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2013 and Earlier - Mazda6 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • mrchuckmrchuck Posts: 21
    You are going to love the 2.5 liter 4cyl motor. Super gas mileage. long trips 32+ mpg at 70. And this is a huge car with comfort! The trunk holds everything.
  • I LOVE the car so far, had it a whole 10 days! It is SO QUIET and smooth! I traded in my 2000 Protege LX for it; what an upgrade!!! I'm anxious to see what kind of gas mileage I get. Mostly highway driving with a little city. Still haven't filled it up yet :)
  • snake2715snake2715 Posts: 2
    edited April 2011
    Where would I start in finding these cars below invoice like I am reading on here? Seems my local dealers are above invoice on all the mazda 6's.

    Its for my wife and we dont need the top of the line Mazda 6 at $30k+. Just looking for something to possibly replace her Mazda 3 hatch given we are going to be having a child soon and I think I would prefer a bit more room. She loves her current mazda so given our experience I am happy to stay with mazda for her again.
  • mrchuckmrchuck Posts: 21
    What I would do is copy these posts and go to your closest Mazda dealer, and discuss with them that you are interested in buying a new Mazda and go from there.
    Not knowing your area in the USA. but all Mazda prices come from one place.
    Go check and discuss with your prospective dealer that you have a lot of people who have bought Mazda's, and are willing to help you get the lowest price they have to stay in business.
    You do the footwork, but let me know what's happening, and maybe I can help,,,, Chuck.
  • Great I will do that. I realize it may not be the best time of the season to negotiate until later in the year when new model years are rolling out.

    Located in Michigan (near Lansing 48933)and willing to drive a reasonable amount. We do have a Mazda 3 Hach (2006 95,000 miles) that we may consider trading in. I realize they have the loyalty discount as well.

    I will take a look at the posts and go talk to the local Mazda dealer to see what we can get offered.

    Thank you for the reply mrchuck.
  • sargon123sargon123 Posts: 9
    edited May 2011
    Well Irota, you got a nearly impossible deal, accentuated even further by a dealer screw up. You can relax now - you got the best deal. I don't think others are likely to duplicate it unless the bottom falls out of the economy.
  • sargon123sargon123 Posts: 9
    edited May 2011
    2010 silver Mazda 6i 2.5 Touring Plus 11,600 miles on odometer (CPO - certified by dealer with warranty) purchased in early March 2011: Price $18,795 before license and taxes, gross OTD cost after taxes, was $21,021. Finance rate was 1.99%. I think I saw yesterday that Mazda has lowered CPO finance rates as low as .99%. Purchased at Star Mazda in Glendale. Dealer was courteous/ no high pressure tactics. I was happy with the deal, and feel I was dealt with fairly. I did not, by the way, buy the extended warranty, or the other prep stuff they try to sell you on the way out. (In fact the finance lady was getting nastier and nastier as I declined one extended warranty, auto preparation offer after the other). I guess she gets paid based on what add ons she sells, and very much appeared to take my declining these things very personally.

    I've put 3,000 miles on the car. Experience: steering is firm, like I like it; excellent brakes; confident handling. I love the feature of the warning light that comes on in the mirror and the alarm sound which comes on when your prepared to turn into the next lane and someone is in your blind spot. It's like having a little radar on your car.

    I wish the seats were cushier like my old Buick; however, after good road trip, I felt no back fatigue at all (though I have the added benefit of a good seat back support which I bought for $100). Also, my old Buick Regal only lasted 77,000 miles, and I figure this car will last 2 to 3 times as long. However, with gas prices going up, and talk of a mileage tax on future vehicles, I think the days of the automobile as we know it are numbered.

    I didn't do a lot of shopping. tried the Sonata. I didn't like the seat in the Sonata, or the over rapid acceleration and over sensitivity of the Sonata's gas pedal (I feel I have a lot more control in the Mazda 6). Also the Sonata had a lousy radio in the model I tried (though it can be upgraded), whereas the Touring Plus radio (which is standard, except for a presumably better one on the higher end models) is already kick [non-permissible content removed] - lovely sound. In fact, to be honest, if the car didn't come with a good radio, I wouldn't have even bothered. I won't bother mentioning all of the great additional features on the Touring Plus model (I know the more high end models have even more). Congratulations to Mazda for putting together such an attractive package. Again, if the value wasn't there for what I was paying for, I would have just walked away.

