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Nissan Versa, Car Leasing, Car Buying, Hatchback
#91 of 577 Re: Nissan Versa: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [oregone]
Aug 28, 2006 (7:29 pm)
Wanted to way in on my experience. Just bought the 2007 Versa SL, CVT transmission, with convenience package and I am thrilled to death with it. Over last several days, I test drove 11 cars from several different dealers and makers. (I actually really dug the Mazda3, but I didn't like the handling much on some turns and how it handled bumps, and the sales guy I dealt with was rather jerkish. So that was a real turnoff). Saw a review of the Versa on Edmunds and thought, hey, I like this. Kind of funky car. So I drove it yesterday, then wanted to mull it over a bit, do some price comparisons, etc. Went back today and bought it. I ended up with the black exterior, beige interior, spash guards, bluetooth, leather steering column with the mounted controls, remote keyles entry, alloy wheels - the full convenience package. Was quoted original price of $16,715 (minus tax, title, tags). I got the car for $16,415, plus $1,000 cash down and $1300 on a trade-in (pleasant surprise, since bluebook and others rated my car as worth maybe $950 on trade in; my trade-in was a 95 Neon Highline with 95k miles on it). So I paid $14,115 (before tax, title, tags). Wanted a sunroof, but didn't stress over it since I can get it much cheaper anyway later in aftermarket. (Same with stereo & speakers. I always prefer to go with my own stereo shops for audio systems.) I had a great sales guy and overall, it was a pleasant experience. No pressure (since I said up front that I'm pretty flexible and if they couldn't get me the car at a price I wanted, well, there were certainly hundreds of other car makers and dealerships I'd be happy to give my money to ). Mine also came with full tank of gas. So once I fill up again, will be interesting to see what the true mileage city/highway is. I also opted for a two-year lease, something I've never done. But hey, there's a first time for everything But overall, I'm pretty happy. I bought from a dealership in Maryland (Glen Burnie). Would happily recommend them to anyone in the area looking at the Versa.
#92 of 577 Nissa versa SL CVT Auto Transmission buying experience
Aug 29, 2006 (6:18 am)
I bought versa SL with CVT Auto Transmission for 16,000 on the road (including tax, title and tags).
Actually I got $500 rebate for graduate student. I think this is below invoice price.
Actual sticker price on the car is 16,205. I sent online quotations for couple of dealers.
I bought it form the least quoted dealer. This dealership is in Baltimore Maryland.
Some dealers are selling this vehicle for less than $500 on MSRP, My suggestion is donít buy this vehicle for MSRP.
First tank of gas I got 364 miles (31.6/Galon).I am getting good mileage.
#93 of 577 Versa S buying experience -- Vallejo Nissan, CA
Aug 29, 2006 (10:16 pm)
Just came home with a brand new Versa (onyx blue w/tan)from Vallejo Nissan in the San Francisco Bay Area.
They had a special on 2 Versa's this weekend for $12,995 -- yes, that's with the floor mats AND the power package -- a great, great price and much better than the other quotes I received.
So I called them and they had the color I wanted so I drove there on Monday to get it...but was turned away by the floor manager because the onyx blue one was not part of the ad. Mistakes can happen...but of course I was quite disappointed that I had been misinformed and wrote an email to the dealership explaining my experience. Didn't really expect a response -- but my wife got a call and I got an email back this afternoon from the owner / general manager (who was not in the store when I was there for my futile purchase attempt) telling us that they "...have built their dealership on customer satisfaction and this was a huge breakdown in their efforts..." and that he would honor the price! Drove back up there tonight and got to pick up the car with a full tank of gas and the first 2 services for free!
I have to say that I have never been so impressed with a car dealership before even when I thought that I had gotten a good deal. Outstanding price, outstanding service and absolutely no pressure. Great job!
Love my Versa, BTW!
#94 of 577 Re: Versa S buying experience -- Vallejo Nissan, CA [bpechlaner]
Aug 30, 2006 (5:24 am)
You got a GREAT deal because you caught the dealer in one of those advertising scams they love to use. Unfortunately for them, it's hard to pull when they only have 2 Versa's on the lot. I think that very few people will be able to beat your price.
One of the current advertising tricks in New England is to say that a dealer has say 20 2006 Honda Civics for $9,995. IF you read the fine print at the bottom of the ad it may say that some of the cars are not new, some were loaners or employee cars and therefore may have several thousand miles on them.
Of course the most common trick is to offer a ridiculous price on a popular car, then below the ad, put just one STK#, meaning there is only one car at that price. No matter what time you get there, that car will have been sold.
Congratulations - you got a great deal just because you took the time to send an email. Chaulk one up for the consumer.
#95 of 577 Re: Versa S buying experience -- Vallejo Nissan, CA [bpechlaner]
Aug 30, 2006 (6:23 am)
Did that price include the $605 freight charge?
#96 of 577 Re: Versa S buying experience -- Vallejo Nissan, CA
Aug 30, 2006 (8:16 am)
sngwrtr: No scam in this case. Fact is that they only had 2 when they ran the ad....the one that I bought came in after the fact! So I really don't feel like it was a "bait and switch"...they really don't need to honor a weekend ad on a Monday concerning a different car...and fact is that most dealerships would have never honored something like this...
I am very pleased!
rcinmd: yes, including the destination charge!
#97 of 577 Re: Versa S buying experience -- Vallejo Nissan, CA [sngwrtr]
Aug 30, 2006 (10:10 am)
not every mistake a dealer makes is a scam. the dealer stood by its ad and sold a car that wasnt part of the ad for the sale price. good for them! they could have just as easily said "no, that was not included in our sale, tough luck" and be done with it. hopefully bpechlaner, you'll refer your friends there as a dealership that stands by their word. the good guys deserve to get the business!
congrats on your versa btw!
#98 of 577 Re: Versa S buying experience -- Vallejo Nissan, CA [bpechlaner]
Aug 30, 2006 (10:27 am)
That truly is an "astonishing" price right now without rebates, since it is actually under invoice by about $300. I can get the car for less than your price, but that is only because I can buy under the VPP plan (employee pricing), and not for all that much less. So I would say you got a heck of a deal.
#99 of 577 Re: Versa S buying experience -- Vallejo Nissan, CA
Aug 30, 2006 (10:31 am)
good to know....needless to say I'm very happy! Best experience ever buying a car!
#100 of 577 Re: Versa S buying experience -- Vallejo Nissan, CA [bpechlaner]
Aug 30, 2006 (1:23 pm)
Even though it apparently wasn't a scam, you have to feel pretty good about taking the time to write that email. After all they did turn you down initially. So that few minutes you took to send the email really paid off! At that price, plus the freebies, you paid $3,000 - $4,000 less than a lot of us. Again congrats!! I'm still a little shocked that they even had them advertised for $12,995. Here in New England, I haven't heard of anyone adding to the MSRP yet, but I do know that all of the dealers I checked out are selling at sticker.