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2013 and Earlier - Mazda3 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • scryer_360scryer_360 Posts: 9
    Note that I have no trade...
  • scryer_360scryer_360 Posts: 9
    Alright, I got Northtowne Mazda down to $16745. The person I talked to said, "Mazda gives us a commission for the sale of an S-plan vehicle, and I'm willing to give you that" and eat the $189.50 in "administration" fees.

    After all the crap I gave him on the phone, I'm pretty sure I can't get more out of him. That price + finance charge + taxes = my OTD price. What else should I do?
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    Read my message 4681 on the Hyundai Sonata prices paid forum. Also look at my recent messages on the Chevy silverado and dodge ram 1500 prices paid forum. Solicit their best price bids from 8-15+_ dealers now or last week of the month with your color preferences (mazda web site). Quickly narrow down to the 2-3 most eager and give your cell #. See what happens as the 30th approaches. Your target on a 18600 or so 5 door manual is 15500 to 16300 or so. Finalize by phone with sales or fleet mgr (not internet mgr)

    Working with one dealer is like an auction with one bidder. It is like one hand clapping. Leave the S plan or whatever they have for whatever companies in your area out of it. It is usually a marketing gimmick. You can always mention it later. Do 95 % of your work by computer and phone lying on the couch. I've read many messages of folks, some buying a 40000 otd luxury brand and beating their head against the wall with some mgr for hours to produce a coffee mug and a free oil change...must be great entertainment for break room chats.

    Its worth doing regardless if you need a car right now or not because the price they are giving is hardly anything to worry about losing.

    Good luck
    --jjf
  • auyeung001auyeung001 Posts: 9
    Brought the exact same car, with wheel locks/ rear bumper guard/ all weather mat 2 days ago in NY, Long Island area.
    16.8K plus tax/TL/Reg.
    Definitely can get below 17K easily. Likely can get a lot lower if I have time.
    However, I need a car for work since my previous one is totaled and renting is getting very expensive for me.
    Pick a price ( if I have do it again, 16.3K to 16.5K, base on the post in this forum) and email the dealers around your area. Ask them to match or beat this price.
    Have couple dealers bid each other.
    From past experience, there is advantage to wait until the end of the month when there is quota to be met by the dealership.
  • dizbmikunidizbmikuni Posts: 5
    I've been looking at the 2008 iTouring Value, and I was quoted $16130 before taxes and fees and $17,697 OTD. I checked the fees and it seems ill pretty much only be charged for sales tax and other dmv fees (from the dmv website it says that fees should be $1500, which is only 67 bucks more at the dealer).

    The car has no added options. What do you guys think of this price? He said it was only good today, but I know that's not true.
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    Check out my previous message 3452. Worth trying towards end of month if in no hurry. Don't know how low the bids will go until one trys.

    Seems like an average deal, now though, unless it is a manual then it is 1000 too high. A rare color/interior combination could be a factor purchasing quick.

    Good luck
    --jjf
  • dizbmikunidizbmikuni Posts: 5
    Yeah, the car is an automatic transmission, no real preference on color/interior. Probably going to go with dark blue or dark gray.

    Yeah, I just started to try a bidding contest. However, already one dealer said that I got an 'amazing' deal from that place and he couldn't match the price. All the other dealers quoted me like $17,100 before taxes and fees. I'm in no real rush, wondering if there are going to be any memorial day sales however.
  • hedgeshothedgeshot Posts: 2
    I recently purchased a used 2006 Mazda3 i with 31,800 miles from a Honda dealership. It was a 5spd manual and I think the only additional feature was having AC. Carfacts report came back clean. The interior and exterior were in excellent condition (looked like new). I've had it a few weeks now and there are no shakes or rattles. The out the door price I got on it was $12,500 (technically $12,800 as I traded in a 1993 Civic DX in rough shape for $300; think rust + front fender damage + 144k miles).

