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2013 and Earlier - Mazda3 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • In Southern California there are a couple dealers offering their excess 2012 Manual Sedan i Touring for thousands of dollars off. $14,900 with all incentives. Seems like a good deal to whoever wants this trim?

    I am after a manual hatchback and there are only two left in SoCal right now. One dealer wants $19,000 before ttl the other wants $18,500. Any suggestions? It's almost as much as the 2013 lol. I'm dead set on a hatchback
  • fnajifnaji Posts: 6
    Did you pay cash or finance? If financing, what rate did you get?
  • We financed through the dealership and got 1.94%. As soon as the first bill comes I plan to refinance with my credit union at 1.79% and they will even give me $250 to do so.
  • spegheadspeghead Posts: 3
    edited November 2012
    quick question. 2012 mazda 3. The dealer last night said we qualified for 2.9% APR.. we also qualified for 0% but the car would be $1,000 more expensive he said thats just how the manufacture incentives work. Is this wrong? Shouldn't the car be $500 more if I took the 0%? I want to get the facts straight before I bother calling them since I already purchased the car
  • I'm interested in a 2012 Manual Sedan i Touring. Could you give me the contact info for those Southern Cal dealers?
  • trickerytrickery Posts: 1
    edited November 2012
    Getting the Grand Touring model in my area in South Texas was really really difficult. Had to take a greyhound 130 miles and a taxi to go pick up my car once I actually found it. Locally they did not have the color I wanted and were charging $3000 more if you can believe it! Well worth the $37 bus ticket and the $50 taxi ride.

    Selling price is $23,150.00
    Inventory tax 52.69
    Doc fee 162.00
    Licence 69.25
    Title 33.00
    Inspection 23.75
    Taxes 1446.88
    Total Drive-out Price: $24,937.57

    Plus they threw in the interior blue lighting, mats, cargo net and wheel locks for free.

    Legend Mazda in San Antonio was easy, was in and out in about 2-3 hours. Half of that time was fighting with Progressive. Since the VIN was so new, it kept showing up in their system as a 1983 Mazda instead of a 2013. *shrug* Had to use some workaround of changing the VIN number when inputting it at first then correcting it in the system later. Caused a kerfuffle with the manager making sure they were covered liability wise if I plowed into someone right off the lot. They talked to Progressive directly and finally got it solved.

    Great first time car buying experience. Found someone there that was willing to give me the prices upfront via e-mail, shopped around, and once I found they were the best price I e-mailed the dealership exactly what I wanted, like removing their stupid dealer badge before I even got there and having all the other accessories I wanted ready to be installed. They had the car up front waiting for me the moment I walked in. A quick test drive and then off to do the paperwork to seal the deal.

    Didn't experience any up-selling, which surprised me for sure. I'm guessing it was maybe because I wasn't a local. Had a 1.99% loan check from my credit union, we signed it and the rest of the paperwork and I was off to have a mini vacation in down town San Antonio during the festival of lights!

    Really recommend the Segway tours! :)
  • Bought a 2012 Mazda 3/ no additional options.

    15,727.00 for car
    1,545.79 tax and docs

    17,272.79 out the door.
  • fnajifnaji Posts: 6
    Could you clarify? ie: what trim level/color/body style was this vehicle, and in what area did you make the purchase?
  • Looking at a 2012 Mazda3 i touring 6-speed manual. The Edmunds "TMV" price is right around $17200. Dealer is pricing the car at $17365 but insists that his price includes the $1500 dealer incentive and says the price will be 18865 if I take the 0% financing. I already know this is party BS because he still gets $350 if I take the 0%.

    So, the question is, does Edmunds "TMV" price use the $1500 incentive that is in lieu of financing? Or is it reasonable to get to $17200 and still use the 0%?
  • coolgdeltacoolgdelta Posts: 4
    edited December 2012
    I have an offer for 2012 mazda 3 i touring automatic 16000
  • Taking my 2008 in for some service. Not sure I want to buy yet, but as long as I am there, what cut-rate bid should I make for either an i Sport or an i Touring? 2013s. Thanks.
  • Just bought a new 2013 mazda 3 on jan 3rd. It is the top of the line for the mazda 3 sky here in Canada. Has almost every option besides the NAV and the blind spot sensors..I paid $30,500.00 (cdn) tax in for it here. They say you should get 900-1000 km's to a tank. I only got 550 on the first tank..I do have studded tires on it for our winters here and the engine is not broken in yet, but I can't see that making that much of a difference..I only ended up with close to half the Km's per tank as advertised...Anyone???
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    edited February 2013
    ... you should get 900-1000 km's to a tank. I only got 550 on the first tank
    Take heart.

