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Chevrolet Cruze, Car Buying, Car Leasing, Sedan
#34 of 136 Bought it: 2011 chevy cruze LS test drive
Jul 10, 2011 (10:04 am)
I test drove the same car yesterday and had the opposite reaction - loved it, including the NVH aspects (noise vibration handling)!
The 1.8L engine was fine for what I'm looking for, very efficient.
Also I found the Cruze LS automatic transmission predictably/comfortably slushy and behaving exactly as an automatic should -(functioning as designed - revving exactly the same as you observed, steven39! )
After the test-drive of the automatic, I bought the manual-shift Cruze LS.
Great winter/ski/bad-weather car, replaces my jetta TDI. I paid (will-pay) MSRP minus $1k retention cashback, $3400 GM card rebate, $9500 bluebook value trade-in. The manual-shift car is on its way from whatever dealer had it, presumably via bonded driver.
Aug 05, 2011 (12:58 pm)
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#36 of 136 New Car Buyers make me sick sometimes!!!!
Aug 21, 2011 (2:23 pm)
I had been out of car sales for 12 years. GOt back in a a Chevy dealer back in January. First let me say the Cruze is a very nice car. GM finally is paying attention to this market. What makes me sick is new car buyers (not talking about used car buyers) believe they should never pay MSRP. Even when there is rebates buyers want a sale price close to invoice where the rebates are taken off. I dont know what people think we make but let me shed some light. When I sell a new car lets say a Chevy Cruze I am almost always gonna make $100 flat commission. Now let me say it is not always the customers fault. There is always amother dealer usually the bigger ones who have no problem selling their new car for invoice forcing everyone to do the same if they want someones business. On a Chevy Cruze we are talking about 400 on average unless it is a loaded LTZ then it might be 900 mark up. I make 25% of front gross. 900 gross is 225 bucks. I hardly think that is an unfair amount. The Chevy Cruze has no rebates because it is selling great. Over 20,000 units the last 4 months and is number one in its class. Why should we discount the damn thing. If there were rebates why should we start the sale price close to invoice. What is so wrong with selling a New Car for sticker. We are not talking about $1000 of profit and commissions here folks. Now dont get me wrong. If we are talking about year end cars then I understand giving extra beyond the rebates. But come on people, trying to drive down the sale price on the #1 selling car in its class the Cruze is crazy. Nothing wrong with paying sticker on a popular, very well designed, great MPG, fun to drive car.
#37 of 136 Re: Chevrolet Cruze Prices Paid and Buying Experiences [steven39]
Aug 21, 2011 (2:27 pm)
I dont know what you think the mark up is on a base Cruze, but let me tell you it is not 1200. More like 700. There are no rebates (#1 selling car in its class) so why would any dealer even discount the car.
#38 of 136 Re: New Car Buyers make me sick sometimes!!!! [benrey23]
Aug 21, 2011 (5:12 pm)
just recently purchased a 2012 hyundai elantra gls for $18,000.00 after compareing it to a 2011 chevy cruze LS.msrp for the cruze LS was $18,700.00
elantra blew it away with it's standard features such as cruise control,power side mirrors,more power,warranty.4-wheel disk brakes,..all these things were missing on the cruze and were standard on the elantra.the cruze is a cavalier and cannot compete with the elantra at this price point....
#39 of 136 Re: New Car Buyers make me sick sometimes!!!! [benrey23]
Aug 21, 2011 (7:03 pm)
So you never buy TVs or appliances when they're on sale? Seriously, consumers want bargains, especially in a down economy. As a salesperson you need to face that reality and work with it. The quality of the product doesn't change that.
Many here would probably advise you to simply be glad you have a product that's selling.
#40 of 136 Re: Cruze 2LT [saintsinner]
Aug 24, 2011 (1:11 pm)
We dont need prices to come down. We states so people can afford them. Driving prices down sound good, but all it does is drive the suppliers profits down and the next thing u know is the ship X or somewhere. As for the Cruze. It is a great vehicle with excellent styling, handling, quietness, steering, and fun to drive. Gets great MPG, has a great warranty of 5/10000. Yes Hynudai has longer so what. 400 discount is good for a Cruze. Why do u people insist on driving the sellinmg price down on a hot car that is out selling the cometition. I wont make much whether I sell for MSRP or reduce the price by 400. It is a matter of value and principle. I truly believe in the value of the Cruze and as a salesman will not take a deal to my boss if someone demands to pay less than MSRP. If we need to do it to help get to a payment then that is fine, but not just because. I cant keep more than 3 Cruzes on the lot at a time and you want 400 discount out of maybe 700 mark-up. Crazy
#41 of 136 Re: New Car Buyers make me sick sometimes!!!! [fushigi]
Aug 24, 2011 (1:23 pm)
Yes I buy TV's when they are on sale for a reduced % or amount. I sell many cars that way with incentives like consumer cash, low rates, dealer cash ect. No problem discounting a car that the manufacturer has inflated the dealer inventories or if a model is not selling well. That is different and I agree you should not buy it for MSRP. My issue is with cars like the Equinox and Cruze. I cant keep more than 10 in stock on either of them at a time and I like to have 30 between the two of them. I bet 98% of the subscribers on Edmunds would not sell an item that was in great demand for a discounted price. However as I said before it is the responsibility of the dealers to keep the value at sticker on a high demand car. The big dealers that I call Wal-Mart dealers are the one who sell so many they can afford to lose money on 20-30 of their deals on the front end.
Its not just the product that sells, its the salesman. And I am glad to be able to have the ability to assist customers in todays market.
#42 of 136 Re: Cruze 2LT [benrey23]
Aug 25, 2011 (7:52 pm)
the market determines what the car sells for, and in the case of the cruze it sounds like there isn't much room from msrp given the demand for the car. however, if it is priced too high people will start going to other brands, as the person who just bought the new hyndai and mazda 3 above can attest to. we went to look at some cars tonight including the cruze, but the one we liked had a 26k msrp which we are not getting to. it looks like a nice car, but for that money (actually a bit cheaper), i'd rather get a loaded ford focus. the cruze is going to be out of our price range for this purchase--which doesn't mean it's not a nice little car, it just seems that the value might not be there for us.
Aug 26, 2011 (3:38 pm)
Am very interested to see how this will look as compared to the Cruze. Figuring the interior will be a bit more upscale since it's higher up on the GM brand chain. If it looks anything like the Regal, it should be a winner. Since the wife and her folks loved the Buick line way back when, we'll definitely give it a close look when it's time.