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#18 of 182 Town & Country Touring - Orlando
Jul 21, 2004 (5:19 pm)
Last weekend the wife wanted to test drive a Pacifica and a Town & Country. (Central Florida Chrysler, Jeep Dodge) Not enough room in the Pacifica. Also had looked at the Quest. Found the one we wanted but explained to the salesman that we couldn't buy that day because the vehicle had to go through the business. However, I did mention that I wanted a proposal that I could take to my boss in the morning. He wanted me to sign a statement saying" that if "we agreed on a price today, I would buy the car." I refused and explained to him and two other individuals why I couldn't sign it. Finally, the 3rd salesman understood my situation and gave me some numbers that were workable. The sticker on the car was $33,130. This included the DVD, leather, power everything. They gave me $2000 off plus a check for over $2400 to get me out of my current lease on a Beetle. They were offering $5000 off on all T&C's. Walked out the following morning with a lease payment of $550 including tax for 36 months. I think it was a fair deal. Edmunds said $515 without the $2400 check. However, I will tell that the dealership did not like it when I brought out the Finance Page from Edmunds. The second salesman I talked to on Sunday was very agitated and tried to dispute every number on it. He couldn't. Finally it got to the point where he said that Edmunds is a consumer web site and mumbled something under his breath. I said, yes it is and what's wrong with that? There was no response. This was the first time, certainly not the last time, I have used Edmunds. Thank you Edmunds. The look on the one salesman face was worth all of the research. Thank you Central Florida Chrysler Jeep Dodge for a wonderful car.
#19 of 182 TMVictory Buy on Grand Caravan - Autoway
Jul 30, 2004 (7:44 am)
Details on the transaction to follow but first the buyer profile.
Gone are the days where I need to barter the $9 bucks for valve stems on the sticker. Being middle aged with kids and employed I dont have the need to pound a car dealer, yet, I did use an Edmunds TMV to get to my target. Here it is....
7/29/04 transaction - Autoway Dodge Clearwater , Florida.
2005 Grand Caravan SXT Base $26505
add Leather Pkg $2930
add rear DVD video $1150
add 6 disc DVD/CD $555
add destination $680
Total MSRP $31820
Deduct Discount $2380
MFG Rebate $1000
Financing Rebate $1000
Trade (95 Montero) $2500
Net before TTT $24940
Out The Door $27300
My target was $27000 OTD, they stayed at $28300 for about 20 minutes, then added 500 on trade in value, and we decided to finance $5000 of the Van to get the $1000 Financing Rebate, after 6 months I can pay it off with a Home Equity Line which is how we paid the balance. Dealer basically gave me the options for free and increased my trade by $1000....the trade wont make them money. They had a $500 Dealer handling Fee, which I balked then ok'd. It was smooth, I got more options than I wanted and still stayed on target. The salesman actually thanked me for having my Edmunds TMV with a target for this exact vehicle.
Moral of the story is, these guys will treat you better if you have made up your mind on style, color and options and ask them to pull from Inventory prior to the deal. Research dealer inventory on the WWW prior to contact. If they dont have it start somewhere else. They hate waisting time just like us. We were off the lot in less than 2 hours start to finish.
#20 of 182 price paid 2005 SXT
Aug 02, 2004 (6:14 am)
I had promised to post my price paid in an earlier posting in satisfaction category - so here it is. This car was purchased 6/28/04.
2005 Dodge GC SXT (stow & go) with split rear seats, dual auto side doors and electronic lift gate:
Vehicle price; $25,640.00
Cash price - $27,808.08 (with NYC 8.5% tax)
Rebate - $ 2,300.00
Total paid - $25, 508.08
I had no trade in. Rebate for June was $1300. I financed for 36 months 3.9% to get $1000 off. It was slightly cheaper than the 0% financing without the $1000 cash back. I like the van. Hope this info helps others do better than I did!
#22 of 182 Coworker Just Bought 2005 GC
Aug 03, 2004 (7:53 am)
I haven't got into details with him as he went on vacation just after buying it, but a coworker of mine just bought a 2005 GC with Stow and Go seating and paid less than $20K (no trade in). I assume this is the price before tax title and license transfer. This sure sounds like a good deal, even assuming it is an SE Plus with no additional options, which has an MSRP of $25180.
#23 of 182 Re: Coworker Just Bought 2005 GC [badgerfan]
Aug 20, 2004 (5:31 pm)
Just got a new 2005 TC Touring model with AFF package (stow go, pwd drs, etc) plus CD/DVD, rear video and linen gold paint. List almost $30,000. Final price includes everything except state taxes $24,589. This includes $5000 financed for 60 months at 5.59 % but i plan to pay it all off without penalty in 3 months (min time for pay-off). The financing was just to get the $1000 back. So cash of 19,589.
#24 of 182 Experience with Dealership
Sep 22, 2004 (5:46 am)
I got my 2005 T&C Touring (a great car) at a dealership in Rochester, MI. I just want to share my experience.
I set a price goal to get 2-yr lease, the sales rep and the manager both worked out a deal that was about $100 over my goal. I signed the deal that included (1) monthly payment with tax, license plate included; (2) down. Before I signed, I asked the manager while the sales stood by “Do I have to pay anything else?” He said, pointing to the paper, “No. That’s all you need to pay.”
They did not have the car I wanted when the deal was signed. Two days after, I got the delivery and signed all the papers. When I reviewed the papers in the night, I found that they inserted another item, $300 turn-in fee, not seen in the original signed deal. The sales intentionally skipped it when I signed the final papers. The day after, I asked them to reverse that. They would not.
There were a few “first” with this dealership:
1) The first time I bought a car without giving me the brochure of the car;
2) The first time I bought a car with only half tankful of gas, although they filled her up when I returned to pick up the plate;
3) The first time I heard that using credit card to make down payment was against MI state law;
4) The first time I needed to return to get the temporary license extended.
#25 of 182 Good Price for 2004 Grand Caravan SXT A.E.?
Sep 27, 2004 (11:28 am)
We are looking at a 2004 Grand Caravan SXT Anniversary Edition (leather, DVD, power doors/liftgate) with 7500 miles on it. Do you think 20,000 is a good price for this? Thanks!!
#26 of 182 Got a nice 2002 Chrysler T&C LX in private party sale
Sep 30, 2004 (8:03 pm)
$15,000 for a nicely equipped T&C LX with less than 27,000 actual miles. First owner got a DaimlerChrysler 7 year/75,000 mile extended warranty that was transferred to me in addition to the 7 year/100,000 mile Factory Powertrain Warranty.
This nice van had an MSRP of about $30,000 when new.
#27 of 182 Re: Good Price for 2004 Grand Caravan SXT A.E.? [edges_wife]
Oct 01, 2004 (6:39 am)
we bought a new 2004 T&C touring platinum, which is the T&C version of what you are looking at, we paid $24,000 for it back in Feb 2004, it listed for around $36,000, beautiful van
so for 7500 miles you save $4,000 on buying used, thats 53 cents per mile for the first 7500 miles
when we looked for our van the dealer had a "demonstrator" 2004 T&C limited with something like 30,000 miles on it and they were only offering 15 cents per mile for the miles or $4,500 off, I considered it to be a used van that cost the dealer 15 cents per mile to drive, I wish I could drive a new car every 6 or 12 months and have it cost me only 15 cents per mile
not sure of whats a good deal on a used van or not
but the "discount" you are getting for the mileage of 53 cents per mile is much better than the 15 cents per mile that we we offered from a dealer
good luck, we really like our van, nicest car/van/truck we have ever owned