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#234 of 452 Trying to decide if I have a "deal"
Jul 29, 2008 (7:05 pm)
I have been trying to purchase a 2008 Sentra SL with leather and moonroof. My last offer over the net with Suntrup Nissan in St. Louis was $17846 after applying all rebates/incentives, then add a $199 doc fee. (I am guessing MSRP is about $20,200. I will know more tomorrow.) Taxes will be 6.25% of the price before rebates so I calculated (I hope correctly) $1128. Add $143 for title and liscence and I get a total of $19316.
I don't want to get taken and need another opinion or two on whether I should purchase. I don't have to buy a car. It is merely a choice to get a nicer car with better gas mileage. I wonder if August will bring better rebates or incentives.
Thanks in advance to those who reply.
#235 of 452 Re: Trying to decide if I have a "deal" [gadgetgirl4]
Jul 29, 2008 (8:47 pm)
If you like the car and can afford it, go for it! When I look at how much others paid for their car, I know I did'nt get the best possible deal but that's only 2-3% difference. If you're gonna be pissed off or bitter because you think you could've saved 2-3% more, what can I say. If you think the car you want is worth what you're going to pay you should just get it. Price and incentives change every quater. You can't wait forever.....
#236 of 452 Trying to decide on options for 2.0S...
Jul 29, 2008 (10:10 pm)
For the last few weeks, I've been shopping for an economical commuter car for my dad. He's not very car savvy doesn't like negotiating, so those responsibilities get handed down to the "good son". =)
The Sentra seems as good as the Civic (and much better than the Hyundai Elantra that was the front-runner for a brief time). All the Honda dealers around Atlanta are expecting full sticker or very close on the Civic, so the Sentra is a no-brainer.
The best deals I've been able to negotiate are on a couple of 2.0S models with different levels of equipment. One is the 2.0S with the CVT automatic as the only option, MSRP- $17,865, can get it for $15,300 + tax OTD. The other is a 2.0S with CVT, Convenience Plus Pkg & Alloy Wheels, MSRP- $19,065, can get it for $16,250 + tax OTD.
The alloy wheels look sharp, but the Convenience Plus Package is of questionable value, in my opinion. It adds Intelligent Key, Bluetooth, Drive-N-Hide Trunk System, overhead CD storage and leather-wrapped steering wheel for about $750. My dad will never even figure out how to use most of those things...and apparently the package is required to get the alloy wheels.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated!
#237 of 452 Re: Great vehicle. Best value in class at time of purchase (June 2008) [re [kneedsacar]
Jul 29, 2008 (11:11 pm)
The three most important factors for me in selecting the vehicle were price, safety, and reliability, in that order. And on the first and most important criterion, cost, the Sentra won hands down over the Mazda 3 (and all others) because of two reasons. One you already mentioned, which were the rebates. My Sentra purchase qualified for $2,000 in rebates and incentives and at the time, the Mazda 3 was at maybe only $500 or $1,000 at best. The second was that at the time, after visiting this forum and contacting some dealers, it was apparent that negotiating the car a few hundred dollars below invoice was both prevalent and required just a little effort and cunning. Thus, being able to cut the price down to 600 dollars below invoice and also having rebate incentives that were at least twice as large as any other competing vehicles in the class sealed it for me.
I will say that if looks and attractiveness of the vehicle were a higher priority for me, it would be harder to move away from the Mazda 3. The look and profile of the car, the 17" alloy wheels (and very nice wheel designs at that), and the rear disc brakes are all very nice at this price point. I personally don't think the Sentra is a good looking vehicle at all, it more like a mini-mini van in shape than a sporty compact sedan, which is really what the Mazda 3 embodies.
However, the shape of the Sentra does give it a lot of practical, useful, and versatile interior space, no doubt about that. This is very handy for those who have to haul a bunch of stuff or people every so often or college folks that are having to move all their stuff every academic year or so. Also, I do feel from my test drives that the Nissan Sentra engine and transmission is superior to the Mazda engine and transmission. They are both 2.0L but I think the crucial difference is the CVT vs the 4 speed auto. I felt the Sentra powertrain was more powerful, responsive, effortless, and fuel efficient at every point along the power band when compared to the Mazda.
