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Nissan Sentra Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Seems like just about all of them are charging doc fees. I always do all my negotiating using the BOTTOM LINE, after all fees etc but before taxes. If they want to be competitive with a high doc fee, that just means that they need to slice the price somewhere else, otherwise they are out of the running for my business, that's all. I've even gone out of state to buy several vehicles this way (with lower doc fees), and I have saved thousands of dollars. It works!
  • darboodarboo Posts: 2
    I had the same question as p_wallace. Is the 0% offer legit?

    Also if anyone recently bought a 1.8S SE what did you end up paying? And any other general advice...

    I am a new college grad getting my first car.

    --Thanks
  • I am thinking of buying a Nissan Sentra today (09/02/06) and am kind of dissapointed to hear that there was a better rebate available earlier in the year, but anyway, the current rebate is 2250, and after doing a lot of research, which included being able to look at the dealer's stock (they have it online) and checking out the "loss-leader" cars versus other cars in stock, I am going to try go for a 1.8S Sentra with privacy glass for 12,000 out the door. I don't know if I can get that but their "loss-leader" advertised price is 12,455 without the privacy glass, and our sales tax is only 4% so that will help a little. Anyone think I am being unrealistic? Oh and it is a manual shift, not automatic, so I am saving about 1000 right there. Anyone have any advice? I may be able to hold off on actual possesion and signing until Monday, so any advice is welcome.
  • Hey guys,
    Just bought the car, ended up being 13,424.11 out the door. I had such high plans for going lower than the loss-leader price, but ended up just going with the loss-leader price because of the stpid destination charge. I couldn't really find a way around the 605 dollars that the dealer has to pay I guess, and the holdback incentive was only 280 dollars or so on the vehicle. What do you guys think? I got a 1.8S with the normal floor mats and the microfilter and the splash guards. I know I am going to be kicking myself if tomorrow they have a loss-leader that is even lower, you think that will happen? :P
  • I am planning to buy a Sentra. Hawaii007 can you tell me what your base price was and your sales tax percentage? I will have to pay 7% sales tax in NJ. How much will be the best out the door price.
    This is the first time I will buy a new car. Any advice for the bargaining.
  • Durgun,
    I think the price that was taxed was 14,705 or something like that. The way they got that price was 12,455 plus 2250 (rebate amount). The 14,705 included the destination charge (605) and the other "options" like the floor mats, the microfilter and the splash guards.
  • Just got my o6 Sentra today. 1.8S special edition auto with MSRP 17,415. I paid 13,500 + tax and license in so cal. I think it's good value comparing to Collora or Civic. The other one I was considering is Focus with almost same feature about $12k but the driving is a little loose and louder road noise. The special edition is nice option for the price.
  • Got my new car 1.8S Special Edition for $14,400 OTD. All inclusive taxes,VLT,registration,title,doc fees,dest fees think it was a good deal. Got Security Alarm and All floor mats included in it tooo! This is in Arizona!
  • We found a "previously owned" 6000 mile, SE-pack in red at our local dealer. Previous owner had traded up for an Altima. Knowing we were in the market for another car, the salesman called and we made the deal.

    We have purchased from the same salesman 03 SpecV $13500 (new) and 97 Max SE (used, district manager's car) $18500 (prices have really gone up since 1998). Northbay Nissan in CA.
  • hondakidhondakid Posts: 17
    Hello

    Can anyone tell me what the Canadian (Ontario) dealer cost is on the 2007 Sentra 2.0S complete with: Luxury/Xtronic CVT Transmission package.

