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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan, Wagon
#2 of 721 It is the choice of DEALER that counts
Feb 19, 2004 (7:14 pm)
After researching and driving many vehicles, my wife and I knew we wanted a new Jetta. I researched the Jetta brochure and selected the GLS with TDI engine and Platinum-Grey color.
Went to nearest dealership and "orderd" the Jetta we desired. (One does not actually "order" a VW...but instead gets on a list for the next available vehicle that meets ones desires)
I put a downpayment down too.
After 2 months of waiting and calling the salesman weekly, I was informed that there is were 2 vehicles "on the dock" that meet my requirements and one was earmarked for me.
I received a "number" that represented my vehicle.
...wait .... wait.... wait... I called the salesman weekly asking where my new car is. Each time, I was given a different story. (Big snowstorm at the docks, trucker strike... etc etc)
Finally, I asked a VW person here on Edmunds about my "number" and he said it was showing as SOLD on the VW computer sytrem. I immedeatly called my salesman and after getting some more stories, he admiddited that it had been re-routed to another dealership and sold.
Giving the salesman the benifet of a doubt, I physically went in and sat with him. I had to FORCE him to printout the list of available Jettas on the east cost and we selected at least 4 vehicles that were EXACTLY what I wanted.... I left the dealership with the understanding that the sales-manager would be making some phonecalls and getting a vehicle for me.
...I WAITED ANOTHER 2 WEEKS!!..
Finally, I telephoned another dealership that was farther from my home and explained the above story. He said he could have my new Jetta on the lot in 3 days for the same price that I had negotated at the other dealership. I closed the deal over the phone.
Luckally, the origianl dealership gave me back my downpayment without any hassles.
**The original dealership was obviously LYING to me at times and at the same time NOT TRYING to get me a vehicle.
**The second dealership has won my buisness and I have allready driven PAST the first dealersip several times to get oil changes and other sevice done.
CHOOSE YOUR DEALERSHIP WISELY!!
#3 of 721 bpeebles
Feb 20, 2004 (2:06 pm)
Congrats on your new Jetta, but sorry to hear about the hassles you went through to get it. Would you mind sharing with people what you bought (color, options, etc.), price (minus taxes, tags, reg)? Also, what state or metro area you are in. It helps potential buyers know what deals are being done in their area.
Again - congrats!
#4 of 721 VW dealers in NE Ohio
Feb 24, 2004 (2:15 pm)
I am interested in picking up a Jetta TDI and live in NE Ohio. Can anybody relate good or bad experiences with any local dealers. Previously I had a private mechanic work on my VW but times change and so do cars. Now I'm back in the car market and looking for others experiences. From what I've read a good dealer can make or break your VW experience.
Thanks in advance
Mar 01, 2004 (9:27 pm)
I just bought a 2004 Galactic Blue Jetta GLI with monsoon, sunroof, and leather for $22,931 ($24,964 out the door). I knew this was the car I wanted so I used vw.com to search the inventory dealers in my area. There was only one available with these exact specifications and it was approximately 80 miles away. I wasn't too excited about the distance, but requested a quote anyway. To my amazement, I got a reply back from the dealership's Internet Manager in less than 10 minutes with a quote of $22,931 ($1000 below invoice). That sounded good so my wife and I drove down on the weekend to check it out. The car had essentially just been driven off of the truck and hadn't been preped... it had 9 miles on it. Amazing. We took it for a test drive, liked it, and then told the Internet Manager that we'd take it. I also new that vw had .9% financing going on for 36 months, but when it came time to arrange for payment they did not want to let us take advantage of it... saying that the .9% financing wasn't valid for this "special" price. That didn't seem right so we basically told the Finance Manger (who the Internet Manager had handed us off to for no apparent reason) that this was a deal-breaker and got up to leave. That turned things around quickly... we got the .9%.
I think the dealers are having trouble moving Jettas lately. I'm sure they still made money on this deal... they wouldn't have sold us the car if they didn't. At least I hope they wouldn't!
So far, we are loving the Jetta!!!
#6 of 721 galactic
Mar 02, 2004 (5:57 am)
I hope you enjoy your new jetta.....
#7 of 721 so how low can they go?
Mar 03, 2004 (9:59 pm)
I am wagon shopping as well as sedan shopping (because I can't find a wagon cheap enough that I can stand...i.e. not a Kia Rio Cinco) and I love the Jetta wagon but how close to $14K can I get?
#8 of 721 what year do you want
Mar 04, 2004 (6:59 am)
Occupant1- how low can they go? What year do you want? In the 14K range you are probably looking at a 1999-2000 jetta. Right now with the 1.9% financing you might be able to move your number a little. Best of luck
Mar 15, 2004 (10:16 pm)
Yea, don't know which year and what features you are seeking, but my wife and I yesterday purchased a nice 2002 silver Jetta GLS wagon (fairly standard features) - with automatic transmission, 33,000 miles - in superb condition for $15,000 at a dealership. I got roughly a thousand dollars off of asking price - and after checking the Blue Book retail value, we did pretty well with that price. We live in the San Francisco Bay Area - and 2002/2003 wagons are VERY hard to find. Owners seem to hang on to them and their value doesn't rapidly decline. My wife is ecstatic to drive it and I feel lucky we even found one when we needed it. Good luck in your search - I think you can get something quite nice in your range.
#10 of 721 2004 GL 2.0 auto price
Mar 16, 2004 (7:10 am)
I received a price yesterday on a 2004 Jetta GL 2.0 with auto and ESP for $16,352--which was about $1100 BELOW what edmunds says its TMV is. That has me nervous. I thought the new Jetta was 2006 model, but this price has me thinking it will be out next year as a 2006. The salesman won't say either way--another sign I take to mean the new ones will be out next year. I think I'll hold off and see for myself. But, that price for all you get (even in GL trim) is great!
#11 of 721 One bad apple...
May 02, 2004 (7:57 pm)
Broadway Volkswagen in Richardson, TX, was my first stop searching for a new Jetta wagon. The salesperson would not let me test drive the car, would not discuss any numbers, without running a credit report, which I would not allow until I had a chance to see what I was buying. I walked outside and located the vehicle I wanted (black/black 5-speed TDI wagon, ESP, nothing else) and went back inside to speak to the manager. The manager had the salesperson take me for a drive, they would not let me drive the car, I only got to ride in the front seat.
I'm 26 years old, drove to the dealer in my nice clean Buick (not my cruddy Volvo), it was a Monday morning, and I was wearing a black dress shirt and black slacks. No mohawk, no piercings, no tattoos, no attitude. But I sure was in a mood to have an attitude when I left. I don't look like a kid, but I was sure treated like one. I did not deserve that kind of treatment and have sent a letter to the regional VW office and hope to be treated better at other dealers.
I would not buy a car from Broadway even if I was paying cash. Even if they had that TDI Jetta wagon at $5K off list. There are too many other VW dealers in the Dallas area that will work to earn my business.
Does anyone else recommend a dealer in North Texas for buying a VW? I plan on trying Lewisville VW, Park Cities VW, and Rusty Wallis VW, I can't think of any others in the area.