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Lexus RX 330 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

jstempeljstempel Posts: 1
edited April 5 in Lexus
I live in minneapolis and am shopping for a new Lexus RX330. No one in the minneapolis area is discounting the car though I understand it is being discounted in other markets. I am willing to travel in the midwest if anyone know of a dealership offering substantial discounts on this vehicle. Please respond.

Jerry
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  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    young(???) man. West coast seems to be discounting $3k from MSRP.
  • awjenniawjenni Posts: 6
    I live in the midwest and found dealers in this area generally unwilling to offer much in the way of a discount. I found a dealer in Florida willing to take off $3,000, so I placed one on-order... (Couldn't find one with the options I wanted: Performance package, NAV, heated seats, AWD.)

    Go to autonation.com which led me to Palm Beach Lexus.

    Al
  • cotmccotmc Posts: 1,081
    Where along the west coast are people seeing a $3K discount? This might affect my upcoming SUV purchase decision!
  • rroyce10rroyce10 Posts: 9,359
    ..... I'm curious myself, considering all the dealers I know from Riverside to Oakland are getting "around" sticker or a little less .. now a 8/10 week order is something different, If you see it.

                        Terry.
  • tomtomtomtomtomtom Posts: 491
    I think there's only one person on the other Lexus board able to get $3K off MSRP. Most people are getting 1K to 1.5K off MSRP. We got one for $1.4K off two months ago with trade in.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,775
    awjenni - Tell us more about this car. It seems unusal at this early production stage for all the equipments you listed. I am just looking at $44.8 MSRP vs. $39.1 factory invoice.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    I take that with a grain of salt.. perhaps it happened, but it is NOT anywhere close or indicative of the market on them.

    We had someone this afternonn say he would not pay more than $39K for a $41,478 msrp RX.

    We let him walk.

    $1,000-1,500 on a Premium or Premium plus should be doable in reality, In our market, $0 off is reality on a Navi. We're sold out of Navis till the fall.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,755
    i even see some guys driving the 330. they did 'harden' it a little.
  • awjenniawjenni Posts: 6
    To answer lok888.
    The deal I have is for an AWD RX-330. Performance package, Navigation, heated seats, cargo mat and wheel locks. MSRP around $45520. My price $42520. This is not for a car that is sitting on someone's lot. It is ordered to my specs/color etc. It will take at least 3 months to get it. Scheduled build is in early August. Expected delivery, early September. Non-ref deposit of $2500. Al
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,775
    awjenni - That is good deal at this early production stage. But I am not sure if I will have a better deal (maybe another $500 off) in September. Not to mention, the RX330 production will begin in Canada in September.

    brentwoodvolovo - $39K is about $1K over dealer invoice. I guess my quote off $39.2 for AWD and Premium Plus Package is good deal. BTW, how low of the RX (I mean the RX300) you have ever sold? When?
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    We sold one at invoice to an employee. Lowest we have gone is $2,000 off. The one I mentioned earlier sold this AM for MSRP.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    $39,200 for a premium Plus AWD is more than $1K over invoice.. Looks like $2200 off of sticker to me.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,775
    brentwoodvolvo - I just double checked my note. The MSRP is $41471 (AWD with Premium Plus Package) and $39680 to buy. It is $1791 off the sticker. It seems fair to me and consider this was done by email only. I am actually doing a research for my friend. It is good to know the pricing in the market now. I just bought two cars (SUV and sedan) within the past 6 months. But I will look into the hybrid version of the RX330.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Not sure about your market conditions.. out here that is indeed a very very good deal.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,775
    brentwoodvolvo - I think it is the same market condition, MA & NJ. I think AWD with Premium Plus are easy to get. I mean in stock. And dealers are willing to deal.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    We sell 50-60 RXs a month.

    1 On the ground.. 3 incoming unsold and that includes the 7-1 and 7-7 shipments...

    Dunno about MA or other dealers, but we are very tight for these trucks.
  • njexpressnjexpress Posts: 170
    Hi!
    Does anyone know if we can get the RX 330 AWD with just the Premium package and HID Lamps, with or without 18" wheels? On the Lexus site, the "ENTRY LEVEL" package for the AWD seems to be the Premium Plus Package with Additional Options, with an MSRP of $4,320.00...
    However, CARSDIRECT.com, shows that the premium package, HID and 18" alloy wheels can be picked as stand alone options. Would this mean a special order?
    I have posted this question on the other RX330 thread also. I would appreciate any feedback on this.
    Thank You!
  • I always love it when the car dealers tell you how fast the new model is selling, and that none are arriving unsold. It's just so untrue!

    Here in south Florida all the Lexus dealers discount. They have to. They’re selling a commodity. Yes cars are a commodity just like pork bellies.

    Remember if the Lexus dealer won’t discount, the Audi guy will, and so will the BMW, and the Cadillac, etc.

    The RX330 maybe hot, but I doubt it. We’re in a recession so don’t let the dealers try to gouge you for sticker.

    If you want the low down on how a car is selling, go to the web site www.fightingchance.com. I’ve used them every time I’ve bought a car. My last two Lexus (2003 GS 430 and 2001 RX 300) I paid a few hundred over invoice.
  • biogbiog Posts: 1
    Just purchased the FWD with Premium Plus Package today. None of the dealerships out here had the basic Premium Package. Purchased this vehicle from West Coast dealer for more than 3,000 off MSRP. No trade-in.
  • gorygurugoryguru Posts: 2
    Biog,

    Please share some details of your deal:
    1. What was the exact price before tax & license?
    2. Which dealership in the west coast?
    3. What color?

