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Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,902
edited April 1 in Chrysler
Know of a special or a model that's going for a bargain price right now? Let us know what makes/models you've seen recently with great pricing!

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  • beliverbeliver Posts: 155
    With a $2000 cash incentive and most dealers putting another $1000 plus on the table a '06 PT Signature Series with A/t for $16200.00 is a pretty good deal.

    believer
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,780
    Yeah, if you want a Neon with a retro body on it.

    If a person really likes these, they can get a great deal on a slightly used one because of the high depreciation.

    It seems the bloom is off the rose on these.
  • beliverbeliver Posts: 155
    yeah, you are correct about the "Neon Baggage" but if you are going to drive the wheels off the thing then depreciation is of no concern. As a low bux "grocery getter" the PT is still a pretty good deal, all the equipment you get for the money on the "Signature pkg"

    I remember some time back you seemed to dismiss Hyundai as well. Are you still laughing now? Locally Hyundai is outselling brand "H" by a pretty wide margin.

    Always good to hear from you and your opinions anyway.

    believer
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,780
    Where is "locally"?

    I doubt very seriously if Hyundai is outselling Honda anywhere.

    I never was "laughing" and my opinion of them remains the same. They are much improved from the early models but they are still Korean cars.

    I'm sure reliability has improved but they still suffer from horrible resale values. As used cars, they arttract few buyers.

    And you are correct, if you plan to keep your cars until the bitter end then resale values don't matter.
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    The new Mountaneer and Explorers have very good lease programs in the northeast....With a blizzard arriving here in a few hours some of you might be taking advantage soon.
  • danf1danf1 Posts: 935
    Not to be argumentative, but in Pittsburgh Hyundai not only outsells Honda, but Toyota too.

    Resale is getting better, but nowhere near Honda. I just took in a 2001 Civic DX coupe with 37k miles for $7200. Wasn't that car about $14k new? Not one to buy for a used car bargain. I checked all the books and the number was right on.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,780
    Unless Honda has some horrible Honda dealers in Pittsburgh?

    Ditto for the Toyota stores!
  • danf1danf1 Posts: 935
    It's more the market here. We have a Hyundai store sitting next to our Nissan store. Same management team for both of them and Hyundai outsells Nissan 2 to 1. My Hyundai store outsells our other one by the same ratio.
  • beliverbeliver Posts: 155
    Isell: State dmv stats tell the tale.

    still a believer
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,780
    I just don't understand. They sure aren't very popular around here new or used!
  • biancarbiancar Posts: 913
    Look for them to start making a dent soon, because they definitely appeal to people who want a new car but can't quite afford a Honda, Toyota or Nissan. They are indeed much improved, and their warranty helps sell the cars too.

    Re the PT Cruiser: my sister has one, totally loves it and wouldn't be without it. Hers is two or three years old now. She doesn't care about resale value either, will own it as long as it's standing. It's a perfect run around town, park and shop kind of car.

    Their other car is a Cadillac, so they've got their bases covered, whether they need the highway cruiser or the run-around town mobile.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,780
    Any "savings" realized by buying a Hyundi disappear at trade in time! They were forced into the long warranties in an attempt to win confidence in what had been a troublesome car.

    I agree, they imnproved. They had to. I would still rather have a two year old Honda or Toyota, but that's me.
  • beliverbeliver Posts: 155
    Isell: Not being flip but let's be honest, your customer base is probably more sophisticated there in Seattle ( how else could you explain Starbucks?) and I suspect the median income is higher than here in the Sunshine State.

    biancar is right. The appeal of a new car with a killer warranty appeals to folks that just cant see the difference on the surface between a Honda or Toyota. If you have not taken the time to REALLY look over a new Sonata or the new Azera you should. You will be amazed !! That new Azera is for a fact getting mighty close to a Avalon in quality, fit and finish etc. at a bargain price. Please go do that and report back with a unbiased opinion. (is that even possible for a Hyundai salesman LOL !!)

    Hyundai is a knockin' on your back door. I think nationally they are fifth in sales and may be even fourth by now. This speaks volumes for their perceived value and reliability.

