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Nissan Versa Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • soloridersolorider Posts: 2
    I stopped by the dealer in my area (Georgia) and they told me that they will charge $2k over the sticker price as the demand is high and the supply is short.
    Did any Versa owner had a similar experience when purchasing it? :(
  • Solorider,
    I picked up my Versa SL,red with CVT yesterday afternoon. I had put up a $500 check with the dealer about a month ago. During the final "sit down" the salesman told me the boss wanted $1000 over the $16,205 on the sticker. I bucked and started out. They caved, but it was clear they wanted to try and take advantage of the high demand and short supply night now. This was one of four dealers in OKC, OK, and I have no idea what the others might be doing.

    Will report satisfaction updates. So far, it is a much better ride that my old Scion xA.

    okcmitch
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,631
    Solorider,

    Regarding the added Dealer market up, this is typical for ANY new car that hits the market that has a big demand. When the Fit hit the market a local honda dealer here in Phoenix, added 3K. Funny thing, 2 days later I got a call from that dealer and was told they were having a HUGH sale on the Fit, with a 3K discount.

    The MSRP for my Versa with Convience package and carpet kit was 17,015, I paid $16,500 for it. Dealer invoice on my car was 16,256. So I paid 250 over dealer invoice.

    I would shop around your area to all the nissan dealers and see what you can do. All dealers today have a "internet" department, go to thier web sites (all dealers have web sites) and write a form letter to them all and see who will give you the best price, you can usally get a better deal through the Internet/Fleet department then the regular sales department..

    Hope this helps

    Tony :shades:
  • soloridersolorider Posts: 2
    Hi Tony,

    Thank you for sharing your experience with me.
    Actually I did that through the internet, but they all said there was no car to sell at the moment. So I walked into one of them that had the car and had that kind of price mark up. I did not have the similar experience with Fit or Yaris. I could buy them for $500 below the sticker price. I will wait for one or two weeks to see what is going to happen to the price.
  • cjshowcjshow Posts: 16
    Hello, [okcmitchell]!
    You just bought my car! Ha, ha. I am looking to buy that exact model and color in NW ohio, but as of yet there are none even to test drive (only 2 dealers to choose from and I don't want to buy out-of-state for tax reasons). I do have a question about the red color: is it a metallic red and is it similar to the red available on the Murano (sunset)? Also, did you get black interior or the tan? Thanks -C.J. :)
  • C.J.,

    The red is the "real" fire truck red, not metallic. I got charcoal for the interior, not tan. Feels and looks great. I sold my Scion xA, release series 1.0 on eBay to buy the Versa. Many similar qualities, but Versa is just enough bigger, smoother and more comfortable to suit me. 20,000 miles in the xA were much fun and very zippy, but the Versa will accomodate my golf clubs in the hatch and covered; Scion wasn't wide enough. CVT is going to take some getting used to. My first car in 15 years without a clutch.
  • I test drove a 6-speed Versa at a local Nashville dealer. The dealer told me that I could get a discount of about $1,000 if I had a family member or a friend who works for Nissan. Since Nissan NA Headquarters and a major plant are located near Nashville, TN, lots of people can enjoy this benefit, although I know no one working for Nissan. Nevertheless, is anyone familiar with the program and willing to share the detailed information? Thanks.
  • maplesugamaplesuga Posts: 1
    The Nissan Canada website shows things like foglights and sunroof as part of the "sport" package - but the "build and price" shows only the "technology" package available to add on - I'd love to get a sunroof, but the "salespeople" (they're not real salespeople, they're Nissan reps in one of the mall-shows that are going on right now) says that they're not availble.

    Anybody know if we're talking late availability or no availability?
  • I live in the San Francisco Bay area and have driven both the Fit and Versa. I was going to by a Fit S at MSRP, then in 2 days all but 1 of 15 dealers I spoke with (none had one in stock) were marking the car up $2995-people are paying this for a Fit. I will not.