    Thank You In Advance

    HONDAKid
  • I just wanted to say thanks to all those who have posted about pricing that they have received on this car as it helped me alot when I was determining what I was willing to pay myself.
    I researched the 07 Sentra for a couple of weeks before buying. I went into to several dealers and drove a couple of cars and decided on the packages I wanted.
    Then I called 5 different dealerships in my area and gave them a price I told them that a dealership had quoted me, and told them that if they beat it I would go to them. I listed all of the options included and told them that the extras like Mats and splash gaurds were included in that price also. They all started quoting me and a couple told me I was crazy or being lied to, but a few gave me a fairly competetive price. One dealership wouldn't quote me over the phone, but told me that if I went in to see them they would beat any price by at least $500.
    I went into the dealership that gave me the best price and got a printed quote from them and then told them I had to think about it and would most likely be back later that day.
    I then went to the dealership that said they would beat any price by $500 and had the most horrbile experience with a sales manager I have ever had! Their customer service was Awful! I was ready to go somewhere else and pay more just to not have to deal with them. I got on the phone right there in their office and called the first dealership I went to first that day. I told them that I was at this other dealership and they were going to beat the price by $500. I told him that I was very unimpressed by their serivce though and if he would match that price I would come right back over. he said OK and told me to come back, which I did.
    My car was sitting there waiting for me when I got there and it only took about 1 hour to get everything done and be out the door. :)
    They tried to overcharge me on a couple of things like GAP insurance (they quoted me $600 and I said NO, so they dropped it to $350), and also tried to charge me over $400 for registration charges :mad: but when I complained they "Checked on it" and it came down to $180. :shades:
    My price before taxes and the doc fee was $15,500 (this price included my $500 rebate for doing my financing through them)
    I am VERY happy with the deal I got and I LOVE my new car!! :blush:
    It seriously is so much fun to drive and I have not had any buyers remorse!
    Make sure you do your research and don't get screwed over!
  • webaggiewebaggie Posts: 5
    Hi scksucker. So, your price before the rebate was $16,000. MSRP is $18,870 and invoice price is $17,449 on a car with those options. You got it for $1,449 below invoice? (That's assuming you're not including GAP insurance or doc fees.) Is this right? Will they really come down that much off invoice? I'm assuming there were no mfg. rebates. There was a post in Feb in the Nissan Sentra 2007 forumn by indiajOnes that paid $16,500 + ttl for the same car but with the audio pkg (invoice 17,971), making that deal $1,471 under dealer invoice. That really seems like a lot off for a relatively inexpensive car. Anyone else get the same deal? Thanks.
  • Can anyone comment on the current market for Sentras? Impression I am getting is that you can buy this car for around invoice, plus get $500 cash back (and another $500 if you are a recent college grad). Can anyone confirm?
  • This past monday, i purchased a 2006 nissan sentra. I am 23 a student and I work. this is my first vehicle and i have some credit issues which are about 4k. I have been on my current job for about 4 months now. I got this car with gap insurance and a 2000mile/60 day warranty with a down payment of 1200 dollars. I have this car financed at 72 mos for a payment of 349 a month at about 25% apr. My bf says i got ripped off? is there anything i can do at this point?
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    Not sure what your credit issues are but 25% wow! Based on the information you supplied, the total of your payments are $25,128. That is quite a bit for a 2006 Sentra.

    Waht was the selling price of car? Was there a trade? If so how much did they give you? What is the 2000 mile/60 day warranty?

    Your payments and the length of the loan for the car you purchased seem very very high. NOt much you can do now but you may want to consider refinancing the loan. Do some searching online for "Auto loan refinancing". This should lead you to websites that can get you some information.
  • I think I payed something around 14,750 for a new 07 2.0, and the dealer threw in a power moonroof at a suprisingly good price. The dealership in my area deals with a very professional company that adds really nice looking auto sunroofs and other options. It looks real nice too, they had it displayed in the show room. I'm Taking it in monday so they can put it on a flatbed and get it done.
  • janda1janda1 Posts: 26
    Stay away from the Gap.Great advice. My insurance company charges $39.00 a year for GAp.
    FINANCE GUY checked with his "District Manager" and stated we do not need to take the Gap and they will apply the rebate anyway. Very nice. The finance rate is .7 percent for 36 months. The price I got was for the sentra SL with mats 18,200 minus $1000.00 in rebates. After tax ($300), and Doc fees (bogus) of $394.50, registration and tag fees $49.00 and $39.00. Out the door for $17989.50. Might still knock down that doc fee.

    PS car arrived but my wife found a paint defect on the right rear pillar. Sales Manager says that he would not let us by the car with that problem. He is now looking for a new one for us. Should be in in three days. Do you think I should haggle the Doc fee or am I getting overly greedy?
  • tinksd19tinksd19 Posts: 1
    Before I bought my car I lined up financing with my credit union and did research online. I came out the door paying $80 dollars over my goal, but now, I can't help but feel I did it wrong. I was trying so hard to do it right and by myself and not have to tote along some guy for back-up. Anyway, these are the numbers from my Buyers Order.

    The car I got was a 2007 Sentra 2.0 CVT, gray with charcoal int, power windows and door locks, and floor mats. I traded in a 1995 VW Cabrio in Fair to crap condition. The passenger mirror was busted up, the top had a seam that came apart, the car leaked, the upholstery in the drivers seat was disentigrating (foam was coming out), oil leaked, it had been in two wrecks (not my fault), and the car darn near felt like it was going to vibrate itself to death when it ran.

    Total Price of Unit: 15290.93 (this included the 625 destination)
    Trade: 1850
    Fees: 489
    Sales Tax at 6%: 835.80
    Title Fee: 19
    Georgia Warranty Act: 3
    Rebate: 500
    Balance Due: 14287.73

    I have stole the print out of the vehicle detail sheet. The MSRP is listed as 16340 and Invoice is listed as 15672. Live near Atlanta,GA.

