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#439 of 472 Ford Fusion SE - 2012- wonder if we paid too much
Sep 01, 2012 (10:05 pm)
I am confused about the math here and whether we got a decent deal on a 2012 Ford Fusion SE.. We had nearly run our other car into the ground ( a van bought in 2003) due to many miles put on it, over 200000.Cross country moves, etc. lots of wear and tear. Meanwhile, we paid it off and just put extra towards a new car, our first new car.
We wanted to buy it outright, no financing, but learned we could save $750 if we financed and we could pay it off in 4 months and pay little interest and still get all other rebates.
We paid $23,000, taxes and everything included. Standard features- which are still pretty nifty. I got nervous, though, because Kelly Blue Book said a fair price was closer to $22,000. Did we goof?
#440 of 472 Re: Ford Fusion SE - 2012- wonder if we paid too much [jackson125]
Sep 01, 2012 (11:43 pm)
That's way too high. In bay area, you could get SE at under $15k before taxes and fees. That includes the trade-in rebate and Ford Finance credit. For the past 4 months, we have been able to get $6-9k off MSRP, depending on dealers and timing.
#441 of 472 Re: Ford Fusion SE - 2012- wonder if we paid too much [jackson125]
Sep 02, 2012 (7:57 am)
I wouldn't believe every claim in online forums. Some people make some wild claims or see an Auto Dealers Ad in the paper which could or could not be true except for a stripped to the bare bones or demonstrator vehicle. I try to take anonymous claims with a grain of salt. Or it could be true because Dealerships are trying to clear their lots to make room for the totally redesigned Fusion.
Anyway, could you get your window sticker and list any possible options such as package 201a or floor mats, rear deck spoiler, or is it a V6. According to TrueCar in my area the best available deal is about $20,838 with the 201a package and that is before taxes and fees.
#442 of 472 Re: Ford Fusion SE - 2012- wonder if we paid too much [mtnman1]
Sep 02, 2012 (8:19 pm)
You may be right to take other people's claim with a grain of salt. But in this case, you are talking to a person who just bought a SE with sync. I have been tracking Fusion deals in the area for 6 months. If you have done your research, I believe you would have came to the same number. If you are still thinking I am making up the numbers, check Sunnyvale Ford, San Leandro Ford, and maybe Frontier Ford web site, or give them a call.
As I said earlier, I missed that under $15k deal (SE with SYNC) from San Leandro Ford, my deal from Sunnyvale Ford is about $1k higher.
Though those are unbelievable great deals, I have 2nd thought now, as the seat fabric is awful. Maybe I should have got SEL with leather. I used to prefer soft fabric over leather. But fabric used in SE is so hard and rough.
#443 of 472 Re: Ford Fusion SE - 2012- wonder if we paid too much [mtnman1]
Sep 02, 2012 (10:33 pm)
We did search but the supply of Fusions here was limited (Midwest) . We did get the V4 engine so I guess that deducts value. But we were told we get better gas mileage with the V4 and that is a factor to us. Gas savings compared to the van should be significant.
So we paid the $23,333.88 including taxes and fee and rebates and additional features besides the standard ones.. It is a 202A Equipment group ( sun and sync value package, power moon roof, sync voice activated systems, ECRR MIR).
The total before discounts was listed on the window as $26000.
We added an extended warranty for $1615 I have no idea if we should have gotten that but a friend did and has used it enough to be worth it.
. Options were listed as reverse sensing system $495 and platinum met tri-coat. $295. Equipment group savings were listed as $445.
Everything else was standard. So I am very confused. Was this a decent deal or not?
#444 of 472 Re: Ford Fusion SE - 2012- wonder if we paid too much [jackson125]
Sep 03, 2012 (7:16 am)
I live in the Midwest as well and with that package I think you got a fair deal. I think you probably should have skipped the warranty. I got a 5 year 75,000 bumper to bumper for $750 when I bought mine and after almost 4 years I have only used it once. Actually it fell under the Manufacturers new car warranty since it was less the 3 years old and under 36,000 when used. Basically I haven't benefited once so far and hopefully I won't need it.
As far as what the other poster could have gotten in So. Cal I don't have a clue. Like I said Dealerships might be clearing out their lots. I haven't been researching because I am not in the market. Was heavily researching prices back in the spring when I was deciding between a 2012 Limited Ford Edge, an ordered by the Dealer 2013, 2012 Explorer, and a Toyota Highlander Limited. Ended up buying a 2012 Highlander Limited AWD V6. I do like to follow car forums and do keep tabs on prices. I am waiting a couple of years at least before I take a serious look at the newly designed Fusion. Mine is a 2009 Sel V6 and has been a fantastic car.
#445 of 472 Re: Ford Fusion SE - 2012- wonder if we paid too much [mtnman1]
Sep 03, 2012 (9:53 am)
Thanks! Feel a bit better now. We have had good luck with used cars and are now scouting prices for a good, safe car for our teen driver. Any suggestions and possible prices?
We always match half of what they save and then they pay insurance, gas, etc after that from jobs etc. this is the third son and the sat to drive. The others had accidents in their first year of owning a car. One was hit from behind. Totally not his fault, hit at a 4-way stop and pushed into intersection. The other slid on black ice through a T intersection and over a curb. Really messed up underside of car. So a new car is not in the picture for this one unless he saves a TON of money.
#446 of 472 Re: Ford Fusion SE - 2012- wonder if we paid too much [jackson125]
Sep 03, 2012 (5:15 pm)
With the package you got and the other options plus the warranty I feel you got an excellent deal. You made the right choice with the 4 banger with $4 a gallon gas. I love my V6 Fusion and it actually gets 29 to 30 on the Highway and about 18 in the city. Give yours some time to break in and you should be able to get good MPG out of yours. Hope you have a good ownership experience.
As far as used I would look at what Consumer Reports has to say. They have a list of the most reliable used and least reliable used cars. I bought Impala's for both my Sons. My oldest is driving a 2004 that has over 140,000 on it and he got it when it had about 68,000 miles on it. He bought that one himself back in 2008. My Youngest Son is a College Sophomore and we got him a 2004 as well three years ago because I wanted him to have a good solid vehicle that I would feel confident it would get him home safely over any breaks his school had. I'm just saying that they are big cars and I feel better about newer drivers riding around in them.
All three of my Kids had accidents within their first year of getting their license. The older two totaled their vehicles mainly because they were high mileage. My youngest had a fender bender. It's scary sometimes being a parent.
#447 of 472 Re: Ford Fusion SE - 2012- wonder if we paid too much [mtnman1]
Sep 03, 2012 (8:53 pm)
Thanks, will check out Impalas. Definitely want my son to drive a safe car. We are loving the Fusion but, of course, have had it only a short while.
#448 of 472 Best of the Best Used Cars
Sep 04, 2012 (8:08 am)
I dug through my old Consumer Reports and the April 2012 issue had the "Best of the Best" used cars. For the under $10K list the 2006 Sonata 4 cylinder was rated the tops for reliability. Said it was a good choice for Teen drivers.