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#634 of 1446 Re: 'Negotiated a price today on a GC SXT..... [ahzoo]
May 01, 2005 (10:41 am)
I finally decided to do some negotiating with a salesperson at the Dodge dealership. Here is the deal I have on paper ('haven't signed anything yet and the dealership is now closed until Monday.):
2005 Grand Caravan SXT with added options (Side Curtain Airbags, Power Liftgate, Rear Parking Assist and Power Adjustable Pedals, which I said I wouldn't pay for since I don't need them: $22,299 + TTL. Does this sound like a good deal to anyone else?
Sounds like a very good price. I bought my 2005 GC SXT (power liftgate, sunroof and tow package) for $19,500 but that was with DCX employee pricing. I'd say good deal. I'm very happy with mine, the "Stow N Go" seats clinched it for me!!
#635 of 1446 Re: Great price [marine2]
May 01, 2005 (10:57 am)
Thanks for the feedback, marine2!
I had come up with a TMV of $21,130, so I will go through all the numbers once again. Although I was very pleasant, I had the feeling the salesman was irked by the end of the negotiations. (When I walked away for a few minutes, he said to my husband, "Well. Your wife has really done her homework.")
I wouldn't have had the same level of confidence if I hadn't found so much information in these forums and with the Edmunds pricing.
The salesperson tried to get me to leave a deposit and I refused. He said I have to come in Monday morning (end of the rebate period) to get the deal. They have the van on the lot at one of their stores across town. I am thinking of e-mailing that $22,299 figure to some othe dealers to see if they can do better. And if they can, I will take that number back to him. I don't really see why I need to rush to make the transaction on Monday morning, rather than Monday afternoon.
I don't want to be a "grinder," but if another dealer offers to sell the van for less.....? If no one will go lower on that price, then I know I've made a good deal.
#636 of 1446 Re: Great price [ahzoo]
May 01, 2005 (11:05 am)
Where were you when I needed you?
#637 of 1446 Re: Great price [marine2]
May 01, 2005 (7:41 pm)
I went through the numbers again and actually I do think I did OK. I'm going in tommorrow and keeping my fingers crossed that it will be a straight forward deal from here.
#638 of 1446 Does anyone know if Rear Parking Assist installed...
May 01, 2005 (7:52 pm)
by the dealer would be inferior to having it factory installed? I'm guessing "no."
We have a '95 GC and the dealer tried a common trick (in '95) of having a virtually useless aftermarket ABS system installed. Fortunately, with the help of the NHTSA, we caught them on it and traded the van they sold us for one with factory ABS. (Overall, it was a very unpleasant experience.)
At least with the Parking Assist, it would be obvious immediately if it isn't working properly.
#639 of 1446 Re: 'Negotiated a price today on a GC SXT..... [ahzoo]
May 01, 2005 (9:41 pm)
"...The 2005 Ody:
I didn't like the fact that you can't manually override the power sliding doors..."
Just a comment: since you're talking about the LX model, they don't offer power doors as far as I remember. Either I'm mistaking or you're talking about the EX version.
Your deal seems very good. I guess you're talking about the PREMIUM package you got, which includes automatic temperature control (which, BTW, is useless IMO), adjustable pedals, rear parking assist (Fantastic IMO) and power liftgate and sport suspension. I paid more for my van without the side curtain airbags.
#640 of 1446 Re: 'Negotiated a price today on a GC SXT..... [samnoe]
May 01, 2005 (10:12 pm)
Yes, you're right about the LX. I had forgotten that the demo was an EX with 6,000 miles that the salesperson said she might be able to sell for the price of an LX. My brain is a little fried at this point.
I was looking for the Premium Package (ANF) with the addition of side curtain airbags. The dealer wasn't able to find one in stock that didn't also include leather and a DVD player. Vans with side curtain airbags seemed to be in short supply, period. The closest (apparently) they could get was the SXT with power liftgate, the curtain airbags and power adjustable pedals and their service department will install the rear park assist. I will ask tomorrow why they happened to have such an odd combination of features on the van (did someone order it and back out, or was it ordered/sold and returned because of a problem?).
What is your experience with the automatic temperature control? I thought that might be an advantage to getting the Premium Package (and the touring suspension).
Thanks for your feedback!
#641 of 1446 re: 'Negotiated a price today on a GC SXT..... by ahzoo
May 02, 2005 (6:00 am)
That's a very good price. I love my GC SXT and am very glad I went with the Dodge over the other vans I drove.
#642 of 1446 Re: 'Negotiated a price today on a GC SXT..... [ahzoo]
May 02, 2005 (12:04 pm)
That's a great price. I'm looking for a similar SXT here in Connecticut.Few with the side curtain air bags. Found a linien gold on one dealer's on line inventory with the bags, power lift gate, 6 disc cd player and pedals. List for $29175. TMV with the $2500 rebate at 24,675 plus tax. Would also like the rear parking assist- have it on our 03 Explorer- but those don't seem to be available. Looked two weeks ago for that combination. Dealer said he could order one but it would take 12 weeks.
Almost bought a Nissan Quest SL with it-parking assist and side air curtains but had second thoughts about buying another minivan. Also Quest does not have split third row seat. However after this weekend decided to reconsider buying a van.
Will see if dealer can install the rear assist. Keep us posted on how well the dealer installed item works.
#643 of 1446 Re: Stow and Go experiences, esp. car seats [marine2]
May 02, 2005 (7:23 pm)
All seats slope a little, so your butt's a bit lower than your knees. On the stow and go seats it seemed much more pronounced.
But, since no one else seems to have noticed at all I can only assume we're seeing things ...feeling things.
We're just going to have to bring a carseat to the dealer and see what happens.
Thanks for the comments.