Any good car deals out there?

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Submitted by jimmyle on March 15, 2012 - 11:15pm

My inlaws are looking for a small to mid size sedan (civic, corrolla, accord, camry, fusion...)

Is there any good deal, rebate out there right now? Please let me know.

Thanks,

Submitted by paramount on March 15, 2012 - 11:30pm.

Altima has $1500

Camry has $500, same as Corolla

The deals right now are primarily in the gas guzzler class.

Submitted by Coronita on March 16, 2012 - 7:31am.

I'm sure you can get a pretty good deal on the outgoing E90 or E92 BMW 328....

You might even be able to pick up a E90 328 for less than a honda accord V6

Submitted by svelte on March 16, 2012 - 7:50am.

If you're looking in that size class, I'd through in the Cruze too. I wasn't crazy about their initial photos, but I've ridden in one and they are damn nice. And they look hot in red on the street, too.

And a new Altima is about to come out...peek-a-boo spy photos so far are promising. Might want to wait to see what materializes there.

Submitted by sdduuuude on March 16, 2012 - 7:52am.

Try costco. They sell at invoice +/- X where X varies depending on the car.

I have bought three cars using costco. Best way to go, I think. Then you don't have to hunt for rebates, haggle, etc.

Submitted by jimmyle on March 16, 2012 - 8:02am.

I am terrible at haggling, especially for someone's else car. I will try costco. Do you go to the Store or do it online?

Thanks,

sdduuuude wrote:
Try costco. They sell at invoice +/- X where X varies depending on the car.

I have bought three cars using costco. Best way to go, I think. Then you don't have to hunt for rebates, haggle, etc.

Submitted by Coronita on March 16, 2012 - 10:00am.

You can try truecar too
(truecar.com)

Submitted by sdrealtor on March 16, 2012 - 10:16am.

You do it online. I used Costco for my BMW which I bought CPO. When I went in I negotiated another $1000 lower. They also gave me $200 gift card for BMW swag from the dealers parts dept.

Submitted by Diego Mamani on March 16, 2012 - 1:07pm.

I agree, if you hate haggling, Costco is a great way to go. But if you're not afraid to use phone and email to contact dealers' Internet sales reps, and have them compete for your business, then you can get at least as good a deal on your own than with Costco.

We recently bought a Subaru Forester. I called several local dealers and got their "best" Internet price. Then my wife remembered the Costco program and called them. Guess what, the Costco-affiliated dealer offered me the exact same price it had offered me when I contacted them directly. They said they couldn't go lower than that.

As a frugal Pigg I first tried buying a used car, but most people simply don't take good care of their cars. My 2001 Mustang and 2002 Forester still run like new and will probably last me another 10 years hassle-free... but then again, I wouldn't sell my well-cared cars.

Submitted by sdduuuude on March 16, 2012 - 3:20pm.

Even if you like to haggle, at least find out the costco price and use it as a starting point for other dealers.

Submitted by no_such_reality on March 17, 2012 - 7:39am.

sdduuuude wrote:
Even if you like to haggle, at least find out the costco price and use it as a starting point for other dealers.

And use edmunds.com and truecar.com to findout dealer holdback and invoice to prepare and identify the current incentives, all of which should still come back to you.

We just bought a mini-van through Costco. Since we had test drove the main competitors the prior few weeks and gotten our ears talked off, the costco deal was worth whatever we didn't save by haggling just in time and hassle savings.

We stopped in on Sunday of daylight savings day late with our toddler son and spent 45 minutes doing an additional test drive and verifying color choices. We then were showed the prices, the rebates, the financing deal and picked the one we wanted to hold until we came back in the week. We prephoned our information to the dealer and came back at the chosen, 30 minutes to do a final checkover of the car, verify paperwork, sign, and out the door with the new car.

1.9% financing, honda makes first payment, extra incentive $$$ and a price that smoked truecar.com's 'great price'.

They made money, we had a pleasant experience and got the car at a price better than I expected. Plus ironically, it's more American made than the American minivans.

