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MINI Cooper Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • cct1cct1 Posts: 221
    Certain times of the year are more advantageous--this isn't a great time for deals. Car sales are picking up this time of the year, and with gas prices going up, the Mini is going to be high demand--just like it was last summer. Best time is late fall/winter.

    The best I've seen is 500 off MSRP (legitimate); if you can get $750, you're doing well. There have unsubstantiated rumors of people getting a thousand off MSRP.

    If you're not in a hurry, and your set on a 2006, you'll probably see them with the biggest discounts we'll ever see late this fall and into the winter--with the 2007's around the corner, the dealers are going to be aggressive selling the 2006's.
  • bry317bry317 Posts: 3
    How Much out the door for Mini Cooper S? auto with sport and premium package. Edmunds' MSRP is $25,600. But I want to know how much totoal for u guy pay out the door. Thx
  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    Given that tax, title, and license will vary from nearly 0% to 12% depending on where you live, it's going to be rather difficult for us to say what your "out the door" cost is going to be.

    Most folks are paying right around MSRP+TTL and perhaps a small doc fee on top of that. West coast buyers are still sometimes paying up to $1K more than this, and some eastern buyers appear to be getting small discounts or accessory toss ins. But in general, the current market is MSRP.

    - Mark
  • I live in CA - where all dealerships are charging MSRP 'demand premiums' of upwards of 10%. So, i'm thinking of buying my mini out-of-state. I found a dealer who can give me MSRP. The question is, will i encounter any problems when i drive it back to CA and try to register it? Any hidden fees? The CA DMV lists an ambigious 'use tax', would that apply to me?

    Could a Californian has bought out of state and successfully brought a Mini back to CA let me know how the process went?

    Thanks so much!
  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    You will not have the slightest problem buying your car out of state and registering it in CA. All Mini's sold in the US are 50-state emissions compatible so there are no problems there. Just buy the car, drive/ship it home, and then go into your local DMV and get your title and plates.

    The "use" tax is just another name for sales tax for something purchased out of state. When you register the car, you'll have to pay the use tax (plus any license and title fees) just like you bought the car in CA. The use tax rate will be the same as the sales tax rate you'd pay based on where you live.

    I'd try and buy in a state that has no sales tax or that doesn't charge sales tax for an out-of-state buyer. (Talk to the dealer about this.) CA does have arrangements with most states to credit you for sales tax paid out of state, but it's just better if you can buy the car and not have to pay anything and worry if the credit will work out. There may be a small doc fee or temp license fee so you can get a temp plate and this will not be credited by CA. Get a fully itemized list of all the charges the selling dealer is going to charge so you don't get surprised.

    I live in WA state (local dealers were getting $1000 over MSRP + one year wait for a MSC) and bought in TX (MSRP and immediate ordering for a two-month wait). I did pay a small temp tag/doc fee - I think it was $100 - and this got me a paper plate to get home on. The whole thing went very smoothly and the drive home was a blast. Many CA buyers have done what you're talking about, so the road is well-trodden. You won't have any problems.

    - Mark
  • miniredminired Posts: 1
    I live in the Boston area and a dealer here wants to charge me ~$1100 over MSRP for an in-stock Mini convertible. These charges cover LoJack installation and Simoniz-ation, both of which have already been done to the vehicle. Does this sound reasonable or am I being ripped off?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,891
    definitely a rip-off.
    any add-on like simonize, paint protection, or super duper special spit shine is a rip-off.

    LoJack, if you want it, is about $695 full retail from what I've seen on my quick internet search.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • smckeonsmckeon Posts: 2
    Hi Everyone!

    I have been reading a lot of the posts on here trying to figure out an answer to my question, but have been a bit confused. Therefore:

    Has anyone bought a new 2006 Mini convertible with some options (Cold weather pkg, sport seats, DSC) for anything less than MSRP in the NJ/NY/CT/PA area? And, has anyone had any experience purchasing from Morristown Mini?

    Thanks for your help!
  • krumekrume Posts: 2
    HI E - I JUST PICKED UP MY MINI S FROM THE NIELLO DEALSHIP IN SACRAMENTO. They were great and we paid $995 over list. We only had a 2 month wait from the day we ordered and the sales people treated us respectfully and did not push - they are not commissioned. All other dealers in the Bay area seemed less than friendly and want $2500 over MSRP.

