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Mazda MAZDA3, Hatchback, Sedan
#2787 of 5138 Re: Mazda 3: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [KarenS]
Aug 20, 2006 (8:05 pm)
I purchased a brand new 4dr 2006 mazda3 i touring for $535 below dealer invoice in marietta ga. Unfortunately all the dealerships in GA have a non-negotiable $400 fee for admin (docs titles etc - all stuff I could have done on my own). Still I think I got a good deal. It takes patience. Don't be afraid to send the salesman back to his sales manager 4 or 5 times before you get the deal you want - I'm sure they still made plenty of money off me.
#2788 of 5138 Good Price--Hatchback
Aug 21, 2006 (9:46 pm)
I am talking to a dealer about an '06 S Grand Touring Hatchback. The MSRP is $22,055. It is automatic, with the moonroof/bose package and rear bumper step plate. I was told I could get it for $21,000 plus TTL.
How does this sound?
#2789 of 5138 Re: Mazda 3 S [jfritsch]
Aug 22, 2006 (5:21 am)
You know you are absolutely right! I read your comment on etching and immediately started my research. I found that not only did they overcharge me the police precinct will do it for free. Once i realized the scam Guiffre was trying to pull I called them on it. They claim that they VIN etch ALL their vehicles-it's THEIR policy and thats what they charge. My next question was why i should i pay it then if its YOUR choice? Anywho, after further investigatation of the slip they wrote out I noticed they charged me destination twice and taxed the car, 2 destination fees AND the etching. An automatic S model which was quoted at 18,500 turned out costing just about 22,000. I was infuriated and took my deposit back.
The bright side to this whole thing is I paid a visit to Wantagh Mazda who only had an S Touring but guess what folks? It cost me less than the S once it was all written up AND i got wheel locks!!! 21,500 and I'm out the door! Picking it up tomorrow and can't wait!!!!
#2790 of 5138 Re: Good Price--Hatchback [autoodyssey]
Aug 22, 2006 (2:59 pm)
We just purchased a 06 grand touring with Bose/sunroof for $20,650,(msrp $22,010) you can get it for less, the bumper step doesnt cost that much!
#2791 of 5138 Re: Good Price--Hatchback [anderson238]
Aug 22, 2006 (3:39 pm)
20650 Out the Door?
Aug 22, 2006 (7:41 pm)
Hi folks. Anybody have experience with ordering a car? I may look at ordering an '07 Mazda3 if none of the dealers around here have the exact model I'm looking for. I won't need a car until mid December. My questions are:
Can you usually get as good a deal on an order as one that's on the lot?
How long does a car usually take to arrive once ordered?
I'd like to have financing arranged before negotiating price. Should I arrange financing before I go into the dealer when ordering or wait until a couple of weeks before the car arrives?
How much of a deposit is "normal"?
Thanks in advance. I'm new to car buying and these forums are a great resource.
#2793 of 5138 Re: Ordering an '07 [drinkduff77]
Aug 23, 2006 (2:42 am)
Buying a new car this way is probably the easiest. Since you don't need it till december wait till the end of Sept,Oct or longer (till the new 07 frenzy dies down) and contact the 10 -20 nearest sales managers (use dealer locator on mazda website) at the last week of the month (fax or email or phone)
Tell them you are looking for the best price out of 10 dealers you're contacting on your ordered car with whatever. Give others the chance to compete on lowest price iteratively. Take the final lowest price (with dealer fees, taxes, title...OTD) Simple.
Perhaps the low bid has one on the lot like it or close and can transfer it too. This gets more likely as sept-oct rolls around.
Since it is not sitting on anyones lot an ordered car has no floor plan interest or anything on the sale. So certainly no extra charge. I would think an ordered car should have a 2-8wk wait. (If shipped from far east? where are M3's made?) Depends on where in the supply chain it is.
Getting your financing straight soon is obviously good, although I don't know how long the terms will hold.
I would put 500-1000 on credit card deposit for an order. Its easier to dispute if something comes up. Perhaps they want some cash unrefundable but I would negotiate the best terms I could get.
#2794 of 5138 Re: Ordering an '07 [drinkduff77]
Aug 23, 2006 (9:37 am)
When ordering a vehicle you should ensure that the order form shows
a) the precise model,
b) your preferred options,
c) the date by which the car is needed,
d) the action if you are not totally satisfied.
Stating the delivery date prevents you being held hostage waiting for a car that has "not yet arrived, but will be here soon." Since the Mazda3 is manufactured in Japan you should expect several months wait. If there is an interruption (as happened last year due to a major fire in the factory and as happened this year due to an incredible ship wreck) you may be waiting far longer (4 to 6 months?). Consider including a clause in the contract like "the car as described herein must be delivered prior to Dec 1, 2006 or a full refund will be provided". Dealerships obviously want you to have a car, however, they cannot control all the circumstances and so you need to protect yourself in case you want to back out of the deal.
Aug 23, 2006 (6:39 pm)
Thanks guys for the great advice. Can't wait to start the process.
#2796 of 5138 Re: Ordering an '07 [jfritsch]
Aug 24, 2006 (2:49 pm)
I would think an ordered car should have a 2-8wk wait. (If shipped from far east? where are M3's made?) Depends on where in the supply chain it is.
Be careful with that advise. Mazda3's are made in Japan. From the time you order until it is on the dealer lot is roughly 14-18 weeks. Dealers only place allocations once a month, for Mazda, it usually runs in the middle of the month. If you order a Mazda3 late in the month, it will not get placed until mid following month.
This time frame would only change if you happen to reserve an incoming car already allocated to the dealer, and that depends on where it is. If it's on the water, its anywhere from 8-3 weeks.
Just some advise for all of you wanting '07 Mazda3's, some are here, I am already sold out of '07's, and the rest are not due until the end of September, early October. Most of the 2006 inventory is already gone.