    I have since driven the Versa and want to buy one, but already the Dealer(s) are marking it up from $1500 to $3000.
    Again, why pay that price for this (well thought out) car, when a good deal of the attraction of both these models is the price point?
  • wulfgarwulfgar Posts: 38
    Silver Versa S, six-speed with the Power Package and floor mats = $ 14,360.00 out-the-door. Fair price but it would be nice to have had a few more dollars off. Picking it up today so I'll post soon in the gas mileage thread.
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,631
    $14,400 is a good price, now that includes all tax's, fees and crap that the dealer adds. again not a bad price....

    Tony
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    The cars are just coming out. You aren't going to see wheeling and dealing right now. I can't beleive dealers think they can get 1-3K premium over sticker. I guess PT Barnum was right.

    I got a 1.8SL with convenience package and XVT, floormats for 16,905. Dealer said "the discount is built in" on this model... there's only $600 profit in the deal. Plus he just doesn't have to deal on his two only 07 Versas, he's trying to unload his 6 06 sentras.

    Basically I drove the car off the truck and into my garage. The sales guy had been telling people he had an SL coming in any day, but I just happened to be there when the truck pulled up. I was nice and let one of the salesman's other clients com in and drive my car while we were working up the sale.

    I drove the six speed 1.8S base model, then went and drove a Fit and looked at a Yaris, ate lunch and came back to buy the Versa and they were just rolling the 1.8SL off the truck. I drove the SL with the XVT and it was like driving a whole different car. :surprise: The XVT is a much better transmission than the manual or the automatic (although the four-speeds aren't out yet, I drove a Sentra). The manual seemed like it was geared too short for a six apeed. The six speed tacked 3700 at 80mph while the XVT will drop down to 2500 at 80 on level highway. I can see why it earns a higher MPG than the manual. Plus, it seemed like when shifting the six speed, the engine would race between shifts. I'm used to the RPM dropping off when I let off the gas and put in the clutch. It made shifting a little jerky. Granted I am a little out of practice driving stick (it's been at least 10 years since I owned one) but I think the "throttle-by-wire" was defective.

    Anyone considering the VERSA should strongly consider the XVT. It's worth the price. Don't get suckered into paying over sticker though. My guess is dealers will soon be swimming in these little tadpoles.

    Ben
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,631
    Ben its called CVT not XVT...

    Btw, I paid 16,500 for my Versa SL with Convience package, Carpet kit and CVT.

    There are 2 type of buyers, one who wants something and don't care what is cost and the other are the informed consumer. The dealer invoice on my car was $16,256.

    Tony :shades:
  • drmargedrmarge Posts: 2
    There is only one Nissan dealer in the PA county where I live and they only had 2 cars, one manual and one with CVT. I paid the sticker price of $16905.00 for the one with the CVT(with convenience pkg. and floor mats). No negotiating here because I didn't have the time to go far for the shopping and I really NEEDED the car. I had no trade-in, no down payment. I literally drove the car off the lot without paying a single cent cash.
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    It's the Xtronic CVT. You're right. I was thinking I read XVT somewhere as a NISSAN trademark or something. CVT is generic term representing many different technologies of "continuously variable transmission" including torroidal designs and hydrostatic and hydromechanical. For a living I write service manuals for a hydrostatic transmission manufacturer. Right now the belt and pully style, originally developed for snowmobiles, is the only viable option for on-highway vehicles.

    No one else who posted seems to have been able to swing a discount. I checked with several dealers in Iowa. Here they had just received their first orders of the cars and no one was wanting to deal. You're going to make your best deals right now on the 06 models. If there were an 06 versa, I would have bought that one. Best time to shop for a new car: End of the model year, end of the month. That's when dealers (and manufacturers) will feel the most pressure to move inventory.

    'Round here manuy dealers will give you good will on your trade instead of deeply discounting the vehicle price. Which is basically what they did for me. They gave me $900 for a 96 sable with bad transmission so I counted that as a $900 discount. The car is headed straight for the junk-yard.