Submitted by Diego Mamani on March 17, 2012 - 2:49pm.

I forgot to add... the Subie dealer closest to my house was able to beat the Costco Program's price! Not only that, we found yet another dealer willing to beat my neighborhood dealer's price. So we found not one, but two dealers who offered me a lower price than the Costco-affiliated dealer.

I was told that the dealer agrees to pay $200 to Costco for the referral, that is, if you close the deal.

Submitted by Jadizzle on July 18, 2012 - 11:16am.

There are a lot of good San Diego Deals on mid size sedans. My parents were able to get a great deal on a mid size sedan from motortrend.com known for the best selling family size sedans. I'm sure you would find the sedan you're looking for a very good deal.

Submitted by sreeb on July 18, 2012 - 11:32pm.

It is hard to beat a Hyundai for value and warranty these days.

The new Nissan Altima is getting really good press so they may need to really discount any old ones.

My wife was able to bargain down the GMC dealer far below the Costco deal.

Submitted by as on July 19, 2012 - 9:40pm.

I am thinking to buy a Toyota Rav4.
Any of you ever owned the car before?
Right now Toyota has $750 factory rebate.
I have got two offered prices from the dealer in SD, so far.
One is $21.245+fees
One is $20.950(dealer did not mention extra fees)
Do you guys think the $20.950 offer is a good deal?

Submitted by spdrun on July 19, 2012 - 9:48pm.

They'd have to pay ME to take a trucklet with a wimp-o-matic transmission. Even then I'd part it out. Consider it the automotive equivalent of drawing and quartering :)

Submitted by Coronita on July 19, 2012 - 10:00pm.

as wrote:
I am thinking to buy a Toyota Rav4.
Any of you ever owned the car before?
Right now Toyota has $750 factory rebate.
I have got two offered prices from the dealer in SD, so far.
One is $21.245+fees
One is $20.950(dealer did not mention extra fees)
Do you guys think the $20.950 offer is a good deal?

new one is coming out, making the old one going to depreciate pretty quickly

Also go to L.A. to buy the car.

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/07/19/camry...

Submitted by as on July 20, 2012 - 7:30am.

Thanks, Flu.
If I tell them I will pay cash, is it an advantage or disadvantage for me to negotiate?

Submitted by Coronita on July 20, 2012 - 7:37am.

as wrote:
Thanks, Flu.
If I tell them I will pay cash, is it an advantage or disadvantage for me to negotiate?

disadvantage. They want to put you in a loan so they can charge you more from finance charges.

Submitted by Coronita on July 21, 2012 - 12:06pm.

Bump..

Hey, if you wanted to get behind the wheel of a BMW, there is probably going to be a third option to owning or leasing in the near future....

Short term rental....aka "on-demand-service"

So, SoCal folks that just want to keep up their image at all costs... You no longer need to take out an arm/leg loan, take out a heloc that you won't be able to pay back, or sign up for a bend-over long lease to keep up your appearances...

You'll be able to rent your BMW by the hour/week/month just enough to impress that person you are trying to impress, for whatever reasons.

BMW...Bringing the American Dream to people.... one payment at a time :(

(Side note: enthusiasts are going to miss the E90/92 3 series... F20 328 loaner I had, felt more like a luxury car than performance oriented..)

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/07/20/bmw-t...


BMW Financial Services next month is kicking off BMW On Demand USA – a service the company already provides in European cities – that enables people to easily rent a BMW by the hour, day or week from dealerships.

The first location, BMW of Manhattan, is considered a pilot, and will have about 100 328i sedans in the fleet. According to Ed Robinson, president of BMW Financial, the makeup of the fleet will change over time. But the all-328i lineup to start reflects the newest product from BMW and the one the company wants to push right now.

Other logical cities to follow will be Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Miami. But the service could easily spread to smaller cities with smaller fleets.

Pricing for checking a 328i out like a library book will be announced in August. The website to go to is www.bmwondemandusa.com.

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