    Canadian winters are rough on fuel economy especially if you are prone to warming up the car extensively. My own experience has been winter driving decreases fuel economy figures by 10% or more.
    You may want to give it a couple more months and see how the numbers compare in the spring/summer.

    Personally I have found Consumer Reports provides the most accurate predictions of fuel economy. CR gives an excellent rating to the SkyActiv versions of the Mazda 3. The SkyActiv mpg numbers are 22 city, 43 highway, 32 overall. BTW you may want to deflate your expectations as the cruising range is 465 miles or roughly 750 km according to CR.

    Another tip: do not wait until the gas tank is empty to fill up the car in winter; condensation in the tank can affect the performance of the car.
  • Please, tex78, is 17300 OTD (including tax dealer fee and reg?) or is it just the sale price?
  • It seems most people are opting for either a gt hatch or itouring sedan. I've only found one price mentioned for itouring hatch here.

    I hope that some of you might have insight into its pricing. Essentially, is it possible to break through 19k OTD (including tax tag and fees) on an itouring auto hatch? Based on initial estimates, I'd like to think that breaking through 20k though I'm not sure....

    Are these realistic options to hold out for or just pull the trigger on what's available?

    All prices out-the-door.

    Thanks for your help!
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 791
    Are you talking about a 2012 i Touring 5-door or only a 2013 model?
  • Howdy,

    I am mid-negotiation and it looks like i've hit a wall with my dealers. lowest seem to get is 18869 sale for 20571 OTD on a 2012. 2013 is roughly 1000 over.
    As I write this I've had a call from one that brings the price of a 2013 down to within $300 of the 2012 to 20884. So I think I'll go with that. Is this reasonable?

    I was wondering if there's an imaginary 20k OTD wall on 2012s. (itouring hatch auto)

    sorry to leave this detail out!
  • I suggest that you should do a little more research about the price and quality of this car. I just bought 2013 Mazda 3 i touring on Monday, Feb. 18. I made a mistake that I didn't take time to research before I went to buy it. However, I don't concern much about the price since I got it at the fair price but not the best. I'm actually more worry about the quality of the car. Keep this in mind, once you signed the contract the car is yours and can't exchange unless it the safety issue and they can't fix it. For example, I have two issues with my Mazda 3. 1) The hood is not properly installed. It visually notices that it’s off to the driver side that leave passenger side gap is wider. 2) The alignment is way off. I took it back to the dealer on the next two days later. The 40 years experience sale man said, "It's normal for the mass product car." He tried to show 3 other new cars but none of them have the same hood problem as my car. Then, I had to make an appointment to bring my car in for alignment and hood adjustment on Monday, Feb. 25. And the best courtesy is to drop me off at home. Finally, they could only fix the alignment but not the hood. I think even though it's the mass product car, Mazda should produce it right at the first time before selling it to the consumer. Honestly, I bought two other new cars in the last 6 years and did not encounter such problem. My advice to all new car buyers:
    1) Inspect every inch of the car you want to test drive
    2) Test drive the car focus on the alignment as well as its comfort and performance
    3) Negotiate the price, don’t let them fool you (Do your research for the national OTD average sale price) minus any incentives
    4) Inspect and test drive the car again before signing the contract
    5) Be patient and walk out if you don’t get the deal you want
    6) The dealers are only LOYAL to your MONEY not their product as Mazda of Stockton sold to me the car without having the proper quality control.

    Wishing you the best of luck on your journey of buying a new car!
  • I just bought 2013 Mazda 3 i touring Skyactive on Monday, Feb. 18. I learned this the expensive way that I didn't take time to research before I went to buy it. However, I don't concern much about the price even though I paid $22,006.20 OTD (with moonroof, 10 speakers Bose system, and blind spot sensor options) . I'm actually more worry about the quality of the car.

