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Chevrolet Aveo Prices Paid and Buying Experiences

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  • Purchase:
    And I'm actually happy about it! I bought it 3 days ago and put on a couple of hundred miles already. I just love to drive this thing. I traded in a 96 Camaro z28 w/t-tops for an Orange 2006 Aveo Hatchback loaded (premium sound,mp3,anti-theft, keyless entry, automatic, a/c, etc...) with 500 down. It was 9988 after all that. Of course this required walking out on them 3 times and haggling the hell out of them. I'm paying 196 a month for 5 years at 4.9% financing and I couldn't be happier.

    Driving:
    My main concern was the way it drove, until I took it home. On my test drive I felt it was a little too weak for me, but on the way home I had pretty decent acceleration and it was a nice smooth drive. I've driven in a hurricane before so I'm not so afraid of the winds from other cars. Fun zippy little car.

    Interior:
    ...is wonderful! I'm so happy to have air conditioning!!! I went through Hurricane Rita without it and swore to never go through a hurricane in a car without a/c again. 10 hours waiting in line with t-tops in 105 degree weather (I live in SE Texas..its HOT)is no fun. Whoever was complaining about 70 degree nights should move down here, it can be up to 90 some nights. Anyway, I like the interior very much but wish the lights were another color. That milky sea-foam green on the inside has to go. I'm hoping to put orange neons on the inside that pulse with the music. Mp3 player needs an aux input though, I hate streaming XM radio through FM. I plan on getting a new head unit soon. Seats are very comfortable and have plenty of room but should receive an armrest/console. I don't fit in cars well as I'm over 6 foot tall with 52 inch wide shoulders, but this baby is awesome for big guys. Also, if anyone makes fun of it, let them get in. Everyone I know has changed their mind about this car so far.

    Exterior:
    The color decides how the car will be interpreted. I had a choice between "grandma" icelandic blue and "Atomic" Spicy Orange...so I chose the orange. The design has definite potential waiting to be used. I plan on adding some metallic and black flames and some body side molding asap. Maybe I can find an atomic bomb decal to put on the hood. The orange just screams it to me. Also the spoiler is nice. I just have to find the line between ricer and ricer-bomber...(I think I just heard the ACLU knocking on my door for that statement) Anyway, needs bigger tired though. Looks a bit like a toy car.

    Gas:
    I filled up the tank for the first time tonight and it was a total of 25 dollars!!!! I'm amazed. I had been used to 45 dollar fill ups with my Camaro so it looks like between the random bi-weekly Camaro fixes and gas guzzling, I will be breaking even.

    Overall:
    Great car. Great ride. Fun. A bit too cute, but that can be arranged :shades: I'm gonna make a comic in the next week or so about how people react to it. ">link title

    Travis Lovett of www.planet-wally.com
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    i was reading your comment on being a Subaru fan...am i the only one who wishes they still make the little Subaru Justy AWD?? i had a 1989 for a couple of yrs and this little car was GREAT!!! bought it at 36.000 Km and paid 5.500$ (canadian) i had the deluxe edition cant remember what it was called but i really wish they were still on the market...they looked pretty good, interior had good quality compare to the other little cars they were making back then (metro, festiva, aspire, etc)and it had the AWD option on it...and overall awesome package!..oh well...i know i am only dreaming :) planning on getting an aveo in the fall!!! ;)
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    to me it sounds like you got a great deal! i am in kansas and the aveos seem to be a little more expensive..i did look on auto trader and did a search to 200 miles from where i am and it is cheaper to buy an aveo in other states...looks like we will take a little trip when the purchase time comes! ;)
  • My soon to be husband and I are torn between getting a 2006 Scion and a 2006 Toyota Scion XA. The Aveo gets more bang for its buck while the Scion gets slightly better gas mileage. The Aveo on the other hand gets a slightly better crash rating. If anyone wants to share their thoughts, opinions, and experiences, it would be greatly appreciated!! WE NEED YOUR HELP!! :)
  • I've been rear-ended twice in a week (recently bought it 3 weeks ago) and the bumper is only scratched so far. In slow speed crash it held up like a champ. I know its not very indicative of how it wil handle in a high speed crash, but my bumper isn't even dented and it went against a Ford Explorer and a Chevy S-10.