    It looks like I'm very close to the end of my first tank of gas at 267 miles. I'm waiting for the light to go on to get a better idea of what empty is. I didn't fill the car, the dealer did, so I really can't tell what milage is on this tank. I always top off so the next tank will give me some real numbers.

    Ben
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,631
    If you have very strong credit you can bacially 'sign and drive' with nothing out of pocket.

    Tony
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,631
    Ben I think I got a great deal on mine, at $500 under MSRP. When I say MSRP I'm talking the manufactures MSRP not the dealers MSRP. Dealers always add, automate (paint protections, window tint, door edge gaurds and pinstrips) the dealers MSRP was 18,700 and I paid $16,500.

    Regarding the fuel light, mine came on and I went straight a gas station, it took 11.3 gallons to fill up. So I had 2 gallons left.

    Tony
  • voltronguyvoltronguy Posts: 10
    We just got an SL w/ convenience package and floormats (MSRP 16,905) for 16,728. The dealer had a black manual and the one we got, so they were trying to get rid of them to get a little more color. I know it's not an awesome deal, but reading about some dealers charging 1-3k over msrp I feel pretty good about it.

    We bought it on a Friday after the dealer closed, but picked it up on Saturday. Turns out some people came in Saturday morning when the dealer opened to get our car. To bad for them! While we were doing the last bits of paperwork I was watching the car like a hawk. With only one available Versa on a busy Saturday lot I was really worried about someone trying to get in it or scratch it while checking it out. Luckily we made it out with no problems.

    We drove an Accent SE, then a Fit Sport, and then Versa and it was no contest for us. :)
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    16,905 is the MSRP. There is no such thing as a "dealers" MSRP. The M is for MANUFACTURER. As far as I know my dealer didn't add anything to the vehicle except gas.

    It's great you got $405 off the price. You must be a shrewd negotiator.

    Honestly, I've never paid sticker price for a car before. There's always a discount somewhere. This was a first for me but I understand the situation. Supply and demand, pure and simple. I didn't want any other car and the tranny was going out on my trade, so I couldn't wait for better buying conditions. After hearing that some dealers are marking up sticker price, I don't feel so screwed paying MSRP.

    I could have bought a loaded 06 sentra with Rockford Fosgate sound system for $14,500, but it's too small a vehicle for me. Plus the CVT beats the pants off of the Sentra's 4-speed auto. I fit much better into the Versa and I'm 6'/325lb. I never thought I'd be comfortable in so small a vehicle. This car is like the TARDIS.

    Four weeks ago, we bought a brand new 06 Quest and we got that from another NISSAN dealer nearby for dealer invoice -$3000 factory incentive for $21,795 or about $6000 off sticker (MSRP). We were extremely happy with that purchase price.

    Ben
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,631
    Being a 'shrewed Negotiator' nope, informed consumer yes. Dealer invoice for my car was 16,256, and I paid $244 over that for a new car and they only had 2 of them to sell, for that price I got tinted windows, Lexon door edge Guards, carpit kit and paint protection. I say I got a damn good deal..

    And you paid, full MSRP....

    Enogh said.

    Tony :shades:
  • dtlaydtlay Posts: 1
    Went to look at a Sentra (didn't like it at all), salesman aked if I had looked at the Versa. (I had never heard of it.) They had 2 right off the truck. One was almost custom mad for my tastes. Red SL, manual, convinience package, black interior. MSRP 15,905 (plus the dealer add ons of about 700). Was offered 2500 to start for my trade, taking it to 14,100. Ended up paying 13,250. (Last offer on the trade was 3200, 100 more than book. Past that I told them I didn't care where the price came from, just the bottom line.) Also got them to throw in a tank of gas if I bring in the survey card later. As soon as the tank is on E, I'll be there.

    Had looked hard at a Mazda3, but felt like there was a lot more room here, especially in the back, plus I liked the handling and feel of the transmission better.

