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Chevrolet HHR Prices Paid and Buying Experience

kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,785
edited August 20 in Chevrolet
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  • 61116111 Posts: 13
    I ordered an HHR 3 weeks ago from H&H in Omaha NE.
    I didn't want to order one but the few HHR's in town were all around $22000-$23000. Way to many option I didn't need or want to pay for. I ordered an LT1 HHR, auto, 2.4 engine, fog lights, roof rails, pioneer sound. MSRP was $19200, I only paid $17661. Thats $206.00 under :D the Dealer invoice price of $17867 for the car.

    6-8 week for delivery. :cry:
  • smariasmaria Posts: 279
    Wow, the HHR's brand new and it's already selling under invoice? :surprise:
  • What I have found is No dealer in AZ will discount the HHR from MSRP at this time.
  • geemacgeemac Posts: 28
    I live in Southern Vermont and just bought an LT, list price $18845, for $17,345. There appaently are discounts available.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,287
    We picked our up this past weekend in Windsor , Ct While I'd be hard pressed to ever consider a vehicle purchase as pleasurable, we did not run it any problems at all. Had to order to get 5sp MT wanted and didn't have any trouble with that at all. Paid a reasonable price, dealer got a few bucks and a unit sold in what I would imagine wasn't a good month for sales.
  • Got a call from a Chevy salesman I had contacted earlier asking if I was interested in a car they had acquired. Despite the fact I had told him I wasn't interested in paying over 21,000 for the car with the options I had selected he sent me a sticker that showed a price of 23,665. Well in the course of speaking with him and looking at a print of the sticker I realized the car was a demo. When I asked he said that he would give me a $1000 discount because of this. When I asked him how much miles it had on it all he could tell me was less than 5,000 miles. I was about to end the call when I noticed another shocker. There was a $995 dealer price add on charge. When I asked about it he said it was for transport of the car from it's present location. Basically he had tagged on a charge just so he could make me feel like I was getting a discount and I would be paying MSRP for what is essentially a used car.

    I've had it with GM and their dishonest salespeople. They can take their HHR and ........
    :mad:
  • zl688zl688 Posts: 2
    I just ordered a 5 speed in Windsor, too. How long did it take for yours to come in?
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,287
    Ours took 6 weeks and 3 days from signing paperwork (don't know exactly when order went in) to delivery to dealer.
  • GM will again offer Employee pricing on their cars now to include 2006 models.

