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Chrysler 300 / 300C Prices Paid and Buying Experience

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,030
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  • dkrhardydkrhardy Posts: 134
    where is it?
  • svevarsvevar Posts: 160
    Message #2 was probably removed by one of the hosts since it was posted by someone trying to sell cars at discounted rates. I'm sure that's a violation of the "Rules of the Road."

    Now, back to Prices Paid & Buying Experience! I'd be interested to hear if anyone's been hit with an additional dealer mark-up on their new 300. I think the 300 Series is a home run for Chrysler, now let's just hope the dealers don't waste the opportunity!

     -- Mark
  • dennisdennis Posts: 50
    These dealer added markups are pissing me off. Actually, I don't know what's worse....the dealer markups or the moron's that pay it. I can't find any dealers in Nor. Cal. that will budge from their $5k added markups. I asked a salesman if they would be willing to sell for MSRP (still a ripoff!) and his reply was , "just sold one for $5k over, so the answer is Nope!!" Needless to say the guy was a complete pompous putz and I will never do business there. Oh well the search continues. Anyone in Northern California please post your purchasing experience.
  • dennisdennis Posts: 50
     Thanks for the info. I will check out Burlingame.
  • tom2tom2 Posts: 12
    (THIS IS EDITED DUE TO RULES)

    I just bought a 300C Magnesium at MSRP from a Lithia Chrysler in Burlingame, CA.

    I've been looking all over the Bay Area and most places were charging $2000-$8000 over MSRP. Lithia was at $2K over MSRP but they wanted a sale and I bet you could get the next one at or near the same price. Bought the car this afternoon and it's sitting in my driveway.

    The salesperson was ------- and SHE was by far the most knowledgeable salesperson I've yet encountered at a Chrysler dealership--and I've been to about five or six in the area.

    For once I found a salesperson who knew more about the car than I and was willing (along with HER manager) to make a sale. I told them I would sing their praises and I am and will continue to anyone who asks (this behavior needs to be rewarded). They are not a five star dealer (according to website) but they offered much more by way of knowledge and willingness to sell me a car at a fair price for all parties.

    CALL them today or tomorrow and get --- to set you up with the next cars that roll in--they have one blue Touring on the lot at this time.

    Good luck, and keep shopping.
  • carcom2carcom2 Posts: 212
    Why don't you ask for some quotes through the internet even if you have to go outside CA? You will be able to get 300, 300C for under MSRP. Even if you bought a one way air fare ticket to the East coast where you CAN get a deal and drove it home, doing some sight seeing in your great new car, it's not going to cost you anywhere near the price you pay in CA. Enjoy the trip. I'm sure you can get a deal without having to come to the East coast.
  • dennisdennis Posts: 50
    I called Burlingame but apparently tom you bought the last one they had.... Searched a couple more dealers in the area only to encounter idiotic salesman that wouldn't budge from $7000 dealer added markups. And I quote,"We've sold one a day at this price, we're not budging on the price at all". So, apparently there are plenty of people that don't mind throwing thousands of dollars away. Hard to believe. I am going to search out of state, and have one shipped in as I don't have the time to drive across country...although I would like to do that some day.
  • chiro4chiro4 Posts: 1
    What is the best internet site to get the best deal for buying the 300 Chrysler? I'm from Buffalo, New York.
  • fsmmcsifsmmcsi Posts: 792
    The same markup nonsense happened with the Infiniti G35 (we considered one before my wife settled on a Mercedes C230) and other cars. Some people just have far more credit than brains.

    In my case, the 2002 Mountaineer I will sell will only lose about $1,000 in value if I keep it one more year, and many more miles. I'd love to get the 300C or Magnum (still haven't decided) now, but I'll wait, then send out bid requests to a bunch of dealers. Stamps are cheap, so I'll send bid forms listing the exact car I want to 30 to 100 dealers.

