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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Sedan
#760 of 1426 Bit the bullet, got the 2005
Dec 10, 2004 (5:29 pm)
Just purchased a 2005 ES 330 for $32,000 as part of the December to Remember sale. It has HID, leather/wood steering wheel, shifter, cool/heated seats, 6 disc cd changer, cargo net, mat, wheel locks, 17 inch tires and rear shade.
Could have done better if I had driven two hours to another dealer, but I feel good about it.
Especially since I almost bought a 2004 Lexus sports edition with 3,200 miles for $31,000!
Dec 10, 2004 (9:11 pm)
I thought the "December To Remember" sale was just a special on leases. Did you get the impression that it was a sale on the cost of the vehicle too?
#762 of 1426 Re: Carnut7 [dwarnacutt]
Dec 11, 2004 (12:58 am)
Yes, Putnam Lexus is in California-the Bay Area to be specific. Putnam auto group has numerous makes under their name. Hope this helps!
#763 of 1426 If you own a '99 Lexus ES 300 would you.....
Dec 11, 2004 (1:01 am)
Buy one that is CPO has 35k miles for the price of $15,000??? Appears to be a superb price, several thousand less than other certified pre-owned. Need help from anyone about this topic. Thanks in advance!
#764 of 1426 Toyo Tires on 2005
Dec 14, 2004 (6:42 pm)
Anyone have Toyo Proxes J33 (summer) tires on their new cars, or even old ones? I can't find any info about this tire. Is it any good?
My 2005 only has 192 miles, I put on 160 of them so they feel okay.
Trying to figure out why my car has them. In other words was I ripped off?
#765 of 1426 Re: Toyo Tires on 2005 [bikegal]
Dec 14, 2004 (6:55 pm)
try this tire buying and info site: www.tirerack.com and the other one will come to me later. If tirerack.com doesn't have what you want go to any "newsstand" and go through the car magazines(Car&Driver) looking for tire and wheel ads--take a pen and paper(to write down websites as I always forget them too) and just buy what you need from the internet....much cheaper....believe me. Let me know if this helps?? -Spooky
#766 of 1426 Re: Toyo Tires on 2005 [fredw]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Dec 15, 2004 (6:40 am)
Good advice! We also have a representative from The Tire Rack who answers questions in this discussion:
Ask Connor at The Tire Rack
He'll be able to recommend the best tire for your vehicle (and budget!).
Roving Host & Future Vehicles Host
Dec 15, 2004 (2:29 pm)
I just got my 2005 black/black ES330 on Saturday, equipped with the following:
HID headlights, power rear sunshade, heated/vented seats, 6 disc CD changer, wood steering wheel/shift knob, preferred accessory pk, 17" chrome wheels w/ all season tires, gold package. Price = $32,876
Ext warranty: 7 yr/100,000 mi - $1,350
Doc fee/Calif tax/license/tire: $2,704.77
OTD price = $36,930.77
MSRP - $37,515
32876/37515 = 87.6%
By the way, one dealer (not the one I purchased from) sent me a copy of his invoice. It has the following info:
Dealer holdback: $639.00
Wholesale financial reserve: 319.00
I negotiated everything through emails and telephone calls. Made an appointment to pick up the car and was in and out of the dealership in 45 minutes! Best experience I ever had.
This board was incredibly helpful in negotiating my transaction. Thanks to everyone who shared their deal information and their knowledge, especially atoews, carman, and wc.
#768 of 1426 Re: My deal [dwarnacutt]
Dec 17, 2004 (10:46 am)
Thank you for your posting. Information and suggestions posted on this board has been invaluable. Could you (or anyone else) please explain:
(1) What the wholesale financial reserve ($319) amount is?
(2) TDA of $400
I am considering purchasing an 05 ES330 with an MSRP of $35709 (so with HID premium pkg but w/o navigation or Mark Levinson. I am told Invoice is $31828. Would this imply the true cost of the vehicle to the dealer is closer to ~$30,900 (31828-639-319)? Dealers who've provided quotes claim that they need a minimum margin of $3-500 above cost, but I'm having trouble determining what "cost" is.
Anyone have any recent purchase information available for deals in Connecticut, New York or Massachusetts?
#769 of 1426 Re: My deal [kl_432]
Dec 17, 2004 (11:07 am)
TDA is an advertising charge. The dealer recoups this cost from Lexus, so you should not pay it (although dealers still try). I do not know what the wholesale financial reserve is, but I believe it is also a charge that you should not pay as the buyer.
I bought the car in Southern California (a very competitive market). Have you tried looking at earlier posts to see if anyone else has bought in your area?
Rather than looking at dealer cost to determine the price to pay, I used % of MSRP. People seem to be paying in the range of 87-91% (again, look at the geographic area).
The car you are looking for is a standard package (same as mine except I got the chrome wheels, all season tires and the gold package) so it should be readily available off the lot.
Good luck and happy holidays.