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Lexus RX 450h Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • mzuckermanmzuckerman Posts: 12
    I paid sticker, treatment was neutral but dealer gouged me on trade in. Dealer figured out sales tax difference and and added about $1000 for convenience factor so I traded for the car instead of selling for cash.
  • louiein99louiein99 Posts: 33
    I can get a RX400h with Heated Seats and Mark Levinson for $50705 plus some $600 in fees. Am I tracking? Is there any chance that prices are likely to drop closer to invoice in the next year or so? Just checking, and I would like to hear how long people are waiting and what prices they are getting.
  • love2scubalove2scuba Posts: 34
    I paid sticker $50,863 that included Heated Seates, Mark Levinson Audio, Cargo Mat and Wheel Locks. No problems with the dealer. I actully moved 70 miles away since I had put my name on the list last year and he drove the car out to house with all paper work completed.
  • bioya4bioya4 Posts: 5
    I paid sticker and that was OK and could I even live with the low ball price on the trade-in but the fact that the Lexus dealer just pockets the $1,000 deposit without crediting it to the sales price is really pretty sleazy. I like the car and all but it will certainly be the last Lexus we buy.
  • mirexmirex Posts: 68
    My dealer called me about 10 days before Memorial Day and told me my vehicle was headed for the port in Japan. He asked me to come in and make a $5,000 deposit which I put on my Alaska Airlines credit card. I took delivery on June 3rd and the full deposit was applied to my purchase price (Full Sticker). The credit card transaction occurred just after the cut off day for the month and I did not have to pay the credit card payment until a week after I took delivery on the car.

    I was able to sell my 2003 RX300 for $32,500 to a private party which was about $5,000 more than I would have received for a normal trade in. I paid my dealer $250 for them to certify the car and they delivered it to my buyer for the same $32,500 I had agreed to. It worked similar to a trade in so I saved a bunch on state sales tax.

    Don't be down on Lexus because of the uncalled for absconding of your deposit by the dealer. I suggest you contact Lexus directly and tell them about your deposit treatment.
  • briegelbriegel Posts: 139
    Wow! That transaction worked out really well for you! Based upon some of your other posts and a reply to one of mine, I'm guessing the dealer you are talking about is Lexus of that right? That is good info to know, since I am in Redmond and may want to do the same thing with my 2005 RX 330 sometime in the next year or so and go to the 400h. Enjoy yours!
  • maxhonda99maxhonda99 Posts: 1,289
    You should have just walked out of the dealership and called your credit card company about the $1K deposit you paid. The dealership has no right to take the $1K deposit. After all, a deposit is just that a *deposit*, which means it is refundable.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    " It worked similar to a trade in so I saved a bunch on state sales tax. "

    I don't think it affected sales tax at all. The buyer pays sales tax on the agree-upon price of the new vehicle. So you would have paid the same if you traded the old car or sold it to a private party.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    Some states deduct the value of the trade-in and you are only taxed on the difference. CA is not one of the states that does that. It takes some of the bite out or buying a new car.
  • I know if you call your Lexus dealer they will have no problem refunding your $1000 because it is a deposit and at my dealership your deposit is refundable or applied to your deal. Good Luck :)
  • mirexmirex Posts: 68
    The private party that purchased my 2003 RX300 paid sales tax on that purchase. The sales tax that I saved was that the $32,500 was deducted from the purchase price of my new RX400h so I paid less in sales tax than I would have if I had delivered the used car directly and not transferred title to my Lexus dealer.
  • mirexmirex Posts: 68
    Your guess is correct and I have a great no pressure salesman who I have bought 2 previous RX300s from.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    "The sales tax that I saved was that the $32,500 was deducted from the purchase price of my new RX400h so I paid less in sales tax than I would have if I had delivered the used car directly and not transferred title to my Lexus dealer."

    Hmmm, I'm not sure that is the way they compute it here in California; it is based on the actual sale price, if I remember correctly. But (thank goodness!), I'm not an auto salesman or (egads!) a finance rep...

    Did you actually do a look at the sales taxes paid vs. the price paid before trade-in?
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    You don't get a break in CA. You pay sales tax on the full sale price of the vehicle. Only certain states allow you to deduct the value of your trade-in and pay tax on the difference.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
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  • ultra64ultra64 Posts: 13
    I was pleasantly surprised to be offered a discount on the rx400h by a regional dealer. Are others getting discounts on the rx400h?
  • volaravolara Posts: 5
    Just traded my Rx330, 8 month old, 8000mi for RX 4000h with heated seats.
    reason: very good car, terrible milage-15.7 overall (mostly city driving)
    deal: my car +10k.
    would appreciate your thoughts.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    This actually sounds like a pretty good deal to me, but I haven't checked the used car values for those vehicles.

    Enjoy your car!
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    My thoughts. I think you should give your sister a big hug for marrying into a Lexus dealership. That would have been a good deal if you were trading for a year newer RX330.
  • good for you, most people do not know that they can sell their car on their own and still show as trade to save on sales tax if you have any questions please let me know, i work at a lexus store will be more than happy to help anyone
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