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Nissan Quest Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • tjshantjshan Posts: 28
    Mary,

    Yep, We originally looked at the 3.5S, but we wanted power seats,(my wife was not sure she could get comfy in the manual seats) and the only way you could get them was the 3.5SL with the special edition package. The backup camera was a welcome edition as well, and has already found itself to be useful in maneuvering our tight driveway as well as parking lots. I am ashamed to say it, but it even stopped me from backing up when my errant niece ran behind the van without me seeing her. She was pretty far away and in the rear pillar blind spot, but when I saw the movement off to the side I stopped and got out to check.

    We however did NOT want the DVD, the kids watch enough TV and they do not need to be whining for it every 10 minute trip. On the long trips we set up the portable DVD. However, the window sticker said it was wireless headphones compatible, and since the headphones are not available as an option, and another dealer says he does not even know how to order them, I am assuming they come with the car.

    As for the heated seats, it may be a type-o, but if you look in the options matrix it shows the heated seats standard on the 3.5SL Spec Ed package. the list to the right of the equipment in the 3.5sl Spec ed package does not list the heated seats.

    So far I do not understand why this van gets such bad reviews, it seems better in many ways to any other van we looked at, and the pure space is just super. why would anyone drive around in one of those overstuffed Toyotas?

    Still have not heard form anyone about whether oil changes have to be done at the dealer...someone out there has to know.
  • It would be very rare that any warranty would ever require basic (or any) maintainance to be performed at the dealer. However, warranty service may require proof that you have been maintaining the vehicle properly. If you get oil change or other work elsewhere, be certain to maintain receipts/proof of work to provide if needed. I'd be surprised if your dealer doesn't have competitive rates for oil changes, however. Many typically meet/beat the quick lube prices and you have the benefit of having service records kept by the dealer.

    For instance, the dealer we just bought from has a $29.99 oil change special listed on their website. I called the local Jiffy Lube and was given a price of $34.99 and can easily find a $5 off coupon online, so services are priced the same.
  • baxter3baxter3 Posts: 3
    I don't think you get the headphones unless you have the DVD. Also, looking at the 06 SL list of options, heated front seats are only available with the SL Leather/Bose pkg. You stated you had the special edition pkg which does not list heated seats. Hope this helps.

    Sounds like you are really enjoying your purchase, and I agree, the roominess is just great!
  • biggitybiggity Posts: 25
    > This was my first lease as well...if there are others
    > that have greater experience and could comment on why
    > there may be such a spread, it would be appreciated.

    dslunceford, you leased? In your first post (#499), it looks like your talk about a price for buying and a lease deal, and it wasn't clear what you did.

    baxter3, you also leased, I see.

    I don't think $711 under invoice is the real price for someone who is buying cash. It must be a nominal value for setting the terms of the lease, and there must be something in the lease, such as residual, money factor, or interest, that is favorable for Nissan and allows them to state the $711 under invoice in the lease. (Or maybe there is some kind of regional manufacturer-to-dealer incentive where you are.)

    The reason is, I just don't see $711 under invoice in my market. Every dealer I've talked to starts to balk just before invoice, and goes to stone at invoice. Some won't go to invoice. One guy gave me a token under invoice.

    Can anybody confirm a non-financed (at least not by F&I at the dealership), no trade, purchase (not lease) deal on a 2007 Quest for less than invoice?

    BTW, dslunceford, you say in post #499:

    > Couldn't find holdback info for the 2007s yet, but it was
    > around $1000 for the 2006 SE's, so I'm figuring the
    > dealer still made $300+ on the sale of the vehicle (which
    > was in stock).

    But the things I've read say that a dealer wants/needs $1300 or $1400 gross profit to make his net profit, and the holdback is a primary source of that gross that he won't give up. So a dealer making $300 gross is dubious to me.

    Comments welcome.

    I'm not really for screwing dealers, even though they do screw customers frequently. If they treat me okay, and give me what I want at a price that I'm agreeable to, that's a good deal for me (and probably for them).

    The only problem is "a price that I'm agreeable to" depends on the market, and is very hard to know well because the dealers and manufacturers are always playing games with prices.
  • Yes, I leased. But I didn't go into the deal telling them that. That's none of the salesperson's concern, frankly. I made my best deal and was prepared to buy with an E-Loan check (already approved)/cash or their financing, if better, or their lease program. AFTER making the deal I had the financing guy work up both buy and lease scenarios. During the sale negotiation we never discussed whether I planned to lease or buy (it was never asked) just that I had no trade to deal with.

    It shouldn't matter to the dealer whether or not you buy or lease (unless they are able to offer lease specials, which they would then push -- there are no such specials I'm aware of currently).

    Since earlier post, I found holdback info for Nissan is 2% of Invoice (http://www.edmunds.com/advice/incentives/holdback/index.html), so that would mean on my vehicle holdback would have been around $688.

    I don't know why they made the deal, necessarily, except it was stock on hand, was a holiday weekend, and Nissan wants to finally find some success in the minivan space?
  • biggitybiggity Posts: 25
    Yeah, it's a head scratcher. Maybe there was some sort of test marketing area or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive for getting the first ones out the door, or something.

    Funny, though, since you and baxter3 got the same deal, it must have been some circumstance common to both of your dealers.

    I guess some more information would be helpful, if anyone has something to share.
  • tjshantjshan Posts: 28
    I kindof figured that on the headphones but no one can tell me how to go about getting them, and since the car is supposed to have "dual media playback" how can you do that without the headphones? Has anyone used that feature yet?

