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Nissan Xterra, SUV
#275 of 424 Re: Going to Buy an Xterra SE... what did you pay? [wyoforester]
Jun 10, 2007 (7:38 am)
I found the post of amandagsr of June 6 2007 very useful. I did exactly what was recommended. To echo: I used Edmunds website to locate dealers within 50 miles of where I live (Coconut Grove/Miami, Florida), and looked at every dealerís website to see their inventory. Once I found a car that seemed appropriate, I copied the VIN # and I called internet sales to get details. I did this for two dealers and found there to be a $2000 difference between two cars (primarily because of added features).
I called Maroone Nissan of Kendall who was selling a 07 Xterra SE for $25,852(MSRP = $28,524.94); this included a DVD dockable $1300 Two package $450, floor mats $110, microfilter $60. Other charges were going to be Tax 6%, New tags $235, Dealer fee (=profit) $599, Battery fee $8.50. Rebates of $1500 was included (could have also gotten the $500 rebate if we financed). Note: This dealer used MSRP charges for added features.
Esserman Nissan had a 07 Xterra SE for $24,600(MSRP=28,245); this included cargo cover $70, floor mats $80, auto dimming mirror $ 180, tow package $360. Other charges were tax 6%, new tags $250, Dealer fee (=profit) $599, Electronic filing $16, Tire fee $5, Battery fee $1.50. $1500 rebate was included. Couldn't get the extra $500 rebate, as we were not financing.
(Note there is also a $500 rebated for college grads...check on the Edmunds site for 'rebates and incentives')
I called the internet sales department and generally spoke to a salesperson that was not empowered to negotiate price any further. Both referred me to their sales managers.
The manager from Marrone (car with DVD) would not reduce the price any further. He refused to remove or reduce the dealer fee ($599). His 'out the door' price was $28,426.
The manager from Esserman removed the dealer fee ($599). His 'out the door' price was $26,500. I then told him I was coming to pick up the car. There was no further haggling at the dealership, merely paying and preparation of the paperwork and the car, which took about one hour.
I did all of this from my computer/desk, while drinking my morning coffee.
I was intent on teaching my 19 year old son how to buy his car; admittedly I learned something thru this experience. Thanks to amandagsrís post.
#276 of 424 Re: Going to Buy an Xterra SE... what did you pay? [george99]
Jun 10, 2007 (9:08 am)
george99 said:'I found the post of amandagsr of June 6 2007 very useful."
Question for george99,
Are you referring to wyoforester's 9AM reply on June 6, 2007 to amandagsr? or is there a post by amandagsr that she made that I am not aware of or unable to view?
You seem to be following the posted suggestions of wyoforester not amandagsr.
Bottom line, no matter what the 'second guessers' may chime in to tell you,it's your time and money. It sounds like you had an enjoyable,low stress buying experience and made a deal you are happy with.
Congratulations on your new vehicle.
Hope you enjoy your X as much as we do ours.
#277 of 424 Re: Going to Buy an Xterra SE... what did you pay? [wyoforester]
Jun 10, 2007 (6:26 pm)
My mistake...you are right. It was the post of wyoforester that was the key, and very informative. Sorry to amandagsr and especially to wyoforester.
#278 of 424 Re: Going to Buy an Xterra SE... what did you pay? [wyoforester]
Jun 23, 2007 (1:04 pm)
I'm really peaved about this! I did what you are saying back in 1999 when I bought a new Audi A4. I got a response saying the dealer charged $1000 over dealer cost (on a $26k popular car). It was low stress, I went over the pricing (it matched edmunds data/info) and we made the deal.
NOW, I'm looking into an Xterra (and others). Every response I have been worthless! I've been contacted back by about 4 dealers, and I might as well have just walked in the door. All this process has served, is for them to get some sales leads (me) and my contact info. They won't talk about any prices, specifics or anything, and are very very slimey. The only exception being a single subaru dealer who emailed me a quote on a particular model.