Also, one last note, I think this current generation of Mazda 3 will be replaced sometime soon, maybe within the next 12 months whereas this current generation Sentra was introduced in the '07 model year.
#238 of 452 Re: Trying to decide on options for 2.0S... [igozoomzoom]
Jul 29, 2008 (11:23 pm)
I totally agree that if you're buying a near 1k option package on a 16k car, it better offer some value. I will say this about the convenience package, which I wanted to get and attracted me more to the Sentra, I think it's a relatively low cost way to get bluetooth in your car that's integrated from the manufacturer. What I mean is that if you wanted bluetooth from the factory in a competing vehicle of this class, well, some cars just don't offer it, and others only offer it on the highest level trim. So in other words, configuring the lowest possible cost for a bluetooth equipped car will be cheaper with the Sentra than with competitors in it's class.
Personally, I think bluetooth should come standard in all cars, it's absurd they don't come in all of them because the parts probably cost the manufacturers a few dollars at most. But of lot of places are now banning talking on your cell phone while driving unless you have a hands free setup, so it might be worth future-proofing.
I basically bought the convenience package for the bluetooth. One question, what exactly is different on the Intelligent Key with the convenience package than the key without convenience package?
Also, I never heard that the alloy wheels need to be paired with the convenience package. That's not true at all. Maybe they don't have any on the lot that are like that, but I'm sure you can get a car that way.
#239 of 452 Re: Trying to decide if I have a "deal" [anycall]
Jul 30, 2008 (4:40 am)
Thanks for your input. I do tend to beat myself up over buying a car - just don't like to the be their next sucker. I am waiting to hear back from them today.
I can't wait forever, but I can wait several years to buy a car. I will have to make a decision concerning this car by Saturday b/c my credit union is only offering a lowered interest rate till then.
#240 of 452 Re: Trying to decide if I have a "deal" [gadgetgirl4]
Jul 30, 2008 (7:06 am)
My credit union offered 4.99% up to 60 months but I got 3.9% for 48 months + $1250 rebate through NMAC(nissan). Currently Nissan offers 3.9%(up to 60 months) + $1000 rebate or $1500 rebate. When I purchased the car, Nissan offer was either low financing or the rebate but when I gave dealer my final number ($16500), they manipulated(?) the numbers where it looks like I got both low APR and the rebate. I think you can negotiate where you can get the 3.9% + $1500 rebate. good luck!
#241 of 452 Help the Lady Deal in Buying A Sentra
Aug 04, 2008 (3:48 pm)
Looking for someone who bought a sentra in phx recently. What dealership? How much did you pay? I hate the negotiating part. I just want to know what is the best deal. (I'm already pre-approved by my credit union)
#242 of 452 Re: Help the Lady Deal in Buying A Sentra [phxsunstrok]
Aug 04, 2008 (5:40 pm)
Hi: I'm not from Arizona but I bought a 2008 Sentra SL about five months ago. I'm not sure if I got the best deal or not, but I was able to get the Sentra SL which has leather seats, sunroof, ABS, Intelligent key, bluetooth, CVT, steering wheel audio controls, etc. I was able to buy my car for around $18,500 with the rebates they were offering at that time.
So I would say you can negotiate quite a bit with this car. By the way, it's been great so far. Very quiet, good pickup, great gas mileage and plenty of interior space. Please let me know how you make out. Best of luck!!
#243 of 452 Issues with 08 Sentra (Starting and Speaker Sound)
Aug 04, 2008 (7:46 pm)
Has anyone heard about a recall on the 07 and 08 Sentra? I had to take mine in after it hesitated in starting (1250 miles, owned for 2 & 1/2 mos), said they needed to order a part. Then a friend called and told me he heard of a recall. Also, the speaker sound appears to be going in and out, dealer told me they didn't hear anything abnormal, like it was not occurring. Of course, later that day, speakers started again and still doing the same. I will readdress this issue when the part comes in (that will make 3rd time to service dept, don't want to keep going back and forth, time is money and this is aggravating). In fact, you would think they would have the part needed in stock, since it is a new vehicle. After spending 1 & 1/2 hrs on a Sat am, I did not think to question why part not available or trying to spend any more time in the packed waiting room. Also wanted to at least make sure it was documented that these things were happening to a brand new vehicle.