    I have to say I was kind of a weird shopper, stopped at Nissan down the street and didn't like the MSRP prices posted on the cars (the beginning point for bargaining). The day before I bought the car I did some checking on the net - and unless I'm fooling myself - this is a very good car with good pricing. That's not saying that there are not other attractive deals out there, or that everyone has the same preferences.

    Glendale Star Mazda brought the price down considerably right off the bat - I didn't have to do a lost of hard bargaining, which I would have either done if I had to; or wouldn't have bothered and just walked out the door. I think the manager read me right. I did a little baraining at the end - just minor stuff - as the manager would barely budge off the price he gave me, which I felt, rightly or wrongly was reasonable.

    Bottom line - I like the car; am satisfied with the deal. I post as a reference point for others, especially in southern California who are looking for a reference point. If anyone has comments, I'd like to hear them.

    And as for you, Irota, you have number one bragging rights. I don't know that anyone is going to come around with the deal you got for another couple years. If they do, you'll have to be satisfied with being second best.

    Best to you all, and may those of you who like the 6 get deals as good or better than me.
  • mrchuckmrchuck Posts: 21
    Great deal on a super great car. You did everything right in your deal!!
    My 2010 Mazda 6 GTi now has 18k miles, 2 trips to the West Coast, and still is as tight as ever and still feels and looks and smells NEW.
    Mileage is 32 mpg avg on the hwy and high 20's driving around home. WOW!!!
  • sargon123sargon123 Posts: 9
    Maybe this is a bit late, and you've already bought your car. If not, let me give you a few guidelines I'd use:

    1. Dealers in rural areas may have no competition, and may not be anxious to give you a good price, if you are stuck on buying a car from them. Look for a car in a larger urban area with lots of dealers where competition is stiff.
    2. Use on line quotes and be willing to get these out of state from densely populated urban areas, where many people search for bargains.
    3. Don't be fixated on Mazda 6. There are many other good cars out there. Come up with alternatives and look for the best deal.
    4. If you are fixated on a Mazda, visit a larger urban area, and look on the lot to see if there are any 6's with low mileage on the odometer that are dealer certified pre-owned vehicles. I got a great deal on a used 2010. Don't be ashamed to get a low mileage 2008 to 2010 with the right price. Be sure to get a CARFAX report which will tell you of any accidents, salvage autos, etc.. You are taking a higher risk if you buy one of these vehicles.
    5. Prices on cars should start to move up, given auto and parts shortages as a result of the Japan earthquake - even American cars can use Japanese parts. Therefor don't wait till the market gets too tight (i.e. there are not enough vehicles available to sell, because not enough have been manufactured to fill the existing demand). - prices have already moved up on SOME cars (however, I doubt that has yet happened on the 6's).
    6. Keep in mind that Mazda 6 has a shrinking market and market share - dealers are probably more desperate to sell these; and you may get a better price on a 6 than a 3, since 3's are more popular models. The number of Mazda sold has trended down over the last 3 or 4 years. Therefor, Mazda dealers should generally be hurting for enough customers. This means you ought to be able to find a great deal somewhere.
    7. If you have serious budget constraints, get a used Prius or Ford Fusion hybrid - gas prices are moving up. If gas goes up to $8 in 2 or 3 years, do you really want an inefficient gas engine? If you are willing to take that risk and want to stay with a car like a '6', then realize that you are taking an additional budgetary risk. Honestly, if I had to do it over again, and had been willing to take more time, I would have looked at the Honda Civic, Accord, Prius and Ford Fusion, all o f which are great cars and get terrific mileage - much better than the '6'. I probably would have ended up with a used Prius or Fusion hybrid, assuming I could find one with mileage under 30,000. I have a little bit of buyers remorse with my 6 (and I got a solid deal- see my recent posting). But if the economy caves and or gas prices move up appreciably, I'll probably wish I had made budget a higher priority.
    8. Don't feel overly rushed or impulsive on finding a deal - you are in the drivers seat - you can decline any deal that is not attractive.
    9. Decline any after market warranty that the dealer proposes. These generally pay off, and from what I've read with Mazda specifically, a lot of dealers (and may even the Mazda Corp.) use these as a marketing tool,, and from the complaints I see on the Edmunds Mazda 6 repair forum, a number of dealers are not honoring the warranty when the engines blow up. A number of Mazda buyers who have had engines blow up on the Edmunds forum, have said Mazda [dealers, and maybe the corporation] have NOT HONORED their warranties. Some of the people have apparently had several Mazda over the years, and swear they will never get another one because of bad faith of the dealers. Mazda will not survive if this problem is too widespread and is not fixed. [By the way, it is not a forgone conclusion that Mazda will survive, anymore than GM].
    10. If you have a reliable outside mechanic, or a friend who knows one, talk to the mechanic to get good alternatives to the 6, and find the pricing on these. Even if you won't accept an alternative, find the pricing on these, and you may be able to use this in negotiating with a Mazda dealer. Or if you get too frustrated with finding a deal from a Mazda dealer, you may must decide after all, to buy a different brand.