    They tried to get me to finance through Nissan, but the manager somehow messed it up and told me I could have something I couldn't and they tried to up it $500. He looked pretty pissed when the finance guy told him that I couldn't have it. He ended up just letting me bring the check from the credit union. So I atleast know they are loosing money because they don't get the back end money from the finance company.

    So, did I screw this up, get a good deal, or just come out ok? What should I do differently if I ever go through car buying again. I have a ton of things in mind, but would like other suggestions.
  • black00black00 Posts: 48
    Has anyone looked into leasing a Sentra SE-R?

    Can someone please post the lease terms for 24/36 months with 12/15K mi/year (residuals and money factor).
  • Well, after reading some of the other posting, it's confirmed - I got raped at west Palm Nissan...during their "bottom line sales event" I purchased a sentra with a sticker price of $17,ooo and after six hours (with no offers of food or even water) I ended up being talked into everything in creation, from gap insurance at $600 lojack at $800, paint sealant at $450, an extended warrenty at $1400 and glass tinting at $300....at 7.9% interest, the grand total came to a whopping $27,000! To make matter worse, the "service engine soon" light came on on my first trip to work! Believe me, if i could get out of this, I would, but I sincerly doubt they have a three day return policy....if you are think about purchasing a car, bring a negotiator with you, as well as food and drink!
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    The check engine light might have been caused by a loose gas cap. Even if it is something else, the factory warranty will cover it.
    You can cancel the extended service contract if it has only been a few days. You are probably stuck with everything else and will have to be more careful next time.
  • jason168jason168 Posts: 2
    Location: Empire Nissan, Ontario/Fontana, CA
    Trim: 2.0
    Options: CVT, ABS, Floor Mats, Splash Guards, dealer installed spoiler
    Price: $14,618 +ttl

    Price above already includes $500 rebate for financing through NMCA, another $500 rebate, 0.7% 36 mo. apr financing, a $300 dealer discount (roughly equal to dealer holdback), and the $615 destination charge.

    If you're a recent college grad you could get another $500, but too bad I gradated a while ago.

    I negotiated everything through the internet using Nissan's request a quote feature from their website (contacted 2 dealers). There was no negotiating when I got to the dealer. Price was preset, I waited about 1.5 hours for a car wash and that was it.

    Total OTD price was just under $16,100. Keep in mind, tax varies and I had a 7.75% sale tax rate. CA title and license was $166, there was $55 doc fee, and $8.75 CA tire fee.

    I hope this info helps others get good deals. Keep in mind also, I got lucky that there were all these incentives and it was the end of the month when I purchased. Good luck.
  • greanpea68greanpea68 Posts: 1,996
    You can cancel the extended service contract if it has only been a few days. You are probably stuck with everything else and will have to be more careful next time.

    Canceling the warranty won't do anything for your payment it will just reduce the time you have to pay on it about 2-3 payments.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    How could a $1400 warranty plus the interest on it only reduce the time by only 2 or 3 payments?
    It should reduce it by several payments. Not just a couple.
    Sounds like something a salesperson would say.
  • Location: Mid City Nissan, Chicago, IL
    Trime: 2.0
    Options: CVT, ABS, Floor Mats, Splash Guards, Side Molding
    Car Price: approx. $14,700

    I got two $500 rebates as a customer incentive. 1.9% financing for 36 months. ( 0.7% expired 07/31/2007 )

    Total OTD: $15,900

    I submitted an offer ($16,100) through edmunds to several dealers; this one called me the next day and promised to beat my offer. After some negotiating, we settled on the price above.

    Tax here is 7.75%

    My goal was actually to beat jason168, and I can't believe I did it :D. I'm still surprised at how flexible these prices can be. Another dealer was stuck on $16,800 OTD and would not negotiate any further.

    Good luck, I hope this info helps anyone looking for a good deal.
  • Purchased my 2007 Sentra just a few days ago:
    2.0 CVT ABS + floor mats/splash guards
    Super black w/charcoal interior.

    I walked out the door with $14,200 balance due.
    (including doc fees, $400, yes I think they were bogus too.) So the car price they gave me was $15,300 - $1500 in rebates (new grad rebate included) + doc fees for $400 = $14,200

    Plus they gave me choice of color and went and found the car and brought it to the lot for no extra charge.

    I also went with the 36 month .7% interest rate. The kicker for that was the finance guy made a mistake and currently I pay only .07% (equals $15.32 over life of the loan!) I think Nissan will catch that eventually and I'll be back to .7%.