    Maybe that will help some...
  • Thanks for your reply! However, we have decided to go with the toyota scion. The downfall so far is that we are having to wait 6 weeks for our new car because of the features and color we picked. I am glad to hear that the aveo held up well in your unfortunate mishaps. The scion is rated close to the same so hopefully if anything like that were to happen it would do well like the aveo. Two rear ends in a week and its only three weeks old!! That suck big time. That sounds like my luck. :sick: Again, thanks for your thoughts and words and good luck!
  • aveo_godaveo_god Posts: 1
    Got my new '06 Aveo 5-door in bright blue from a dealer in Haddam, CT. Went in to the dealer on a wednesday morning and spent over 4 hours talking with him about the cobalt and the aveo. I am a college student so a economy car was the way to go. I got to test drive both the base cobalt and an automatic aveo LT..... twice each in the 4 hours.

    The cobalt had much more power, felt OK on the inside, but was very basic and didn't have the styling I liked

    The Aveo was pretty weak (auto) in acceleration, even worse than my 10 year old Mercury Tracer! But the seats were way more comfortable than in the cobalt, and all the creature comforts were there.

    Deceided on a 5-speed LT that was from another dealer, so got it the next day, it has everything in the book except a sunroof, and I guess I could live without that. Funny story: I was 1 inch from signing the purchase for another Aveo that was the "special spring edition" or whatever, and there was one at a dealer far away. It was a great price and everything, EXCEPT I did not know what "summertime blue" or whatever they call it looked like. Both me and the dealer searched forever online, calling up other dealers, etc. but could not figure out what color the car was! It was too far to drive and look at, and one dealer told us it was a "robin's egg blue", so I told him NO, I definatly don't want some ugly colored car... doesn't matter if it was half off, I still wouldn't buy it. 3 weeks later I see one on a dealer lot while driving around and almost threw up. What an ugly color for a car. I think chevrolet had some little kid throw that together, cause noone in their right mind would ever drive it (if he were a guy). :P

    So got the Bright Blue and am happier than ever!
    Paid something like 190.00 a month for 72 months at 0% financing. What a steal for such a great car! All the ladies love it too ;)
  • flaaveoflaaveo Posts: 161
    NEVER buy from Lou Bachrodt Chevy in Ft.Laud. Fla. I felt like I was beaten and attacked for wanted to spend money on a new car! I won't go into the horrible details,or this would be a book sized posting. My Aveo is a 2006 LS Hatchback,Brilliant Blue or Bright Blue, I have yet to be told what it is,I am told it is both!, with a black or very dark grey interior.This was the ONLY one they had on the lot and they said they would not get any more this year,it was April,...and that there would not be a 2007 model. THAT'S how good a dealer they are. I wanted Spicy Orange and saw one at another dealer..but this one had so many extras,for 'free',I went for it. I got out the door for $10,001.

