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2013 and earlier Nissan Altima Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • chingachinga Posts: 5
    Maxie, does your car have Bluetooth. I configured your listed options and msrp was $280 less than you stated. Bluetooth got it to the same msrp. I am looking for a very similar car. Thanks for the info.
  • Yes, the Nissan Altima I bought has bluetooth. I forgot to mention that in my post sorry. I wanted the rear view monitor as well... but the fool wanted $22500 for it (LOL!!!).....

  • jortzjortz Posts: 1
    hi everyone.

    i am trying to negotiate with a dealer in central jersey for a 2010 altima with conv/conv+/sl package and premium audio.

    we started at 26,500k (otd) for a 2011 with those options in black. i got him down to 26,200 after a few calls/emails.

    after realizing id rather have ocean gray, 2011, i asked for his inventory and he only has 2010s left with those options/color.

    NOW, i want a really good deal on the 2010. this is my first new car purchase and id be happy with a 2010. he offered 25,500. i think i can get better (25,000 or lower otd) but he's the only one who has the car i want right now. so he has some leverage.

    any advice would be appreciated. do you think 25k out the door with those options is a descent price?????

    thank you!!

    36 month | 15k miles | residual 56% | .00164 base money factor

    Anyone know the numbers for 24 mos, 15K?

    Is there any difference on numbers between the 2.5 and 3.5 V6 models?
  • emw23emw23 Posts: 2
    edited March 2011
    I just helped my parents purchase a 2011 Altima 2.5S sedan with splash guards and floor mats as the only additional options. I always come to these forums before purchasing to get an idea of what people are paying so I thought I would post the deal we got to help others out. We are in the Cleveland/Akron OH area.

    MSRP: $23,140
    Our Price: $17,490 (includes $1,750 in incentives)
    Doc Fees: $250
    Sales tax of 6.25%: $1218.13
    Title and License: $33.50

    Total out the door price: $18,991.63
  • That is a good deal... Holy cow!!! But looking at your price, I feel like I made out real good for a similar Altima with Conv+Conv Plus+Al Kick Plts+Bluetooth. I was thinking that I could have easily gotten mine for $20,500... Dang!!! I think I should have negotiated more :)

  • Hello all,

    After a week of emails with dealers and then buying my new car yesterday, I wanted to update my previous post. I ended up with a 2011 Altima S sedan with the convenience, convenience plus, premium audio, splash guards, and floor mats. Here were my prices:

    MSRP $26,680

    car quote: $20,959 (including the rebate and the $599 doc fee common in the area)

    TTL: $1,64 (7% sales tax)

    OTD price: $22,601

    Overall, I am satisfied with the price I paid, even if I could have gotten it even lower. As it was, I was rather exhausted with the process and I was happy for it to be over. When I arrived at the dealership yesterday morning with my pre-negotiated price, I was informed that the car we had agreed upon was just sold. I told them if they could get a new one in that same day then I would buy it at our agreed price, otherwise I was not going to be strung along any more. It took a while but they found my color and options choice at another area dealer and got the car brought over within a few hours. So, after we had a leisurely lunch, we returned to a packed showroom and waited a while still for the car to be prepped and also to close the finances (they wanted us to complete financing before the car arrived, but I said I would wait until I saw the car). We finally left with our car five hours after we first arrived at the dealership -- but at least none of that time was spent haggling price.

    Good luck to all.
  • Oops! I meant to say that my TTL was $1,642 (not $1,64) in the post above.

    I did not see an option to edit my post. Is this an option on this forum?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 63,165
    You have 30 minutes to edit, then that option goes away...


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  • emw23emw23 Posts: 2
    Thanks, Maxie. Sounds like you got a good deal, too. Don't sweat it!

    This is one of those deals that just worked out. Less than 36 hours from when I sent the first email to nine local dealers to when we drove off the lot with the car. Very quick and painless! It was a good thing too as this was to replace a 2010 Altima that was totalled in a car accident. So, we didn't have as much flexibility to wait around on a good deal as I have had in the past.
  • bravo340bravo340 Posts: 6
    I'm looking to buy a 2011 Altima 2.5S with Convenience, Convenience Plus, and Premium Audio packages. I've gotten preliminary quotes from 4 dealers in the Las Vegas area.

