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Lexus RX 330, Car Buying, SUV
#2110 of 3130 Re: Dying to buy a new RX330! [tinal]
Jun 21, 2005 (10:11 pm)
Please take a look at my message #1786 in this forum about my experience buying my 2005 RX 330 AWD through the Internet Sales Manager at Lexus of Riverside, California and having it shipped to Portland, OR for pickup. You should be able to contact the Internet Sales people at any dealership from their web site and communicate by email and/or phone. Good luck, and let me know if you have more detailed questions!
#2111 of 3130 Re: Dying to buy a new RX330! [tinal]
Jun 21, 2005 (11:53 pm)
Now is the time to research pricing on Edmunds and Consumer Reports. Edmunds.com s' DealSmart will give you Invoice prices and TMV prices... or what people are paying for the RX in your area. Get your finances in order first i.e. Savings, pre-approvals, E-Loans, whatever you're going to use.... HAVE YOUR MONEY READY AND BE A CASH BUYER, plan on being an Invoice up buyer and not an MSRP down negotiator and monthly payment buyer.
Send your request for quotes out to local dealers through Edmunds, you can include dealers from bordering states.
If it's a week-day you will be flooded with email offers within a couple of hours (some dealers will be quicker to respond than others and some may not respond at all)
The dealers will try and coax you into the Dealership (via email without committing to a price) for a test drive and to build excitement, Excitement sells... as a buyer you don't want to be excited until you get the Keys to your RX at the price YOU want to pay. In your emails be shrewd and exacting, but not so tough that you turn the salesman off... I highly recommend reading "Confessions of a Car Salesman" at the edmunds site, it really gives you a sense for what's going on at dealerships these days.
Once you break the email ice, start talking numbers and when you want to buy, the internet sales manager will start quoting you numbers. If you know the Invoice price for the RX with the options you want, the numbers will look familiar or close to what you want to pay.
Email the other dealers and tell them "The guy at "This Lexus Dealer" quoted me i.e. "39388" for the model I want etc... Go round and round til one of them hits your magic number, compare that number to what we're paying here on the forum.
Get them to commit to that magic number in email including taxes, destination, conveyance, and THEN go to the dealership with an "almost" done deal before you walk into the dealership. If they try any funny business with the bait and switch, or hidden charges... Walk.
Of course, know the vehicle you want to purchase well before you start the process. Also know the vehicles competition i.e. Infiniti FX, Acura MDX, BMW X3, Volvo XC90, and so on. Get all your test driving out of the way before hand.
Hope this helps some.
#2112 of 3130 Re: Nasty experience at MD dealer [crimison]
Jun 22, 2005 (9:34 am)
Contact your local State's Attorney and you will get your deposit back. Good Luck Frank Love at Lindsay Lexus
#2113 of 3130 How get I get a best deal for RX-330 AWD in Washington DC?
Jun 23, 2005 (8:42 am)
I am looking at '05 330 with Premium Plus Pkg and Navigation System in the Washinton DC area. Could you please give me information about your best deal and the name of the person that you deal with in Washington DC area. Also did you get the car at invoice price. I went to Pohanka and Lindsay dealship yesterday. Pohanka's deal did not talk to me because they said that they don't deal with invoice price. Then I went to lindsay dealship offer $40,000 for '05 RX-330 AWD with Premiun Plus Pkg and Navigation System (almost $1000 more then invoice price). They still do not sell to me. Am I offer too lower. Please Help!!!
#2114 of 3130 RX 330 pricing in NJ/NYC
Jun 24, 2005 (9:34 am)
I live in NJ/NYC area. Does anyone have pricing for AWD RX330 w/ Nav & Premium+ ? I got a quote for invoice ($39887) + tax. Anyone found a better deal then this?
#2115 of 3130 Re: RX 330 pricing in NJ/NYC [fun6889]
Jun 24, 2005 (12:44 pm)
I think you get pretty good deal. I am live in Washington DC area. I just got a deal with $40,000 + title + tax + 100 processing fee. (Same model as yours).
#2116 of 3130 Fun6889 Where???
Jun 24, 2005 (4:43 pm)
in New jersey. Dealers name and location, please.
#2117 of 3130 Re: HELP! ME! PLEASE?! BOSTON [edie99]
Jun 25, 2005 (9:05 pm)
Lexus of Danvers initially trys to play hardball on price, however, they will deal. See my post #2047. I paid 40,500 for a 330 w/msrp of 45,083. This is approx 300 -500 over dealer cost. Dealer cost per NADA.com is 39,420 adding 400 for lexus dealer advertising brings cost to 39,820. I had them include winter mats and install mudflaps (200-350 value depending who you ask) bringing total dealer cost to 40,020 - 40,170. My experience was, know exactly what you want, color, options etc., let them know you are ready to purchase today and deal via phone with the internet manager. I phoned both Lexus of Danvers and Lexus of Watertown. The response from each was " We cannot sell that vehicle at 40,500," I was polite, left them my name and phone number and told them I will be contacting other area dealers and if they change their mind to call me back. Both dealerships called back within an hour saying if I would sign the deal today they would do it. Neither dealer had my preferred color combo in stock. I chose Lexus of Danvers for two reasons, they had been servicing my gs 300 and I was very satisfied with service dept and they had my color combo being shipped from the manufacturer in 14 days. I gave them a 500 credit card deposit. 3 weeks later they called saying vehicle had arrived so I went in to pay for it. DO NOT fall for the trap of paying an additional 195 processing fee. I was told by the internet manager and his manager that this was NOT negotiable. To quote them "We have never and will never negotiate this." I am a sales director for a professional services company and if I ever tried to charge my clients for preparing an invoice they would laugh at me. However, included in the processing fee is the service of getting the proper insurance documents and going to the RMV to pick up plates. I felt this was worth 50 and offered them 50 for the service. Again they said no. I believe everyone is entitled to a fair profit but 195 for this? I told them thanks but no thanks, handed the paperwork back to them and began walking out of the dealership. My wife was pretty upset w/me as this vehicle was for her. Needless to say they stopped me before I could take 5 steps and said we have a deal. It appears from my research and experience you should be able to purchase for 300-500 over dealer cost. Good luck!
#2118 of 3130 Read back at least 10-15 pages to see trends.
Jun 26, 2005 (8:51 pm)
I purchased my Brand New Black/Gray RX330 Premium Plus, Nav, 18's, etc... on June 8th. Many folks here helped me out, as in the post above. I got the best information by reading previous post. I noticed that some people are asking for a best price in a specific region, and on the previous page someone just explained the good deal they just received from a dealer in that same locality. Definitely go back at least 10 pages or so reading up to recent post and you'll start to see trends not only in your area but across the country. The information isn't that old and is very helpful. Also, if some dealers aren't familiar with Edmunds (I tend to believe most internet sales people know edmunds very well) you can cut and paste various post into your email negotiations to them,.... or for walk-ins, you can print out the pages and post that closest resemble the deal that you are looking for and bring them to the dealership. Just trying to help new members out as best I can... the more deals you read about, the easier it'll be for you to sniff out a bad deal, which hopefully will save you some money.
#2119 of 3130 Re: RX 330 pricing in NJ/NYC [fun6889]
Jun 27, 2005 (1:16 pm)
I live in NJ/NYC area. ($39887) + tax is a very good deal.
Can you provide the dealer name and location please.