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Chrysler Town & Country Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • mrblonde49mrblonde49 Posts: 626
    It's probably #2. The only way you don't pay tax on rebates is if it's a manufacturer to dealer incentive. If it's customer cash, like I believe the Dodge is, then the 3500 come off after you pay the tax on the purchase price of the car (20840)

    Doc fee seems reasonable - I've seen them much higher. Though my dealer didn't charge any at all
  • reuel3reuel3 Posts: 114
    For your sales tax question, you may have better luck posting in another forum:
    Vehicle Sales Tax Questions
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    We are considering purchasing a Minivan within the next year and wanted some real world experiences with the price some have paid for their T & C's. We want to get into a Touring model with Power Doors, Leather and a DVD system. I plugged this info into Edmunds and I think I could still get the car for lower than what Edmunds shows. As far as I can tell there are about $3500 in incentives now.

    I would love to hear your experiences.

    Thx
  • kfdmedkfdmed Posts: 130
    I paid 1% less than dealer invoice and got $2000 rebate and 0% for 60 months about two months ago. I used the Chrysler affiliate awards program to get that price. Invoice was the best I could negotiate without using the program. Saved me about $300.00. Dealer invoice is $400-$500 more than what is shown as invoice on Edmunds and elsewhere. I believe the difference is an advertising fee. No dealers waive it in my area. I purchased a Touring signature series which has everything you mentioned plus navigation at a great price 32500 MSRP/Paid 28000. If you can find one thats the way to go. But they were limited editions and probably all gone now.
  • mrblonde49mrblonde49 Posts: 626
    I bought mine 15 months ago, so the structure has changed a bit, but I would say that you should easily be able to get any T&C for invoice price less any rebates. At worst, $100 over invoice
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    How does this deal sound......At a local Carmax they are asking a no haggle price of $27,499 for a Touring model, With the following:

    Fuel Tank, 20.0 Gal Cap • Towing Cap, 3800-lb Max (When Properly Equipped)
    • Battery, 500-cca • GVWR, 5600-lb
    • Speed Control • Headlamp Control, Automatic-Off
    • Moldings, Body Side • Power Outlets, F&R
    • Floor Mats, F&R • Console, Floor w/Storage
    • Lights, Flood, Liftgate & Reading • Stabilizer Bar, Front
    • Cargo Net • Entry System, Illuminated Keyless Remote Control
    • Wiper/Washer, Intermittent Rear Window • Spare Tire, Limited Use
    • Windows, Power • Door Locks, Power
    • Steering, Power • Defroster, Rear Window
    • Steering Wheel, Tilt • W/S Wipers, Variable Intermittent
    • Drivetrain, FWD • Restraint System, Dual Front & LH Knee Air Bag
    • Storage Bin, Underseat Locking • Seating, 7-Passenger, Cloth Quad Bucket w/(1) 3-Passenger Sp
    • Mirrors, Dual Heated Power & Dual Illuminated Visor Vanity • Brakes, Power F&R Disc
    • Tire Pressure Monitor • Garage Door Opener
    • Alternator, 160-Amp • Axle Ratio, 3.43
    • Radio, AM/FM Stereo w/CD & Cassette • Traction Control
    • Doors, Dual Power Sliding Side • Steering Wheel, Leather-Wrapped
    • Trip Computer, Mini • Console, Overhead
    • Light, Overhead Ashtray/Cup Holder • Liftgate Release, Power
    • Payload, 1300-lb • Air Conditioning, Tri-Zone Manual F&R
    • Heater, Auxiliary Rear • Roof Rails w/Crossbars
    • Emission Equipment, 50-State • Transmission, 4 Speed Automatic w/Overdrive
    • Door, Power Sliding RH • Seat Adjuster, 8-Way Power Driver's
    • Wheels, Aluminum • Popular Equipment Group II
    • Braking System, Anti-Lock • Roof Rails
    • Seating, 7-Passenger Quad • Engine: V6, 3.8 Liter
    • Quick Order Pkg • Radio, AM/FM w/CD & Cassette
    • Tires, (4) P215/65R16 LBL • Seats, (4) Bucket w/(1) 3-Passenger Split Folding Rear Bench
    • Air Conditioning, Tri-Zone F&R Manual • Heater, Rear
    • Console, Overhead w/Trip Computer • Radio, Cassette
    • CD Changer Controls • Navigation System, DVD-Based GPS
    • CD/DVD Changer, 6-Disc in Dash

    Can you please let me know your thoughts. The MSRP is $34,855 and the invoice (per them) is $ 32,356.

    One last question: I have a car to trade in and I was wondering if you all would think that Carmax might give me more for my car if I also plan to buy a car from them.......Thanks for your feedback.
  • mrblonde49mrblonde49 Posts: 626
    Looks like a very good deal to me.