    Bottom line: don't be over fixated on just getting a Mazda 6, or with the Mazda 6 dealer in you local area. There are probably a lot of better alternatives for finding the bargain you are looking for and the right car for your budget.

    Hope this helps. By the way, I found that by googling any particular dealer by name (in my case, Star Mazda), I came up with a website on yelp with stars and reviews of the dealership (example: http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=star+mazda+glendale&aq=1&aqi- =g10&aql=&oq=star+mazda By reading the reviews, you can tell people's experience with the dealer. I found this out after I bought my car, and sometimes you may conclude that you do not want your car serviced at a particular dealer because of the bad experience of so many reviewers. However, this may not affect your buying decision - since you may get a great deal on buying a car at a dealer who does lousy or even dishonest servicing (according to numerous reviewers). It may also give you an indication of whether you want to buy a particular brand in your area, if the dealer is lousy at servicing, and there are no good independent alternatives at a reasonable price.
  • inspadesinspades Posts: 2
    edited May 2011
    Picked up a lightly used (2 years, under 13k miles) 2009 Mazda 6 s GT w/ Nav + Bose + moon roof. Black/black.

    Got it out the door for $20k (cash) w/ 7% sales tax (so I guess around $18,250 + tax + title/reg).

    So far so good. The car drives like a dream. The V6 is gonna hurt w/ the gas mileage but boy is it fun to drive. Love all the bells + whistles. Very happy w/ the purchase so far.

    From what I can tell I got a good deal... what do you think?
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 790
    edited May 2011
    "Picked up a lightly used (2 years, under 13k miles) 2009 Mazda 6 s GT w/ Nav + Bose + moon roof. Black/black.

    Got it out the door for $20k (cash) w/ 7% sales tax (so I guess around $18,250 + tax + title/reg)."


    Edmunds TMV is $21,200 Private Party and $23,400 Dealer Retail. KBB puts the Private Party value at $22,675 and Dealer Retail at over $25k.

    So I'd say that you did very well at $18,250 plus TTT ($20k OTD)! =)

    Do you know the original sale date? You are covered by the balance of the 3-year/36k mile Limited Warranty (bumper-to-bumper), but you need to be aware of when you will reach that 3-year mark. Your Roadside Assistance coverage also expires at the same time.

    Better news is that you also have the balance of the 5-year/60k miles Powertrain Warranty! So at least the major stuff is covered for 2-3 more years or 47k miles. =)


    Every time I see a bargain price on a 2009-2010 Mazda6 s Grand Touring (or '09 s Touring, which had the 18" wheels- a must!), I take a closer look! Kona Blue is the color I really want, but every time I think I've found one at a great price, I realize that it has GRAY rather than BLACK interior!? =( Then I understand why it has a discounted price tag. It’s no surprise that Mazda dropped the Gray interior option for the 2011 model….
  • inspadesinspades Posts: 2
    Do you know the original sale date? You are covered by the balance of the 3-year/36k mile Limited Warranty (bumper-to-bumper), but you need to be aware of when you will reach that 3-year mark. Your Roadside Assistance coverage also expires at the same time.