    'Tax,tag, title',2 'free' tanks of gas, complete window tinting, the 1 disk cd player, automatic transmission, A/C, Aveo custom mudflaps ordered and finally installed, pinstripes, nitrogen filled tires, that is suppose to give better mileage and make the tires last longer...its a new thing car dealers offer. And supposedly the 'paint and fabric protection package' for life,already applied on it. You know for $1,300 extra! It is a wax job and a spray of Scotch Guard on the seats! But it was on the window sticker with a lifetime warranty. It stickered at $13,250. Traded in my Ford Ranger Edge pickup, got $3,000 in trade plus payoff...long story short, I wasn't going to pay for that paint/fabric stuff. So I was walking out the door and they said,"what would make you buy this car today!!!" You know that famous line. I said, free gas,window tinting ($250 here in Fla to do that,on that car),the mudflaps, and no way that protection package! I got it. They SAY the warranty just won't be honored, since they can't remove the protection....it's already on the car. So, they just wont honor any warranty work that would have covered. If you don't wax your car every few months, you deserve what happens to the paint in my opinion! And what the heck can happen to the fabric on the seats? If I rip them its my fault,and if they come off, thats under the cars warranty! I can buy a can of ScotchGuard for $7 and spray it myself. I don't belive the car was even waxed before I picked it up. Let alone it has a lifetime 'sealant' on it so I dont have to wax it ever. Talk about a rip off. So thats my Aveo. Then after they 'screwed' me,I did it to them, by getting refinanced for 2% less than they had me at just BEFORE I signed the final papers! So they lost that profit. They made out like bandits with my trade and with their horrible attitudes. I have never felt so abused in my life when buying a NEW car. And this is my 12th one! It was like it was MY honor to ALLOW them to sell it to me. Anyway...so I have waxed it with a very expensive wax/sealant, twice already to make it shine and it does! Got dark tint with a liftime replacement warranty, and after 4 tries I got my custom little mudflaps that look perfect on the car. Nice car...horrible dealer...and GM didn't even seem to care when I reported them to the head office. It was like talking to a wall. Oh well...first and last car I ever buy from GM,or that dealer!
  • wenliangwenliang Posts: 1
    As soldier defending the country is my obligation and boosting our economy is also my responsibility. That is why I am going to buy a domes tical car in spite of their reputation inferior to that of the foreign. Because of my limited income, I am forced to buy a cheapest car. Chevrolet Aveo is my choice. I am stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. If you guys can tell me what price you paid for your Aveo with what equipment, it will be helpful to me in dealing with mercenary dealers.
  • flaaveoflaaveo Posts: 161
    It is getting close to the end of the month and the end of the model year. SO they MUST sell off their stock. Do you have the 0% interest still going in your area on all Chevys? Get that. I have a 2006 hatchback LS with automatic,a/c,cd radio,floor mats,pinstripes,basically a stripped model,14in steel wheels with covers, I got it for $10,001. But i traded in a truck and got $3,000 for it ,so i guess i paid for all the taxes and their 'paperwork' and other stealing dealers fees with that money. So it cost me in real life $13,000. But I am paying under $200 a month for 5 yrs and now i have an automatic,able to carry grocerys home,and more than 1 passenger,unlike in my truck. Which i loved so much,but the gas killed that love affair! :cry: So..you should be able to get an LS with a/c and auto for $10K -$11k out the door now. I think they have a rebate for people in the military as well!
    And you deserve it. Look up on chevy.com I think it is like $500 or $1,000 off any car. So tell your dealer you are in the military to get that discount,get the 0% interest and at this time of year...you should get a good deal. I got bulldozed over..but you probably have more of a backbone than me:) Good luck!
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  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    the color you are talking about is the icelandic blue (light blue kinda color)and the darker blue is called bright blue.

    i think the icelandic blue is pretty nice, seen one at the dealer and i liked it, but i am a girl maybe that explains it ;)
    the nicest one IMO is the spicy orange.
  • flaaveoflaaveo Posts: 161
    I am the owner of an Icelandic Blue Aveo Hatchback. Like you,I love the Spicy Orange and that was the one I was going to buy. But I ended up at another dealer that had this one with more things on it and for some reason,as horrible as they are as sellers,I bought it. It was the only Aveo on the lot! And it just didnt occur to me to ask for a dealer swap to get the orange one from the other dealer. But it was the same price but had 4 less items built into it. I have heard this blue called 3 different names including Bright Blue! When i tired to get touch up paint they said they go by the VIN number,and it said Bright Blue! But they also called it,Sky Blue and something else. I swear I dont know the color of my own car! The brochure still says Icelandic Blue..and while it is a more 'dull' color. It shows no swirl marks even after waxing 4 times already. And I have had 2 other light blue metallic cars in my life and they were both good long lasting cars. So..it is easy to clean,it doesnt show the dirt and in the Florida sun,it might not fade as much as the orange. So 'girl color' or not. This GUY has one and it's the only one I see on the road around me. All I see is white...and orange!! :mad:
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    you just made think about the fading on the orange one...hummm...> well i guess i could deal with any color but the brigh yellow or the aqua!!!
    the darker gray look real nice on the brochure...

