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I don't mean to be rude or sound condescending, but that just isn't the case. If it were, the invoice price would be useless as a bargaining tool for a buyer.
When you discount items, you do it for volume customers. Very rarely does a customer buy BMWs in what you would call "bulk" quantities.
November is a good time to be buying a car. The new model-year is either about to start or has already started, so you can still buy a new car from the last model year (in this case, the 01 RX300) at a discount. This is sometimes subsidized by the manufacturer, sometimes not. But, if a dealer regularly made a habit of selling cars below what they paid for them, they would rapidly be out of business.
http://www.edmunds.com/new/2001/lexus/rx300/4wd4drsuv30l6cyl4a/prices.htmlThere is currently a dealer holdback of $713. I bet it was even higher in November when Lexus was looking to move as many 01s as possible as quickly as possible.
That being said, if you read forums here and elsewhere you'll quickly discover that all BMW models have there own problems. Some owners even have what you might call a "lemon" But, you'll find this on message boards for any car. Statistically, you're safer buying a BMW than Benz these days- but there's no guarantees that you won't get a rotten BMW! The 3 series has now been about for over 3 model years-- so all of the initial bugs have been worked out-- the C class is still in its firs model year and all European makes seem to have big problems with first year models. I alos think that you'll find the overall quality of build and materials higher in the BMW than the C class.
2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation
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