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Lexus RX 330, Car Buying, SUV
#2000 of 3130 Re: Finally Almost Done Deal [crystal2]
May 12, 2005 (6:00 pm)
I am interested in how you fared with the delivery, etc. I emailed and talked to Glendale Lexus today (based on you posting) and was quoted very good prices-- much better then the local dealer here in Hollywood, Fla. I had a copy of your email and the local guy as much as said he couldn't compete. While there I got a call from the dealer in s cal. and he said to ask you who did your cross country delivery-- he thought $400 sounded like a great price. I was also thinking of the Thuindercloud-- but sales guy suggested get the 2005 RX 330 all decked out-- esentially the same car-- my main thing was I like the wood (400H too sterile with only brushed metal) and white color, he siad the wood is red walnut on the RX 330...so am pricing white AWD with everything including DVD for 42,500. He has one coming in late May. Without DVD9 ==also without Levison audio 40,200 but no white ones now. Then sales tax and delivery. Look forward to hearing how it all worked out.. Lori
#2001 of 3130 Re: Finally Almost Done Deal [lori33019]
May 12, 2005 (7:36 pm)
Hi, Lori, You are confirming what I heard a few months ago; that the deals in Southern CA. are some of the best around. I was not sure if this was still the case since the 400H came out. I did get a local Long Island person to come close to the S. CA. prices (but with shipping tagged onto the price).
The shipping was arranged thru Fleetrates.com since I went thru them for my deal (they hooked me up with Lexus Glendale). I was naive and thought I was negotiating the destination charge, so I was arguing for shipping rate based on the normal $650 (apprx) dest. fee. I thought I was good and going more than half way for the shipping. The actual shipping for my RX330 was a little over $1000 door to door. Yes, I got an excellent price because the owner of Fleetrates.com was ready to make the deal work.
However, the shipping has caused one big problem. I have yet to receive the SUV. This had nothing to do with the dealership. The SUV was picked up on 4/21/05 and held in a CA. terminal of the transport co. (DASautoshippers.com) until 5/2/05, before finally being transported across the country (actual trip took approx. 3 days). I was told the SUV would arrive 5/5/05, but they missed that by a few days, then I could not be around for a Monday delivery (3 days after the SUV arrived in the NJ terminal). I am finally going to receive it by tomorrow A.M.
So this is the bad news (in addition to the fact that you may have trouble getting a low transport fee like mine) - I closed on my car loan 4/15/05, but it would have taken nearly a month (5/13/05) before I actually get to drive the car.
Your deal does sound good with the RSES (DVD player). I do not have that or the Performance (suspension) package. However, we have 3 portable laptops with excellent battery life and beautiful DVD picture (SONY). So I did not care that much about the ent system. Let me know how it works out. Good luck!
#2003 of 3130 RX330 Received!
May 13, 2005 (9:40 am)
Hi, I finally received my Thundercloud Ed. AWD RX330. It was delivered this afternoon and looked in excellent shape except for cosmetic dirt, e.g., smudges on driver's door and dirty footprints on mats - front and rear (I wished I had known to ask the dealership to keep the papermats on front and back (back had footprints - no papermats; front mats had footprints underneath the papermats - however, the papermats belonged to DASautoshippers (with their co. name), the transport co. Problem might have been eliminated if I asked for dealership mats. I immediately placed the front and back floor Husky liner mats and cargo mat (also Husky Liner) in the SUV. The mats appear to fit this car perfectly and they do not look bad at all (I purchased gray ones to match the gray interior). I have to also thank the Internet Sales Manager at Lexus Glendale for the cargo net and nice-looking installation.
But I cannot complain about this since it has been a long trip. Just a tip to others who are transporting their cars.
Bwalke, I got my deal by first contacting Fleetrates who then connected me with Lexus of Glendale, Internet Sales Manager, to complete the deal. Perhaps you can speak to Fleetrates first (ask for the owner; he was totally professional and service-oriented) or you can go directly to the Internet Sales Manager at Lexus Glendale (CA.) I cannot provide specific names, but you can ask for the person by position, based on the info I have provided. I also have provided the transport co. info for those who are interested in getting transport fee info. The best to you!