    http://money.cnn.com/2005/11/11/news/fortune500/gm_discount.reut/index.htm

    When I told the Sales person at the dealer that there'd be discounts before the end of the year he shook his head. lol. Wish I had waited instead of jumping up to the 300. Oh well at least I got a good price on a good car.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    Dont blame GM...blame the dealership...remember most are independently owned and operated.....GM simply provides the product to them......show around..their our deals on them out there....we found several.....waiting on the arrival of our Pontiac Solstice.....was getting impatient so looked at the HHR...in the Northern VA area..found plenty..and dealers willing to sell below MSRP w/o a problem..good luck
  • blkhhrblkhhr Posts: 3
    I just took delively of a black HHR 1LT on new year's eve. I was able to take advantage of the Red Tag pricing and got the sticker price of $19,970 down to a few dollars over $19,000. The dealer I've been going to for years sold all three HHR's in stock that day. They are going QUICK and dealers don't seem to be taking advantage of their popularity. I've only had the car for two days now but I really love it and just hope there aren't any problems associated with the fact that it's a first model year vehicle. This trendy little car has more features than my TrailBlazer that was over $10,000 more! :shades:
  • donsurdonsur Posts: 12
    I bought a Black 2LT fully loaded including Onstar. I will have every option available, the HHR is in route to the dealership. I bought it today to take advantage of the the last day for the Red Tag sale that is going on. The MSRP on this HHR is $24805, the red tag price I paid was $23240. I also got 3.9% interest for 60 months from GMAC. I bickered for a while about my trade allowance and they came up another $1000 as I was ready to walk. All in all, I think I got a good deal and I got the car I wanted, the color I wanted with all the options I wanted. I bought the car at Gwinnett Place Chevrolet in Duluth Georgia. So far so good. I am suppose to take delivery sometime in the next three to four days. I looked very seriously at a PT Cruiser Limited Turbo with all the bells and whistles, but after driving the HHR I preferred the way it drove. Two things really bothered me about the PT Cruiser, One no side curtain head airbags available and Two it is going to change in 2007. The price was very comparable between the two. The Cruiser deal was at 7.1% best interest with a $2000 rebate or 4.9% with $1000 rebate - not a very good deal from my point of view. I like the looks of the HHR and the versatility of the interior. :shades:
  • thekingtheking Posts: 107
    I also test drove PT Cruiser......I was not impressed... :lemon: PT cruiser was like a toy in comparison to the Heritage High Roof. Also turbo PT cruisers have had brake and tire problems by 20k miles also PT Cruiser has a horrible trade-in value. :) The HHR has a solid feel that the Chrysler sadly misses.Does yours have the optional rear spoiler;IMHO it takes away from the HHR's clean rear end !
  • donsurdonsur Posts: 12
    Yes it has the spoiler. :confuse: This is the way it came from the factory. I agree with you about the PT trade in. :) When I visited the local dealer to look at and drive the new 06s they had several 05s in the used car lot for just about half of what they cost new. That was a real turn off for me also. I just feel better with something new on the scene instead of a car that has been around for 6 years. :)
  • smogdungsmogdung Posts: 349
    We've had ours since Nov. 28th....there's just something special about it...we've had about 15-20 new cars in the last 30 years...this one...seems like GM is really on to something....maybe it's a new kind of quality & style???
  • How is the view out the back window? I have noticed that many cars have limited visibility when backing up... as the back end sits higher ...like the RAV and the PT. Any comments on visibility from the HHR. I need an automatic and would appreciate any comments on difference felt between the 2.2L and 2.4L engines. I drive a manual Passat with turbo and like the acceleration but I need an automatic and a car that is easier to get into due to a back injury and think the HHR may fit my needs.
  • thekingtheking Posts: 107
    I want to order a HHR....I have offered my vehicle at $500 under KBB and also the ordered car at invoice. Dealer is telling me there is a $450 advertising fee. I have bought cars for 40 years and never paid such a fee. He told me this fee is not part of his holdback. I think this fee is "B.S." Give me your views !!!! :confuse:
  • adm1adm1 Posts: 1
    With Red Tag price, $1000 GM card rebate, and $750 GM hurricane relief rebate, ended up paying $15,686 (including all dealer fees) for a silver LT with automatic. Sticker price was $18,239 including dealer fee. Car was at dealership when I went in and I bought it the same day. Have had the HHR for two weeks and surprised at what a solid little car it is.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I say the dealer is blowing smoke your way..when in doubt..call GM customer service and ask...what is this advertising fee for.....go to another dealer and see what they are charging....if no fee..then confront your dealer with the issue.....seems like a way to line the pockets of the dealer....is it worth walking away from a deal...since you ordered your car at the invoice price???
  • I am in the military and was stationed overseas.I just got back to the states after seven years over there.I was interested in buying a HHR but am looking for responses on any troubles with it.I know when the Equinox was released I almost bought one but the troubles with it was unbelievable. So any help with problems that have raised an eyebrow with the HHR would be greatly appreciated.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,785
    Hi, whytejap...

    I encourage you to visit the general Chevy HHR discussion...

    regards,
    kyfdx
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  • I just graduated form college and am looking on buying my first brand new car. Currently I own a 96' Pontiac Grand Am (which I love for the pick-up and speed) but since I have owned it since I was 16 it is time for a change. So now my eyes are on the HHR. I have done some research and am pretty sure this is what I am going to buy...but I wanted to hear from current owners what they think in general. Does it have reasonable pick-up? I've read the brakes aren't the best, is that true? Also the battery being in the back?! Is there any one weird quirks I should know about before signing an agreement? I just want to make sure that it is the best car for me so any sort of imput would be great. Thanks.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,785
    Hi, hlywdiana ..

    You should check out the general HHR discussion that is linked in message #22..

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  • ls2gtols2gto Posts: 6
    Does anyone know the current residuals and money factors for 2, 3, and 4 year HHR leases?

