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Dodge Charger Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • I'm in Houston and bought the December 28th newspaper ad vehicle - a 2006 Charger R/T with 63 miles on it for $25,690 plus TT&L. Sticker was $29,995 (no factory options). The price included a $1,000 rebate for financing through Chrysler. Rate was 6.64%. I will refinance elsewhere at a lower rate.

    The advertised ad price was $24,995, but after getting there (and spending 30 minutes with the salesman) I found out that they added $1,495 to every Charger for the Mopar Master Shield. I told them I wasn't paying it, the ad said car prices were + TT&L, and the car only had the original factory sticker on it. They came down to $800, then to $695 to be added to the ad price. Overall, it was a still good deal (I think) so I accepted it.

    Of course the finance guy tried to sell me every insurance and warranty item under the sun, but when I told him I wasn't happy about the $695 extra I was already paying, he dropped further discussion on them.

    Bottom line, good price, but I would not recommend the dealer because of the sales tactics. I thought that I may not see a price like this after December 31st. Another dealer two days earlier advertised a Charger R/T for $25,995 with Chrysler financing, but I did not contact them, so don't know if they pull the same tactics.
  • I'm try to get one organised over the next couple of weeks, assuming I can get my hands on one....everyone I talk to is saying they will go for over MSRP becuase they are low volume limited edition cars.

    The only dealer I have had commit to a price has mentioned $53,500 with every option, SRT I,II,III etc ...fully loaded. And even then I can't get the colour I necessarily want...

    I just want to know from anyone who may have one, what they may have paid and if $53,500 is truely over the top or not...(The dealer said that would be $8k over MSRP).
    Thanks Cristian
  • $53,500 ????
    drive that puppy and you'll be lucky to get half that two years from now.
    imagine a Chrysler going for more than list price....wow....what a comeback.
  • 2006 Dodge Charger RT, no additional options. Paid $26,599 vs MSRP $30,195 (incl dest). I love this car. I've never been happier driving around Los Angeles. I use to drive a Pontiac Grand Prix. Test drove the TL, CTS, G35, and of course Mustang GT. The RT simply rocks. This machine is sooo much more of a car than any of those I tested. Well worth the upgrade from the base SE model. The V8 5.7L hemi is just plain tough. This is the best four door muscle car ever. Dad use to own a 60s Charger when I was a kid. He must be so proud.
  • You'd have to be HIGH to pay that much! Do you realize for that price you could get a VERY gently used, loaded BMW M3?!

    Dodge has got PARKING LOTS full of these things.

    I have not bought one yet, but I'm planning on it, and shooting out a few emails to local dealers (no phone calls, no haggling, no hassling) telling them what I want (R/T with R&T etc.) i got a price from TWO of them $1,000 BELOW what Edmunds shows as INVOICE!

    Seriously, I'd assume that if are smart enough to be on a site like Edmunds, you would not fall for a dealer selling ANY car for over sticker except something like a Carerra GT, Enzo, etc. A Dodge? for over $50,000!!!!! :confuse:
  • I picked up my Charger SE today for 21,000 before Trade-In. It has the 250hp V6, so it's what I was looking for on gas mileage. I could've gotten it for less, but I added power seats and alloys to the package. Got it in Midwest City, Oklahoma
  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    My neighbor purchased a v6 base model for $18,999.00. Edmunds shows the invoice as $21,443.00.I saw there was $1,000.00 rebate. Thats still $1450.00 under invoice. Are there further insentives ?

    DL
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,536
    so quiet in here. Is Dodge selling any of these?