    Only issue on day 3 (so far, anyway) is the gasket around the handle for the brake isn't seated right, and it pushes the hande up at times jsut enough to register that the brake is set. A little irriating, but should be simple enough to fix (for the dealer, of course.)
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,631
    COngrats on buying the car, I have a feeling Nissan is going to discount the Sentra a lot to move them. So are you enjoying the car?

    Tony :shades:
  • oregoneoregone Posts: 11
    Walked into the dealership in Gresham, Oregon last night. They had a Versa SL with manual transmission and convenience package. MSRP was $15,905 and total with Additional Dealer Markup was $17,705. I offered $15,000 and they countered with $16,655. I told them that i couldn't pay higher than MSRP with a clear conscience so they told me to have a nice day and good luck.
    I've sent an email to every dealer within a 150-mile radius (from Eugene to Tacoma) asking if they can beat that price. So far (at 8:30 in the morning the very next day), I've already received two calls from dealers saying they will match the price, but not beat it. I'm thinking that a Versa is not in my future, unfortunately.
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    There are more cars in the pipeline. The madness will subside in a few weeks. If you can wait that long.

    There are dealers out there selling Versas for MSRP and less. The guy from Phoenix got a discount and is very proud of himself.

    I don't blame you one bit for walking out of that dealership. This is a totally artificial shortage and dealers are just price gouging. This car is no tickle-me Elmo. There isn't enough hype to support sales above MSRP.

    Ben
  • I just bought an SL w/ convenience package, AT and floormats (MSRP 16,905) for 16,000. I thought it was a good deal. The car only have 8 miles. I think some dealer willing to deal and price also depending on where you live.

    Kdb
  • tadatada Posts: 4
    I bought a new Versa back on 7/15/06. Second one sold in Denver.

    2007 Versa S
    Blue Onyx exterior
    Charcoal exterior
    Power package (windows, locks, keyless entry)
    6 speed manual transmission
    I paid $13,905 + tax & fees = $14,990.

    I paid MSRP, but the supply was low, I got an excellent trade-in, and I wanted the car.
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,631
    Ben I'm not 'proud of myself' as you stated. Just informing people that you can get a good deal on the Versa.

    The resl trick is to use either the 'internet department or Fleet Department (depends on what your dealer calls it.) If you let the floor saleman help you, you wont get a good deal. Also what helps is having multi dealers in your city, here in PHX we have 8 Nissan Dealers, so price will be better.

    Granted my dealer didn't make a lot on my car, but there are people who are completely clueless on how to buy a car and the dealer will take advantage of them.

    So any of you looking, call the dealer before going down, and ask if they have a Internet Department or FLeet Department, speak to a salesmen, and tell them you want to buy a Versa and you want the best price. Get thier name and when you arrive, and the salesmen does not take you to a separte part of the dealership (usally away from the showroom) then they don't have that department, but all dealers have them. I have never bought a car from a floor salesmen..

    Tony :shades:
  • oregoneoregone Posts: 11
    Well, it took three days, but I got my Versa SL w/ convenience package for under MSRP. After sending emails to all the dealerships in Seattle, they basically told me that there was no way I was getting it for under $2000 ADM. They told me to not even bother driving up because they were "flying off the lot as soon as they got off the truck." Whether or not that is true, I took their advice and stayed in Portland.
    I got mine for $600 above invoice, so I figure that after the dealer holdback of 2% Mazda has, the dealer made about $900 in profit. So I guess both parties are happy. I'm sure I could have done better with a month or two of patience, but for a first-time new car buyer, I'm going to give myself a B-.
    By the way, does anyone want to buy a '92 Mazda for $150?
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    Good for you. What did you pay? As I recall there's only about $600 difference between Invoice and MSRP on these cars. At least that's what my dealer told me. I was told by one dealer (not the one I bought from) that "The discount is built-in" That's funny.

    So how do you like it so far?

    Ben
  • gaboogaboo Posts: 4
    $16000 with 4 speeds or cvt?
    if you paid $16k for cvt, you got a great steal! :shades:
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