    Thanks
  • I had heard through Consumer Reports that the visibility was limited. I bought a HHR 2Lt 12/17/05 and absolutely love it. There is NO visibility problem. Mine has the electronic seats and you can position yourself anywhere. I would suggest this seat as it has an adjustable lumbar support and I also have back trouble. You don't need the running boards to enter the vehicle, but they sure do look neat. I'm short and have no trouble entering/exiting the vehicle.

    I drove the 2.2L but bought the 2.4L with the 4 spd. automatic. It is very peppy and gets 28-30 mpg on the road and mine gets 23-25 in town. I'm impressed with the acceleration. Lots of wind and long highways here in West Texas and the HHR really 'sits down' on the road.
    Good handling. I don't think that you will be disappointed in the HHR

    Jim Kerbow
    San Angelo, Texas
  • towittowit Posts: 4
    My biggest gripe with GM. In my area there are about 20 of these at the dealers. None have side air bags, one has ABS brakes, but 10 have sun roofs. Same story with Vibe.

    Why people want leaky sun roofs that take 2 inches from your headroom at the expense of safety is beyond me.
    Towit
  • Jim,
    Thanks so much for your input. The Portland Auto Show is next week and I am going to get a really good look at the HHR and maybe a good deal :-) Years ago I tried to restore a 47 Plymouth and it was so costly that I had to sell it. I love old cars and think the HHR may satisfy this desire too. My daughter drives an Element and thinks the HHR is ugly. She felt the same about the Element until she drove one. ;)
  • I ordered my HHR 2LT Tuesday. Daytona Blue, Leather, side airbags, roof rails, polished wheels, sunroof, 5 speed. I shopped several dealers and ended up getting a very good deal. MSRP was $21,140 but I bought it for $19,300. No bogus add ons or Doc fees, etc. Sweet ride for under $20K out the door, including tax and title.

    Based on some of the reviews I read before driving an HHR, I almost didn't give the HHR a chance. I did come to the conclusion that some of the reviewers must have been smoking crack. At 50 years old I have owned and driven many muscle and performance cars in my day. While the HHR is neither, it is hardly the ill handling dog some say it is. Actually, the HHR is pretty peppy for a small 4 banger.
    Lets face it. The HHR is an Econo crossover vehicle that is extremely stylish and has above average performance.
    One other thing I couldn't understand was some of the reviewers talking about the lack of headroom with the sunroof. One guy said he was 5'10" and his head was touching the headliner. I am 6'3" and my head is nowhere close. Makes me wonder if we were even talking about the same vehicle. Oh well, just a few observations. I'll let Y'all know how the delivery process goes.
  • swl001swl001 Posts: 1
    Test drove an HHR last night and decided to purchase the vehicle. I will hopefully take possession tomorrow (Thu, 26 Jan). :)

    Test driving the vehicle put to rest any concerns I might have had about various features/capabilities of the HHR based on what I saw in these forums. For me there was plenty of "get up and go", the steering felt fine, head and leg room were more than adequate (I'm around 5'8"). One remaining issue for me is the line of sight issues some have spoken about. Side sight lines seemed fine to me. Front and rear sight lines are more limited, but I think will simply take some getting used to - they're different than those in more traditional vehicles. The side view mirrors are fairly large and I think will help with rear sight line issues. I also see myself removing the rear seat headrests (as others on these forums have suggested). I especially liked the height of the driver's seat and the vehicle in general - it's a feeling of "sitting up" in traffic similar to what you'd find in an SUV but without the size of an SUV, the poor gas mileage of an SUV, or the monster price tag of an SUV.

    Since this is a forum on prices paid and buying experience, let me say that I had a great experience with my dealer. I got a sandstone metallic 2LT, automatic with leather seats, running boards, roof rails, sunroof, and forged aluminum wheels for $20,999 (MSRP: $22,180 Invoice: $20,647). With $2000 in GM card bonus earnings and the low interest rates currently being offered by GMAC I don't think I could have done a whole lot better! :shades:
  • Noticed an ad showing an HHR with a MSRP of $19,585 discounted by $2,786 for a final price of $16,799.
    Nice to see ads showing them discounted.
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