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Nissan Xterra, SUV
#242 of 424 Buy New or slightly used - advice?
Oct 22, 2006 (8:33 am)
Need to decide which the better deal and i was hoping I could get some free advice.
My two choices are as follows:
Brand New 2006 Nissan Xterra S with the utility package for 21,500 (pending a dealership can make that price work) with 6.25% financing - 353 montly payments.
2005 Xterra SE (rockford fosgate etc.) with 15,000 miles from a rich private sealer who's looking to unload it at 19,000 with 8.45% financing - 316 monthly payments.
On one hand, i want the new truck, but on the other i know even with the great deal it will loss excessive value the first year. But it would be brand new and have a longer warranty. But the 2005 SE has bigger rims, better stereo, and more features for less money. But, the SE is a year older and has been used.
Just reply with your thoughts on which would be better and why.
#243 of 424 Re: Buy New or slightly used - advice? [restaman18]
Oct 22, 2006 (9:54 am)
I would prefer the brand NEW one, there is no big difference between the price.
btw, I think you got a good price, 2006 Nissan Xterra S with the utility package for 21,500, is that a 2wd or 4wd price?
#244 of 424 Re: Buy New or slightly used - advice? [elvisss]
Oct 22, 2006 (10:57 am)
2wd price, the best I have offered so far is 21,600 with another 595 for the dealer fee. But this truck also have the mirror compass, and body side moldings. But I can't buy that one though, because it's red and the wife doesn't like the color.
I'm working all the dealerships now to get that 21,500 price, the best i got from some other dealerships is 22,100.
thanks for the advice
#245 of 424 Re: Buy New or slightly used - advice? [restaman18]
Oct 30, 2006 (4:14 am)
Finally got a dealership to make the deal work.
06 Xterra S with utility package, body side molding, floor mats, splash guards and the TRAILERING PACKAGE....all for 21,700 out the door. 800 below invoive.
I feel good about it and drove it home last night 200 miles... and got 21.4 MPG!!!!!
If Nissan reliability holds up over time, this will be the hands down best SUV out there
#246 of 424 Re: Buy New or slightly used - advice? [restaman18]
Oct 30, 2006 (6:36 am)
I also got my xterra SE on Saturday, very cool.
#247 of 424 Yet another bad dealer experience in Swarthmore, PA
Jan 22, 2007 (8:27 am)
Yet another bad dealer experience that I need to vent about.
So I'm in the market for an 07 Xterra S 4x4 with Utility package. Last Thursday, I sent about 15
emails out to local dealers in PA & received a few quotes back via email, which range about $1500
(give or take) under invoice with the current incentives offered by Nissan. I got a call from
Loughead Nissan in Swarthmore, PA who gave me the usual speech about being the #1 volume dealer &
that he can beat any pricing. I asked him to provide his quote over the phone but he said he
couldn't & told me to come in. I gave him a number instead (slightly lower than the lowest email
quote I received from other dealers) & he said he'll talk to his sales manager. About an hour
later, I received a callback saying it was a deal so I scheduled an appointment for Saturday. The
dealer called back again later in the afternoon asking whether I had a trade in & I said yes &
gave him the necessary info of my vehicle. Keep in mind that he had already agreed to the first
deal without any mention of trade-in
Fast forward to Saturday at the dealership, the Xterra they had waiting for me actually had
additional packages on it but was never mentioned over the phone (i.e. Protection package, cargo
divider, retractable cargo cover, trailer hitch). Please note that I had specifically only asked
for the Utility package & nothing else in my initial email. While waiting for them to assess my
trade in value, the salesperson that I dealt with over the phone told me that it was a smart move
to shop around by sending quotes out to all the local dealers. After about 20 min of sitting
around with only one other customer there, the sales manager shows up & provides a quote for that
vehicle that was higher than all the email quotes I had received & low-ball my trade in, so
basically the price that they quoted over the phone still remained the same, they just factored
the trade-in into the newly raised price. He further insulted me by saying, I don't need to sell
you this car. So at this point, I just shook his hand & left. It was a waste of time & partially
my fault for not confirming this in writing prior to showing up but I just bought a Honda Pilot 8
months ago & went through the same process & the dealer honored the price when I walked in. There
was no written agreement faxed, it was strictly verbal. For this Nissan deal, I would assume that they would be
smarter than to pull the bait & switch technique since they knew that I had been shopping on the
internet but oh well.