I am very excited about the SUV and cannot wait to take a ride out towards the Hamptons/ Montauk area in Long Island later today or this weekend!
#2004 of 3130 Internet buying experience
May 13, 2005 (3:39 pm)
The RX330 (AWD+NAV at MSRP 45083) has listed internet price of 39888 on some So. CA dealers. The bay area (N. CA) has the internet price of 41000 - 41500 of the same car. My understanding is that the DVD+Levison is for 1200 more. (By the way, there are 6 trim levels, 3 for FWD and 3 for AWD, which if you asked for quote, some dealer will forward the info to you.)
I've not found out the invoice price of the car yet. I am assuming the 39888 is around 500 above the invoice, but I have no idea as no dealer giving me the info - an internal policy among dealers?
By the way, it is hard to find the car with certain color (say bamboo pearl, which my wife wants as this her car). But you can always pay 500 toward reserving the car you want in the future shipment.
Internet shopping is quite easy. I had the quote from about 8 dealers (4 from N. CA, and 4 from S. CA) and finalized to two. I then pick the dealer with car in the shipment, since the other does not have any. that's all.
Is the car at this price a good deal? I have no idea. Cheers,
#2005 of 3130 Re: Internet buying experience [yyy]
May 13, 2005 (9:08 pm)
I just recently purchased in No.Cal the same combination (AWD+NAV+ Premium PLUS) for 40,075 which the dealer told me is invoice +200. I was shown a print put of an Invoice by the Internet manager. Are you saying the actual Invoice is 39,888?But I really got the color I wanted Flint Mica with Grey interior. Now I feel cheated if the 39888 is 500 over invoice. Where did you get this info from ?
#2006 of 3130 RE:Internet buying experience
May 14, 2005 (6:30 am)
Hi!Dealer invoice price for RX330 P+ w/Navi is 39888(including 468$ LDA-local adv.) have it in my office, but dealers get holdbacks and other payments up to 2000. Bought one for 39420 in DC area few days ago, but promised not push on this price until month end. But i`m wholesale(buying about 5-10 cars a month)
#2007 of 3130 Invoice plus how much is a good deal???
May 14, 2005 (6:36 am)
Ladies and Gents,
I am a smart, but simple man. There seems to be a lot of confusion as to how much people are paying for a specific trim.
I will keep it simple: How much over invoice should I expect to pay? Is anyone seeing under invoice, at invoice, 200 over etc. Through Edmunds and USAA car builder, I can basically get a good idea as to true invoice price (not what the dealer says).
Incidentally, I am looking for a fully loaded RX330. NAV, RES, Heated Seats, Tow package and receiver, cargo mat, wheel locks, HID, AFL, Rain sensing wipers etc. Crystal2, the Thundercloud you purchased sounds similiar to what I am looking for, but I am not sure I like the black wood accents. I will have to look at another one soon.
Bottomline, I need to know how close to invoice I need to offer, and how much should cause me to walk away from the desk, hang up the phone or delete the email (depending on whether I prefer person to person or internet sales). If I walk away, I want it to be because I KNOW that their deal was not the best I could get.
I welcome all responses.
#2008 of 3130 RE:Internet buying experience [tsyganok]
May 14, 2005 (7:37 am)
Thanks for that info. Is LDA something that they spend and get it reimbursed from Lexus or Lexus charge them irrespective of they do local adv. or not. Now I feel not that bad. I was aware of the dealer incentives. That is why I was shooting for one at Invoice. I couldn't get anyone here to move on price below this one dealer who agreed for Invoice +200. Are you saying you buy the cars at wholesale price? Are you a re seller? How do you sell them?
#2009 of 3130 Extened warranty
May 14, 2005 (7:41 am)
Has anyone purchased an extended warranty on the RX330. What is a reasonable price? I live in the Mid-West and do not know if prices are different indifferent parts of the US.