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Chevy Trailblazer/GMC Envoy/Olds Bravada Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • big_catbig_cat Posts: 14
    Could you say more on that Citibank driver edge credit card $1500 and the on star $1000 rebate?
    How did you look for all these rebates?
    Thanks in advance.
  • Hi bigcat
    Citibank driver edge credit card
    800 967 8500
    gives you back 2% on all your purchase.
    $500 max a year but max you can claim is
    $1500 for one vehicle. But it can combine
    with GM card and you can buy any car of
    brand and of any model even used.
    After you buy a car, you just fax Citibank
    your vehicle invoice in sixty days, you will send a check of whatever you have accumulated up to $1500 per vehicle. Actually I accumulated more
    than $1500.

    Onstar rebate is just promotion from GM.
    You need to watch for it. It is not always on.
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  • stag1203stag1203 Posts: 9
    Was in a Chevy dealer yesterday, priced out a Trailblazer LT, leather ,sunroof, XM radio, etc...The sticker on the car was $35,800 (or so), with the employee discount program etc, the out the door price would be $26,000.

    Still thinkinng about it.
  • imadad2imadad2 Posts: 79
    Still thinking about it? I would be all over that. I love my 2004 and have been mulling over trading it in for a new one. I could actually lower my monthly payment if they give me what I owe as a trade in. With a GM card and loyalty purchase, that deal would be even better.
  • hey stag,
    i need to know where you're looking. i cant find a darn dealer to help me out at all like that. I need to find an EXT model with all of that. I saw an EXT loaded w/out leather, xm and moonroof and still wanted 27000, but becasue I mentioned financing, he put the rebates back in to make it 30,000.
  • stag1203stag1203 Posts: 9
    OK, done deal, closed the deal last night with some changes. GM Smart buy, 48 months $301 a month not including taxes. Switched vehicles are the details...

    Trailblazer LT, two tone Green over silver, Lux pkg #2, Sun and fun pkg, off road wheels, running boards, side curtain aribags (basically every option but the DVD and Nav). The bottom line on the sticker on the car was EXACTLY the same as the one I saw the other night.

    Talked to the sales mgr about why the difference in price and he took me through it step by step, he said that basically, the option pkgs and the discounts make the difference. If I understood correctly, the silve rone I looked at had a discount on the window sticker due to option packages of $2700+; the one I bought had on the window sticker a discount due to option packages of about $1300 or so. He said that basically comes off the employee purchase price and that $1400 difference is the difference in the price.

    The guy was great about it, even though I broke his shoes by playing stupid and saying "Well I am just a layman and to me if the bottom line on the window stickers is the same, the payment is the same"...he said he couldn't do anything because under the program the price is the price, so he threw in 5 free oil changes. Hey, I took it, something is better then nothing.

    email me if you want the dealer info I'll be more then happy to let you know. It is a small dealership, but they are really helpful. I wasn;t interested in the EXT, so I don't know what they were pricing out at, but I imagine pretty close. They did have an EXT on their showroom floor, an it was pretty loaded (I think an LS) with an out the door place. of $26,500. I haave to go to the dealer this afternoon for something, I will check it out for you and get the details.
  • stag1203stag1203 Posts: 9
    The veh in the dealer was an LS EXT, w/ 5.3 V8 and option pkg #2. No sunrooof or leather, but with running boards. $26,500.
  • Hey Stag, you da man it sounds like. Please let me know where you are from. I cant find a dealer to get me anything under what they feel is adequate. I need the EXT but dont care much for leather as I have 2 big dogs, hence the EXT. I will have 5K in negative equity so I need to stay under 27000 to stay in my price range of less than 500.00 month.
    'Thanks in advance!
  • jayk47jayk47 Posts: 4

    I have come across a 2002 Trailblazer LT.. Leather seats, Fully Loaded etc with only 18000 original miles on it. An old lady is selling it as it used to be her deceased husbands car. Its been garaged for over 2 years and has only been used a few times... Its absolutely like brand new... Problem is im not sure what to offer for it... We were thinking of 15000... It might even have some warranty left on it...Does this sound like a good deal??
  • kerley1kerley1 Posts: 3
    I am looking to buy a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer. I have already secured financing through my credit union at 4.99%. Today at a dealership, the salesman said that if I do a GMAC Smartbuy that I can get an additional $2500 off of my purchase price. He said that since I really want finance through a regular loan that I could turn around after I make my first Smartbuy payment and refinance through my credit union. I told him that I would have to check with my credit union on Monday.
    The price I was quoted with the smartbuy is $21527 +TTL. This is an LS with the Sun, Sound and Entertainment package.

