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Ford Focus, Ford Focus SVT, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#107 of 477 Thank you Jfritsch!
Sep 13, 2006 (11:38 pm)
Just wanted to post here and THANK Jfritsch for his frank advice on this thread. Thanks to you I knew I could push below invoice on the Focus.
Just bought a 2007 SE for -4600 off MSRP, -600 off invoice. I know I left money on the table because I didn't want to deal with a scummy dealer that offered -750 off invoice and kept changing his mind. I also bought in the middle of the month. I used the e-mail blast method, e-mailed 27 dealers and got 10 to compete with each other. Did all price negotiation in e-mail and over the phone.
Note to Focus buyers: there is a $500 first time buyer down payment match for financing through Ford Credit. (First time buyer means first time financing a car.) This is not advertised anywhere I could find on the internet and dealers aren't supposed to push it, but it exists.
I am very pleased. I almost didn't consider the Focus because of the MSRP. I had a great experience and wound up going with the dealer closest to my house, also the nicest one I talked with.
#108 of 477 michigan 2007 focus ZX5 SE
Sep 25, 2006 (4:24 am)
We just bought a 07 ZX5 SE from Les Stanford Ford (used to be Champion Ford) in Battle Creek, Michigan. OTD price was 14826 with automatic, safety package (ABS & side air bags) & convenience group (cruise & tilt). We didn't get any add ons like extended warranty...just Michigan TTL. We worked with Erika and was very happy...no hassle, quick sale. Price included the X plan & the $2500 discount. We were going to get a Civic LX auto, but when you consider the OTD price on the Civic was 4000 higher, then the Focus is a great deal.
Sep 30, 2006 (5:58 pm)
Three weeks ago I bought a ZX5 SE Focus for my son at a dealership located close to St. Louis in Missouri. He lives there and I'm in New York.
With safety ABS and (side air bags) and convenience packages minus the $2500 cash back was $14700. My kid overpaid $285, according to Edmund's TMV. He also got a two year extended warranty + tax, registration and plates the OTD was $15800.
He and I considered Nissan's Sentra, Honda's Civic, Toyota's Corolla and Chevrolet's Cobalt but finally went for the Ford. I wanted him to get the Sedan but he liked the hatchback. The boy is very happy good the acquisition.
#110 of 477 2007 SES w/options
Oct 18, 2006 (12:57 pm)
Considering a replacement for my late 01 Focus (total loss), and the $2500 discount really helps.
Found a 2007 SES with following options in addtion to the standard stuff:
* Automatic trans
* Safety package
MSRP = $17,510 and with X-Plan less $2500 comes down to $14,071.
Car has 16" alloy wheels, pirelli tires, spoiler, abs, etc.
Is the X-plan really a good deal..?
#111 of 477 Re: 2007 SES w/options [questsl]
Oct 18, 2006 (1:53 pm)
Some people are reporting getting better than X-plan just by shopping around. Since you don't have a trade you don't have to worry about getting taken on the value of it. The other advantage of X-plan is that dealer can not charge documentation and advertising fees. If you can get a better deal, take it. If not, X-plan price is good enough.
#112 of 477 Re: 2007 SES w/options [questsl]
Oct 18, 2006 (2:00 pm)
Purchase the fightingchance.com package. Read it and solicit bids from 15-20 dealers via fax or email toward the end of the month. Several people posted purchases of $4500 off msrp for a Focus. Don't get caught up in invoice x plan etc dealer fees etc. The lowest price otd is the lowest price otd.
#113 of 477 Re: 2007 SES w/options [questsl]
Oct 18, 2006 (4:55 pm)
if the dealer that has the car you are looking at will provide internet quotes, i would do that first.
tell them you are looking to replace your totaled focus with a new one. see what happens. they might appreciate your loyalty.
one thing to watch out for if you go into the dealer and tell them you are eligible for x-plan, is they might say 'we are going to give you x-plan price'. the subtle difference i missed was that they charged the doc fee, which you don't have to pay using x-plan. it was not when buying my focus. the internet quote i got on it was lower than x-plan. good luck find a new car.
#114 of 477 Re: 2005 Focus Base Model [rwhaugen]
Nov 11, 2006 (4:11 pm)
I'm suspicious about the same sales pitch, too! I'm looking at an ad about the 2007 Ford Focus on sale with lots of rebates and markdowns on it. The net price is $8995. It didn't indicate whether the vehicles had manual or automatic transmitions. Being a first-time carbuyer, I assumed the price were for all the models regardless if it were manual or automatic. Then when I call the dealership, a salesperson said the $8995 is base models only, meaning minus some equipment the usual consumer might want, and are for manual transmissions only. I thought that the ad was deceiving. I don't know. Should I go to the dealership anyway and show a salesperson the ad and try to convince them to give me a 2007 Ford Focus with an automatic transmition, or forget about it? ">
#115 of 477 Re: Ford salesman says "can't haggle on employee price [lost]
Nov 11, 2006 (4:21 pm)
I'm looking at an ad on the 2007 Ford Focus with lots of rebates and markdowns on it. The net price is $8995. Called the dealership and the salesperson said it's for a base model only with manual transmition. I'm looking for one with an automatic transmition and the salesperson said that I would have to pay more for it. I felt that the ad was deceiving because it didn't indicate whether the cars were manual or automatic. Being a first-time car buyer, I didn't think it would matter. Should I go to the dealership, show the salesperson the ad, and try to convince the dealership to sell me a car with an automatic transmition at the advertised price, or forget about it?
#116 of 477 Re: Thank you Jfritsch! [lavariel]
Nov 11, 2006 (8:02 pm)
Thanks for the tip on the $500 first time buyer down payment match. How long does this promotion last? I wander if it's available in California.