    Keep this in mind, once you signed the contract the car is yours and can't exchange unless it the safety issue and they can't fix it. For example, I have two issues with my Mazda 3. 1) The hood is not properly installed. It visually notices that it’s off to the driver side that leave passenger side gap is wider. 2) The alignment is way off. I took it back to the dealer on the next two days later. The 40 years experience sale man said, "It's normal for the mass product car." He tried to show 3 other new cars but none of them have the same hood problem as my car. Then, I had to make an appointment to bring my car in for alignment and hood adjustment on Monday, Feb. 25. And their best courtesy is to drop me off at home.

    Finally, they could only fix the alignment but not the hood. I think even though it's the mass product car, Mazda should produce it right at the first time before selling it to the consumer. Honestly, I bought two other new cars in the last 6 years and did not encounter such problem. My advice to all new car buyers:
    1) Do some price researches and plan what you are willing to pay for the car you like.
    1) Inspect every inch of the car you want to test drive
    2) Test drive the car focus on the alignment as well as its comfort and performance
    3) Negotiate the price, don’t let them fool you (Do your research for the national OTD average sale price) minus any incentives
    4) Bring a pen with you and during price negotiation, write down any prices they're offering to you. Keep in mind they could change the number as they went back to adjust the price for you. Watch out for the incentive they took out for you at the first time because they could take it out without you notice i. EX. $22,369.00 to $21,969.00
    5) Inspect and test drive the car again before signing the contract (avoid to close the deal at night since it's hard inspect the car for the last time.)
    6) Be patient and walk out if you don’t get the deal you want
    7) The dealers are only LOYAL to your MONEY not their product as Mazda of Stockton sold to me the car without having proper quality control.
    8) Don't trust any dealers....

    PS: Do I plan to buy Mazda again? The answer is that I have to think twice about it. If I do, it won't be from Mazda of Stockton.

    Wishing you the best of luck on your journey of buying a new car!
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    It visually notices that it’s off to the driver side that leave passenger side gap is wider.
    Interesting. Could you post a photo showing the hood problem?

    I bought two other new cars in the last 6 years ... 8) Don't trust any dealers
    Did you have problems with the previous dealers?
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,684
    I find it amusing that you didn't follow the exact advice that you are giving to others...and then posting it twice! I know it was an error on the reposting but the tone of your post is just comical to me...like we're being scolded and all and then saying that the price doesn't matter to you as you can well afford it. The fault here is yours sir and not Mazda's. We checked our Mazda from top to bottom to make sure all was o k and we don't have money to burn. Just take personal responsibility here sir and be done with it. You are blaming Mazda for your lack of due care and sounding all high and mighty to boot!

    In the future, follow your own advice and remember one thing my grandmother always told me,"You can get more with honey than vinegar"! If you treated the sales folk as your written tone seems to be, you got what you deserved sir! It ain't their fault!!!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 791
    I ran across this deal yesterday afternoon and even confirmed that they still have this car available as of 8pm last night....

    It's a 2012 Mazda3 i Touring SKYACTIV 4-door w/ 6-speed Manual Transmission

    MSRP is $19,495, but Internet Sale Price is $14,772


    Liquid Silver w/ Black Cloth
    2.0L 155hp SKYACTIVE 4-cylinder
    6-speed Manual Transmission
    Rated at 27mpg City and 39mpg Highway

    Power Windows, Door Locks and Side Mirrors
    Remote Keyless Entry
    Cruise Control
    Tilt/Telescope Steering Column
    6-speaker AM/FM/CD/SIRIUS-ready Audio System
    Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone & Audio
    Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel and Gear Shift Knob
    Steering wheel mounted audio & hands-free phone controls
    16” Alloy Wheels

    At $14,772 it is priced almost $1k less than the Private Party Value for a identical USED 2012! I wish I was in a position to snag it for myself and I would have put a deposit on it last night! But I'm in the middle of a freakin' Mortgage Re-fi and my hands are tied behind my back until it closes...story of my life!

    Anyway, this car is at Cory Fairbanks Mazda in Longwood, Florida 32750. Their number is 1-866-698-0572.

    http://www.bigmazda.com/new/Mazda/2012-Mazda-Mazda3-ea99dc650a0d0669016d864e645c- 9705.htm#">2012 MZ3 DEAL
  • If it makes you feel any better, the "internet price" doesn't mean jack. They've probably applied every rebate they can think of even if most buyers don't qualify (current mazda owner + veteran = $1000) and then you can guarantee there's another $800-$1000 in "fees" that aren't included in this price.

