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Chevy Trailblazer/GMC Envoy/Olds Bravada Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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edited July 11 in Chevrolet
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  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
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  • boat10boat10 Posts: 59
    gave $200 over invoice, no strings attached, great buy for the money!!!!!
  • rpageaurpageau Posts: 94
    Dave...It was smart to wait a few months before buying. I got mine back in March when they first showed up. Paid $685 over invoice on a $32035 MSRP truck. I knew I was paying a small "newness" premium for buying early, but I couldn't wait after the test drive (especially since I had been driving a '95 Blazer)! I bet a lot of dealers were actually charging MSRP back in March.

    Russ
  • boat10boat10 Posts: 59
    Russ
    List price of new TB $32,890.00, I bought for $200.00 over invoice of $30,060.28, making total cost of $30260.28 plus Tennessee sales tax. I think this was a fair price, since dealer didn't have to do anything but get the vehicle. He has his hold back of about $1900.00
  • rpageaurpageau Posts: 94
    Dave....At that price it sounds like you must have got the moonroof (or an LTZ). Most people like the moonroof, but I've never been able to warm to them. They just don't seem that practical here in Florida. With the sun beating down on you, it is all the A/C can do to keep you comfortable in the afternoons. And then when it clouds up, you have thunderstorms. Had one on my loaner for 3 weeks during the recall, and never used it.

    Good Luck..you will definitely love your new TB.

    Russ
  • Finally broke down and did it! Got the LTZ TB for $100 over invoice, but took over 4 hours of negotiating until 11:42 p.m. (the dealer closed at 10:00 p.m.). Also took my '95 Blazer 4WD 4D as trade in for $4,500. Oye, the dealing process is mentally tiring. But I do love the new TB. An upgrade from the old Blazer in every regard.

    Good luck everyone on your purchases.
  • bretrorhig,
    Is it me, or does it just seem that a 95 blazer should have brought more than 4500 on trade. This is my only concern regarding the TB and american vehicles in general. A vehicle that is only really six years old you would think should bring more than what I would approximate as around 25-45% of what it was bought at new. Maybe I am pipedreaming, but I am worried that a TB in five years will only be worth approximately 13,000. What a bummer. Seems like you did well on the price of the new TB though. Enjoy, I will probably be making my decision in the next couple of weeks.
  • Boat10,
    How did you arrive at a dealer holdback of 1900 dollars on the 32,890 sticker price. Am I calculating something wrong. I calculate a dealer holdback of approx. 987 dollars on this vehicle. Please advice me so I can be educated regarding the holdback. I thought the holdback would only be 3% of the msrp. Thanks.
  • rpageaurpageau Posts: 94
    I was going to be a nice guy, and not say anything about the $4500 for the '95 Blazer, but seeing that chipperrrrr brought it up first.....I bought one of the earliest TB's (3/26), and also traded in a '95 Blazer (2WD LT) that was sound mechanically, but definitely needed some appearance work (i.e. paint). I wanted $8500 for it, but eventually settled for $8000, and then paid $600+ over invoice for a $32035 TB. It was still a "new" truck back then, and there was very little in the way of supply. That was the best I could do on the new one at the time. The lots are full of them now. I could have waited a few months and done better, but I wanted it back then.

    In brettrohring's defense, the used market for Blazers has been obliterated by the fact they are practically giving away the 2001's. They are being sold for at most invoice with a $3000 rebate on top of that! You can buy a very nice '2001 Blazer for less than $20,000 today.

    Edmund's showed a $9700 trade value for my '95 Blazer back in March. I love this site, but they must be smoking some really good stuff to come up with prices like that. Every '95 Blazer traded in is going straight to the auction block for the "Buy Here - Pay Here" guys. Try and find one on a new car dealer's lot. I might believe $9700 when applied to an MSRP price, but not on it's own merits.

    Chipperrrrr....unfortunately, I think your number of $13,000 may be more accurate than any of us would like. The supply of used SUV's is growing exponentially, and that can only mean one thing in the real world. The surge in supply of new SUV's over the last 5 years is just now starting to hit the used car lots.

    Having said all that, I have no idea what I am talking about, but it all sounds good when you say it fast.
  • flyguy5flyguy5 Posts: 35
    I'm in New Mexico and paid $27260 for it. They had to go get it a a dealer 150 mlies away. They only ones that were local had leather , were white or pewter, or LTZ's. One thing to watch for is that I don't think they check tire pressure during the PDI. This is the second care that I bought that had 40psi in the tire and this made the ride harsh. Must be related to New Mexico altitude. Other than that is seems like a great vehicle and boy does it bring looks.
  • Rpageau,
    thanks for the information, insight, and candidness. I believe that there is an unfortunate truth to what you stated, especially regarding the trade-in values. Its unfortunate that to drive one of these beasts, Detroit, Japan, and whoever else wants to get involved seems to want to drain our pockets to the max. Although I read an article that stated that vehicles today consume less of ones yearly salary than they did 10 years ago, it still makes you cringe when you plunk down 25-35k of your hard earned cash only to see it depreciate faster than the titanic on its maiden voyage. I have even noticed one of the local dealers attaching a $595 window sticker
    for scotch guarding and paint sealant. The old tradional "crock". Sometimes I feel that the price of these vehicles is the public*s fault and not the manufacturers. We continue to pay the inflated prices and they continue to sell them and smile. Maybe the best way to fight them is to buy their "company stock". Ford seems to be a good buy lately after their latest debacle. Maybe Greenspan was correct when he killed the golden goose due to "irrational exuberance". He was probably watching the sales figures on over-priced SUV*s and cringing in his wing-tips. Have a good week.
  • #8 chipperrrr is right regarding #3 and the 3%
    Hold back on a 32.8K truck is $890.
  • boat10boat10 Posts: 59
    Chipperrrr,
    My mistake, should have been $901.80. I'm sure you have heard of "FAT FINGER COMPLEX", and too boot, I should be reading what I'm typing. Anyway, I love the new TB.