    The sales associate was pretty agreeable and even called me a few days after my purchase to make sure everything was okay with the vehicle. I feel like I got a really good deal. According to the salesman who sold me the car, the previous owner was a middle-aged female university professor that got tired of driving a manual in traffic. Assuming what he said was true, did I get a good deal?

    The only negative I can say so far is the $100 I had to spend getting a spare key made as the previous owner lost the extra(s).
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    Don;t know if you spent 100 or 1000 on sales taxes in your state. If you go to kbb.com and nada.com and look up a used 2006 like yours with 31000 miles you can get the wholesale (trade in) price. If you got within a thousand or so over that you got a good deal. I presume the rest of the factory warranty transferred or you looked up the info on that if any fee is involved.

    Good luck
    --jjf
  • hedgeshothedgeshot Posts: 2
    Yes, warranty transferred. Tax was ~$700 and $168 to transfer plates. Looking at kbb and nada, the trade in value is $10,000 - 10,750. Perhaps I did not as good of a deal as I thought.
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    Actually thats pretty good, considering how you did it. Buy first. kbb after. Lucky.
    They may have been a bit generous on your trade too.

    Mazda3 is a nice ride
    --jjf
  • forbin404forbin404 Posts: 5
    16130? Incredible Price! Make sure there are no 'hidden' costs but you can't beat going $900 under invoice (if he included Destination). I got that price from a local dealer but then he tried to pull the 'All cars have Lojack installed' you will have to WAIT for a car to arrive without it' BS. And of course Lojack cost over $2000
  • I wish I could get this deal. What area of the country are you in?
  • kennynmdkennynmd Posts: 424
    I was just looking here on the pricing of a 3. I noticed that there was a section that said "future vehicles" and there were a couple of pics there. It said that it would be out in november of 09. Can anyone here give me more insight on this. Is this going to be an 09 model but coming out in 08? Or is it coming out in 09 as an 2010 model? I really close to buying but do not want to buy an older modle if a new model is coming around the corner.
  • mixwellmixwell Posts: 14
    Looking to buy a 2008 Mazda 3S hatch auto (with no other options) in next couple of weeks. I've been talking with dealers in NJ/NY and getting quoted about $19500 OTD (including all tax, license, fees, etc). I feel like it should be closer to $18000 - $18500. any thoughts!?!?
  • bmilibmili Posts: 3
    16130 is a great price. It is under invoice and is with the dealer giving up the holdback, sales commission, etc. I doubt they go much lower especially since the 3 is their best selling vehicle. (i posted on here last week, got a 2008 Value Touring at 16,236 auto).
  • dizbmikunidizbmikuni Posts: 5
    I'm in the los angeles area of california. I've had replies from two dealers saying that they would 'beat' that price, but I'm still waiting to hear back from them. I still have to unload my old car first however.
  • bmilibmili Posts: 3
    I love it so far, unloaded my Jeep Grand Cherokee to get it. Still trying to figure out how many miles I get per tank.
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    Check my message 3452. The lowest bid last 3 days of the month or so is he lowest.You either accept the lowest bid or near lowest bid, wait till last week or so of next month or buy something else. I'm assuming about 1800 in tax (they vary greatly by state) putting you at 17700. The 19500 msrp hatch auto usually sells between the mid 16,s and low 17's depending on time of year,circumstance.(luck) and pickiness on colors/options.

    good luck
    --jjf
  • Am I missing something? The new 2008 Mazda3 (2.3L) Manual Tranny sedan "Old" Touring Edition that I looked at today had a MSRP of $18,198 on the sticker ($17,435 base price + $78 Mats + $50 Wheel Locks + $635 destination). The dealership here in central Maryland offered to sell it for a MRSP of $16,227 (includes the $635 destination) + $100 Dealer processing fee + $237 for tags and title.

    My out the door price, based on MD 6% tax would be $17,558.

    I have done a lot of reading on this forum. This seems like a great price for a Mazda3 S-edition with Manual Transmission. Am I missing anything?
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