    Having said that, the 2012 Mazda3 is, I think, the best deal on the market right now. Of course, i'm biased because I bought one two weeks ago! Got a similar deal at $17,200 out the door and if you subtract taxes and fees the actual sale price of the car was about $16K - $500 current mazda owner rebate.
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 791
    I know the internet prices are often b.s. and I ran into a lot of that when we bought our 2012 CX-9 a few months ago. They were showing prices with the $500 Owner Loyalty and $500 Military rebates applied. I qualified for the Loyalty since I have a 2006 Mazda3, but not the Military. I ended up rbuying from a dealer who didn't do that on their website. They just listed general discounts ("Minimum of $7000 discount off MSRP on all 2012 CX-9s). I ended up getting a total of $7978 off MSRP, paid a $499 (fill-in-the-blank) fee, sales tax and $66 tag/title fees. I also got KBB for my trade-in and it wasn't really worth it and I paid cash and didn't buy anything from the F&I manager (who already hated me for refusing to finance). If I was meant to finance it, my grandma wouldn't have died and left me the money to buy it!

    All of that is to say that I know their tricks. The dealer with the super cheap 2012 i Touring has a $399 non-negotible fee and no rebates are included in that advertised price. So a current Mazda owner or Military should be able to buy it for $14,671 ($14,772 minus $500 plus $399 fee) plus TT&T. Florida dealers actually don't collect Sales Tax for Georgia residents if you will be transporting the car out of the state immediately. So I could write a check for $14,671, unless they lied in the email they reply they sent me. Of course, I can't write a check for that amount because I spent all my freakin' money on a CX-9...which I actually LOVE! And they made my 2007 Explorer go away, I had to fight back the tears of joy as they pulled it around to the back lot and I new I'd never have to see it, drive it or PAY TO REPAIR IT again!!! I can't help but wonder what they did with it- did they box it up and ship it back to HELL or just send it to auction?
  • Excellent deal. Actually I found that internet prices were pretty good. Just bought at 2013(built in January) Mazda 3 Sedan Touring Automatic for 16.3k(18k out the door with high CA taxes), including $500 discount plus $500 loyalty. No extra fees.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,684
    How much was your final otd price on the truck? I did the same thing back in '06 with my Civic. They wanted me to finance but my grandma had done the same thing as yours and I put the max on my credit card and wrote a check for the balance and didn't buy a thing in F&I...they were not pleased but hey, it's my $ and I spend it as I see fit. A nice feeling not to have to finance a vehicle and just buy it free & clear.

    The wife's Mazda3s is closing in on the 117k mark and the service engine light has not re-appeared since Wednesday, maybe it just was the gas cap after all. I do not want to spend another dime on it and pray the a/c doesn't go out again...works on fan speed 3 & 4 only now, but hey, it still works! Glad we did the motor mounts as she purrs like it did the 1st time we drove it off the lot. Very impressed with how well this Mazda has held up over the years. All it needs is to remove the oxidation from the headlights and a good detail and it'll shine like new. Will re-schedule the detail since the light has not come back on and limp it through till the 2014 models arrive.

    She insists that she wants to downsize so we'll seriously look at the Mazda2 along with the Accent and Rio. Tried the Fiesta but it wasn't what she wants. Just wish the Mazda2 came in a sedan then I think she'd definitely buy it as we like Mazda and the dealer is so close...just across the street. I prefer the Rio over the Accent due to the styling inside and out but the Hyundai store is next door to the Mazda place. We shall see what happens come the end of this year...i like to buy the last week of any year as folks are spending their cash elsewhere and good deals can be had especially on the 31st.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • In Illinois, 23,800 minus a thousand loyalty? Good deal?
  • tgif1386tgif1386 Posts: 1
    edited March 2013
    Just become a proud owner of a 2013 iTouring HB, AT, with wheel locks and bumper guards. $18,140 plus TT&L with 0% financing. I am in S. Cal. :)
  • chris343chris343 Posts: 8
    Got a Mazda 3 iTouring sedan for 19000 OTD in Dallas, Town North.
  • bogohobogoho Posts: 24
    Did you use loyalty or military rebates to get to this price?
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