    My question to you all (who negotiate through email first before going to showroom), do you just receive total quotes ($23,000 for example) or do you ask for the monthly payments and APR that they would give you as well (before you go to the dealership)?

    Thank you. I hope my question makes sense.
  • Hello,

    I negotiate my price as if I will be paying cash for the car -- even if I plan to finance. Then, before I ever go to the lot, I have financing arranged from an outside bank. This way, I can focus only on the best out-the-door price in my negotiations with the dealer, and not muddy the waters with financing details. I then use a spreadsheet at home to combine the dealership's OTD price with my financing options (rates, length of loan, monthly costs, rebates, etc.). Also, I don't even know if a dealership can quote you actual rates, as everything would be subject to a credit check; sure, they may try, but then when you go in, you may be told that the rates are now different after a credit check.

    I much prefer this approach, as I can take my time to study and compare my financing options at home at my leisure, and not while I am sitting with a finance person at a dealership. Also, if you prearrange financing, you will arrive at the dealership knowing the maximum you will pay for a loan (rate, etc.), and you can then let them compete to beat your financing. I think they will try harder at this if you have financing prearranged. For example, this past Saturday when I bought my Altima, I arrived at the dealership with a 2.9x% 5-year loan, but the dealership actually beat it with a 2.84% 5-year loan. I don't think they would have tried as hard if I did not already have a good rate in hand.

    Finally, do keep in mind that sometimes obtaining the best rate can mean you do not get a rebate. For example, I received a $1750 rebate that could not be combined with 0% dealer financing. Since I have a low fixed rate and I plan to pay off the loan in less than 3 years, the rebate was better for me than a 0% loan. But I would have been hard pressed to decide this at the dealership if I had not first run the numbers at home.

    Good luck!
  • bravo340bravo340 Posts: 6
    Carlurker, thanks for that advice.

    So, I was all set to purchase the 2011 2.5S with both convenience packages and Premium audio. MSRP is $26,680 and they had offered me $399/month with 0% APR for 60 months, $2500 down (not sure on exact total price off top of my head).

    I want black exterior and charcoal interior. They told me last night that they have a black with frost interior or a "demo" (?) one with "less than 200 miles" on it ("manager drives it to and from work"). I said I'd rather take new one with frost interior. Today, the guy emails me and says the new one was sold last night (was at different lot) and the reason they told me that they had it was because it showed available in the system.

    My question: if I go for the "used" one, how much should I ask to get dropped off the price? ($1k, $2k, etc.) They haven't even offere to drop price which baffles me because this is no loner a new car with "less than 2000 miles" on it. What would be fair for both parties?

    Thank you.
  • hondamom6hondamom6 Posts: 19
    $399 with 0% financing for 60 months plus $2500 down is basically the sticker price of the car. You said the MSRP was $26680. With that financing, you would be paying $26440 for the car. The 0% financing makes it sound like you're getting a good deal when really, you're paying full price.

    That's why I NEVER use the dealer financing. I always go to the dealership with my financing ready - we use our credit union. Using their financing is just one way they stick it to you. When you sign the paperwork, you also have to be VERY careful that there are no blank spaces because some dealerships who have loose morals (which I feel is most of them) will write numbers in after you have signed the papers.

    If I were going to settle for the "used" car, I would really low ball the offer. Maybe offer them $17,500 or $18,000 for the car and see what they say.
  • bravo340bravo340 Posts: 6
    edited March 2011
    Thanks for the reply Hondamom6.

    They didn't want to drop the price at all, which I don't understand. Can anyone make sense of this? It actually has 1205 miles on it. How can you sell a car that's been used for at least 4 weeks (they say he only uses it to and from work) as a brand new car? They have leverage because it's supposedly only one in are with specs that I want.

    They are offering at $24,002.51 (before taxes, fees, etc.). MSRP on car is $26,660. Also, offering $500 cash back.
  • nitikanitika Posts: 1

    can U please let me know the name of the dealership.. I ve been wandering at the dealers for two days but no one s giving me that price :(..

  • Hi Nitika

    I bought the car from Conicelli Nissan in Conshocken PA. Do not offer them anything more than $20,500 OTD for this car. Read through the discussion and you will know how to negotiate... Even though $21,000 is a good price I have a feeling I paid them $500 more than what I should have...