    Yeah. That was one of the selling points. The Carfax listed the vehicle sold in early April of 2009. So I figured I have almost a year if anything goes wrong. And another 3 years if anything major goes wrong.

    To be honest I was kind of thinking "what's wrong w/ this vehicle that they want to get rid of it at that price?" but you can say that about any car and you might as well get the best deal you can. The car definitely has some minor defects but I guess that's pretty normal for a 2 year old car no matter how many miles are on it.

    The black interior is really nice. So far very happy w/ the purchase.
  • Picked up my ebony black 2011 6 S Touring Plus yesterday. Good buying experience at Rowe Mazda in Auburn, Maine. Got the car for $24,750, plus $1337 sales tax, plus $410 fees, = 26,497. It was the only S model available in northern new england. Probably could have done better but wasn't really in the mood.

    What to say about the car except that it is terrific. I really don't understand why people don't give the 6 a try, but that's already been the subject of extensive debate. I was in the market for a CPO BMW, Infiniti, Acura, and test drove every family midsize hauler (sonata, optima, accord, camry, legacy, altimat). None of the family midsizers in the competition were even close to the 6. As in, not even in the ballpark. And after sitting in some of the luxury brand CPO's, they all felt dingy and I felt like I was sitting in someone else's dingy car.

    Anyway, great car, really happy with the vehicle.
  • mrchuckmrchuck Posts: 21
    Great post. I felt the same way when I got mine.
    Today, after 1 year and 10 months, my 2010 Mazda 6i GT is as tight and economical as ever.
    Still learning all the features.
  • benny24benny24 Posts: 5
    Hello, I just wanted to see what your opinions were on this quote I got. Live in Pittsburgh, PA.

    2011 Mazda 6 i Sport, base model, 6 speed manual transmission. Last 6 i Sport with Manual on the lot.
    MSRP $20925
    Sale price $20020
    Trade in - $2000
    Mazda rebate -$500
    Total Cost out the door - $17,520 - That's with taxes, fees and destination charge.

    Is this too good to pass up or should I wait until the 2012's are out?

    Any help or advice is appreciated. Thank you
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,897
    Obviously they are giving you very little off due to the fact that you seem to want the manual and they only have one. Supply and demand. These cars usually sell for at least $3k off list and they coming down less than a thousand. IMO I don't think it's a very good deal unless you absolutely have to have a stick and there are no other Mazda dealers close that have any. If you haven't already, check around and see if you can't get a little competition going.
  • benny24benny24 Posts: 5
    I contacted another local dealer and they said they could come down a little bit from the $17,520 but not lower than $17,000. They don't have the car on the lot but could locate one.

    Just looking at truecar, the price quoted to me seems to be in tune with the average paid. Am I missing something?

    In your opinion, am I better suited to wait (which I can) until the newer models are out and I can try and get a better deal on this car?
  • mrchuckmrchuck Posts: 21
    I really doubt that other dealers could get this car for you at this price. They may say they can, but it won't happen.
    You have done your homework, found the new car you want at a super price, so go get it now, or it will be gone and you will have spent all your valuable time and effort in finding this Jewell.
    Great everything on your car. Let me know,,,, :)
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,897
    edited June 2011
    Unless your trade is worth a lot less than $2k and they are giving you a break on it, they are giving you $900 off MSRP and the $500 rebate which is from Mazda, not the dealer. I'm sorry but $900 off MSRP at this time of year is really not good. I drive a 6 also but I got over $5k off MSRP without a trade. Granted that was 4 years ago but car sales aren't as good now as they were then. In general and in comparison, the 6 is not selling that well and you should be able to cut a pretty good deal. They are coming out with some new high tech engines in the 2012s which will make the value of the 2011s go down in comparison. Actually, if you don't mind paying that close to MSSRP, why not wait for the 2012?

    Where I live truecar is saying best price is $18250 WITHOUT TRADE IN. That's about $2000 less than your deal.

    Or am I completely missing something???
  • benny24benny24 Posts: 5
    5k off the MSRP? Nice.
    Did you wait until the end of the model year, how did you get that?

    Any idea when the 2012s hit?

    IYO - what is a reasonable deal to talk them down to - I mean, price off of MSRP?
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