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#538 of 730 Apples and Apples?
Aug 12, 2006 (8:48 pm)
I have a purchasing strategy which may or may not be sound. I am interested in purchasing a 2006 minivan at what I hope to be a significant savings from what I have read on the forums and have been quoted. I am starting with information that a friend purchased a 2006 Honda Odyssey EXL RES from the dealership in Goldsboro, NC for $28,900 before taxes, tags, and fees. The OTD price was about $30,300, I think. I am also interested in the Nissan Quest as well as the Toyota Sienna. My plan is to take this purchase price to dealers of these 3 vehicles and see who is willing to beat this price by the most, on a comparably equiped van. I know the resale on Sienna and Odyssey is slightly better than the Quest, but they seem to be selling for about the same value when new. We looked at a Nissan Quest that was MSRP at about $37,000 and hoped this may fall into this range of the EXL RES. What is anyone's opinion on this strategy. After test driving all three vehicles, I ranked the handling in the order of Quest/Sienna/Odyssey. The problem with the Sienna is that the Toyota dealership we spoke with takes the LE and then does a dealer install of Leather Seats and DVD player. Negotiating with them seems to be a high risk since they will add these items, which would give us the vehicle we want, but would probably result in our paying the same price for the Odyssey EXL RES, which has many more features. The safest bet will be to attempt to purchase the same vehicle at the same price from the same dealer as my friend. However, they would need to transfer a vehicle from another dealership since they are sold out of the 2006 Odyssey EXL RES. I am not sure if any transfer fees would be added on or if I could negotiate the removal of those fees.
#539 of 730 Re: Apples and Apples? [stuartlong]
Aug 13, 2006 (7:08 pm)
I'm not sure your strategy is sound since you will likely have to take what the dealer has on his/her lot. Also by not having a clear favorite vehicle or a clear price, you will be doing a lot of back and forth with saleman.
It will be hard to get an apples to apples comparison this late int eh model year. I would sit down and decide what is the closest I can get in each vehicle, determine what options are the most important (ones you must have and the ones that you can do without) and negotiate the best price for each van. All three manufacturers want to clear out their 2006 since 2007 will be on the lots next month. I know Nissan is giving the Quest a makeover for 2007 and are aggressively selling the Quest. The Sienna and Odyssey will be a tougher negotiation but you shoudl be able to get a decent deal. I doubt your friend's saleman will give you the same price if they have to deal with another dealership.
Aug 14, 2006 (3:25 am)
before you buy an 2006 Quest look at the improvements in the 2007. My wife said an '06 would be fine but drove the 2007 and liked it much better....improved the fold down seats big plus over Honda/Toyota for my wife...improved the dash as well..
She also felt the 2007 drove better
The Toyota on the Limited has few options unavailable on even Top lIne Quest
My wife loves here new 2007 Quest 3.5 SE with SE Tech/ SIrius and DVD (she moved from 2001 ML320).. except Nav/Pax package(only option we did not get)
Also, I disagree if the vehicle is on a lot fairly close it will cause zero issues IMHO...our 2007 was 200miles away
#541 of 730 2006 Nissan Quest pricing
Aug 14, 2006 (8:21 am)
I have a price offer from Southern States Nissan in Raleigh, NC. There are 2 other Nissan dealers in the immeidate area (and several within an hour)who I have not yet checked. Here is the price quote:
Base Price: $30769/ $33650
Destination: 650/ 650
19" Run Flat Tire
Splash Guards: 113
Seat Upgrade: 690
Dual DVD screen: 1648
Cargo Cover: 44
Nav System: 1561
Final: $36287/ $39925
Dealer pirce: $36637
Minus Rebate $33637
This is $6288 under MSRP. I have read that $8-10k under MSRP is what you can expect. I have no need for the Nav System, which I cannot avoid with this package. Without the Nav system, I am paying $32066, which is $7849 under MSRP. I would probably be comfortable if they accepted the offer of 32066, but it still seems to be more than what others say they are paying. If we dropped it to wholesale, I would net the $350 above invoice and would be 8199 under MSRP at $31716. How does this price compare with others' experiences?
#542 of 730 Re: 2006 Nissan Quest pricing [stuartlong]
Aug 14, 2006 (8:30 am)
Also make sure you want the Run Flat Tires as well. they are pretty expensive to replace. You can check Tire Rack to get a sense of what they cost.
The $31,716 gets you in the $8k-$10k range. Start negotiating at $31,5k and see what happens. If you are sold on the Quest, you should get quotes from th other dealerships in your town. You should casually mention that you have visted the other dealerships as well.
#543 of 730 My New 2007 Nissan Quest SE
Mar 12, 2007 (10:02 pm)
Just got my new '07 Quest SE. Below are the options and OTD price.
Color: Nordic White Pearl
DVD DUAL SCREEN
S/R WIND DEFLECTR
OTD price: $35,200
I thought it was a good price but wanted to know if anyone has gotten a better deal.
#544 of 730 Re: My New 2007 Nissan Quest SE [justin714]
Mar 13, 2007 (5:32 am)
Start at post 497 or so, that's when the first 07 purchases are discussed. I think you are around $1,500 more than the best deals obtained
#545 of 730 Re: My New 2007 Nissan Quest SE [dslunceford]
Mar 13, 2007 (7:01 am)
Thanks dslunceford. I'd tried negotiating $14,500.00 OTD but they wouldn't budge 'til I got to $15,200.00. There was only one Nordic White available in California so that may have been one of the factors.
#546 of 730 Re: My New 2007 Nissan Quest SE [justin714]
May 29, 2007 (3:39 pm)
$15200 for 07??!! Sign me up, please
#547 of 730 Re: My New 2007 Nissan Quest SE [f1236089]
May 30, 2007 (9:37 am)
I believe the number "$15200" is a typo. Look up a few earlier posts you'll see that's actually $35200. Sorry to have your heartbeat going up for nothing!