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Mazda CX-7, SUV
#503 of 813 Re: Incentives and rebates - where are they? [atlsg]
Sep 18, 2008 (5:48 pm)
Thanks everyone for your support and congratlations. My wife loves the car. And a little over 18k for a 26k sticker crossover with that kind of pep- amazing. We leased-could not turn down 61% residual and .00109 mf. Out the door in the $220's.
Atlanta is only a short drive to Charlotte (I lived in Atlanta for years before moving here). Montgomery Mazda on independence Blvd in Charlotte.Had to be one of the most trouble free sales I have been through. I let them know my wife really disliked car shopping, but she had driven the CX-7 and knew what options she wanted. they showed me their stock, I chose the closest one to her wishes (only 1 option different), and their initial price was almost $1500 less than I was guessing they would start at. We talked for a few, made the deal, and I made arrangements to pick it up Saturday with my wife. We arrived, the car was sitting out front washed, prepped, and full of premium gas (contrary to internet rumors, we still have gas here in Charlottte). The salesman had her take a look to make sure it was what she wanted- it was- and they had the paperwork completed (was pre-printed and ready) and she was out the door in less than 15 minutes. The inspection sticker had 6 months left on it (NC has the dealers inspect them as they arrive), but they told us to bring it back in a few weeks and they would give us a free insepction and wash it up again.
Hand written thank you card from salesman came today. Service dept called and introduced themselves the other night.
I would expect classy treatment for a car they wer emaking money on, but this had to be a house deal (or close to it).
I think my favorite part has to be the tenacity of the first dealer that blew us out the door at sticker (on a 2008 with 2009's on the lot for the same price). I had mentioned the $3500, he said he was not allowed to give it to me. After playing "can't find your key's" for almost 4 hours, he said he may be able to knock $1200 off as we were walking out the door (any wonder why my wife dislikes car shopping?). He's called and emailed multiple times a day since asking "what did I do wrong?". Today's message was the best- "We got notice from Mazda that we may be able to use part of the $3500". I'll email him later and thank him for his time and let him know we bought elsewhere.
I don't expect dealers to lose money to get a sale- I want them to be there when my car needs service. And while the lowest price doesn't always equal the "best deal", "not lying" ranks pretty darn high in my book.
#504 of 813 Deal is done
Sep 19, 2008 (4:48 am)
Picked up the car last night. FWD Sport, red with power seat.
Buy at 18,500
Original deal had a trade of my 2001 Montana at 3,600, but at the last minute I lucked onto a private sale for 4,000. So my wife gets a great new ride for a net of 16,083. I was surprised to see the manufacture date on this unit was 11/07, but all of the red 2008's around here were built 6-9+ months ago.
#505 of 813 Re: Incentives and rebates - where are they? [atlsg]
Sep 19, 2008 (5:02 am)
The numbers I give in posting #493 are definitely not published. They were discovered through piecemeal revelations from various dealers and corroborating inference from internet pricing. I've haven't found a website that shows incentives with any better detail than the manufacturer's own site, and certainly nothing on inside dealer engagement money or other spiffs. All I can say is doing your own legwork takes some time, but can save you serious money.
#506 of 813 Re: Incentives and rebates - where are they? [atlsg]
Sep 19, 2008 (12:05 pm)
I agree with Des5's comments. I too had to find out the information on a piecemeal basis as I emailed and later talked with several Mazda dealers before buying my CX-7 last month. I was not able to find the manufacturer to dealer incentives on the web either.
Sep 19, 2008 (3:02 pm)
there is a dealer in chicago offering 7,000 off msrp; I have been talking to him and we pretty much have all of the deal hammered out; however, I am hesitant because the other dealers I have called have said there is no way they are offering 7k off. In texas they are offering 6k off of the msrp.
What would I need to get in writing in order for me to go down there with confidence? I live in Ohio and dont want to get down there and be left holding the bag.
Sep 23, 2008 (11:05 am)
#509 of 813 Re: [oldfashioned]
Sep 23, 2008 (6:03 pm)
I don't know the answer to your question. If it was me, I suppose I would want an email from the sales manager confirming the deal and the agreed upon prices (out the door cost) before I took the trip.
#510 of 813 Re: [sun7]
Sep 23, 2008 (6:13 pm)
I suppose you could try for a buyer's order writeup, to be faxed to you. My dealer had to send one of these to the CU to complete the loan application. However, they can be very reluctant to provide one during the quotation process.
Sep 23, 2008 (6:27 pm)
It;s going to be hard to get a signed buyers order faxed...or out the door unless it's attached to a receipt. Any dealer will offer a "beat any offer or it's free' deal....they know they will lose the sale. Just call and get the details.
Ours was about 7800 under sticker so thats not out of the question. just depends how much they have in the floorplan interest, if it's gone over 120 days, etc....
Plus, many a dealer will sell you new at a loss to steal your trade.
There's only one way to find out. And it they are straight, you have a fun 250hp ride home
Sep 24, 2008 (6:38 am)
7800 under sticker????. Where? what are the specs on the vehicle|?