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Mazda MAZDA3, Hatchback, Sedan
#3738 of 5137 Happy with price but very minor body damage: red flag?
Nov 30, 2008 (7:59 pm)
Northern Washington state -- no awesome FL pricing for us up at the other corner of the country, alas. 2008 i Touring 4dr automatic. ABS/SAB/SAC but no other options. Pretty much exactly to our specifications, except that it's gray, and I love the Phantom Purple. 15,000 miles, clean Carfax report, traded in by single local owner. Sticker price is $14995, my price is $13995 + taxes & fees - my $200 junker trade-in.
We haven't purchased this car yet, we will have our mechanic inspect it this week before we finalize the deal. The reason I'm posting is because I want to run a maybe-gotcha in front of you guys. There is some very light body damage on the car -- a 1" wide dimple on the roof of the car above the driver side door, and a 3"-4" long crease near dead center on the roof. Neither piece of damage is very deep, but they are quite noticeable. They seem purely cosmetic to me, but what do I know about body damage?
The salesman says that this damage is from a falling tree branch, and they have promised to fix it before we finalize (and they will). My wife and I went over the car carefully and there is no other visible body damage -- no scratches on the windshield or windows, no paint or glass damage from sap, etc, etc. I'm confident my mechanic will catch any major gotchas with this car, but I'm wondering if the lot's repairs might void some part of my factory warranty, since they are not a Mazda dealership or service center.
It's been a long haul to find a Mazda3 with the safety features we need at a price we like, but I'm willing to dump this one and move on if there's major red flags around this problem.
#3739 of 5137 Is this a good deal?
Nov 30, 2008 (9:01 pm)
Thanks in advance for any advice! We received a quote for 20,000 out the door (this includes 6.25% sales tax, 175 fees, 80 license transfer) on a 2008 Mazda 3 s touring, White Pearl Mica, sunroof, and sirius satellite. The car has 50 miles on it. It took 20 minutes to get him down to 20,000 out the door, but we walked hoping he would really want to sell this car and offer a bit lower since it is a 2008 model. Is this a good deal? Or can we find better. We would like to save some money by purchasing a 2008 and am having a hard time finding 2008 in our area. I can get a 2009 w/ almost the same options for about 2000 more. Thanks!
#3740 of 5137 Just bought ours.
Nov 30, 2008 (9:02 pm)
'09 3i Touring VE auto transmission, no other options, for about $15,700. The car was totally brand new with only 4 miles and just came off the truck! We paid cash for that price.
#3741 of 5137 Re: Just bought ours. [ktc9]
Dec 01, 2008 (3:18 am)
Where are you located ktc9?
#3742 of 5137 Re: Just bought ours. [jym626]
Dec 01, 2008 (6:58 am)
San Francisco bay area.
#3743 of 5137 Re: Good deal???? [jym626]
Dec 01, 2008 (7:21 am)
Thanks so much for those information.
I am sorry I did not make myself clear about the ask. I live in GA, so I was asking for the dealer info you metioned in ATL. Sorry about that. But those information you provided is very helpful as well. It gave me some ideas about what price range I should have in mind when negotiating with the dealers.
Do you still have the newspaper? If possible, could you please let me know which dealer is offering 5000 off the MRSP?
#3744 of 5137 Re: Good deal???? [luckyforever1]
Dec 01, 2008 (7:25 am)
Where in GA are you, luckyforever? I don't have the paper any more, but I do recall several good deals. The one I quoted above was at Rick Case. I think Southerlin had a good deal on a car as well, but not as good as Rick Case's.
#3745 of 5137 Re: Good deal???? [luckyforever1]
Dec 01, 2008 (7:27 am)
I forgot to mention, Rick Case also offers a 10 yr, 100k mi warrantee.
*** edit*** And if you live in the metro Atlanta area, you really don't want to have to deal with a stickshift in this traffic!! I'd go for the automatic.
#3746 of 5137 Re: Just bought ours. [ktc9]
Dec 07, 2008 (8:03 pm)
ktc9, which dealer in the bay area did you get it for that price?
Dec 09, 2008 (1:01 pm)
I'd like to mine the communal opinions on this board about my recent quote:
2009 Mazda 3s Sport 5-door auto, no additional options - $17,600 + TTL for a total of $19,185 OTD. I think I can get better than this considering that the new generation will be out in a few months. This was from central Illinois.
Their initial offer was $17,983, so they were only willing to come down $383 before they stopped haggling. I walked. No hurry to buy (especially in this economy).