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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Car Buying, Sedan
#133 of 592 Re: Any buying experiences with the 2005? [garyh1]
Nov 03, 2004 (8:10 am)
Hello and my thanks goes to you as well Gary. Per your purchase and price experience am I left astounded. How recent did you make this Ls 430 w/Modern Luxury and smart key purchase? I ask since posing a similar offer to JM Lexus (reputed Lexus distributor and largest Lexus store in the WORLD) only to receive "we cannot at this time since a recently received low production announcement." It appears the manufacturer has decided to slow production for the Modern Luxury with smart key package (few hundred dollars extra cost feature it appears). "Only 6% will enter the United States this year" is what was uttered. Perhaps you committed your purchase a few months prior? Of course you did mention that the store was upsizing at the time.
Email me or log more details Gary, thanks again.
#134 of 592 Re: Any buying experiences with the 2005? [duval]
Nov 03, 2004 (8:36 am)
Well, all I can say is that the first time I ever talked to anyone was when I walked into the dealer on Saturday afternoon 10/30, and made the final deal by phone Sunday morning 10/31. I was the last car delivered later that evening. I guess that's what you call being in the right place at the right time.
In terms of availability of the specific package, all I can tell you is that if you go to lexus.com and put in 20852 as your zip and build an LS, it shows the exact combination of features I got with a "T" next to it, which apparently means it is a commonly available option combination. Also, the last 2 cars this dealer had left were exactly the same.
The key seems to be to find a car in stock from the dealer you want to use and push at the end of the month. If you would like me to call my salesman and ask what he could do for you, let me know, and we can exchange emails. Of course, I know they literally had no LSs left as of Monday morning, but they sell a lot of them and have more coming in all the time. BTW, the Smart Key is a $1,000 option-- it's cool but not worth that much IMHO. That's frankly how I did my final negotiation-- refused to pay for it!
#135 of 592 Re: Any buying experiences with the 2005? [garyh1]
Nov 03, 2004 (9:32 am)
Hello again and I am definitely encouraged. I appreciate your insight and response. I should have time to investigate things more this evening. Meanwhile, I learned from my wife that JM Lexus committed a voice mail to our home voice mail box. Likely they offer us a counter offer of sorts. I will see and keep you all posted.
#136 of 592 JM WILL deal.
Nov 03, 2004 (2:27 pm)
JM lexus will do ANYTHING they can to sell you a vehicle. They are a volume dealership and if your credit is excellent and are willing to deal right away with no games, you'll get a VERY decent deal.
Their most recent lease offer to me for an '05 LS430 was 48 months/48 thousand miles with modern luxury and smart access $719 per month with $850 to start the lease. That deal puts the cap cost for this vehicle very close to invoice -- otherwise they've got a lease deal going on that they are not publishing with higher residual values/lower lease interest rates, etc.
I'd take that offer but I still have a month and a half on my current vehicle lease and am waiting for that to be done with. Unless I fall in love with another vehicle, I am more than likely going in the last week of December to get my LS.
I'll let you know the final numbers then....
#137 of 592 Re: Any buying experiences with the 2005? [duval]
Nov 05, 2004 (7:06 am)
Back when I bought, I traveled a lot and was in a position where I could buy anywhere in the country.
Ill. Ohio MD and Cal. were the states were I found the best prices....As I said LONGO LEXUS In So. California is a terrific dealer.
#138 of 592 Re: Any buying experiences with the 2005? [michael_mattox]
Nov 05, 2004 (10:47 am)
Hello again Michael and I am familiar with Longo. Per the posted experiences offered from members, I am definitely intrigued. Immediately I am considering an offer from a recommended source in Alabama. I am 'working the details,' as to say although they appear very limited in supply. I was told to wait for their next telephone call and response to my color request. I also have to wait and see if traditional dealership fees can be waived and if shipping can be included in my deal... Noticeably they are a rather small store so I await to see if they can comply. Meanwhile, JM Lexus seems to have committed their final offer. It remains as the lowest grand total including shipping to my door. I might commit to them if the Montgomery, Alabama store offers us difficulty. So far the representatives tonality and interest appear genuine.
Once again, I will keep all posted and thanks.
Nov 09, 2004 (5:02 am)
Keep in mind, if you are on the fence or looking ofr a great deal...wait. This is the last model year for this bodystyle. The '06 promises to be quite different from the current model which, as we all know, has not been visually changed in quite some time.
One thing that is for sure, Toyota is very good at descretely clearing inventories of existing product before new models arrive.
That being said, Lexus currently has less than a 20 day supply of vehicles in the US, "normal" is considered about 60 days, so if your dealers are telling you that cars are scarce at this particular moment...it just might be true.
As far as "waiting till the end of the month"...many dealers got smart to this consumer strategy, and close their months on alternate dates as a result...
#140 of 592 Re: Waiting?? [tyresmoker]
Nov 09, 2004 (5:55 am)
I believe the current LS430 has another year to go. The next generation will arrive in 2006 as a MY2007, at least from all the reports I have read.
#141 of 592 2001 LS 430 Price question
Nov 11, 2004 (11:07 pm)
I found a 2001 LS430 with modern luxury package, so it has nav, 19k miles, and is certified from lexus dealer. I can get for 40 plus tax and lic. any comments if this is a good deal or not would be appreciated.
#142 of 592 Re: 2001 LS 430 Price question [wine4et]
Nov 12, 2004 (3:43 pm)
I looked at the Kelly Blue Book site and used my ZIP code for NM and came up with trade in of 37K and private party sale price of 41K and high retail at about 43K (I think). The extended warranty costs the dealer around $1500 or more so I've been told. Your price sounds in the ball park for a 2001. I just traded in a 2004 with 18,000 miles on it. Offer him 38K and see what happens? Good Luck.