    Good luck and feel free to ask questions
  • escapev4escapev4 Posts: 2
    Hi, I am looking to purchase a 2011 Altima 2.5S Special Edition package. I don't think it has the convenience package or convenience plus (it doesn't have lit vanity mirrors). The special edition package adds the fog lights, auto on/off headlights, leather wrapped steering wheel and rear spoiler from what I can tell. Out the door price (including ttl) is 21725. is that a good deal? the dealership i'm looking at is one of those "one simple price"/no haggle, so should I look at another dealership? i'm in San Antonio, TX, so if anyone has experience with a better dealership down here it'd be nice to hear from you as well.

  • alamocityalamocity Posts: 680
    From the sound of things it looks like they are offering somewhere around $20250.00 before TT&L and according to truecar the great price is $20272.00 for this area for that model equipped as you described. Gunn is a good dealership to work with as they are upfront with their prices, may get a better deal at say Ancira however it may take some haggling to do so.
  • escapev4escapev4 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the reply alamocity. I do have a trade in, so do you guys suggest I look for financing first through my bank, which usually gives me the best rates, or should I just go to the dealership and let their finance folks do their work? Opinions?

  • alamocityalamocity Posts: 680
    I would recommend obtaining financing through a credit union if you can before going to the finance office at the dealership, that way you can see what they can offer and decide which is better suited for your needs.
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 750
    edited March 2011
    They are offering at $24,002.51 (before taxes, fees, etc.). MSRP on car is $26,660. Also, offering $500 cash back.

    24K is high regardless if it's a demo or not. If you're looking to purchase a demo for a couple thousands less than a new car, it's not going to happen. The price on a demo is usually very close to a new car. Why?

    There're people who think they can save a bundle on a demo so, they don't care to look at the new car. They're the same as those who think they can save a bundle by buying a 1 or 2 years old Camry, Accord or Altima.

    However, I hope that you don't offer them 17K on a almost 27K car. You cannot even get that on a used 2010. Read through some of the posts here, it seems they managed to get really good deals. I don't know how they can do it. Personally, I think 21-22K + TTL is good. However, you might pay less or more base on your market, tax and registration.
  • bravo340bravo340 Posts: 6
    Thanks for the advice gooddeal2.

    I just realized I had been calculating the price on truecar with the $1250 rebate they're currently offering where if I do the 0% at 60 months through them, they don't include the rebate. Calculated correctly, truecar says that a "great price" in my area is anything less than $24,187. Apparently dealer cost is $23,914.

    These figures make me think I'm getting a good price (if it was brand new and not a demo with 1205 miles).

    Also, the only reason I'm looking at the demo is that it's the only car in the area that matches what I want (color,trim,etc.). If they had it brand new (not demo), I would've already purchased it at what they're offering me.

    Gooddeal2, what would you accept considering it's a demo with 1205 miles? $500 less, $1000 less?

    Thank you all!
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 750
    Calculated correctly, truecar says that a "great price" in my area is anything less than $24,187. Apparently dealer cost is $23,914.

    It seems your area is not as competitive as here in the NE. Base on truecar and you want to take 0% instead of the $1250 cash, I would say 22.5k + TTL for that demo or 23.5K + TTL for a new car.

    You should try to get some numbers from out of state dealers. You might be able to get a better deal.
  • bravo340bravo340 Posts: 6
    They don't want to budge at all. They told me "demo or no demo, it's a good deal either way", when i told him that if it wasnt a demo i would've already purchased it. I've asked other local dealers: one told me what that dealer is offering me is an "excellent deal", another basically told me he can't even match their offer.

    I'm dumbfounded.
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 750
    edited March 2011
    Are you in TX, around Dallas?
  • bravo340bravo340 Posts: 6
    No. Las Vegas, NV.
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 750
    ...may be you should try LA. It should be very cheap there. It might be even cheaper than here in the NE. I would take a bus or train to LA if I can get it for about 22-22.5K. 1.5-2K cheaper than your demo.
  • usherfuusherfu Posts: 7
    edited March 2011

    I got following offer for a Nissan Altima 2.5S with special edition + floor mats+ splash guards. MSRP is 24060, price is 19256, OTD is about 20629. Is this a good price?

  • leeevansleeevans Posts: 2
    I fielded several email offers and the lowest was $18,399 . . . OTD $20K. Several others came back and matched the offer. Can I do better, or should I jump on it tomorrow before the rebate is up? Thanks!!
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