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Mazda MAZDA3, Hatchback, Sedan
#2905 of 5138 2007 Mazda3 Automatic Grand Touring Hatchback
Oct 22, 2006 (8:52 pm)
After getting frustrated with the wait time for a fully loaded Nissan Versa, I decided to go back to a Mazda3.
I got a metallic black '07 GT hatchback automatic from Norco Mazda (in Southern California) with the Bose/moonroof package and wheel locks for $21,150 (plus tax, registration & fees). I believe that's less than $40 above invoice and less than Edmunds TMV. I was given the price over the phone yesterday, and I picked up the car today. I was in & out of the dealership (including time at the financing department) in less than 2 hours.
I highly recommend their internet sales department. They are a long away for some people. I myself live in Northridge in the San Fernando Valley, which is about 100 miles away. It just so happens that I was at Big Bear over the weekend, and they are sort of on the way home.
There is another big Mazda dealership much closer to me, Galpin Mazda, but I got really turned off by their sales tactics.
#2906 of 5138 Naive question: no ABS on Mazda3?
Oct 26, 2006 (11:44 am)
When checking out Mazda3 specs, under safety & security section, unlike Civic or Focus, no mentioning of ABS at all. Mazda3 don't have ABS or they use different terms?
#2907 of 5138 Re: Naive question: no ABS on Mazda3? [mpc8240]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Oct 26, 2006 (12:02 pm)
ABS is standard on the S-models... I believe it is available as an option on the i-models.
#2908 of 5138 Re: mazda 3 S pricing [max4good]
Oct 27, 2006 (12:12 pm)
i got my mazda3s a year and a half ago. I did a lot of research and test driving of similar vehicles (civic, corrolla, focus, etc). But the 3 stood out the most.
Anyways, i got a 3s w/ auto tran. I also wanted the side and curtain airbags for additional safety so that was obvioulsy quite a bit extra. The sticker was something like 22,500 (in texas). Well I drove out off the lot at 19,500, t.t.l. The manager didnt want to sell it for that much but it was late, i was the only one still on the lot and i was paying cash. He probably didnt make what he wanted, but moving inventory is important to these guys too.
One trick is to go the last weekend of the month. Dealerships want to move as much inventory as possible.
Plus, you should be able to drive off the lot for well under the sticker price.
#2909 of 5138 Re: Really Bad Experince [jdb4]
Nov 11, 2006 (7:08 am)
I also had a very bad experience at Ourisman Mazda in Laurel, MD. I got three difference stories from the sales person and two of the sales managers and in the end I'm not really sure any of the information was accurate. After trying to work out a deal for a week, I finally just walked out and will not be going back to that dealership. I had done quite a bit of research on the Mazda3 and it would have been my first Mazda.
#2910 of 5138 2007 Mazda3 Automatic Grand Touring Hatchback
Nov 11, 2006 (6:42 pm)
Hi – Thanks for all of the great info on this forum.
Just purchased a 07 Mazda3s 5/door GT with auto trans (galaxy grey) today from Tracy Mazda in Tracy, CA. They’re an exclusive dealer that gets a high allotment of cars. I highly recommend the internet sales process. Very friendly and a smooth transaction.
Had to travel 50+ miles to get the one I wanted. Too many 3s in the Concord, CA area include the expensive navigation system. Was lucky enough to get one right off the truck (only had 1 mile on odometer before the test drive).
I have to warn against purchasing from Senator Mazda in Sacramento, CA. Terrible sales staff provide misleading info by confirming available stock and S-plan purchase OK, then denying it with the sales manager when I show up. Very lame waste of time.
07 Mazda3s GT with auto trans, Bose/moonroof package & Sirius radio, purchased at invoice with S-Plan:
$21,496 + TTL
Also purchased paint, leather, vinyl treatment with 5/yr warranty (with Costco discount):
Only additional dealer cost was small document fee (didn’t want to argue with them because they were cool):
#2911 of 5138 2007 Mazda3 s Touring Hatch Auto (Price paid)
Nov 26, 2006 (6:24 pm)
Got it from a dealer in northern California over the weekend.
Price was $18,350, that is $250 less than the edmunds.com invoice price for the model, and $450 less than the invoice they showed us (their invoice included the advertising fees).
We also had a $250 auto-show coupon. With the coupon, total out the door price was around 19,850.
#2912 of 5138 Re: Mazda 3: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [thebigpapi34]
Nov 26, 2006 (6:30 pm)
Don't let a dealer fool you into thinking that a Doc fee is non-negotiable or that "everyone else does it". Its purely a marketing ploy. Sell someone a car right at or slightly below invoice and then stick them with $500-600 in fees, plus the 3% holdback they get from Mazda, and they've still cleared $700-1000.
A $400 "documentation" fee is a farce. Either tell them to eliminate it entirely, or negotiate it down to no more than $100. Their costs to sell you the car, apart from commissions paid to salespeople, are usually less than $70, and that's if they give you a "free" tank of gas! If they still won't relent, then walk out the door. I'm under no obligation to buy anything from them if they won't come to agreeable terms. I can keep my older vehicle on the road for another 50,000 miles or more for $400.
Its time for dealers to understand that for 99% of the public, buying a new car is purely optional.
#2913 of 5138 Re: Mazda 3: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [barty]
Nov 28, 2006 (10:06 am)
Legally, a DOC fee is non negotiable. If it is charged to one, and not someone else, and it is discovered that this occurred, the dealership can be audited, and may have to refund every customer the doc fee they paid. I do not know of any dealer that would be so stupid.
If you are one who dickers with that, the dealer will take it off of the vehicle, but, on paper, you will still pay the doc fee. That is the legal way to do it.
#2914 of 5138 Re: Mazda 3: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [aviboy97]
Nov 28, 2006 (1:57 pm)
Legally, a DOC fee is non negotiable ... the dealership can be audited
Audited by who?
I can understand that this business practice must appear to be fair but I question if a case can be made about this. Businesses are entitled to charge what they determine to be a reasonable price for a good/service; the problem for many consumers is accepting fees that are added after a negotiated transaction has been calculated. If dealers showed these fees as part of the negotiation then there may be less friction at the end. Life would so simple if a cost breakdown could be shown upfront: (MSRP + Options) - Discount + (Freight + Handling + Doc + License + Taxes) = Out the Door Price.