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Chevrolet HHR, Truck, Sedan, SUV
#95 of 158 Re: Chevrolet HHR: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [kyfdx]
Sep 19, 2007 (7:03 am)
Heres my recent buying experience
I recently bought a 2006 HHR that had an original sticker of $24,125. The original buyer bought it 14 months ago. They had it marked at $18,995 Carfax said it was local and bought locally.
I had a 2003 Explorer with 48K on it. I offered $4k and my Ford OTD. They wanted $8500! Since I was in no hurry I siad no I made an offer. They invited me to look up both cars on KBB. I did. I saw ACV trade in in good condition on the Explorer at $9800 and $13.5 low book as equipt or so for the HHR in good condition.
I figured they have $12k in the HHR (What a beating those cars take). Thats how I came up with my offer. The Sales Manager was a good guy. No a GREAT guy. He took no offense but kidded with me " So lets see you want to trade wholesale for wholesale" I said "And?" HE laughed and dropped his proce $3000!!!! to $5500 OTD and my truck.
We both were silent for about 5 minutes. "I said I guess the next person who talks loses" He laughed and said "I knew you were thinking that"
I pull out a single check from my wallet and fill it out for $5000. I hand him the check and tell him it's my last check. I will have to go home to get another. HE again laughs and calls his used car manager to find out "how much they have in the HHR" The sales guy is standing there not saying a word.
The SM gets up and says we have a deal. Easy and a good experience. Not anything like I have had in the past.
Now the HHR has 11k miles on it and has EVERY option available. Even the On Star and XM Radio still apparently have time left. Its a nice alternative to the big Explorer.
But they are obviously worse then KIAs in resale LOL
Whether or not the dealer made $200 $2000 or $5000 on the deal makes no difference. I bought the car for $14k OTD and felt it was a good value.
I did not buy the car at a Chevy dealer which in my mind saved me money because it would have been "Certified" and I am sure that would have cost another $1500 or more. Because it was at a Dodge Dealer I believe they let it go as it may be competition to their PT Cruisers. I sure would not want the chance of someone coming in for a new PT to decide they rather have a new HHR instead...Perhaps.
So yes Sales managers can be fun to deal with IF you keep it light and you are standing while negotiating. Which I was because I was "negotiating" at the "tower". I cannot stand those cubicles....and never plant there. I do believe if one is standing the sales people know it's more likely they will leave rather then grind for hours.
#96 of 158 Re: Chevrolet HHR: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [stealthrt]
Sep 19, 2007 (11:47 am)
You got a great deal, but the original owner may have paid $20K or less....there were red tag sales or public rebates + he may have had GM Card savings....+ negotiated savings....enjoy!
#97 of 158 Re: Chevrolet HHR: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [smogdung]
Sep 20, 2007 (8:12 pm)
I am sure the original owner did not pay near MSRP. Seems a min of $4000 off MSRP is the rule on these cars. No wonder trade in resale is so far below MSRP in one year. LOL
Now show mw a HOnda that has an MSRP of $24,000 and can be bought a year later for $14k out the door
Sep 27, 2007 (7:40 am)
Im in the process of buying an HHR, and have been quoted a price of 21k (out the door). Its the 2008, base engine, with On star, Side air bags, chrome extras, steel wheels, ABS, luggage rack... THe MSRP on the window says around 21k, so Im saving around 2,000 with this price, but I wonder if I could get a better deal. Is 21k out the door a good price?
#99 of 158 Re: 2008 HHR LT2 [weighmaster]
Sep 27, 2007 (5:43 pm)
Well the 2007 has a $1,500 rebate right now. The 2008 won't have rebates for a while, so $2,000 off isn't bad. That's almost 10% off which is about normal for this price range. You may be able to do a little more, but thats pretty close.
#100 of 158 Re: 2008 HHR LT2 [poncho167]
Oct 03, 2007 (8:17 am)
Got a 2008 LT, with roof rack, chrome package, chrome rims, for 19,500 out the door. MSRP was $19,900
#101 of 158 Re: 2008 HHR LT2 [weighmaster]
Oct 03, 2007 (4:42 pm)
Not a bad price out the door. I hear people are getting real good mileage with those. I like them a lot and have driven a few, but right now I am finding it hard to part with my paid for 92 S10 p/u. I don't have a garage for something new, and where I live people and animals will scratch your car so that is another good thing for having something old.
Oct 04, 2007 (1:52 pm)
It looks like 2007 LS models have a 2000 rebate and the LT model has a 2500 rebate. I was in the market for a used one, but might consider new now...
#103 of 158 Re: Rebates [turboshadow]
Oct 04, 2007 (2:26 pm)
The dealer I went to had rebates on both the 07s and 08s... Base 07s were at $14500 , automatics were at 15500, and ones with the stain package were at 16000. Although I dont think there are any 08 rebates on the chevy website, the dealer said there were, which was fine with me... In fact during negotiation, the lead sales guy said he found an extra $500 rebate to take off the price...which was again, fine by me. This dealership still has around 25 HHRs on the lot, and is trying to get rid of them.
#104 of 158 Re: Rebates [weighmaster]
Oct 05, 2007 (6:00 pm)
Need some advice on 2007 HHR price. I was offered a LS A/T at 14450. That's $500 under invoice and after $2000 rebate. A/T is the only option besides standard. Is this price good? How possiblely lower can I try?