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Lexus RX 330, Car Buying, SUV
#585 of 3130 Price Quote from New York
Dec 15, 2003 (7:28 am)
Met with a salesperson at Ray Catena on Saturday. Very friendly and professional. Here are the details:
2004 Lexus RX 330 AWD
Performance Plus package
39 month lease, 12k miles
Dealer Price: $39,900
Capital Cost reduction: Zero
Bank Fee: $1016
Transfer Fee: $85
Monthly Lease Payment: $588.25 (including tax)
1. Has anyone else experienced these extremely high bank fees? The justification was that in NY, the true owner (Lexus Financial) is now liable for damages if the driver is sued. The last time I leased from Lexus, the bank fees were only $400.
2. The lease payment on the 2004 RX330 has increased about $100 over what I am currently paying on my 2000 RX300, despite a similar MSRP. The logic (according to the salesperson) is that the residual value on the 2004 has declined from 62% to 52%. Ouch.
3. Any better deals out there in the NY Metro area?
#586 of 3130 Bank Fee????
Dec 15, 2003 (7:37 am)
That bank fee "SURE LOOKS HIGH" to me.
#587 of 3130 NJ Dealership
Dec 15, 2003 (11:10 am)
I got my Lexus from Bob Ciassulli Lexus of Little Falls, NJ - now known as Tri-County Lexus. Email me at mykrx330yahoo.com and I'll send you the details/contact info. The guy that sold me my RX 330 was very courteous and easy to work with.
#588 of 3130 December to Remember
Dec 16, 2003 (12:26 pm)
I also live in NJ and am currently looking at purchasing a 2004 AWD RX330 w/Premium Plus, 18" wheels, tow, etc. MSRP for this vehicle is just under $41,700. I was hoping to get it for about $38,500. Has anyone gotten a deal similar to this or better?
I also see Lexus advertising the December to Remember sales event a lot. Are they really giving better deals away or is this just an advertising event geared to get people into the showroom?
Finally, does anyone think its worth waiting for the 2005 model year hybrid vehicle due in about 1 year? I'm sure they will command a premium but it may also mean that the current model will depreciate faster. At the same time it may also allow more bargaining room for the current model. Any thoughts?
#589 of 3130 Dealer pricing offers
Dec 16, 2003 (6:02 pm)
We've been looking at RX 330s and will probably buy this week. Basically the 3 dealers we've been to have offered about the same, $2100 off on a premium plus package. Didn't really want the heated seats but no one down here has the premium package plus the wood package and the HIDs so I can take that.
One dealer called today and they have a demo with about 5000 miles (I consider that more of a used car really) that they'll knock off another 1800, but it has about 450 of other stuff that I didn't want.
My thoughts were that they should be closer to 60 cents a mile on the demo miles and should knock down the price of the other stuff to about their cost. Since it's striping and extra tinting they can't really take it off, but I'd sure never take a new one with that.
One dealer has also offered me $4500 for my trade. They're the only one that I talked trade with because I usually just sell the old ones myself. Even this time of year I should be able to get $7500 or so.
Your thoughts are appreciated.
#591 of 3130 RE: December to Remember
Dec 16, 2003 (8:26 pm)
With this sale, Lexus is giving more attractive lease rates, and also paying all but 1.2% of the sales tax on any car that you lease (at least here in Texas). I am not sure about buying the car, though.
#592 of 3130 RX330 in DC/Balt
Dec 17, 2003 (6:58 am)
Anyone willing to share their buying experience in DC/Baltimore area? Looking at an RX330 w/ nav. I haven't decided on FWD or AWD yet. Thankfully no trade-in this time.
#593 of 3130 RE: RX330 in DC/Balt
Dec 17, 2003 (1:03 pm)
I bought mine a month ago (AWD, NAV+DVD, Bamboo Pearl)from Sheehy Lexus of Annpolis. They gave me $1350 of MSRP. I was looking for Flint Mica with Grey but did not have the luxury of time to wait for one. They were ok. But my guess is if you need both DVD and NAV then you have very few choices.
Dec 17, 2003 (1:23 pm)
Go back to message #221. In late August I was quoted a price that was at least $2,500 below MSRP on a premium plus without DVD or NAV. Can't remember the sales person's name though. Good luck.