    We contacted several out of state dealers - one in OR sells at list but has a 9 month waiting list. One in MN would sell at list with a 2 month wait but after weighing the hassles of driving or shipping, etc., the Sacramento dealer made sense. We really love the MINI and the whole buying experience was a pleasure.
  • ycnanycnan Posts: 1
    HELP! Can someone explain why the MSRP for a Cooper S according to is only $20,900, whereas says the MSRP for a Cooper S is $25,400??? What a difference. Makes a difference to me(!)
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,891
    It doesn't. That's the MSRP for a Cooper S convertible. Both the Mini site and Edmunds say the S coupe base price is $20,900.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • shopgirl6shopgirl6 Posts: 1
    Hi everyone,

    does anyone have any experience buying a mini from the kansas dealership. does MSRP include the tax or do i need to pay it additionally?
  • jessicalejessicale Posts: 2

    I am looking at buying a Mini in NC. I just started looking. I have been in contact via email to Flow Mini. Has anyone had any experience with them. Any suggestions about purchasing/dealing??

    I drove a mini in Germany on the Autobahn and have been in love ever since.
  • jackel142jackel142 Posts: 47
    With 20 years of dealership experience, I can tell you that the cost of LoJack is around $149.00. The "paint sealant" is nothing but a cheap wax, if the dealer applies it at all. Your best bet is to apply a quality wax yourself.
  • dboedboe Posts: 69
    Just curious, maybe that's 'dealer's cost'? :confuse:
    Do you have a source you can reveal?

    I see many competitive systems using GPS you can install yourself, and track it with your own PC or laptop,
    Most of those are around $200.
  • bfromholdbfromhold Posts: 38
    Hi Mark ~

    I also live in Washington State. I just visited the Mini dealer in Tacoma area, and they want $595 over MSRP. Plus they told me it's going to be a 15 month wait now!! :( Also, I was told it'll be a 2007 turbo charged motor in the Mini S (I'm not too keen on turbos).

    Who did you talk to in TX and what city? Did you get any freebie add-ons (floor mats, arm rest, cup holder, etc.)? I didn't think about checking with a dealer in TX. Do they import them directly there from the Gulf? How many miles is that? I might be able to handle a drive home if it's not too much over 1,500 miles or so...

    Can someone lead me to a reasonable Mini Dealer with a reasonable waiting time (hopefully 2 months or less)? I'd like to order a new 2006, but I don't want to wait over a year to get it (not to mention pay extra). I've talked with a dealer on the east coast. They offered MSRP and a two month wait, but that's a 3000 mile drive back to home. Any advice out there?

  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    I bought from Moritz Mini in Arlington. No freebies, just a straight MSRP deal for a MCS. I called them up, gave them my specs, put down $500 or a credit card, and my car was being built a few weeks later. The car comes from the same allocations that ship all over the country.

    If you don't want one of the new models, here's an article discussing the timelines for ordering the old model. It appears that since the new model won't be coming stateside until early 2007, there might be a couple more months to get an order in for the old model.

    If I was in the market now, I'd probably wait a few months and see what the scoop is on the new model. The turbo wouldn't bother me (especially if it improves on the abysmal gas mileage of the supercharged engine), but the first-year unreliabilities of a new model from BMW would. I think the best time to get the new model would be a 2008 model in the fall of 2007. If I were to get a new one, that's when I'd be targeting to buy a car.

    - Mark
  • Try Santa Ana Crevier. Their customer service is great and the salespeople are not pushy. Be careful of other mark-ups (i.e. the clear bra, the alarm system, installation prices). Also, feel free to e-mail me and maybe we can look for Minis together and get a great deal. =) I'm in Southern California and I've been researching on Mini too.
  • bfromholdbfromhold Posts: 38

    How long did the Santa Ana Crevier dealer tell you it would take for you to get your Mini? I don't think I could stand to wait until next year to get one. I'm a Mini manic now.. :D

    I was thinking it would be a good idea to get the additional security system. It makes a difference on my auto insurance. I was told by Prestige Mini in NJ that it would cost $445 installed.

    I'm going to check with the Texas Mini dealer to see if they'll throw in any freebies (floor mats, cup holder, arm-rest, and/or an extended warranty).

    Thanks for your reply
  • cct1cct1 Posts: 221
    As for freebies, you should be able to get mats. Forget the cup holder, it's standard, and worthless. The first thing I did was get rid of it as soon as I got home. I doubt you'll get the armrest thrown in for free, but it's worth a try. I'm not so happy with it--if I had to do it over again, I'd get an aftermarket armrest. The OEM armrest is made of plastic, and it feels like it.
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