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Mazda MPV, Van
#99 of 536 New 2004 MPV owner....
Mar 08, 2004 (8:24 pm)
I just finished ordering my 2004 GX. The final bill came to $31670. Got the convenience package - A/C, rear heat, cruise, power everything (except sliding doors), keyless entry, remote starter, alloy wheels etc etc. Got the dealer to throw in mud flaps, block heater, and under-coating for free. It's nordic green with beige interior. The base price was $26595 plus the convenience package and remote keyless, it came to $28375 then all the taxes, PDI, freight etc etc minus the $2875 trade I got for the Villager it came to $31676. paying over 48 months with 0 interest! Just waiting now to get a phone call to tell me it's ready to be picked up! The dealership was great (Mazda of Muskoka) and I get free lifetime oil changes. I thought the trade in was a little low for a 1997 Villager with only a little over 186000km (111600 miles) on it but it needed new brakes, all new A/C system, new passenger side power window motor, O2 sensor, and an ABS sensor and even an oil change. Plus the dealer has to pay taxes on top of that. My only beef is that Mazda has now offered the MPV in Canada in 3 different trims for 2004 - GX, GS, and GT - when it use to be LX, EX, and ES. Caused some confusion for me because the salesman kept refering to the GX as an LX. Can't figure out why they just woudn't keep it the same. Oh well - hopefully that will be the only problem I will have with my first Mazda.
Mar 09, 2004 (5:10 am)
Using the Edmunds New Car Quote by entering different zip codes around your area, you can find many Mazda dealers. Email them for quotes so you don't need to see the salespersons' attitude. I am sure that's the best way to shop for your mpv. Before you leave your home, after you finalized who gave you the best deal, call them to make sure the vehicle is still available. Better with your finacing approved so you can bargain with the dealer's financing manager on rate. Here in Boston area the quote price is only good for same day transaction, so they can persuade you to do the financing through the dealer so they can profit extras from it.
In Boston 2004 MPV LX with alloy wheels is $19,500 (ad. car).
#101 of 536 Got a good deal on a new ES yesterday
Mar 12, 2004 (3:29 pm)
We live in Aurora, CO, a suburb of Denver. I used Edmunds to contact six local Mazda dealers for quotes. After many emails and a few phone calls, we bought a new silver ES from a small dealer in Longmont (Mazda of Longmont). It has the options we wanted, and is a color we liked.
Most dealers wanted invoice plus a few hundred dollars, and then were going to add $300-360 for their "admin fee". The Longmont dealer sold us the ES for invoice, and NO admin fee. In addition, the van was undercoated by the dealer, which makes it much quieter on the highway.
All-in-all, a pleasant buying experience that only took about 45 minutes, including the sales manager's "tour" of the vehicle before we drove off.
If you live close enough in Colorado, give Mazda of Longmont a try.
Mar 13, 2004 (9:45 am)
Congrats to your new buy. For those in the big city, I think one should enter zip codes E, S, W, & N of your city to expand the dealer territories. Last time I emailed between 12-16 Mazda dealers in a radius of within 1 hour drive. I don't mind to drive one hour if I can get the best deal that would save me 500 bucks. Even my email told them to contact me by email, still not all of them emailed with a price quote, some needed you to call them or they call you with different kind of sale excuses. I dropped all these first, then I kept a log what those offered & options equipped by email. Finalize the target dealer with another dealer as back-up, then go for it. The buy process at the dealer was about 30 mins, and picked up the PeeVee in late afternoon. The internet sales person greeted me with big smile 'cause he knows I'd buy the MPV 99.99% that day.
#103 of 536 Direct Mail Certificate Rebate
Mar 15, 2004 (2:47 pm)
Here on Edmund's under current incentives for the MPV, it shows that in addition to the $2,000 rebate, there's an additional $1,000 rebate that requires a direct mail certificate to be presented. Does anyone know what this is about and, of course, how does one get a certificate?
Mar 15, 2004 (5:50 pm)
There is a direct mail certificate being sent out by ford/mazda....its going to people who are leasing competative makes...if you get a certificate you qualify. It is not trasnferable outside of the household. For edmunds to post this is very misleading, there are many more who will not get this certificate than who will....only the original certificate is accepted and proof of residence and ID is required.
Mar 15, 2004 (10:03 pm)
The fine print seems pretty clear to me:
"$1000 Cash to Customer start: 03/03/2004 end: 07/05/2004
Must not have purchased a new Mazda, Ford, Lincoln or Mercury in the past 4 (four) years.
The Direct Mail Certificate is issued to select customers. Only eligible customers qualify. Customer required to show a copy of the Direct Mail Certificate. At least one Direct Mail Certificate is required for redemption per purchase/lease. At least one Direct Mail Certificate is required for redemption per purchase/lease. Incentives may vary; contact your local dealer for details."
Incentives & Rebates
My advice is just to tell the dealer that you know others are getting incentive offers in the mail and you want similar consideration
Mar 16, 2004 (10:19 am)
yes it's very misleading....especially your last statement..."My advice is just to tell the dealer that you know others are getting incentive offers in the mail and you want similar consideration"
What does that mean?
Dealers have no control over who receives the certificate...there is also no way to "sign up" for the program from the consumer or dealer end. The people getting the certificates were selected by ford credit, primus, mazda credit and the respective mfg, not the dealers, most have also been pre-qualified credit wise by mazda credit....your last statement leads somebody to think that the dealer can just magically make the certificate to appear..which is not the case....the large percentage of certificates are going out to people who are currently leasing competitive models..and its not transferable outside the household....if somebody gets one and uses it,great...there is no dealer participation so it would be fine if everyone got one....but this is a very narrow program that very few people will qualify compared to the number of people who are researching on edmunds....we all know that nobody reads the fine print....based on the number of emails from edmund folks, they all think anyone can get one, the dealer is behind it..comments like edmunds say's so...etc. certainly shows me that they are being mislead in some fashion.
#107 of 536 better than S-plan ?
Mar 16, 2004 (4:03 pm)
I can benefit from the S-plan (~invoice). Should I push it and try to get a better deal. What I have been hearing from the dealers is that the S-plan is the best I can get. thanks for your input.
Mar 16, 2004 (4:23 pm)
Our incentive language still seems perfectly clear to me. You either qualify under the fine print or you don't.
And my smiley comments are only partly tongue in cheek. Incentives tend to depress resale value so I if know one is out there, even if I may not qualify for it, I still would point it out to the dealer and use that as a bargaining chip.