    I am looking for a Bamboo Pearl / ivory color FWD with the premium plus package in the L.A. area only and so far I've only been quoted a price of around $37,400 by 3 dealers. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
  • cotmccotmc Posts: 1,081
    A few weeks ago I had posted a question on the Lexus RX 330 group asking if anybody had seen an RX 330 with the basic Premium Package. Nobody responded at the time. I later checked with three different Lexus dealers. All confirmed that the basic Premium Package was not available in the southwest region (Arizona, California, Nevada). Premium Plus with 18" wheels is the minimum configuration available out here. With a FWD model, the sticker price is $39.4K.

    Initially, it was looking like the best price I would find locally would be greater than $38K. Thanks to the post by wwest (#2 within this discussion topic), I stopped focusing on the local Arizona dealers and requested some dealer quotes from the Lexus dealers in Southern California. A couple of their initial quotes were as low as $37K. After a little more discussion, I was able to eventually buy one from the L.A. area for $3K off of MSRP on June 30. There was no trade-in involved, and we were able to purchase the color combination we wanted. All arrangements were made before our weekend vacation to San Diego. The dealer drove 90-minutes down I-15 to pick us up from our hotel! We saved another ~$250 off of the ridiculous Documentation Fees that most of our local dealers charge. Thanks wwest!!
  • gorygurugoryguru Posts: 2
    Please let me know which dealship and the salesperson's name. I am looking for the exact deal that you got. benkung@hotmail.com
  • uis00snuis00sn Posts: 18
    Just spoke w/ the guy from S.Florida Lexus dealership. I wanted Performance package and he did not have it, so I've asked him about ordering. His response was since Lexus wraps-up its production in Japan he can't order because he does not know what the prices will be. What is that all about?
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,775
    Just want to know when the RX330 will be built in the Canada? September? I heard it is going to share the production line with another Toyota vehicle. Isn't it Tundra? Are there anymore RX330 coming from Japan? Will this change the pricing on RX330?
  • phylpphylp Posts: 49
    I am in the process of purchasing a 2004 RX330, AWD Premium Plus with 18" wheels and the heated seats/rain sensing wipers. The vehicle is impressive, but the sales staff has been just the opposite.

    To be honest, the local Lexus dealership reminds me of Toyota (I owned Camrys in the late 80's and early 90's) rather than a true luxury franchise. The Toyota sales folk acted as if they were selling a good car at a good price, so take it or leave it. No interest in satisfying the customer at all. The Lexus folks I have dealt with thus far seem to have a similar attitude. Wrangling over price, availability, and delivery was something that I did not expect. The excuse that "this is hot car" is not very helpful.

    Any thoughts on this? Yes, I am asking for anecdotal info making broad generalizations.
  • njexpressnjexpress Posts: 170
    Hi!
    Thoughts on this? Plenty!
    The reason I would grin and bear the price tag of a Lexus over Toyota 's is
    1) Brand Cachet and
    2) Service during / after sales.
    Other than that, if a Lexus is 100% reliable, to me, a Toyota is 99.5% reliable in the least!!
    If they are treating you like how you say they are, you should WALK!!!!! :o) They just don't deserve your hard earnt $$$$$.
    Make no mistakes, we are in / just out of a recession(Depending on one's definition of it) and no matter what the conditions are, You the buyer is still at full liberty WALK AWAY from such delarships. If you can't find it at one place, there are always others. don't know the specific circumstances of your purchase (Trade in or not, how urgently u need it, etc..) but like I said, there are always courteous dealerships looking for fair business.....
    I can see just one reason as to why this is happening: People might be under pressure to catch the last of the RX-330s from Japan; Well, Guess what? ;o) I drive a '00 camry that was made in Kentucky and it has still been library quiet after 78K miles!!! I don't have a problem shopping for a Canada made lexus late this year when I will be ready to buy.
    Also, the Premium plus package is readily available in AWDs from what I see although I am not sure of the rain sensing wipers. From what I see on the threads here, it looks like thy can't custom order any until after September (Take me with a grain of salt though, this is just a guess!)
    So, they seem rather laid back since they probably know that they will be able to sell the goodies, no matter what..
    Best of Luck and Have fun!!
  • cotmccotmc Posts: 1,081
    I'm all for supporting the local dealer, as long as that dealer provides reasonably good service and a competitive price. If your local dealer is lacking in either of those characteristics, I highly recommend considering other Lexus dealers in your region, even if they are out of state. Perhaps plan a short vacation around the purchase? That is what we did when we decided to purchase our RX330 from a Southern California dealer.
  • cotmc:
    Did you pay sales tax when you bought your RX330 from California?
  • tomtomtomtomtomtom Posts: 491
    you pay the sales tax based on where your residence is not where you buy your car. So if you decide to buy a Porsche or Ferrari, you might consider getting a house in Oregon first.
  • I guess my question is if it make any sense to buy from Nevada (i.e. Vegas) just to save on sales tax since I live in California (Los Angeles). I will save me $3,300 on a $40,000 car.
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