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#144 of 161 Re: SUV Deals [robbieg]
May 17, 2011 (10:32 am)
Determine what you want. If the price is too high, advise the seller what you will pay. Offering to pay less than the asking price compliments the seller by letting him know your are at least interested. Often the asking price by the seller is so damn high that when he receives an offer lower, that offer is actually higher than he could sell the unit for and so he makes a very good profit while you think you struck a deal. In making any purchase, the Buyer is the Controller and the Seller wants your $$$ so make him earn it. If your limit is $25,000 why not shop what you want up to $35,000? The Buyer has no idea just what the Seller will agree to until your offer is communicated. When the Seller attempts intimidation, walk away.
#145 of 161 Re: SUV Deals [euphonium]
May 17, 2011 (11:59 am)
I understand that it never hurst to make an offer but at the same time if the asking price is so high then they may not be open to a reasonable offer. For example, I searched the Audi CPO website and there is an 2008 A4 quattro with 38k miles for 20,999 in Virginia. My local Audi dealer has the same car for 25,999. Big difference in price. I can't imagine that they will knock 5000 off of price. So it probably isn't worth my time to drive to the dealer and make an offer.
#146 of 161 Re: SUV Deals [robbieg]
May 17, 2011 (1:18 pm)
An '08 2.0T Avant with leather and 40k'ish miles is worth between $20k-$21k as a trade. So CPO for such a car is probably in the $25k range.
A comparable sedan (gotta add quattro to be comparable) is actually $3k less.
The CX7 seems like a good buy to me, which is why I listed it up top. I mean, that's a $32k vehicle new. So $22k for one with 30k miles ain't bad at all, IMHO.
#147 of 161 Re: SUV Deals [robbieg]
May 17, 2011 (2:20 pm)
" So it probably isn't worth my time to drive to the dealer and make an offer. "
The above attitude, approach, & thinking is not appropriate in buying.
There is no fear in making your offer regardless of any posted price.
Confront the Sellers and state your offers. You have no idea what is on their balance sheet and when they will jump on your price. Be Bold!
#148 of 161 Re: SUV Deals [robbieg]
May 18, 2011 (4:59 am)
If you're considering the Rogue, have you also looked at others in it's class? Outlander Sport, Tucson, and Sportage are all comparable in size & price though all three offer better fuel economy & warranty than the Rogue.
Personally, I keep my cars for 8+ years so the question that springs to mind is why are you looking to trade in now? Is there something about the Subie you can no longer live with or are you just ready to move on?
#149 of 161 Re: SUV Deals [euphonium]
May 18, 2011 (8:48 am)
Time is money. I have more important things to do tham make an offer that has little chance of being accepted.
#150 of 161 Re: SUV Deals [fushigi]
May 18, 2011 (8:50 am)
I was in a wreck last year and the car was fixed. My wife doesn't like this fact. Also, sort of want a bigger car or a car that isn't a sedan. Basically, have two boys and a big dog. So a SUV even a small one would help. Our other car is a minivan but because of our schedules we frequently need two cars that can hold the kids and dog.
#151 of 161 Re: SUV Deals [robbieg]
May 18, 2011 (9:36 am)
Your first statement is true.
#152 of 161 Re: SUV Deals [euphonium]
May 18, 2011 (9:39 am)
I agree with the OP. Unless it is a hard to find vehicle, I'd rather spend my time focusing on cars with more realistic asking prices.
#153 of 161 Re: SUV Deals [robbieg]
May 18, 2011 (10:55 am)
Well, I can certainly understand that. Even a repaired vehicle will often leave an accident "aftertaste".
Also, my sister-in-law had issues with a post-accident-but-supposedly-repaired pickup. The truck ran fine but in a followup accident some time later the airbags never deployed.
I think you're on the right track with a small SUV/CUV or a wagon.