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Mazda MAZDA3, Hatchback, Sedan
#4897 of 5141 2006 Mazda 3 - Used
Jun 12, 2012 (10:31 pm)
I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, My apologies in advance.
I am planning to buy a "mazda3 S sedan-4D". Buying it from a private seller. But he is asking KBB excellent price. The car has two problems according to him 1) Need to change all the tyres. 2) Engine mount need to be changed. Apart from these car is in a very good condition.
1) Want to know how frequent is this problem(mount change) in Mazda 3?
2) I am thinking of offering him a KBB Good price if i have to take care of these things. So is this price fine or if he negotiates, i should pay him a price b/w Good and Very Good and buy the Car?
#4898 of 5141 Re: 2006 Mazda 3 - Used [youngandy]
Jun 13, 2012 (1:21 pm)
Suggestion: Make the offer conditional on an inspection by a mechanic. Otherwise, you are buying based on the seller's reputation, which I assume you don't know. If the mechanic does not find any problems with the vehicle you can pay whatever you think is a fair price. If the mechanic finds problems, ask him what it would take to repair them and subtract that from the selling price.
#4899 of 5141 Mazda 3 - iTouring with Bose package
Jun 18, 2012 (5:50 pm)
Planning to buy this car by the end of this month. I live in Seattle. When I look at truecar.com($20,908) and kbb value($19,875, approx. 1k less than invoice), I see a huge difference. How should I choose the initial negotiation price? When 2013 models are expected to this market?
#4900 of 5141 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 5dr Hb i Touring MT
Jun 22, 2012 (8:15 pm)
Hello, in the process of negotiating with the dealer for a basic trim 3 hatch with manual trans. Sadly its been a few years since my last mazda so i dont qualify for the loyalty discount. Currently vehicle price is $18,600 with an OTD price of $20,000 even. I do qualify for the ford family member discount (a plan i think) so I would imagine i should be able to get them lower. any idea of what a good price would be before TTL? currently in MI 6% sales tax
#4901 of 5141 Re: 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 5dr Hb i Touring MT [zoomzoomdollar]
Jun 29, 2012 (9:43 pm)
We just bought a Mazda3 HB iTouring AT for $18300 with an OTD price of $20110. Given your is a MT, I guess you still have some space to negotiate.
We are in Northern California.
#4902 of 5141 Leasing Mazda3 i Touring
Jul 08, 2012 (5:07 am)
Good afternoon everyone.
Just got into a lease for a Mazda3 i Touring and want to know if I got a good deal.
Traded in a 2007 Saturn Aura XR 104k miles on it. Good condition. Owed $5.7k on it and got them to pay it off and give an additional $500 down towards the lease.
I was able to get the Military discount ($500) and I feel that they weaseled me into putting an additional $1k down. But my payments after taxes are $277.
I live in S. Florida and any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
#4903 of 5141 My buying experience at Star Mazda, Glendale, CA
Jul 11, 2012 (5:15 pm)
Well, I just bought a new 3i touring from Star Mazda in Glendale and here is my experience.
I used Edmunds quote and several dealers responded for around $18500. I picked Star Mazda because Greg seemed most straightforward and credible. I mentioned about $250 lender bonus money that Edmunds shows as a customer rebate. He told me the APR Cash (the lender bonus) would bring it down to $18259. I eventually negotiated another $100 down. Great deal, especially given 0% financing, right?
He had to do a dealer swap to get the car that I wanted. When I came in to sign, he said he couldn't honor $100 off from the original deal that we negotiated because it was a dealer swap. Fine, he did the work, and it was worth $100. I was tired with sickness and this distracted me enough that I failed to notice missing $250 lender rebate. (Yeah I know, it was my fault). I called Greg to ask him about it, and he mumbled something about $18259 with lender rebate was for the cash purchase only. (No, it didn't make sense to me either). I sent him a polite email explaining our deal and that $250 lender rebate should've been given to me. Greg responded saying that he talked it over with the general manager, and the rebate was a dealer money so they were keeping it, and that he has no recollection of mentioning $18259.
The obvious lesson that everybody know and I forgot temporarilly: review all papers carefully before signing and cross check with the original deal regardless how much you trust the guy. Too bad, it would've been a clean and effortless deal, mostly done over the Net and phone if it weren't for this lender rebate snafu.
#4904 of 5141 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 i Sport good price?
Jul 11, 2012 (6:56 pm)
Hi, I recently emailed a dealer proposing to pay $17,700 (destination fees included) for a 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 i Sport (automatic). He pretty much immediately responded that he could do this price, despite it being $23 less than the invoice. Is this a good price? Could I do better?
#4905 of 5141 Re: 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 i Sport good price? [bobgreen5s]
Jul 11, 2012 (7:19 pm)
The car is soon to be one year old and you should be able to do better than a few bucks below invoice. Try Edmunds Dealer Quotes. Most of mine for 3i touring w/ skyactiv came at $700+ below invoice and I was able to negotiate $1100 below including the lender bonus. Except that the dealer reneged on $350 of that money, so I ended up with $750 below. The dealers are still calling me to give them a chance to match or beat it.
#4906 of 5141 Re: 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 i Sport good price? [bobgreen5s]
Jul 12, 2012 (4:10 am)
Depending on how much you drive, what the price difference may be, and your expected financing term, you may want to consider the iTouring w/Skyactiv. The fuel savings may make the monthly price of the touring pretty close to the Sport.
Back to your question though, I would certainly think you COULD get a better price from them if they accepted your offer so readily. Now that they know you were willing to pay 17.7k though, they might not be willing to negotiate. You could try to contact them again from a new e-mail and supply only your first name.
Another option, if you do have the luxury of having multiple mazda dealers around, is to get them to compete with one another. E-mailing the other dealerships and asking them to beat 17.7k can get your price down at the original dealership.