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MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper Clubman, MINI Cooper Countryman, Coupe, Hatchback, SUV
#1438 of 1499 Looking for a new mini
May 30, 2011 (10:14 am)
I just got back from a dealer and this is the quote that I got:
2011 mini hardtop S, manual transmission, premium package, armrest
MSRP $26,200 (including destination fee which is $700)
Discount that I got is $1884.92. They charge delivery package which is $299.00 so the price total purchase price is $24.614.08 plus tax and $599 doc fee.
Do you guys think this is a good deal? I got the one option package free discount which is $1750 and they didn't want to move away from msrp as you can see, only $134.
#1439 of 1499 Re: Looking for a new mini [neverfollow]
May 30, 2011 (4:37 pm)
I wouldn't deal with a place that charges $599 doc fee, just out of principle. And the $299 delivery package? What's that?? They already charge you the destination fee. That's $900 in extra padding for 2 hours of paperwork and prep which they should do anyways. Doc fee should be $200, tops. It should be MSRP+destination fee+taxes+doc fee in that order.
The free option package, btw, should be the sport suspension, as it dramatically changes the driving dynamics. Add the options that you want, one at a time as it will save you money (ie - the premium package is only worth the AC, which can be added by itself). The one option that people want on used Minis is the sport package. Doubly so if it has manual.
Also, remember, that the dealer literally will have his rear end on the line if you give him poor marks on the feedback, so that's plenty of leverage to get that silly "delivery package" markup removed.
Here is what I would get:(in the configurator on their website)
Mini Cooper S, (free sport package), (manual) [so far, base model price], (color of choice - the Ice Blue with black roof looks nice and if $0 extra), and the following options you pay for:
Color: Ice Blue with black roof ($0)
- Design - Anthracite headliner if ordering black roof ($250). Chrome line interior ($250).
- Packages - only the free sport package ($0)
- Performance - All season tires ($0), Sport Suspension ($500), Auto dimming rear mirror ($250).
- Instruments - Nothing ($0) Stock AC is fine, $500 for your iPod is silly - I use MP3 CDs andyways. 50 cents each and I can fit 50-60 songs, typically on a "mix" CD. Spend the $500 on the better looking interior.
- Accessories - Wheel Locks ($64), Mud Flaps ($66), Floor Mats ($119), Glovebox Organizer [also gives you a place to put you iPod if you get an aftermarket connection kit/jack installed in the glovebox] ($57), Magnetic Stone Guards ($36) , Bumper Protection Strip ($46)
- JCW - Strut Brace. This is horribly important to tightening up the front end. ($277) Order it at the time of delivery so that it will be installed for you.
Total:$25533. All sport, a few nice options to add to the looks, and the basic accessories. High resale value as well. But you'd have to order it tomorrow.
#1440 of 1499 How to Deal?
Jun 07, 2011 (9:24 am)
Just test drove the Mini Cooper Hardtop and right now the local dealer has very little in stock, but a few coming in this month. Two of those look interesting, but how much can I expect them to budge on pricing? Both are 2011 base model, manual trans, with Premium and Cold Weather pkgs in the color I like, with sport seats (which I liked). Both have bluetooth and USB/ipod adapter (for $500, seems silly to me, but all of them coming have this).
#1 version has the black alloy wheels for $750, which I despise -- can't they switch those out to the old wheels? -- priced at $24,600 w/destination charge, then they'll take $500 off for it being a manual (really pushing them since autos are out of stock) plus $295 for dealer crap (mats, etc.) = $24,395.
#2 Version has center armrest (which didn't matter to me) plus the really nice leather/cloth seats for an extra $1,000, which I don't really need, but they are pretty nice. $25,100 minus the $500 as above, plus $295 as above = $24,895.
So how to proceed? Do we go back and make an offer, or are these things in such short supply that dealers won't budge? Guess we should have shopped last month during the free package deals, but didn't know we'd be shopping (my car DIED, so we need something soon).
Any advice welcome. Thanks to all for enabling my admission to the MC Club!
#1441 of 1499 Re: How to Deal? [wannamc]
Jun 07, 2011 (2:29 pm)
See my previous post. What you do is you custom order the vehicle and then you get it exactly as you want. And you really DO want the sport package.
#1442 of 1499 Re: Need a lot of HELP!!! [bad_haggler]
Jun 09, 2011 (9:01 am)
I just purchased a mini for my wife who happens to like fast, fun cars. She had a 3000 GT VR4 that I really liked as well as a BMW M3 that turned out to be a favorite. We just purchased a 2009 John Cooper Works for $23K with 10 K miles. You could always try and negotiate the price down. The dealership usually has a markup just because they know people typically want to feel that they talked there way down and have gotten a better deal than the "Average Joe". Bottom line is, do your due diligence and find a price for the car you want. Then try to get them to the price you are willing to pay for that car. If you have done your research, they will know and they will understand you are looking for a fair price. I paid asking price on my mini because through all of my research, I knew I found a great car at a good price. I love our JCW!
#1443 of 1499 Just Ordered a Mini Clubman. Past expierience stories anyone?
Jun 16, 2011 (8:50 am)
I ordered my Mini Clubman on the 9th of June. This is the first car I will have ever owned so needless to say I am SUPER excited. I got a pepper white ext. with black bonnet stripes, Nav system, sunroof, and auto transmission. And its the 2012 so I am quite happy about that. In the owners lounge for mini owners it says it is still on order, the first step. It has been 7 days, when does it usually go into production? I am more than anxious about it getting here!!! I live in Florida, so abut how long should I be looking at for anticipating the call from my dealer telling me it has arrived?! Thanks!
#1444 of 1499 Re: Just Ordered a Mini Clubman. Past expierience stories anyone? [miss_pulkadot]
Jun 17, 2011 (5:21 am)
The owners lounge is usually behind and your baby is already in the next step. I have ordered 2 and that has always been the case. I got my 2011 Mini Countryman All4 in about 12 weeks from order. And my 2009 Cooper S took about 10 weeks. Just depends on when it gets into production and how long it has to wait for the boat ride. Enjoy it when you get it!
#1445 of 1499 Re: Just Ordered a Mini Clubman. Past expierience stories anyone? [fierket]
Jun 17, 2011 (11:04 am)
fierket-when you ordered your cars did you live in Florida?
#1446 of 1499 Re: How good of a deal is this? [blueginger]
Jul 09, 2011 (7:53 pm)
I'm in LA southbay as well. Do you mind sending me the name of the dealer & manager who helped you out? Thanks!
#1447 of 1499 Countryman
Jul 09, 2011 (7:58 pm)
I'm ordering a '12 Countryman S. MSRP is $32,050 and two dealerships have given a final price of $31,500. Does this seem reasonable based on your experience w/ the Countryman? Should I expect to pay the delivery and doc fees?
Thanks for any advice.