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    Thrifty rental is buying some... :P
  • sfitz3sfitz3 Posts: 3
    Bought an R/T a few weeks ago with sound group, convenience group, sat radio. Sticker was 32,900 and paid 29,400.
  • srt8uupsrt8uup Posts: 4
    I just bought an SRT8 charger, fully fully loaded in Red (a premium color) ....sticker was $43730.00 i paid $42000.00. Im sure with gas at over $3.00 a gallon many dealers will be looking to deal on them and not ask for full sticker price or any silly premiums. All i can say is this car is absolutely amazing and turns everyones head, from the 50yr old professional in his new BMW to the kids driving their "supertuners" the SRT8 says "Cant touch this" ...
  • topbananatopbanana Posts: 1
    Bought a Daytona R/T (Top Banana) fully loaded --- $34300 (sticker $38670)excluding destination ($675) Taxes, etc.

    This price included a $1000 Cash bonus froim Dodge. My dealer also had a $2000 GAS CARD PROMOTION!!! Very nice...still using the gas card!

    Options
    Daytona package
    Protection Group
    Electronic Convenience Group
    Sound Group-II
    Smoker's Group
    Sunroof
    Engine Block Heater
    Navigation
    Rear Seat Video
    U-Connect
    Sirius radio
  • comsealcomseal Posts: 3
    We have two new cars now, an '05 GTO with $30K in mods (my car) and the wife's '05 Caddy CTS which GM just agreed to buy back last month (we're still waiting to close out). So, we're looking for a daily driver and like the looks of the Charger R/T and now the SRT8's. In over 40 years of buying vehicles we've never seen the tactics that these Dodge dealers use. Dealer add-on's like tinted windows for $2K (yea, two GRAND!) wheel "locks" for $1300 (can be bought for $35 anywhere) and this is the best one yet...$7500 Dealer Special. Doesn't say what makes it so "special" just the money to make the sticker over $50K! When I questioned this the salesman said, "you know that's not the REAL price, right? Then why the heck is it on the window moron? I dunno, don't think I want to deal with this company at all now. After being screwed over by Cadillac for the past year we're now naturally "gun shy" when it comes to car dealers. Anyone know of an "honest" Dodge dealer anywhere? LMK.........

    JET
  • audi_rs4audi_rs4 Posts: 5
    Looked at an SRT-8 yesterday
    It had packages I, II, and III
    MSRP was $43,XXX

    They offered the employee pricing plus which was 3% below invoice.
    All in all including taxes fees and a 7/100 chrysler warranty the total was $45,600 OTD

    What do you guys think?
  • lavrishevolavrishevo Posts: 312
    I think you should go for the 06 Corvette Z06, or maybe the new Mustang GT500.

    Dan
  • srt8uupsrt8uup Posts: 4
    There are many many honest Dodge Dealers, however remember like any thing else you have to do a little "homework" on your own to prevent from being taken advantage of. One Dodge Dealer that I HIGHLY recommend is Woodhouse Dodge. Bill Pemberton there is an automotive expert and one of the most cordial dealers ive ever talked with. Although i did not buy my SRT8 from him because of Geography my partner did buy his 01 Viper from him and was absolutely delighted. Woodhouse is a volume Viper dealer and had several SRT8's in stock when i was looking. Tell me where you are and ill help you find a dealer. I sold my 01 Caddi Deville DTS (triple black beauty) and bought the Charger, it has been amazing since. As for the GTO which i also looked at all i can say is ...blah...while yes it is $10K less than the SRT8 it reminds me of a Grand Am and has absolutely no personality that sets it apart from the rest. All i can say is the SRT8 is "one fat whip" (as i was recently told)
  • comsealcomseal Posts: 3
    Say what you will about the new GTO.........the fact is it's the hottest (and rarest) supercar to come around in decades.....and it took the Aussies to bring it. Finest car I've owned in over 40 years of buying 'em. No, the Charger is another ho-hum attempt by Daimler to get into the upcoming muscle car wars, Challenger is their next "attempt". Until they reign in their dealer practices I'll never buy from 'em.......regardless of the merchandise. BTW, I'm in Orlando........

    JET
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,536
    Hahaha. I just wanted to say that your post gave me a good laugh.