    I remember "back in the day" when Honda first started out in my home town they were selling that little, butt ugly car in the parking lot of the local hardware store. Hyundai has already gone thru that stage and is going to be a company that will rattle all the collective cages of the competition from now on. NO- I don't work for them.

    believer
  • beliverbeliver Posts: 155
    Isell: Not being flip but let's be honest, your customer base is probably more sophisticated there in Seattle ( how else could you explain Starbucks?) and I suspect the median income is higher than here in the Sunshine State.

    biancar is right. The appeal of a new car with a killer warranty appeals to folks that just cant see the difference on the surface between a Honda or Toyota. If you have not taken the time to REALLY look over a new Sonata or the new Azera you should. You will be amazed !! That new Azera is for a fact getting mighty close to a Avalon in quality, fit and finish etc. at a bargain price. Please go do that and report back with a unbiased opinion. (is that even possible for a Honda salesman LOL !!)

    Hyundai is a knockin' on your back door. I think nationally they are fifth in sales and may be even fourth by now. This speaks volumes for their perceived value and reliability.

    I remember "back in the day" when Honda first started out in my home town they were selling that little, butt ugly car in the parking lot of the local hardware store. Hyundai has already gone thru that stage and is going to be a company that will rattle all the collective cages of the competition from now on. NO- I don't work for them.

    believer
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,780
    Last night I watched a Hyundai commercial for a Sonata and I have to admit, it looked really nice. I've never even heard of a Azera? Where do they come up with these names?

    Looking at that commercial, it was clear to me that they are going after the Accord/Camry market.

    And, I too remember, when the first Japanese cars were introduced, and I remember hearing " Who would ever buy a car made in Japan?"

    Detroit was smugly sleeping, and Japan was quietly and efficiently producing quality cars.

    I think the Koreans stumbled badly with their initial offerings and for people like me, we keep thinking "It's still a Korean car". Had they produced a quality product from the beginning, and they COULD have, they would be a whole lot more accepted than they are now.

    And, I know marketplaces vary. I do work and live in a pretty upscale area. Honda buyers don't worry so much about the length of the warranty because they figure they won't have to use it anyway, The 100K warranty the Korean cars have is not all inclusive either. Not such a "killer" warranty when you read it. Still long warranties really appeal to some people who have owned troublesome cars in the past.

    Time will tell, but I do hope Honda is paying attention.
  • jlawrence01jlawrence01 Posts: 1,828
    I spent a week driving a Hyundai Sonata two weeks ago. It is a decent car that is pretty comfortable. However, it is VERY difficult to get excited about a midsized car getting 22 mpg when I can get 28 mpg in an Impala.
  • beliverbeliver Posts: 155
    Isell: The Hyundai Azera is their latest salvo in the car wars. Read about it in a comparo with the Avalon and Passat in the March issue of Motor Trend.

    Their assessment: " Hyundai is eating your lunch" ( and no one even realizes it----------- yet !!

    Believer
  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    "Detroit was smugly sleeping, and Japan was quietly and efficiently producing quality cars."

    That is exactly right. Exactly right.

    I have seen some Hyundais in parking lots and I think they are beautiful. Sure, they seem to have just copied the lines of the Passat, but that's OK. When Hondas took off in the 80's they were copying the lines of Audis. Our beloved 1972 Datsun 510 was a scaled down version of a 144 Volvo. The Japanese have never been known for their artistic creativity, but they know how to copy a good design and build it well and that is why they have been successful.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,780
    Was a hell of a car. Tinny as can be but such a bulletproof drivetrain. Uncomfortable seats where you sat bolt upright! That engine was the 240Z engine minus a couple of cylinders. Just super little cars!

    For the Toyota Land Rovers, they copied the rugged Chevy 235 6 cylinder that Chevy used from 1950-1962. they even looked almost the same.
  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    Hi Isell,

    Well, our 510 was the luxury version (ROFL) that had reclining seats. One mechanic said the engine was pretty much a copy of a 4-cyl Mercedes.