    With trade ins, you never know. Always a variable...Biggest factor is what you are actually trading in - how easy will it be for them to sell.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Thanks for the reply!!!! It would be my wife's 2002 Tahoe with 54,000 miles on it. I'll go tomorrow morning and see what happens.
  • jthomas3jthomas3 Posts: 3
    If there are any pricing experts out there, I really need your help. My wife and I are looking at a new 2004 T&C limited with a sunroof. The sticker is 39,635.00 and the ads we are seeing in the newspaper are claiming 13K off of sticker price. One dealership quoted us 30K for this vehicle, which I know is very high considering this van is almost two model years old at this point. Also, how does the pricing with dealer incentives figure in the price when they are discounting it 13K already? Could someone give us the target price to be working towards on this van? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  • jtheronjtheron Posts: 24
    Hi jthomas
    FWIW, we got a 2004 Platinum in Feb 2004, listed for about $36,000 we paid $24,000, so got a discount of about $12,000. Would think the new Stow n Go seating would make the "old" 2004 models less attractive and require more discounts than the 2005. Good Luck to you, we are happy with our 2004 van
  • gsamgsam Posts: 4
    With all the rebates (expiring 5/2) whats a good price for a base LX or a base Touring. We plan to buy one soon, the price drops in the recent past are huge and we are not absolutely sure whats a good ballpark for the 2 above. Based on limited knowledge it seems LX (20K to 21K plus TTL) and Touring (21k to 22K plus TTL). Dealers seem to have a lot of inventory.
    Recent buyers/experts - what do you think is a good price for the midwest?
    Thanks.
  • jayua1jayua1 Posts: 1
    Found this T&C at a Honda dealer as a trade-in the options are:

    Power Sliding Doors
    7 Passenger
    Air Conditioning
    Power Steering
    Power Windows
    Power Door Locks
    Tilt Wheel
    Cruise Control
    AM/FM Stereo
    Cassette
    Single Compact Disc
    Dual Front Air Bags
    ABS (4-Wheel)
    Traction Control
    Leather
    Power Seat
    Quad Seating
    Roof Rack
    Alloy Wheels

    It's got 17,200 miles on it and they are asking 25,995 but got them down to 22,500. I think they can go lower, or is this a good deal?
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    I just got the following quote:

    2005 Touring
    Leather Interior Group
    Supplemental Side airbags
    Removable Center Console
    In-Dash 6 CD
    Sirius Satellite
    Power adjustable Pedals
    Rear Entertainment system
    + Destination charge

    Total $ 23,735

    Thoughts?
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    I posted this from a previous post:

    I wanted to let everyone know the deal I got on a new T & C '05 Touring model. Here's a breakdown of all options:

    Leather Package
    DVD Entertainment
    Side curtain air bags
    Sirius satellite
    In Dash 6 CD player
    Power ajustable pedals
    removable cenetr front seat console

    ALL FOR $23,735

    I am just trying to determine if this is drive out or if it will include tax, tag and title. Either way it is KILLER deal. I just couldn't justify a Sienna with the same options.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Thanks. I did see your previous posts, but wondered if you did better :)
    Seems like your price was better than invoice-rebates-holdback. How could the dealer offer such a low price? Was it a demo with a lot of miles on it? Or had it sat on the lot for a LONG time?
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Well, I asked the dealer Saturday morning those exact questions. It had been on the lot since the end of Feb or begininning of Mar. It had about 40 miles on it. I got the following rebates/incentives:

    $2500 Cash back
    $1000 cash back when I financed through Chrysler.
    Since I work for BellSouth I received and additional discount with the Affiliate Rewards program.

    I asked the finance guy how on earth they got to this price and he said it was a mistake, but they would honor their quote. I think the total with Tax, Tag, title and an extended warranty (7 yr/85,000 miles) was about $26,500.

    We were planning on paying for the Minivan outright and not financing it, but in order to get the $ extra $1000 rebate we decided to finance it and then pay it off. The catch is, if you decide to finance it through Chrysler the interest rate is a little high (7.9%) Since I plan to pay it off I was not that concerned about the rate.

    They make their money some how, either through interest or the price of the car (MSRP).
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    My employer has the Rewards program too. I think it's 1% under invoice. You were definitely right--they'll make money somewhere. But they shouldn't give out cars for free either, which is almost what I'm hoping for :P
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Can't advertise in Edmunds Town Hall!!
  • mikesocalmikesocal Posts: 19
    I'm looking at used minivans (Chrysler & Honda). Came across a private party selling their 2003 T&C LXi with 51K miles, and includes a $0 dedecutive 6yr/100K Chrysler Maximum Care Extended Warranty. The extended warranty covers just about everything except maintenance related items (from what I can see). The van has all the bells and whistles except for DVD. I know Chrysler has their share of vehicle problems, but the extended warranty seems like it would take care of everything for another $49K miles and 4 years.

