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#1114 of 1499 2009 Mini Cooper Sport at $500 UNDER MSRP??
Oct 18, 2008 (7:02 am)
Hi Allen (or anyone who's gotten a deal on a 2009 Mini Cooper Sport for under MSRP). I ordered my Mini a few months ago and was able to negotiate MSRP plus $500 dealer fee. It's supposed to be arriving in a few weeks but I don't believe I am locked into it. I would love to know where/which dealership negotiated BELOW MSRP... given the current economy/recession, I am thinking I am getting hosed by paying full MSRP plus any sort of dealer fee, even though a few months ago when I ordered it was nearly impossible to get any dealers to budge on dealer fee lower than $1000. Now, I am wondering if I can negotiate further, or if I should just go for a different car as there are so many deals out there with other brands... Advice anyone? Thanks!
#1115 of 1499 Re: 2009 Mini Cooper Sport at $500 UNDER MSRP?? [jennysassouni]
Oct 18, 2008 (8:31 am)
I am able to get an offer for MSRP w/o any additional fee, but I didn't jump on the deal. With the current economy, I am waiting for them to offer $1K below MSRP.
#1116 of 1499 Re: 2009 Mini Cooper Sport at $500 UNDER MSRP?? [kwma3]
Oct 20, 2008 (6:13 am)
Hi kwma, does your offered MSRP include the destination fee? You said w/o any additional fee so I'm not sure whether the dest is included or not. From what I heard the dest fee is something you have to pay, it's also in the MSRP suggested by miniusa.com. I'm kind of in in a bad shape because we need a new car in a week. We looked through several makes (honda, nissan, vw, mazda) but wife only want a MINI. Just like kwma said we probably can get a better price if we can afford to hold on because of the economy. But we can't. It's even worse that we have only one MINI dealership in town. If I can get them waive the dest and other fees I''ll jump in a heartbeat. I'd appreciate if anyone could give me any negotiation tips. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#1117 of 1499 Re: 2009 Mini Cooper Sport at $500 UNDER MSRP?? [allenkb]
Oct 20, 2008 (6:25 am)
The price does include destination charge. Basically the amount you see on miniusa.com when you configure the car + your local tax and licensing fee. Good luck!
#1118 of 1499 Re: 2009 Mini Cooper Sport at $500 UNDER MSRP?? [allenkb]
Oct 20, 2008 (8:12 am)
I believe someone else asked you about your LOCATION - can't help much without that info. I just bought a Clubman S from Cincinnati MINI, and there, they sell the cars MSRP, e.g. as shown at the website (so that includes destination). Period. In fact, while I was signing my paperwork, the dealer stated that they just finished selling to two folks in CA, due to high markups on the west coast.
No negotiating. I thought MSRP was fair, didn't expect any discount. It was fast, simple, and low-stress.
#1119 of 1499 Re: Buying a New MINI [aafflyer]
Oct 20, 2008 (8:25 am)
I agree with aafflyer, that is NOT good deal. The MINI does have a significant break-in on brakes & engine (in contrast, some new cars don't, amazingly), so that demos - given the mindset of the MINI clientele - will have been driven very hard !!! I know that I drove the demos hard myself...... I don't know if an extended warranty will offset the undue wear&tear from rough handling during break-in period, because such abuse can affect the life/performance 'way after the warranty expires.
Having said the above, the same is true of pre-owned cars. Some new owners are complete idiots, ignoring break-in instructions, especially those that lease (they know they don't have to worry about later life of the car), and some that are just plain juvenile. It is tempting to abuse a MINI when you first get it !!!!
#1120 of 1499 Re: 2009 Mini Cooper Sport at $500 UNDER MSRP?? [ltq]
Oct 20, 2008 (9:36 am)
Thanks for the input. I'm from Indianapolis area and the only MINI dealership is Dreyer & Reinbold. Is it reasonable to ask them to waive all other dealer fees (if there's any, like doc fee) on top of MSRP (includes dest) ?
#1121 of 1499 Better service centers?
Oct 21, 2008 (12:35 pm)
I had a great experience buying my Mini Cooper and love the car however, every time i have had to bring it in to the White Plains, NY location for service - no matter how minor (I had two flat tires within two weeks) they make me leave the car ALL day, even with a scheduled appointment. No loaners, just a taxi drop off to one destination and back. This is so inconvenient. I live in the Westchester, NY area and I would like to find a dealership that offers better service (i.e. schedules appointments so that I could wait for service) even if it means a little bit of a drive. I don't want to use the one in White Plains anymore. Has anyone had the same experience I have had and can anyone recommend a service center that they have had good experiences with?
#1122 of 1499 Re: 2009 Mini Cooper Sport at $500 UNDER MSRP?? [allenkb]
Oct 21, 2008 (1:59 pm)
Oh, so you're close. I was just in Indy last weekend. Nearest dealer to me - I'm in Louisville - is Cincinnati MINI. Held me back for quite a while to have the nearest dealer 90 mi away. Maybe you want to talk to them as well as Dreyer & Reinbold..... does D&R have a good rep? I know a few folks both here and in Cinci that thinks Cincinnati MINI is pretty good..... I will find out, I guess. As I said, they were straight up MSRP pricing.
But it still holds that a demo MIGHT not be a good deal - what you're saying is having them waive the doc fess (about $250?) and dest ($650): I don't know, for about 3% of the price, is it worth it? If we were talking about a Lincoln Navigator or Camry demo, yeah it's only been softly driven. But a MINI ?!?! As stated before, I myself was quite tough on the demo (but I didn't go to D&R, so abused demos there are not my fault !!!)
#1123 of 1499 Finally a MINI club member!
Oct 22, 2008 (5:37 am)
Finally bought and picked up a brand new 2009 cooper with 6 miles on it before my test drive. It comes with cold weather package, sunroof, multi-function steering wheel, bluetooth and ipod adapter. It's a shame MINI didn't put automatic A/C in it because the sunroof plus multi-func wheel cost the same with premium pac. couldn't figure out why, they don't want to give the auto A/C for free? D&R wouldn't budge even 1 cent, paid MSRP plus all the fees. Thanks for all your input, I think it would work out better if we have time to wait or place our own order, but it's time to forget about the price and enjoy the car!!!