    There was some kind of sports sedan racing category where the 510s would run all over the BMWs and the Alfas. I shifted at 5K rpm all the time and the engine never burned oil in 13 years. Not bad for $2660 OTD in 1972.

    It was orange, of course. In the 70's, we were full of life and loved bright colors to express our happiness with the world in general. Jimmy Carter changed that.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,780
    It was a different time, wasn't it?
  • bobstbobst Posts: 1,783
    Yeah, but today is pretty good too, except that we still have Jimmy mouthing off.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,902
    OK, folks - let's just use this as a place to post current great deals on new cars. Thanks!

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,536
    2 pages and way off track already. LOL.

    anyway... just to try and get back on target, thought I'd share what I know.

    Lincoln LS, as always, is bargain basement priced. New '06s are $10k off sticker.

    Has anyone bought an '05 Mazda6 lately? Carsdirect lists them as being discounted in their rebates list, but you can't actually get any pricing on them. Are there any left out there?

    I see the '06 Saab 92x is already being discounted at a good clip. I wonder if they will get down to the '05 pricing, and when that will happen.

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

  • I can't think of any new car bargains at my store but from what I have heard Saab is just giving away the 9-3 down the road from me at our sister store.

    I am sure the last few Neons are going the same way down at dodge.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    When I go hunting for the best deals, I typically look for cars loaded down with heavy "marketing support". I excluded the 2005 models as those are probably very hard to find by now unless that specific model is doing particularly poorly.
    As of right now the 2006 bargains would be:
    2006 Lincoln LS: $5500 in marketing support; $3000 in customer cash
    2006 Mercedes-Benz R-Class: $5000
    2006 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: $7000
    2006 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG: $12000 (Yes, $12,000! Then again the S65 is one pricey automobile)
    2006 Mercedes-Benz SL500: $5000 in marketing support to those who finance with Mercedes Benz Financial
    2006 Mercury Grand Marquis: $2500 in marketing support
    2006 Mercury Monterey: $3000 Cashback
    2006 Mitsubishi Montero: $2500 Customer Cash; $500 marketing support
    2006 Saab 9-2X: $3000 Cashback (I wonder when it'll hit May 2005 price levels)

    I'm sure I missed others, but that's the list I'd be shopping if a low up front price was a big priority. Of course, with all these deals, resale on those cars will be hit (save for the Benzes maybe)

    I remember last year Jaguar put $6000 in "Marketing Support" on the few left over 2005 X-Type 2.5 models, and Volvo, when dumping the last of the 2004 S40s, put up $4000 I think.

    I got $2000 "Marketing Support" on my last purchase, so yes, these deals can be had. It just takes some hunting.
  • dino001dino001 Tampa, FLPosts: 3,510
    so yes, these deals can be had. It just takes some hunting.

    Provided you want a car nobody else does ;)

    2012 BMW 328i wagon, manual and sports package. No. sold in the US: 1. Probably.

  • beliverbeliver Posts: 155
    makes no diff what anybody else wants or not wants they are not plunking down the bux !!

    believer
  • asafonovasafonov Posts: 373
    I have to disagree with your approach of using the "Largest Incentives" criterion to select the best deal. It's how much you pay, not how much you save (if you are getting what you want and need, of course.) So, excluding luxury vehicles and near-exotics on your list (I know little about these), I would personally not consider, say, a Monterey or the Saab great bargains - and especially the well-aged Montero truck.

    On the other hand, for basic transportation and safety, a new Accord is a real bargain for what you pay, even without any (published) rebates or incentives. The Civic, however, is not a bargain in my opinion.
  • " remember last year Jaguar put $6000 in "Marketing Support" on the few left over 2005 X-Type 2.5 models"

    I remember it well. My wife had me calling pretty much every Jag dealer on the west coast. None of them wanted to give up much, if any, of that marketing support money. The best (or worse if you prefer) was my local dealership who were going to give me a whole $500 off MSRP. In the end I gave up and bought a Subaru Legacy instead.
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