-R he's trying to sell me. it's sticker is right under $32k which includes their normal $1400 sealant/protection package. i thought he said there was a $2500 rebate on them, but i can't find it on nissan's web site. i can probably get him down to $28k but is the SE-R really a $28,000 car?
#406 of 3495 Re: best price on a 2005 SE-R [charlie_b]
Dec 29, 2004 (1:46 pm)
as a salesperson - the $1400 sealant/paint protection package seems like a ripoff. we have ours for $495 - and THAT includes a reasonable markup! there is NO rebate on the SE-R, but there is a special financing rate available. There is about $2500 profit in the car (from MSRP to invoice). Hope that helps! See if you cant get them to scratch out that paint sealant thing, or at least knock the price down! thats a bit much.
#407 of 3495 Re: New 2005 Altimas with $1,500 cash back now ? [thornhilljasun]
Dec 29, 2004 (10:28 pm)
I would to purchase an Altima ASAP, how can I get a hold of you?
#408 of 3495 Re: Ave Price Paid vs Invoice? [maddcoww]
Dec 30, 2004 (10:49 am)
bought my new altima (2.5S, automatic trans)dec. 27 for $17,349 +TT&L. dealt with the internet sales guy which was a very easy experience, but not all of them are that way.. i did not get any options, but i did not have to haggle for floor mats as it was included in the price. i did barter for window tinting and also got that included for no extra. i got my car in dallas, texas. just email for a quote from all the nearby dealerships. i continued emailing the sales rep until we confirmed everything (i also called him right before i went to the dealership to make the deal).
#409 of 3495 Re: Buying new Altima [durandal0]
Dec 31, 2004 (12:15 pm)
dunno if this still helps u but i recently got a quote for an 05 Altima S from a dealer .. it had the compass/auto-dim-mirror/out temp, mudguards with side rocker panels, protection package and floormats added on.. pewter with frost interiors and leather seats thrown in.. it came to 19.4 total after title and taxes and taking off all rebates.. sounds very good to me.. do let us know how ur shopping went.. best of luck..