    Also, not to be argumentative, but if you look in the options matrix it shows the heated seats standard on the 3.5 SL with the Spec Ed package (the little box has SL in it denoting the Spec Ed package not the L denoting the leather package). The packages list to the right of the equipment matrix for the 3.5SL Spec ed package does not list the heated seats so one or the other must be incorrect.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    Try an electronics store for the headphones. I remember seeing wireless headphones sold at Radio Shack.
  • hondakidhondakid Posts: 17
    Does anyone know what the invoice cost is for a Quest 3.5s in Toronto?

    HondaKid
  • Central Indiana, some local dealers have 5-10 07s on the lot. I have an internet sales guy immediately going to invoice price on an 07SE with options - AND 2000$ off from the offer letter sent to previous owners.
  • hondakidhondakid Posts: 17
    Do you mean $2000 off from invoice or $2000 off to bring it to invoice?

    HONDAkid
    P.S. and this offer is for the 07 Quest?
  • Yes, for an 07 SE Quest, that's why I titled the post "2007 Quest pricing". And yes, 2000$ below invoice, that's why I put "AND" in all uppercase letters.
  • hondakidhondakid Posts: 17
    CarolandDavid ..... You do have a way with words .. don't you??!!

    May we NEVER talk again!

    Sincerely,

    HONDAKid
  • So $2k below invoice on an '07 if you are a previous Quest owner? Could you expand more on the "offer letter?"
  • jerseyjenjerseyjen Posts: 1
    I'm relatively new to the buying scene. Could someone give me an idea on what the best bargain is on an 06 Nissan Quest S SPecial Edition is? I don't need all the bells and whistles and I'm a single mom of 4 boys, so I have a strict budget.

    This is what I got out of my local dealer:
    The MSRP: 26775

    The discount: -1293.00(what that is for I dont know)

    Rebate: -3000.00

    Sale Price: 22482.00

    State & Local Taxes:1155.13

    License , Title, Reg. Fees: 80.00

    I'm wondering if it is still possible for them to come down some on the price. Any suggestions? :confuse:
  • Letters were automatically sent to registered Quest owners from Nissan. We got one from corporate, and one labelled as from dealer, although they look so similar in format that you gotta figure it's from the same program. One referred to "VIP pricing" and 2000$ cash back, the other didn't really elaborate anything specific.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    You should be able to get a further discount on a 2006 Quest. They are trying to get rid of the 2006 for the 2007. Everythign else looks fine.

    Take a look on Edmunds for invoice pricing for the Quest S special edition. You may want to invest in a DVD player with 4 boys.
  • mrmcgivmrmcgiv Posts: 7
    We got a 06 nissan Quest s Spec Ed for 19,600. No dvd player. Only the standard extras (floor mats, upgraded upholstery, cargo cover) plus the Rear view with a compass which was a 230 extra. NOBODY we asked could match that deal. They said they lost 1,800 and I believe it. The other dealer also said can't match that they lost 1800. So I would think 19,600 plus 1,800 to get to 21,400 would be a good deal. We bought on memorial day. GL Mary
  • JerseyJen,
    We have 3 little ones so I was moved to respond to you. :)

    I follow all the online advice from Edmunds et al and refuse to deal from MSRP; I start with Invoice. This has worked for several years / vehicles / dealers for us.
    It's hard to comment on your price because an S-SP can still come with additional options and we can't tell from your MSRP what else is on that van. I can say the MSRP you typed is about 1300 higher than Edmunds base 06S SP MSRP (25450), so it probably has a couple options or dealer add-ons on it. Edmunds says invoice is 23537, so add that same 1300 to reach 24837 sale price. You have them nearly 2400 cheaper than that, which suggest to me you *might* be getting a decent price. There could be several other factors to look at. Discount could be because they need to move all the 2006s out now that 2007s are coming in. SOme of it could be that they had a local aftermarket guy put something on there and tried to mark it up 500. Dealers pay interest for every unit on their lot because they borrow money to buy them, so that's another reason they need to move them, especially older ones. The longer they have that van, the more its price will drop. Rebate is from Nissan, that's yours no matter what. They still make money in other ways (i.e. holdback) you won't even see.

    You might want to consider looking at the new Hyundai Entourage. I am - even though I'm a Nissan lover and have 2 2004 Quests now. I had to look because they offered virtually all the same options at thousands less. They have incredible warranty coverage, which should be all the more important to single moms of many on a budget. The worst difference for me is the CD stereo power difference, which I'd bet won't matter to you like it does me. The spare is inconvenient, but they give you some years of free roadside assistance anyway..
    Food for thought, hope this helps and good luck! Let us know what you do. :)
  • I am looking to purchase a pretty loaded Vehicle but noticed the SL can not be equipeed with VDC without the Nav/Pax package(like another $3200)

    What I want:
    2007 SL
    SL Prem. package
    Skyview w/ Sirius
    SL upgrade
    Seat package
    micorfilter
    MSRP $36415 but no VDC
    invoice $33132

    ...they have offered this Quest w/ misc options(they have 6 in FL region w/ MSRP of $36855..must have floor mats or whatever also...started "$400 over invoice" $33950 supposedly non-negoitable)

    But the 2007 SE with VDC and DVD/tech package list out $38055 w/o misc crappy addons...that should be included ie floor mats...I figure same price of $400 invoice so car would be $1500 more to get VDC

    Long winded ...is the Nissan VDC(vehicle Dynamic control) worth that much
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