This is in VT - Burlington and Rutland dealers. I was very happy using Edmunds/Auto-by-tel in 1999, and was expecting a similar experience (one like you mention) this go around. All I've encountered is slimy, sneaky, stereotypical car salesmen (apologies to those who don't fit the sterotype - let me know if any of you are in VT!). It sounds like you've still had some good luck, so maybe the internet process hasn't gone down the tubes - maybe it's just this location (I bought the Audi in CT).
To top it off, there are not a lot of competing dealers around up here. You're lucky if there are two - 30 miles in each direction.
I'll bring pricing with me, but it looks like I'm stuck walking in. Luckily I'm having a hard time picking between about 4 cars, so I can afford to play the walk out game.
Sorry this isn't much more than venting. I would be interested in any further advice - or maybe positive experience with VT dealers.
#280 of 424 Re: Going to Buy an Xterra SE... what did you pay? [chili_g]
Jun 25, 2007 (12:18 pm)
Eliminate the 'slimy' dealers from further consideration.
Our seven Subaru's were great vehicles and our two Nissans have been fun thus far.
As mentioned, we sometimes have had to expand our search. For example, we too live in a small(ish) community with only one Nissan and one Subaru dealer within 40 miles of our home. You may need to contact dealers in a metropolitan area. It may depend on how far you are willing to travel to make the deal you want. We purchased our last Subaru from a dealer in CO over 60 miles away from our home after looking as far as 100 miles away on the net. We settled on an out the door price before driving down to the dealer. Our purchase was subject to our test drive and approval of the unit. Zero hassle and no pressure.
There are 5 Subaru dealers within a half hour drive of each other down there(not even counting Denver). Competition can make a difference. Then again, sometimes the attitude of owner/general manager of a dealership makes a difference as well. There are some dealerships who think they are the gods' gift to buyers and don't appear to care if they never see you again for a follow up sale. We refuse to do business with them.
Your Burlington dealers certainly appear to have a different attitude than our Cheyenne dealers. If our local dealers can't make the sale, they still follow up and invite you back to have your new car serviced there. No hostility or negative attitude. A wise dealer gets the fact that a well managed service dept. is a major source of income for a dealership. You don't needlessly alienate a potential customer.
#281 of 424 Has Anyone Tried the Costco Buying Plan?
Jul 12, 2007 (3:12 pm)
Having researched Edmunds comparative data and these excellent Xterra Forum postings, we have decided to order a 2008 Xterra OR as soon as they are available. Our local Nissan dealership is the dealer for the Costco auto program, which seems to be a hassle-free and fairly efficient way to deal. Does anyone have any experience, positive or negative, in using this method rather than a more traditional approach? Advice is appreciated.
#282 of 424 Re: Has Anyone Tried the Costco Buying Plan? [imadrone]
Jul 14, 2007 (3:52 pm)
this is the best way to purchase a vehicle.... since there are models from x s se and off-road. you get a fair price. make sure that you dont add any options.. all xterra models come with almost everything from the factory.
at least when i purchased mine on my own, when they asked me the options, i simply said no, dont need that, dont want that. and everything they mentioned came with truck. 4X2 s auto. i just checked for my future 2007 off road and the price is trully great. sure if you start adding the options the price will go up.... please post your final purchase through cosco so that it will help the rest of us when buying. good luck
Jul 16, 2007 (1:24 pm)
I've been contacting a long list of nissan dealers, and got an OTD quote of 22658 for a 2007 Xterra S w/Util package and standard equipment. Is this decent, and should I take it now or wait until next month? Any idea if they will have an even better rebate in August?
#284 of 424 Re: advice [exfacior]
Jul 16, 2007 (4:44 pm)
You should be able to get the vehicle for Invoice -($2000) rebate. I wouldn't expect to get more than a $2000 rebate, I waited 3 months for Nissan to offer a better rebate than $1000 last year and it never happened. What a deal this year, $2000, you can't go wrong with that!!!!