So moral of the story is that if you're in the market for a Nissan vehicle, do yourself a favor &
stay away from unprofessional, unethical, ignorant dealerships such as Loughead Nissan in
Swarthmore, PA. Thanks for listening.
#248 of 424 Re: Yet another bad dealer experience in Swarthmore, PA [limited_slip]
Jan 22, 2007 (2:32 pm)
I had the same thing happen to me many years ago and the feeling sucks. Just count it as a lesson learned, and bad mouth the dealership to anyone who will listen. Your story ended better than mine. Mine ended with the police called and a near brawl in the middle of the dealership. Man I miss those days when I could be a crazy kid.
In the end the dealership probably felt it was ok to lie to you because you did "shop" prices. Many, if not most, of the really big dealership feel it is ok to say anything just to get you on the lot.
If you made any mistakes they were probably not getting the quote in writing and trying to do the trade-in with the deal. I know they promised you a price but trade-ins always complicate things and gives them more opportunities to try and change the deal. I have never traded in a car and I never will.
Don't worry too much though. You only lost a little time. You still have your money and there are lots of other dealers.
#249 of 424 Just Purchased an 07 Xterra S 4x4
Feb 01, 2007 (9:25 pm)
howdy all -
i'm new here, just purchased a 2007 Xterra S, automatic, 4x4, utility package. I ended up negotiated for 2 hours before I finally got the price I wanted: $24,500 OTD (including tax). got the rebate and 3.9% financing from the dealer.
Sounds like a decent price, but the interior feels inadequately equipped. in any case, do you guys think i got a good price on it?
#250 of 424 Use the net and test drives
Feb 09, 2007 (11:01 am)
We just bought a '7 OR list 29620 pd 26549 otd w/o tax($450, but tax may vary depending on your trade, incentives used,local tax rate and laws,etc.). Otd incl.7yr/100k warranty. Trade=1k more than any other dealer, so it nets to 25549 otd w/o tax. A deal we are happy with and a great buying experience from an up front, honest dealer. Nothing hidden or 'forgotten'. Between us, we've purchased over 40 vehicles. We thoroughly checked out the unit before purchase. Put another 45 miles on it during our final test drive. There are so many choices and so many dealers out there. The OR does what we want/need right now very well and the salesperson was excellent. No t/o to a manager and finance didn't push rust and dust or extended warranty.
From reading here and numerous other forums, a few things I have noticed that may be helpful: in getting the vehicle you actually will enjoy living with and getting a deal you are happy with.
Decide what you are actually looking for(like and need). What is really important to you. Check out all the features of the vehicles you are interested in during your test drives. Is anything not up to your standards? Is some look , touch or feature, or lack of, annoying you? Drive the vehicles under the conditions you will be driving most of the time: city streets, rough roads, mtns., Interstate,off pavement, etc. If you tend to carry a lot of stuff/people, load the vehicles up and see how they perform under load. Long commute? sit in/drive them for a while. Do thorough, thorough test drives. Read forums and reviews. Talk to owners. Take your time.
When you have found the model that does what you want: Use the net. Shop. Get multiple, written quotes. If you have a trade, get written quotes on that too. Be willing to go a few miles for a better deal.
You may still end up at your local dealer, but you will be less likely to be writing in talking about how you
feel you could have gotten a better overall deal/experience or found the seats weren't comfortable or you didn't like the way a particular feature worked or you wish you had known it didn't ride well off pavement or it was noisy on the highway or you couldn't fit your kids in it or the rear leg room was not up to par or the gas mileage was not what you expected or the engine didn't have enough power on hills or the exterior/interior looked cheap or it would be a lot easier to live with if it had this/that or the stealer didn't tell you this or that, etc.,etc.,etc.
#251 of 424 Re: Yet another bad dealer experience in Swarthmore, PA [limited_slip]
Feb 09, 2007 (11:29 am)
Just signed on to this discussion today.
I agree with shasta67 and others,
The trade should be a separate transaction/negotiation. It can change your out the door cost, but it should not be tied into the negotiation on the new vehicle.
You walked away. Good. It can be hard to do, but you did the right thing. Ultimately, as others have stated, you should find the vehicle you want and then feel good about the deal. Those two things accomplished=happy.
If you haven't found your vehicle yet, good luck. If you have, enjoy!