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Ford Focus Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • mszekemszeke Posts: 9
    I fogot to mention that my insurance is much less on the 2008 Focus vs. the 2008 Cobalt (both base with manual - no options).
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    36,000 miles already. Wow! Update us on the Focus when you hit some miles, it should be interesting. Focus is getting some good buzz this year.
  • They were advertising a similar deal in my area. I'd rather have a sedan and am currently haggling with a few dealers to see what they can offer me. I have a 2000 Toyota Corolla that I plan to trade-in for roughly $8,000. The closer I get to that $10,000 mark, the better. I figure I will trade up this year and then trade in the Focus in a few more years once the warranty is up and cars can get 100 mpg or something ridiculous. Cheers!
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,822
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  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    Narrowing it down to the Focus and the Hyundai Elantra GLS. Seen too many purchases in the 12700 range for the higher rated Elantra auto sedan (17000 msrp) with power package and 60/100k bb/powertrain warranty to ignore it.

    Seems like a higher quality piece than the Ford, approaching that of a Honda Civic like the edmunds review. If the Ford dealers don't drop then....
  • matsukesmatsukes Posts: 21
    I am thinking of buying a 2008 SES coupe loaded with everything you can get in extras. I haven't dickerd with the dealer as of yet but had him print me out his listed price for this car he did tell me that he could give me $1000 off because I own a Ford but no other discounts were mentioned. The price quoted to me before the $1000 off was $19,580. If anyone could let me know about any other discounts I should ask for please let me know! also, what price should I realy pay for this car? I am a first time buyer of a new car and have never had to dicker with a dealer before and I dont want to be eaten by the sharks!
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    You are probably going to be eaten by the sharks. Ford Focus has frequently sold for 4000 to 5000 off msrp. A quick look at the used wholesale (trade in) value of an 07 ses like yours at kbb.com and nada.com will show why. I haven't looked but I doubt if yours wholesales for more than 12500 with 14000 miles on it. Paying anywhere close to msrp on a Focus isn't cool. Somewhere in the low to mid 15xxx's is a ok price. If yours is a rare one or color and the dealer feels he can play it to some fool then you may have to pay up or (preferably) pass.

    --jjf
    I am thinking of buying a 2008 SES coupe loaded with everything you can get in extras. I haven't dickerd with the dealer as of yet but had him print me out his listed price for this car he did tell me that he could give me $1000 off because I own a Ford but no other discounts were mentioned. The price quoted to me before the $1000 off was $19,580. If anyone could let me know about any other discounts I should ask for please let me know! also, what price should I realy pay for this car? I am a first time buyer of a new car and have never had to dicker with a dealer before and I dont want to be eaten by the sharks!
  • matsukesmatsukes Posts: 21
    Well, thanks for your reply! I have no experience buying a new car I wouldn't know where to start with the dealer sales guy to get the price down to around $15,000 I would love to get the car for that price! its a lot better then the $19,000 and change! Do you or any one else here have any suggestions how I can get the dealer down to that price?. Any hints would be much appreciated!
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    Hit 10-20 dealers with email bid requests now, last week of the month from ford website. Give them your specs, colors and approx msrp. Let them know you are getting 20 bids and give their best price. Most will be nothing to write home about. Give the top 5 your cell#. The ones that pester you the most are the ones that need a sale. Work lowest bidders lower in $200 increments. Working with one dealer without competing bids is like one hand clapping or an auction with only one bidder. New Auto negotiations are best done from the couch and phone rather than the showroom. If your heart is set on this possibley rare one perhaps he will compete or come close to the price (off msrp) of competing offers.

    --jjf

    Well, thanks for your reply! I have no experience buying a new car I wouldn't know where to start with the dealer sales guy to get the price down to around $15,000 I would love to get the car for that price! its a lot better then the $19,000 and change! Do you or any one else here have any suggestions how I can get the dealer down to that price?. Any hints would be much appreciated!
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    If you want a particular color and trim combination, I believe you can find which dealers have one in stock from fordvehicles.com website. Then you can contact those dealers with an email asking what the price would be (including any fees the dealer adds, such as "document fees"), if you buy before the end of April.
  • matsukesmatsukes Posts: 21
    Where did you get that car for that price? I want to buy 2 of them at one time but the dealer here wants $19,850 each! How do you do that??????
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    You can buy a 19500 mazda3 or 5 door hatch for about 17000 all day long (much better than focus) The 17000 Hyundai elantra gls is available in the 136xx's all day long and the SE for the mid 15xxx's (also better cars). If you are a walk in and non email or internet buyer (at least 3 competitive bids) you will get a sucker bid every time.

    -jjf

    Where did you get that car for that price? I want to buy 2 of them at one time but the dealer here wants $19,850 each! How do you do that??????
  • I wondering if it would be possible to get a Focus S 5spd for 10k....???

    base price = $15k
    - college grad rebate $500
    - AQHA rebate = $500
    - Ford rebate/bonus cash = $2000

    Could another $2k be knocked off?
  • matsukesmatsukes Posts: 21
    Ford has a $2000. cash incentive plus $1,000 more if you or a family member has a car other then a Ford plus if you go on line on the Ford Website and request a brochure on the Focus you will find a coupon with your name on it for $750.00 that can be used on top of any other incentives Also there is a $500.00 if you are a student
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    Read my message 4681 in the Hyundai sonata forum and go from there. I have seen stripper versions over the years advertised, for something like the S with air conditioning for about 9000 or so , but you would have to find the right dealer (email many, find one who needs to move a car). A

    lso be sure to get competitive bids for the mazda3 and mazda6 models, (base if thats what you're looking for), as they seem to be clearing them out and they are sometimes deeply discounted too. Wouldn't want to buy a Focus when for just a grand (or less)more you could get a (much higher quality) mazda3. (striking in red,galaxy grey and blue)

    Also try the Hyundai Elantra (better car and warranty also) but the same goes for it and the m3 .

    Good luck
    --jjf
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    If by "base price = $15k", you are referring to MSRP, I'd think you could take another $1000 off as invoice is about $1000 below MSRP.
  • vh3203vh3203 Posts: 1
    We bought a 2008 Focus last Friday (5/9). I had sent out numerous requests for quotes, got one that sounded pretty good. It was the $2k cash back from Ford and the dealer knocked off another $1k. The dealer had one exactly the way my wife and I wanted it. SE Coupe w/abs & a/t, red w/charcoal interior, Sticker was $16,990. We drove it and loved it, salesman told us we'd get another $1k off as our other car is a Chevy. Now you're talking my language, $4k off sticker. :-) Total out the door was $14,600 and change plus we love the car! This was about $1k more than I paid for my previous car, a '99 Escort SE. VERY happy w/car and price paid. Dealer experience was good too for a change. No high pressure tactics or other B.S.
  • laurawslauraws Posts: 1
    Does the $750.00 rebate come in the brochure? Are there any specific requirements on the student rebate of $500.00, that you know of? I greatly appreciate you adding all this information. I was told about most of it, but not the specifics on these two rebates!
  • matsukesmatsukes Posts: 21
    The $750.00 is a private offer from Ford. The coupon is located inside the brochure (not the brochure you get at the dealer) you have to go online on the ford Focus web sight and request a brochure sent to you from Ford you will find the coupon with your name on it inside.
  • I got the personalized online brochure and it wasn't in it....I requested one via snail mail - hopefully it'll be in there.
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