    Even now, you might get an ordered car close to invoice, as the dealers know it will take months for them to come in.
  • dennisdennis Posts: 50
    Actually Charles, I may do that. I've found 3 dealers that have a satin Jade C pretty much fully loaded (what I want) in the L.A area through the chrysler dealer inventory. I am going to call them up today and see if they will give me a no nonsense price over the phone. If so, I will definitely drive 700 miles round trip to save thousands...
  • dennisdennis Posts: 50
    Well, called all of the dealers that said they had satin jade 300C's and exactly 0 of the dealers had any. Apparently the dealer inventory search on the chrysler website is not accurate at all. Or, between all 4 dealers, they sold 7 satin jade 300c's in the last 10 hours(inventories updated at 0600 hours) The good news is all the dealers said they had no added markups. So, looks as if No. Cal is one of the only areas in the country that is tacking on thousands.
    I will probably just buy a one way plane ticket and drive her back as soon as one is available.
  • fsmmcsifsmmcsi Posts: 792
    There are dealers in southern CA with markups of $3,000 to $8,000 on cars in stock.
  • darkknytdarkknyt Posts: 2
    I bought a 300 Touring Edition here in Ann Arbor. It was sold to me at MSRP and they added a discount to finalize the sale. I thought this was very nice as there is a high demand for these cars. So anyone being marked up should go elsewhere.
  • dennisdennis Posts: 50
    fsmmcsi, found a couple of dealers that have what I want but they have the same $5000k markup as up here in No. Cal. Called another dealer up here and they actually increased their markup from $5000 to $11,000 over sticker price.
    That means it will cost over $50,000 to get a fully loaded C.... absolutely sickening.
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    Did your Touring come with Goodyear "Integritys" or something else? If the former it would be interesting to hear your experience with them as your get some miles on the car.
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    My 1999 RX330 came with Integritys. They ride softly and quietly, have good tread life, and are cheap to replace. Downside: I hit a curb at low speed and the tire blew out the sidewall. So I'm not impressed with their toughness.
  • dkrhardydkrhardy Posts: 134
    300C, sunroof, smokers group (don't smoke tho), sound groupII, protection groupII, Magnesium, dk slate, with a 7/70 bumper to bumper, out the door for 34,342. Maybe not great, but it is 36,500 msrp with the warranty, so I feel OK. Pick it up in an hour! Woo Hoo
  • eddiemaceddiemac Posts: 141
    What are people paying for the 300(NON-C models) in the DC area?
  • bjsohiobjsohio Posts: 69
    Magnesium, 300C with med gray int, sunroof, PGII, SGII and Wood trim. Sticker was $35,665, got it for $31,748 (Chrysler Rewards & Loyalty Cash). The dealer said I should have it in 3-4 weeks. BTW the Protection group comes with Continental tires.
  • dkrhardydkrhardy Posts: 134
    including TAXES, etc? Mine was with the 7/70 $0 ded bumper to bumper too. If you got yours for that with taxes, title, etc , then you musta got a DEAL!! Antway, wait till you get it, and you are driving YOURS!!
  • dennisdennis Posts: 50
    Those prices are unbelievable. The left coast is getting bent over. Congratulations
  • yak54yak54 Posts: 72
    What is "Chrysler rewards" money? How do you qualify?
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    I too would like to hear about your experience using this. It's from the Chrysler/Dodge Visa card....correct?
  • vikdvikd Posts: 187
    Not positive, but he may be referring to Chrysler's supplier, or friends and family discount purchase plan. I believe it's called "Affiliate Rewards" or something similar. It allows qualified buyers to purchase at 1.0% under invoice...any applicable incentives can also be applied to the discount price.

    Regards... Vikd
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    There is an incentive listed on Edmunds rebates site that is $1K on the 300 if you have another DC product. The credit card cash deal would probably be independent as you have to get a certificate from the program based on earnings. Don't know if there is ability to use those points on the new car or not. I've got mucho points but have never tried to cash em in for use on a car.
  • bjsohiobjsohio Posts: 69
    Vikd is right. My wife works at a Technical College and they offer an automotive degree...There is a huge list of companies that are part of this program. You have to check with your HR director. BTW, that's NOT including tax.
  • darkknytdarkknyt Posts: 2
    Yes, they have Goodyear Integritys. I will let you know.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    A midwestern newspaper is hoping to interview owners and shoppers of new Chrysler 300 models. Please respond to jfallon@edmunds.com by Friday, April 30, 2004 with your daytime phone number and a line about the vehicle.
  • yak54yak54 Posts: 72
    Bjsohio - did your invoice under this program include dealers advertising charges? Thanks!
  • jodarjodar Posts: 51
    Who, on earth, would be silly enough to pay thousands above sticker for a Chrysler! If someone actually did and would like to post their experience and rationale for doing so, please do.

    I used to own a 300M and was somewhat satisfied with the car but I enjoy my Audi a lot better. The new 300 looks like quite a step up from the 300M but I'm not paying thousands above sticker for it. I paid thousands below sticker for mine, thanks to Edmunds. You should be able to buy it for less than invoice if you shop and bargain. I've never paid sticker for any car I've owned.
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