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Ford Focus, Ford Focus SVT, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#304 of 485 Re: ur still dead wrong [mrrk47]
Aug 24, 2008 (8:26 pm)
Got this deal today from a Cincinnati Ohio Blue Oval Ford Dealer.............
2008 Focus S, Auto,Anti lock brakes,Sirius satellite radio.
MSRP 16,850, Purchase price 15,000.00, Doc fee 250.00 Tax (6.5) 991.25 tile fee 25.50= 16,266.75 minus 750.00 Ford rebate brochure, minus 2,000.00 public rebate w Ford Financing = 13,516.75 OTD.........Thats 4600.00 in savings.......
We couldnt be happier with the purchase, love the fit and finish, and the way this car handles! No doubt you get your best deal when the EOM looms large and the sales manager needs to move some metal.
#305 of 485 '08 Loaded SEL
Sep 03, 2008 (5:44 pm)
We just took delivery of a 2008 loaded SEL, sticker $19450. The dealer gave us a $1250 discount and the $1500 factory rebate; that's $2750 off MSRP, or $16750. Where I live the discount reduces the tax liability but the rebate is treated like cash down, so you apply taxes before it's figured in to the deal. We passed on the Ford Credit financing and the associated $500 rebate, as my credit union beat their rate by enough to save me that $500 many times over. You need to watch those rebates tied to financing - they are not always a good deal. If I would have taken that rebate my total "off" would have been $3250, not $5K. I've dealt with this dealer before, and when he says there is not $5K to work with, I believe him. Other posters have talked about the holdback being in the $550 range, which is correct. So even if you can find a dealer willing to part with an '08 with very few left and provide a discount (like mine did), I doubt he's going to go into his holdback. There just aren't that many left. Maybe 8 weeks ago, but not now.
Oct 07, 2008 (9:53 am)
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Oct 07, 2008 (10:09 am)
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#308 of 485 '09 Focus SE w/auto transmission option only
Oct 26, 2008 (8:44 pm)
OTD for $15,300 in metro Atlanta (metro Ga). Price include 8% tax and $520 dealer and registration fees. Dealership was Mall of Georgia Ford in Buford.
#309 of 485 News for Ford: ABS is a must-have
Dec 01, 2008 (5:54 pm)
We love our 2003 Focus ZX5, which has been ultra-reliable and still drives well; our only serious complaint is the front seats, which we can never adjust enough to be really comfortable--unlike our 1998 Contour, which had great seats.
So when it came time this fall to replace the Contour we looked at the 2008 & 2009 Focus first. However, it was virtually impossible to find a Focus in the SF Bay Area with antilock brakes--a requirement for us and an option our 2003 had. I looked at dealer stock on the Net, and found only a couple of Foci with ABS, and they were tricked out with all manner of other options (air foil, anyone?--looks silly on a Focus).
Why does Ford think ABS is an option only a very few will want? This isn't 1990... and Ford lost the sale because of its miscalculation.
#310 of 485 Re: News for Ford: ABS is a must-have [shiatt]
Dec 02, 2008 (10:41 am)
ABS is bundled with stability control this year and is a great bargain as a result.
I was lucky enough to find ABS on an otherwise "stripped" Cobalt for one of my two commuter cars, but couldn't find ABS on a lightly optioned Focus (which I purchased as my other car).
Dealers have told me that customers have asked them to dealer trade Focii and Cobalts to find one WITHOUT the ABS just to save a couple of bucks. But seldom do this when the money went into alloy wheels or an upgraded stereo system.
Unfortunately only a few of us, plus the IIHS, seem to value our safety...
#311 of 485 Can Find SE models with ABS/ESC
Dec 06, 2008 (12:19 am)
It's not too hard to find a Focus SE with ABS/ESC although most are automatics and not manuals. Those run around $15K with the current employee pricing promotion.
I was looking online for a family member and found a Focus S with AT and ABS/ESC in the Albuquerque NM area. Those I admit are harder to find and run about $1000 less than an SE. But most probably want electric windows, doors, mirrors, etc.
Dec 09, 2008 (11:27 am)
I want to buy a 2009 Focus SE sedan. What is the reasonable OTD price for one with MSRP $18500. The tax is 7.5% here and plus employee pricing there is about $3500 rebate. Thank you.
#313 of 485 Re: [bryanlie]
Dec 09, 2008 (5:02 pm)
If you want to be a good consumer, you've got to do the final "OTD" calculations yourself. You know the tax rate, you can calculate license fees, you know if your state allows dealers to impose "fake" "document" fees (fees for processing your DMV registration etc.). On a board like this, most of us deal with MSRP and discounts from MSRP, otherwise there are too many moving pieces to deal with.
Keep in mind that those same moving pieces are what give a dealer an edge. A lot of consumers don't know what rebates are available (research the manufacturer's website or Edmunds, here), don't know what options cost (options add up quickly on any car), and don't know what they are looking for. The internet is an amazing tool to do a lot of research. For example, in your post, you don't say - automatic or manual; options; packages. Those have an impact on how many competitve cars you can shop. If you go to fordvehicles.com, you can "build" a car on line and search dealer inventory within up to a 50 or 100 mile radius, then look at the window stickers. Print out the ones that look good, then email the dealer than has one you like (email several dealers) and ask for a quote - ask for MSRP (which you know, but ask anyway), rebates, and dealer discount. Ask what the OTD price would be with no trade. That is a good starting point.
While websites like this are a useful source of information, the car market is SO volatile right now that you shouldn't rely on last month's or even necessarily last week's deal. Also one dealer may be high, and another low. It's better to send out four or five emails and comparison shop. Dealers are desperate for business and will generally not waste your time these days.