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Pontiac Vibe, Hatchback, Wagon
#303 of 399 Found a 2009 Vibe
Sep 07, 2008 (7:40 pm)
Had to go to Atlanta to do it. Most of the dealers in the Greenville/Spartanburg area are holding buyers up for a $299 document processing fee. The one that didn't only had a single Vibe in stock and was loaded with options we didn't want or need. Carl Black Pontiac in Roswell came through (only something like a $25 documentation fee) after we mass emailed dealers in a 150 mile radius. We got the 1.8l engine, 4 speed auto, a/c and preferred package. After GM rebates and employee pricing the car came in at $16572. About $800 under Edmunds invoice after you figure in shipping. The final sweetner was the $2000 in GM card rebates that lowered the final price to just under $15k including TT&L. Don't know what it's like in the rest of the country, but around here it's like the dealers got together and decided on that $299 "documentation" fee. It's not only the Pontiac dealers, the Toyota dealers have it in place as well. There were two other vibes I was willing to cut the deal on and both times the dealerships wouldn't budge on the the documentation fee. Regardless of what I've been reading, car sales can't be going that badly for them, when they're so so adamant about the additional markup via a documentation fee.
#304 of 399 Re: Found a 2009 Vibe [use1time]
Sep 08, 2008 (1:35 am)
In VA, it is equally hard to find a 1.8 liter "Corolla-Vibe". Moreover, they won't budge on the $299 processing fee, stating some bogus VA law. In MD, it is illegal to charge such a fee. Toyota is mandating that you purchase one of their outrageously marked up option packages when ordering a Camry hybrid. Don't fret; soon we will see the days when all dealerships go away, and you have only distribution centers to pick up your car that you ordered straight from the factory.
#305 of 399 09 Vibe Base 1.8L 5MT
Sep 14, 2008 (8:15 pm)
We just took delivery last Friday on a very hard to find 1.8L 5-Spd MT PV. Had to wait for something close to what we wanted, not the exact specs, but we were comfortable with it (in fact, we love it!). It has more power and is quieter that its predecessor due to major engine updates, and we're getting more MPG as well (although our 03 was an AT). Get the 5MT; 4-Speed AT's are a thing of the past! And if you're getting a Base model (FWD), you don't need the 2.4L - it'll just cost you more upfront, in insurance, and gas. Plus, this car is still actually fun to drive and has a bit of zip to it. I could see why you'd want the 2.4L in the GT or AWD though.
GMS on the vehicle was $16, 657.00, minus the 500 rebate, minus the $888 I had through GM Flex Card Earnings. Unavoidable surprises reported elsewhere inc. "Dealer Processing Fee" of $298, and $175 VIN window etching fee = $15,741.88. Sticker was $18, 030. Options were Power Package, upgraded MP3 stereo, and A/C; that's it! Out the door at just under $16, 600, inc. tax, title, registration, everything!
Agree w/other writers that they should make more of these (1.8L/5MT) available.
#306 of 399 Re: 09 Vibe Base 1.8L 5MT [robrwa123]
Sep 16, 2008 (10:47 am)
You did very well with pricing on that car. I paid about the same ($16k out the door) for an '08 Vibe in April 2008 in Baltimore. 1.8L, manual transmission, no power package. It's a great car. Getting 35 mpg.
#307 of 399 Re: 09 Vibe Base 1.8L 5MT [gary_g]
Sep 17, 2008 (6:55 am)
WOW! That is a Great price!
I got an '08 (had a couple 1000 miles on it...dealer's loaner) Auto, power, 1.8, for 17,000-+ out the door. Could have gotten an '09 for the same...but I LOVE the back window that opens separately from the hatch.'09 dropped that...a shame. (You can carry 8'-10' boards with hatch-window open...had to do it and it made a big difference in not having the entire hatch up.)
Taken a couple of long trips in it and it flies...very zippy for a 1.8, and the seats are really comfortable. which is nice! Had a trailer hitch put on and it pulls my Whaler with ease. AND holds a LOT of stuff in back...I love this car! ( Only regret I have is not getting White...durn it.) I have been getting about 30 MPG but I drive FAST and that is city/hwy w/ auto & A/C on..so not too bad.
The Pontiac Dealer I got it from (Savannah,Ga) is great too...ANY thing they do to the car (maintenance) they loan the customer another car, so no waiting around!
#308 of 399 Re: Found a 2009 Vibe [maxx4me]
Sep 18, 2008 (4:19 am)
Well we took delivery today of the 2009 Vibe. For information purposes, it has the 1.8l engine, 4sp automatic, a/c, and convenience package. We got the GM employee pricing, the $500 GM instant rebate, and we had $2028 in GM Mastercard points which clinched the deal. We've got the "old card" so we used them all. Without the GM Mastercard points the price came to just over $16700. Then knock off the points and add in Sales Tax (max $300 in S.C.), dealer documentation fee $75, and $3 lemon law. and another few bucks for title and registration and we're out the door for under $15,200. If it wasn't for the GM Card we probably would've taken a strong look at a Hyundai. Dealer was Carl Black GMC Pontiac located in Roswell just outside of Atlanta. No pressure from the dealer or the internet sales person. We probably didn't get the best price possible, but we feel we were treated well.
#309 of 399 2009 Vibe GT, Jet Black Metallic
Sep 19, 2008 (9:30 am)
I'm about to close on an 09 Vibe GT for $19,504. That doesn't include any taxes or other fees. Is this a good deal?
#310 of 399 Re: 2009 Vibe GT, Jet Black Metallic [musicmanmu]
Sep 21, 2008 (5:52 am)
I didn't look the GT's, but if you're getting GM Employee Pricing + the 500$ rebate, its always a good deal. On a $20K car, the profit margins are so small, anything less than $1500 less than sticker is great, and I think that's about what you're getting.
#311 of 399 Re: Found a 2009 Vibe [use1time]
Sep 21, 2008 (6:09 am)
Looks like you got a great price, I don't know why you think you "probably didn't get the best price possible". GM Employee Pricing + 500$ rebate alone make this car a very good deal; dealers really don't or can't go under that price. The way compact cars are selling now, people are feeling lucky to get $500 off sticker. I'm glad you didn't look Hyundai; Korea has unfair trading tariffs on our cars sold there, but we let'em sell w/o tariffs here. Buy American! Especially when they've (finally) got it right!
#312 of 399 Re: Found a 2009 Vibe [robrwa123]
Sep 21, 2008 (7:29 am)
I got a great final price because of the GM card rebate points - something that, IMO gives GM a great edge over the competition.
The experience I had at Carl Black GMC/Pontiac was excellent. I think the dealership and the salesman both deserve mention. The internet salesman - Bob Leyda actually saved me money by taking the time to discuss who the car was for and how it would be used. A kind of you might want to consider this instead of that type of thing.
As far as the best price possible goes, there's always someone out there with a story about paying this or that. As I said in my other post, I have no complaints about the price we paid. I feel very comfortable that it was in line what other dealers are charging under the "Employee" program. I feel that I got a big break on the paper shuffling fees that most dealerships charge or try to charge ($75 vs $299 in the Greenville, SC area). But you can bet the ranch that someone will get around to posting some supersonic deal that will leave the rest of us thinking; "I knew I could've done better". In support of this, from what I've read on this forum, people who waited for the clearing out of the 2008's did exceptionally well.
Incidentally, I figure the car gets 34-36 mpg on the highway with the cruise set at ~70. Car is built well, and I have no complaints. It will serve our purposes well.