    Still, I think if you want a 2007 Sentra, now is probably a good time to get one and try and go at least $500 below invoice. Worked for me. Good luck.
  • ike3ike3 Posts: 81
    Anyone getting $500. or more below factory invoice for an 07 Sentra CVT w convenience package in my neck of the woods? If not here, anyone buy from Northern PA, NJ or New England?
    Might be a cash deal, no trade.
    Any help much appreciated!
  • bridge2bridge2 Posts: 1
    I purchased a 2007 Sentra 2.0 S with Conv. Package, ABS, splash guards, side moldings, floor mats and tinted windows (could be standard) for $15,500.00 from Round Rock Nissan in Round Rock Texas on Saturday. The sticker for this car was $18,390.00 and the invoice is $17,100.00. I shopped for weeks looking at Toyota, Honda and Nissan not really caring what car I got as long as the price was right. I did a request from edomonds.com and got four replies from area dealers and one had the S for $15,200 and I used that to go to the dealer by my house who was $267 higher to begin with. He said he would meet the price from the competitor. While test driving the car I noticed a scratch in the dash. He said he’d take another $100 off for that. Beginning the real negotiations he asked if the quote was for the convenience package and I said I don’t believe so. He said the cost was $900 for that. I said I’ll sign right now if you take $15,500 for the car. He went into his manager and came out with the final numbers. The numbers were $16,500.00 for the car plus a $500 rebate, along with another $500 for financing through Nissan Motor Credit. To me that was exactly where I wanted the price. Tax was nine hundred and something and title, etc was a couple hundred more. I put down $2,500.00 and my final amount to finance at 4.9% was $14,183.52. He pointed to a figure that said “EST. payment $275”. All was good so I agreed. It was getting late and I suggested we complete the deal tomorrow.
    Here’s where the fun begins. I arrived back the next day and upon finishing up with the sales person, I was met up with the Finance Director. He sat and talked with me for a bit which led right into the warranty speech. By that time the monthly payment had become $279. I sigh’d over the four bucks but proceeded on. He got done with the warranty speech and tried to sell me the complete package for $341 /mo. I said no way and he said well how much are you comfortable with? I said like $290. He said ok the the maintenance contract and window tire something for $297. I said no, he said ok I’ll take off another $5. I did some math and saw that was a $13 difference / mo which was like $800 on the life of the contract. I said ok. As he was printing out the papers and I was signing I noticed the financed amount on my paper was now $15,500.00. I asked why that was and he started double talking away how the 890 this and 390 that was what we agreed to. I said I don’t want any of it now. He said you agreed to it. I said I DON’T WANT IT TAKE IT OFF. He said wait, we agreed to $290/ mo. I said I agreed to pay $15,500 for the car and finance $14,100. I said for this deal you must have been incorrect about the original monthly payment. He said no that was right on and did some calculator thing and said see. I said, Give me my check back and I’ll get the car somewhere else. He calmed down, tore up the signed papers and tried to put the $279 back into the system. I balked back at him and I said well maybe the monthly payment is lower. No he insisted and sat there frustrated for another five minutes. I watched what he was doing until he finally put in $267/mo and everything passed through. He said expect a call from Nissan Motor Credit because that figure was wrong. I just laughed. He then quickly printed out the papers and had me sign what was left. I was out of there with the price I wanted to pay. Lesson learned. Know your monthly payment before you let them tell you an inflated one so the additional stuff they’re selling you doesn’t sound so expensive.
  • ike3ike3 Posts: 81
    Texas is a long way away from western NY state, but appreciated this knock out, drag out fight you had with the dealership. The dealers won't like it, but I believe in keeping this potential transaction uncomplicated. A cash deal
    for $15,500 plus tax, tags, title, inspection fee. No extended warranty, no Nissan financing, nothing! Of course, that is one heck of a deal you got...convenience package, ABS,
    body side moldings, splash guards, floor mats. Tinted glass comes standard these days. Advertising fees and the financial reserve I'm sure are the variables that can make one dealer have the advantage over another. By the way, again Nissan USA is again depriving the US market the lack of heated outside mirrors for the 2008 models. Nissan Canada is making that feature available again for 2008.
    Thanks for sharing your story!
  • mdpxmdpx Posts: 2
    I bought a 2007 Sentra 2.0SL, Polished Granite exterior with Saddle Leather at ABC Nissan in Phoenix. The add-ons were moonroof pkg., body side moulding, mud guards, tint, floormats, lojack, clearcoat reseal every 6 mos. Price I negotiated down to was $18,038. The $1000 rebate (includes $500 cash back and $500 back if financed with NMAC). Bottom line: $17,038. Now add all the taxes and fees and less my trade of $4,500 for my trade, I financed about $15,300 with a payment is $431.00 for 36 months at 0.7%. The total cost of interest is around $184.00. So in three years, I will own the car entirely and have not paid much in interest. I'm pretty pleased with my deal. I did a lot of homework before going and didn't allow them to upcharge me or play with the numbers. And, I love my car. I absolutely love it. People are amazed that it's a Sentra. They can't believe it. They say it looks like a mini Maxima.
    So far, so good.
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