    Russ... here is the option list an the TB-- 1SD pkg, 3.73 rear end, locking diff., underbody guard shields, AM/FM disc and cassite, driver convience pkg. med/dark grey interior, and running boards for a total list of $32,890.00, dealer cost of $30,060.28.

    ALL HAVE A GREAT TRAILBLAZER DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I know what you're saying about the trade in value on the older Blazers....wish it was higher too! In my case, when I traded it in on the 2002 TB deal, the Blazer was at 126,000 miles and I'm sure that didn't help me. Of course, they mentioned that several times as well. I did print out the edmunds trade in value as well as the Kelley Blue Book trade in estimate I got to directly from GM's own Chevrolet web site!!! It too had a high trade in value for the '95 Blazer ($6-8K). I had a friend offer me about $6K to sell him my Blazer, but I ended up trading it in for $4,500 just to get rid of it. I knew the dealer would give me less, but figured it was less hastle than going back and trying to do a deal on it after doing the TB deal.

    Anyway, I think the 126,000 miles dropped me down quite a bit, so $4,500 probably wasn't too far off.
  • tbone106tbone106 Posts: 2
    I paid Invoice.

    2002 TB LT

    MSRP Around 34,500.00

    Purchase $31,600?????
  • dmrockdmrock Posts: 1
    DOING SOME RESEARCH ON THE TRAILBLAZER FOR MY SISTER.IT'S INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT OTHER'S THINK.
    ONE THING TO KEEP IN MIND IS TRADE-IN VALUE IS BASED ON MSRP.
    IF YOU BOUGHT A $32000 VEHICLE FOR $30000 YOU GOT A $2000 DISCOUNT.
    $4500 PLUS $2000 IS $6500.$6500 IS YOUR TRADE IN VALUE.
    $4500 IS "ACTUAL CASH VALUE".OR WHAT A DEALER WOULD PAY YOU CASH FOR YOUR VEHICLE IF YOU SOLD IT AND DIDN'T TRADE IT.ACTUAL CASH VALUE IS GENERALLY AVG TRADE IN VALUE LESS MILEAGE,DAMAGE,WEAR.THINGS SUCH AS COLOR,OPTIONS,AND MARKET TRENDS ALSO HAVE AN IMPACT.IT'S VERY TRUE THAT RIGHT NOW THERE ARE MILLIONS OF USED SUV'S IN THE MARKET.THE LAWS OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND STILL APPLY TO TRADE IN'S.YOU ARE MUCH BETTER OFF IF DECIDE TO TRY AND SELL YOUR VEHICLE YOURSELF AS SOON AS YOU DECIDED TO PURCHASE A NEW VEHICLE.THE DEALER COULD CARE LESS IF YOU HAVE A TRADE OR NOT,UNLESS IT IS A DESIRABLE CAR.(SURPRISINGLY 7-12YR OLD CARS WITH LOW,LOW MILEAGE WITH A RETAIL VALUE UNDER $5000 ARE USUALLY A HOT ITEM BECAUSE THEY MOVE VERY FAST AND ARE UNIQUE.
  • I am considering purchasing a Trailblazer. This will be my first SUV purchase. I am moving from a '95 Chevy Camaro. I need any input, good or bad. I have been testing driving mid-side SUV's and so far this is the smoothest. Need to know any mechanical problems. I am wary about getting back in to another GM. Just a note GM gave me a $1000.00 buyer loyalty certifitate just to purchase GM again. I'm sure that lets you know how the Camaro performed.
  • flyguy5flyguy5 Posts: 35
    If you don't need to Tow or a fairly large vehicle and can afford it get a 4Runner. Somedays I wish I had.
  • ees1996ees1996 Posts: 31
    Got a LS 2wd with package 3(keyless entry, speed control, etc.) for 24,435 Sticker was over 27,000. I feel it was a good deal. Not bad for a first time buyer!!!
  • Hi everyone, my name is Chris and I am an Autobytel? Internet Sales Manager for a very well established and very reputab;le Chevrolet dealer in WNY. I have been selling my TrailBlazers for about 1% over invoice which is pretty fair. Everyone alway's talk's about Hold Back, but that goes only to the dealer and it also help's pay the monthly interest on these vehicles as they sit on the lot - typically 1%. On this type of 1% over deal, most salespeople make a flat or are paid a Mini - usually about $100. A Trailblazer LS with the Group 3 package and Locking Differential list's here for $29,430 and the Invoice is $27,058.35 - figure paying $200-$300 which is fair. i quote these prices upfront yet people still want to spend day's on end fighting with a dealer. It's your choice, but going online is a great deal fro the consumer. If you want to know what a dealer really pay's you, is the price he can buy the exact same vehicle for at auction! Why if YOU were a dealer would you pay morethan what you can buy it for at the auction? Think about it! Good Luck.
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