    A hopped-up Cavalier is "hot" and the Charger and Challenger are "ho-hum." Well... its good for GM that some folks think that way ... obviously not enough, though, to warrant continued sales of the goat. Oh well.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,902
    Let's not: Label other members as trolls

    Let's do: stick to Charger pricing.

    Thanks!

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,536
    sorry about the aside, but just wanted to share my enjoyment of the post.

    ok, kristie, i edited my previous post slightly.

    by the way, interesting bug maybe. It says he is a member since 7/09 and last logged in 7/11, but his posts only took place on 7/15 and 7/19.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • luvmbootyluvmbooty Posts: 271
    Isn't anyone buying? I visited the Dodge website and with employee pricing the SE is going for $21K and the R/T I found one selling in Long Island City, NY for $28k with options Electronics Convienence group, sunroof, and Sirus radio!
  • oscarb1oscarb1 Posts: 9
    Anybody get good pricing in So Cal?
  • theronrohrtheronrohr Posts: 51
    Have you checked out the LAX carmax store? They are a new chrysler/dodge/jeep dealer. I just happen to have been there before and found out that way. You won't see them listed as a dealer under dodge.com but they publish their no-haggle prices on their website along with the used cars.
  • kgabehurtkgabehurt Posts: 84
    You're so right about LA CarMax. They're posting Charger RT units with sticker $36,520, no haggle price $29,039. In my calculation they're selling these cars UNDER their net cost. Invoice (dealer cost) minus holdback minus $3,500 rebate. Sound too good to be true? You do the math. I already did and very tempted to buy one at this price. I noticed their sister Jeep dealership is pricing about the same %'s with the new Jeep wrangler 2-door Sahara's. Which are still going for sticker in many parts of the US.
  • Hi,

    Bought this car last night, have to wait till tonight for them to get it from another dealer. Here's my price breakdown:

    MSRP Paid
    Base Price: $30515 $25168 (Theoretical calculation)
    Customer Package 28V $ 3700
    Power Sunroof $ 950
    Des. charge $ 675
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    Base Total $35840 $30493 (My offer w/o options)

    Protection Group $ 440 (Wanted this)
    Electronics Conv.Group $ 630 (Wanted this)
    Sound Group II $ 535 (No choice, had to include this)
    DVD-based GPS + 6CD/MP3 $ 1495 (No choice, had to include this)
    --------------------------------------
    Total $38940 $33593

    Taxes $ 3157
    Dmv $ 350
    Ext. Warranty ($200 Deductible) $ 1350
    Unlimited Oil changes $ 550
    Sealed Chassis Underneath $ 250
    --------------------------------------
    Total paid after walking out $39250

    I offered them $30.900 for the base car, which was around $35840 MSRP. That included a 3500 incentive good thill the end of this month. So, I went $1500 below that.

    I saw this same car (it's hard to still find one) with an MSRP of $35840 but in addition they added a $5000 mark-up price. Speaking about crazy. Most dealers in the bay area didn't have one on display at all.

    I got what I wanted for the price I wanted, I didn't want two of the optional packages, but had not much choice and realized that. Airbags were important for me, same as alarm and it did have some other nice features, so I paid the price for the other two optional packages.

    They still were messing with me, trying to fool me after they agreed on the offer and came out 1500 more than I told them and they said after going back in the boss's office that they made a mistake indeed :).

    Oh, in the beginning, they told me they can get the car I want and then we can add any options, but that wasn't true. There's only 1500 of these made and most are probably sold. So, then they came back to me, probably realized that airbags and alarm were important to me, and showed me 2 cars: one without any options and the car I presented here with the 2 additional options that I didn't really wanted. I'm not sure ofcourse if they really didn't have the car with the only 2 options I wanted or not, no way to track.

    Anyway, the whole thing still took me 3 hours to complete. when I entered the building the guy I was dealing with was doing another test drive and I was told to wait. I told them I was in a hurry, needed to test drive right now and make price decision in 10 minutes or I would leave and buy the car at a different dealer. The boss, sales manager and salesman immediately came to me, let me drive, and I was happy.

