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Lexus RX 330, Car Buying, SUV
#3048 of 3130 Re: RX350 - Better deals in Southern California [zozk]
Dec 22, 2006 (3:38 pm)
I live in Redmond and did just that in December of 2004. Because I wanted to trade in my 2002 RX 300 on a 2005 RX 330, I went through Auto Solutions, a broker that works with credit unions and charged me $350. They arranged the deal with the Internet Manager at Lexus of Riverside (Southern California), which included a "paper trade" so that Auto Solutions ended up with my 2002 RX and I got my trade equity applied to the lease transaction with Lexus of Riverside. It was shipped to Auto Solutions in Portland, I picked it up there and was given a Washington State temporary 3-day license to drive it home to Redmond and then apply for the Washington registration myself.
The whole transaction was smooth and less expensive than buying from one of the Northwest dealers. It could all (negotiated purchase including shipping) be done directly with the California dealer also, which I have since talked to Lexus of Riverside about also. Some of the other Southern California dealers that have been mention in these forums will probably do the same thing.
Good luck...hope you will share your experience with us!
#3049 of 3130 Re: RX350 - Better deals in Southern California [darballman1]
Dec 22, 2006 (7:41 pm)
You may find few other dealers in sou california who were willing to match the same price 39k but the color I wanted wasn't available instock with most of them. In the first two weeks of December, they were quoting a little higher but now, they are willing to sell it at a lower price. Maybe inview of the targets since it is the last week of the year. Newport,Oxnard and Keyes dealerships matched this price.
I already signed the paperwork for the color I was looking for with Lexus Carlsbad for 39,396 and couldn't back out of it. I am an out of state customer(from Minnesota) shopping for the best prices and my friend and I bought one RX350 each.They just provided the All Weather mats which are retailing for 137.50 upon a little renegotiation free of cost which I don't think is a big deal anyway.
Anyone else who is looking for a Lexus, I would advise you to shop arnd in South California before you buy one to grab the best deal.
Being out of state customer, I had to pay only the Doc fee (45.00), tire fee (8.50) and a temp permit (15.00) which is altogether 68.50.
I was told that I just need to pay the TTL here in Minnesota once I get the vehicle shipped. I am expecting my car sometime in first week of January.
I got a quote for 610 dollars for shipping from CA to MN (Terminal to Terminal). Dealer is dropping off the vehicle at the Auto shipper's terminal in Sandiego.
Hope my experience would help other Out of State buyers like me and if anyone has any questions, please email me if I can be of any further assistance.
#3050 of 3130 Re: RX350 - Better deals in Southern California [zozk]
Dec 22, 2006 (8:18 pm)
See my earlier post #3035 in this discussion. I live in Redmond, WA and I bought my RX350 a week ago in the Bay Area (No. Cal) at $800 below the invoice price. I picked up the car myself and drove it all the way back to WA (12 hours). You can also ship you car using any auto shipper - their delivery time and prices vary but you should be able to ship the car door-to-door for $600 or so and get it in a week.
If you drive the car yourself, you pay the CA tax (8.25%) at the CA dealership and then the tax difference in WA, when you register your car with the local DMV.
I negotiated with Lexus of Bellevue and Seattle and none of them came even close to what I was going to pay for the car. The best quote I got from them was about $1200 over the invoice. The salesman at LoB was full of sh.. - he lied in my face (I was able to verify that on the spot).
I also emailed Lexus of Spokane, Lexus of Portland, Lexus of Eugene, Lexus of Boise. None of them came up with a reasonable quote. On the contrary, almost all of the Lexus dealerships in So. and No. Cal. promptly sent me quotes well below the invoice.
I don't see a reason why one should pay an extra grand or two to the local dealer unless you are really bonded with them or you don't care much about the money. For RX350 AWD, I recommend dealers in No. Cal. (Putnam, Stevens Creek, Magnusson) for RX350 FWD I recommend Lexus dealers in So. Cal. (Longo, Westminter, Mission Viejo).
#3051 of 3130 Which color did you choose and why?
Dec 23, 2006 (2:02 am)
I am in the final throes of deciding on an RX 350 color. Definitely want ivory interior, and am down to neptune blue, bamboo or black for the exterior. When I tried the bamboo I felt excited and energized, didn't even want to stop at stop signs, just wanted to go! With the darker colors, feel more solid and sedate, but wonder if this will get boring. Am hitting 50 so am afraid to give up that youthful feeling too easily. Also, how hard are the darker colors to keep clean, and are they hotter in the summer?
#3052 of 3130 Color Choice
Dec 23, 2006 (8:16 am)
Though darker colors look really impressive it is hard to maintain them. So this time I went for a lighter shade Breakwater blue and infact I liked it.
#3053 of 3130 Re: 04 RX330 Question [jockkk]
Dec 23, 2006 (8:49 am)
Darn! I'm sorry that I missed this post. I bought it in Newport Beach, CA and got the showroom model.
I felt that I got a great deal, although at the time, I didn't want the DVD (2 kids...I thought, lots of begging/fighting?)and didn't really want to pay the extra. But the Mark Levinson won out and is worth it. The rear seats recline and the wireless headsets are a dream. My husband and I can sit in the front, listen to our music and the kids are happy as clams on long trips.
#3054 of 3130 Re: RX350 - Better deals in Southern California [darballman1]
Dec 23, 2006 (9:15 am)
Can you please tell me what was the price Longo and Crown were offering so that I can let my friends know since one of them is planning on buying.
#3055 of 3130 Re: RX350 - Better deals in Southern California [vipulg]
Dec 23, 2006 (10:08 am)
I am also planning to buy from Southern Ca and please provide me the details about the Auto shippers and contact information. How did u select the Auto shipper and got your quote?
#3056 of 3130 Re: RX350 - Better deals in Southern California [kaykay1]
Dec 23, 2006 (1:15 pm)
I took quotes from atleast 10 auto shippers and DASautoshippers.com (Dependable Auto Shippers) turned out to be the cheapest for both Door to Door as well as Terminal to Terminal. Just go to their website and enter your zipcodes from and to and you'll be able to see an instant quote. Incase you wanted to find out the rate for Door to Door, you can see that option as well in the same page as you scroll down. I don't know if it would be the cheapest for you but for CA to MN it turned out to be the cheapest and also I used this before once couple of years ago and there service was good. All other competitors quoted me atleast 750 as opposed to 610.
If it is costing more for Door to Door, look for a dealer who would drop the vehicle free to the terminal. Most of the dealers drop the vehicle free of cost within a radius of 50 miles.
Hope this info helps you. Please share your experience if possible.
#3057 of 3130 Re: RX350 - Better deals in Southern California [zopuhd]
Dec 24, 2006 (10:15 pm)
Your mail response to Zozk mentioned some SO. Cal dealers are offering $800 below the invoice price. I checked the Edmunds RX350 (no options) invoice price with destination charge is $33814.00. So I maybe pay around $33100.00. Is that right?
I live in Dallas. If I have someone to drive new car for me to Dallas, can I pay the Texas tax (6.00%) instead of CAL tax? Thanks. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!