    They're asking $18K. They showed me paperwork, sticker was $35K, they paid $31K.

    Edmunds TMV says $15,300, but TMV doesn't take into account the Chrysler Maximum Care extended warranty for appraisal. I don't like the idea of getting a used minivan without an extended warranty, and this seems to be a good warranty, since it's Chrysler's premium warranty.

    I'm thinking of just forgetting Chrysler, and looking at used Honda Odyssey vans, but I like the sound of the Chrysler Max care warranty. All of this stuff makes me jittery!

    Any advice?
  • mikesocalmikesocal Posts: 19
    Please be advised that unbeknownst to me, this post was made by an acquaintance with regard to our T&C (the acquaintance is considering purchasing it from us). My wife let them use our computer and login to post the question, not fully realizing that doing so could be viewed as inappropriate conduct on the forum.

    Please accept our apologies!

    Mike
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Sounds like a steep price for a '03. If you read a couple of posts up: I just purchased a brand new '05 Touring T & C for $23,735. I know it's almost $6,000 more, but it is a brand new Van.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,077
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  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    When I was at a Ford dealer checking out the Freestar, they showed me a recently aquired trade in. It's an 03 Grand Caravan Electronic model with one power door and power liftgate, adjustable pedals. The miliage is low only 15K miles. They asked for $17K. With some haggling maybe one can get it for $15? I don't know. Hope this helps a bit. Good luck to both you and your friend.
  • tomg4tomg4 Posts: 5
    Apparently there are only 1 or 2 2005 T&C 29P's left in the DC area. I am working a deal now to purchase one in Northern VA for an "out the door" price of $28,481 (tha's w/tags, tax,etc, no money down). I am taking both rebates ($3,500) and The MSRP for this vehicle is $32,405. It's a 29P signature series with Sirius radio (+$195) and the 3-zone temp control (+$375).

    1) Is this a good deal?
    2) A family member is helping me buy this car because I am currently overseas, so I won't be there to conduct the transaction. Can anyone who has purchased a Signature Series tell me what "bit parts" should be recieved? So far, I have come up with the following list of items that should come with the car:

    1. 2 wireless headphones for the DVD
    2. Remote control for the DVD
    3. DVD-ROM disk for the Nav/GPS system
    4. Deluxe floormats
    5. A Sirius radio 1 year included contract?

    Can anyone think of any other bits/pieces? I want to give the list to the person buying the car for me to make sure I get all of the expected items. thanks!
  • searcher3searcher3 Posts: 3
    I'm comparing two 2005 Chrysler Town & Country Limited models. One has a towing package but is $1200. more. I do not intend to tow anything but I drive in 115 degree heat and start and stop frequently or leave the car running for air conditioning. Will the tow package feature help control heat in the transmission and oil? Is it worth paying more for? I'm ready to buy but stuck on this item.

    Thank you,
    Searching3
  • veritasusaveritasusa Posts: 72
    The sticker price for the tow package is only about $600, so there must be something else on the van to account for the rest of the increased price.

    I have always gotten the tow package on my DC minivans because of the increased cooling for the engine and transmission, even though I have never towed anything. I live in FL.

    Besides, the tow package is now the only way to get something that used to be available separately - the load-leveling rear suspension. I have found that feature to be useful.
  • workingmomworkingmom Posts: 1
    I wish I could get this good of a deal that you got. Would you mind me asking the dealership name, city and state that you bought your T&C '05 touring model? This is the first time I am buying a brand new vehicle and so I need all the help I can get.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    No problem at all.....just to let you know....I asked for quotes from no less than 5 different dealers in my area (20 mile radius) and this quote was by far the best. I received a quote of $23,735 for a Touring model (white). If you want specifics as far as options just let me know(mentioned in previous posts). You can email me if you would like more details.

    The dealer was Hayes Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Gainesville Georgia(they also have a dealership in Lawrenceville). Their price was easily more than $3,000 less than any other offer. This dealer provided one of the best buying experiences I have ever had. Good Luck!!
  • searcher3searcher3 Posts: 3
    Dear Veritasusa,

    Thank you for your comment.

    You sound like you understand where I'm coming from. Of course, other dealers thought I was being too pickie since "it's called a "tow" package" and I do not intend to tow anything. The dealer of choice got the price down $600. so we went ahead with the pruchase.

    Searcher3
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    I need everyone's help! A dealer offered us $22,250 for a SXT model with power liftgate and adjustable pedals, but requires a non-refundable deposit by tomorrow. This is $900 below invoice. What do you think? Thanks!
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