    But then it took me another hour to finalize the price agreement, even though I was clear. somehow they don't understand always immediately :)

    When financing came I thought about al the options they presented. I did like the undersealant. It's good for snow and rust and some noise reduction. I liked the oil change package. I drive 18k per year, so in 2 years I have that money back. Didn't like the extra paint sealer because I don't park where birds drop on my car, or I wash it immediately if they do.

    Then the extended warranty came. They had the $4000 option I believe: 60mth/100000miles. I told them I wasnt interested. Then another sheet appeared on the desk: $3000 option, then another one $2400 one with a $50 deductable. Finally he showed me the whole list, and I choose 60mth/100000k with a $200 dedectable. I guess you never really need this, but just in case, I don't mind paying $200 deductable if the transmission needs replacement. Or other expensive stuff. But that never really happens, but just in case, I wanted the lowest price.

    Well, finally after 3 hours we were all happy. I got what I wanted, they probably still made a few thousand bucks.

    I could have gone lower on any other Dodge Charger but the Daytona has become more rare and I've seen crazy mark-up prices up to $5000. So, I think by the end of the year these numbers are gone and they become collectors items. Also, I liked the color. This is my favorite. So, I was willing to get a good price but not be greedy and maybe loose a good deal for a car I really wanted.

    Also, keep in mind: Sales people don't get paid a lot. They do have families and kids to feed to and are generally very nice people. They work long hours from morning till late at night. We all like a profit, comission, or a bonus. They deserve it too. They have to try everything for their boss or they loose their job if they don't make performance. Also, dealers need to maker a living. Yes, I could have gotten the same care for probably another $2000 cheaper online after shipping, or be rude and nasty and go from dealer to dealer and really take a risk of not getting the car at all. It's nice to actually do get to test drive one before you buy, and not wipe dealers out of business. also, It's nice to get it at the dealer close to your home, and not have to be rude and buy it somewhere else but then feel bad about getting it service where you were rude before.

    Fact is, be nice and do your research before. I went online and found a dealer that moved cars gave me a quote upfront, even telling me about the incentive and going even below that. I didn't feel bad skipping this offer and presenting it to the local dealer and have them make the profit instead. It also does help the community.

    My dealer is located in Concord, CA, next to highway 4, and there are homeless people living. They give all empty bottles from the vending machines to the homeless people and the homeless people waTCH the dealership at night. They also help the community.

    So, be nice and get a good deal

    P.S.
    sorry, numbers are not tabbed in this forum. So, There's actually 2 columns MSRP and Paid. Price on the left is MSRP, and the right is what I paid.Below is my total price on the vehicle after I walked out.
  • theronrohrtheronrohr Posts: 51
    Well I doubt that CarMax is losing money on the cars they sell :). But its a good point of comparison to get an idea of what is possible. I would still want to compare to a regular dealer and see what they can do.

    On the other hand dodge dealers aren't that common around here and I like CarMax's friendly, no hassle approach so I'll probably buy there if I get a Charger.
  • jdubb2jdubb2 Posts: 5
    Have 2 basic questions I was hoping to get some help on from you experts.

    1.) If a vehicle has say a 51% Residual .. do you use the MSRP price or the final sale price when calculating this figure?

    2.) Are Rebates to be subtracted from the MSRP or the final sale price?

    I know .. I know .. I should already know the answer to this, but I have to admit that I don't.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,536
    Residual is calculated from the MSRP.

    Rebates are part of the negotiation. If a dealer quotes a final price, you need to ask if that is with or without the rebates. What you ideally want is a price something like $100 over invoice OR LESS and THEN subtract the rebates. So if $2k in rebates, then you want $2k under invoice as your final price.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • Hey Kyfdx, is there any way for you to get admins/Hosts to setup a new thread in the Dodge forums for the new 08/09 Dodge Challenger???

    Bill
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,863
    You want a pricing discussion?

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