    hey, congrats on your purchase, :shades: hope the ppl will be nice if you got to back for something!! ;)
  • flaaveoflaaveo Posts: 161
    I'd kill to have the yellow or the orange. My truck was bright yellow THAT really stood out! Even on this car it stands out. I should have gotten the orange, the yellows were all gone in the entire state. Thats how popular they are. I just went with the 'practical' side. The light blue dosen't show swirl marks from waxing,in Fla.it fades less,I hope, and it stays cleaner between washes. Boring I know :( . And it doesnt attract attention from cops. They will chase anything that goes 1 mile per hour over the speed limit! Even an Aveo!
  • I like the yellow also, but will never own a yellow or red car. they draw attention, and when you are in a pack of cars the cops will always zone in on a bright yellow or red car every time. I almost lost my D.L. because of getting 5 mph over one after another from a Red car. Never again. My aveo is the mat. black. grays whites are good also. even the pale blue. but bright colored cars and trucks and prone to get more tickets
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    the reson i said i did not want the yellow is that i had a yellow Geo Metro convertible in 1991 or 92 that was bright yellow. you are also right, they do get attention, sometimes unwanted. :mad: the good side is that they are really easy to find in a Wal Mart parking lot!!! ;)

    are you guys happy with you Aveos so far??

    i am still debating which one to choose , the aveo, the scion xA,the yaris, the versa,the rio or the reno or wait for the new suzuki sx4 that will be all I want but starting at 15K...and it will be 1st yr on the market and i dont think i can get below the sticker by much...(same with versa and yaris)
    on the other hand, the aveo i could probably get around 10-11k and same with the reno. a dealer 50 miles from here has 66 reno 2006 in STOCK right now!!! :surprise:
  • I don't spend much time on forums, but I was compelled to mention my experience because I was so unusually satisfied. The first thing I did was to do a lot of research on the internet into all of the 2006 model year subcompact cars in order to get the invoice price and dealer holdbacks. My goal was to buy 2 brand new 2006 model subcompacts with A/C and automatic transmission. Those were my only requirements, color, options, make, model, manufacturer, etc did not matter. I was looking for the cheapest 2 cars that I could buy new that had A/C and automatic. This research quickly narrowed the field to Chevy Aveo, Kia Rio, Suzuki Reno, Hyundai Accent, and Ford Focus. Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagon, and Diamler Chrysler were too high. I had been seeing comercials for Kia Rios, Hyundai Accents, and Chevy Aveos for under $8,000 but when I called, that was with manual transmission, no A/C (Who in Texas is going to buy a car without A/C? Temperatures around Fort Worth are routinely above 100 F), military discount, manufacturer cash back, and customer loyalty discount. Being that I don't qualify for military or customer loyalty discount, and that I want both A/C and automatic, that $8000 sale price jumped to over $12,000 when I called the dealers. So based on the dealer invoice for the above cars in my selection, with A/C and automatic, the Chevy Aveo LS with automatic option had the lowest invoice price of $12108, and with $1000 manufacturer cash back which I would be entitled to because I was planning on paying cash, brought the price down to $11108. So I emailed all of the internet managers at all of the Chevy, Ford, Kia, Hyundai and Suzuki dealers within 50 miles of my address my request to purchase 2 new 2006 models with A/C and automatic for $22,000 before TTL. All but one responded with a no sale, indicating that my price was at least $2000 too low, and that they would never sell to me at my asking price. Finally the last one responded, that was Jerry's Chevrolet in Weatherford, Texas. The internet manager said I will sell you two new 2006 Aveos with A/C and automatic for $22,000. I did not believe it so, emailed back, to send me the specs and VIN numbers of the two cars he had in mind. He responded with two new 2006 Aveo LS hatchbacks with A/C, automatic, in Victory Red and Bright Blue. I responded, to email me the complete breakdown on the TT&L costs, and if aggreable, I would see him the coming Saturday and write him a check. I told him that I was not paying for any dealer prep or other B.S., just the $22,000 plus the actual TT&L. He sent back the correct figures, I emailed him that his figures were agreeable, and showed up the following Saturday, and picked up two new Aveos just like he said and was on my way home in less than 30 minutes. He had actually had these two cars hauled in from another dealership East of Dallas. One car had 11 miles on it, and the other had 13 miles on it. Both were Aveo LS with A/C and automatic, one in Bright Blue and the other in Victory Red. I love both cars and so far am very pleasantly surprised at how well the car is put together, the interier space, and the ride quality of a bottom feeder Korean Subcompact. I am very happy with what I got for what I paid. I also am very happy with the dealership and the way that I was treated.
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    great post!!!
    initially, me and my husband both wanted to get a new little cars (like you, 2 cheap cars with auto and a/c..we didn't care that much about the rest at that price)and we were going to get 2 aveos for 22.000$, again just like you ;) they were SVM with dealer installed a/c, this was cheaper than to go with 2 LS trim
    along the way my husband decided to keep his older car till it dies :surprise: and get another pick up truck to replace the one we have.
    the more i do my reseach and read posts, the more i think i will stick with my 1st pick which was the aveo...
    other are pretty tempting (xa, rio, yaris and versa) but overall, i think the aveo is a good buy.
    i drove the aveo and loved it and i was pleasantly surprised of the quality of the ride.

    i was talking to my friend back in canada, that owns an aveo sedan for a bit more than a yr and she is very happy with it, more so than she was with her cavalier.

    i was considering the suzuki reno, but i saw so many complains about it not starting even when the car was new that i am not willing to take a chance on this particular car.
  • You definately need to have a truck in the family. That is why I am keeping my old truck. It is ugly, and gets 12 mpg but runs great and will still haul a lot of trash, refrigerators, washing machines, etc. However, I have sold my 88 Jeep Grand Wag and am in the process of selling my 96 Bronco.
  • I love that icelandic blue too, but when I bought my new Aveo in August of 05 (hatchback) I bought a key lime green one right off the lot brand new.... haven't seen 1 like it since although my daughter thought she did about 30 miles away. It is not a "stock" color that you can chose so who knows. Maybe I got lucky and get to be the ODD ball as soo many people seem to think that color is..........I love it and it looks awesome with tinted windows(hubby did that for me)!!!!!!!!
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    i hear you!! we sold the 1998 Ford 150 V8 triton last fall and and the 1987 blazer. i also sold my cherokee in the spring! we kept the "ol chevy 1990 s-10 to go fishing and haul our fire wood. as you said, not the best looking car around,not the best gas mileage but it still purrs ( under 70 mph!) after i get my new car, we will look into getting a newer one.
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    i was looking up some aveos on AUTOTRADER earlier and there is one 2005 used that seems to be the same green as yours! i never seen this color before, not even as available in an aveo brochure. i think it looks fabulous!!! lucky you!
    that green does look like the new green/gray metallic they have for the ford mustang, very nice color!
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    Did you see that Edmunds ranked the Aveo the car with the lowest overall TCO? Who would have thought!
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    really? last time i check ed it was the scion xA that had the "title" ;) hummm....gotta go check again i guess :)
  • I qualify for a GM supplier discount.
    I found an Aveo LT (Automatic transmission) that costs me $14,211 with the GM supplier pricing.
    The dealer tells me that the GM supplier pricing is his final price... he cannot reduce any further.
    Has anybody had any experience with a GM supplier pricing deal? How can I get my dealer to reduce further. I guess my entire GM supplier discount would be passed on to the dealer, so if I bought at the supplier price, it seems to me to be equivalent to buying at MSRP with the dealer making a lot of money.

    Suggestions?
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 209
    Doesn't sound like much of a deal at all. What was the original window sticker (with destination) and how much is the supplier discount?

    A guy on another forum just got a 2007 with 3K knocked off the price. It seems that a lot that can be saved on this model if you're willing to bargain HARD!
  • It's a 5spd and has just over 20k miles, and has every option but ABS, and a sunroof. I paid just over $7500 for it from a local dealer who I think was glad to have it gone it had been their for just over 60 days and I was the first person to make an offer on it. I have ordered a Razzi body kit and some H&R lowering spings and a buddy has some nice 17" wheels that are going on also. Well I will let you know how it all goes. I will load some pictures when I'm done. Which should be just after the first of the year. Thanks :D
  • Positivity to you for your dedication in being a soldier but baby you must know everytime you buy gas you are not supporting America. Where do you think the oil/gas comes from?
    Best you waste your valuable energy fretting about things you can control as oopposed to things you and well, the US government cannot.
  • On 10/31/2007 I bought a 2007 Aveo5 SVM hatchback for $10,570 total with alarm, full tank of gas, inspection sticker, registration, 5% sales tax, etc. from Durand Chevrolet in Hudson, MA and am really pleased with it. The dealer was courteous and knowledgeable - I highly recommend them. :)
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