    Has anyone had any dealings with the smartbuy program? Taking the additional $2500 off would really help me a lot but I'm nervous about this because I haven't done this type of a purchase before. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  • stag1203stag1203 Posts: 9
    I have gotten 3 cars through Smartbuy. What your salesman says is true. However, what I would ask is if you would get the same rate through your credit union because it would then be considered used when you went to pay it off.

    My father likes to buy cars outright - cash only. When he got his Deville, he was going to pay cash, but when he talked to the sales manager (a family friend), he was basically told the same thing you were - finance it throuh SmartBuy, take advantage of the additional discounts available and then pay it off. Which is what he did.

    I don't know where you live, but in NY where I live, because of new legislation you can't lease, but you can do SmartBuy. In essence, it is the same thing for us except the title is in your name, and it is much less restrictive there are mile restrictions though 12 or 15 thousand per year. At the end of the 48 months you can either give the car back or pay the balloon payment.

    Email me if I can help explain this further or help with any questions. I am certainly not the expert, but I have done this a couple of times.
  • kerley1kerley1 Posts: 3
    Thank you so much. I feel much better knowing that someone else has done the same thing. I will definitely check with my credit union regarding the rate before I do anything though.

    Regarding refinancing, do you happen to know how long your Dad waited until he paid it off and was there any kind of a penalty? My salesman talked like I could turn around and refinance as soon as I made my first payment.

    By the way, I live in Texas so we are still able to lease and Smartbuy. The mile restrictions appear to be the same as they are in New York. I'm glad to hear that you have been happy with the program for future reference.

    Thanks again for your help. I've been researching the Trailblazer and I really thing I'm going to like it.
  • stag1203stag1203 Posts: 9
    He paid it off after making one SmartBuy payment, I don't know why he waited, I think he wanted to make sure no one was going to ask him for the discounts back or something...LOL

    Good luck with the TrailBlazer, I pick up mine tomorrow, I cannot wait.
  • Was looking hard. But I think I finally found the PERFECT vehicle. Someone tell me if I got the right deal please. It is a black on black leather Envoy XL(7 seats)
    Fully laoded, everything except a DVD player, what would I need it for, no kids. 900 miles, GM drove for a few weeks. 31000 purchase price, due to the DEMO status, I got a 75,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty w.a $50 deductible for $900.00 financed. 72 month term 606/month. 35K out the door. This is Envoys creme de la creme.
  • I am looking for a Trailblazer EXT and was considering leasing, but now the Smartbuy concept has me curious. I guess I don't really see much of a difference between a lease and Smartbuy other than the fact that the Smartbuy payment seems slightly higher when using GM's payment calculator.
    Could someone that has used Smartbuy please provide a lease/Smartbuy comparison or let me know why you chose Smartbuy rather than a lease?

    Thanks in advance!
  • stag1203stag1203 Posts: 9
    Well in NY, you can no longer lease a car like you can in other states, so financing or SmartBuy is your only choice. SmartBuy has a ballon payment at the 48th month that you pay if you want to buy the vehicle or simply turn the vehicle in. They also offer $0 money down option.

    When I used to lease, in NY anyway, the title would be in the leasing company's name and they would hold the title. With SmartBuy, the title is in your name and you hold it as you would with financing. Leases also typically require some sort of cap cost reduction up front. To me, they seem very similar. I have been leasing since 1992 and SmartBuy customer since it started in NY about 3 years ago.
  • imadad2imadad2 Posts: 79
    I would ask her what she would want for it. You might be surprised. She may have no idea how much she could get for it and you could walk away with a "like new" truck for a lot less than you need to pay. She'd be happy and you'd be happy. I ran a blue book, and they suggest in the ball park of $17,000. However, you are buying from a 3rd party and if the warranty is not transferable, might be taking a risk. I'd aske her and start around $14,000 if she is over that price. good luck.
  • petriepetrie Posts: 2
    The other difference is in the amount of taxes you pay up front. On a traditional lease, you only pay tax on the amount of payments. With SmartBuy, you pay tax on the purchase price of the vehicle since the assumption is that you will make the balloon payment at the end and thus "Buy" the vehicle.
  • I went to chevy last night and I was approved for a trailblazer - the bank said i needed proof of income, i dont save my paystubs so i dont have that to show them. They told me to go get my insurance and to come in tonight to take care of the dmv stuff. What should I do about the pay stub situation, i dont get paid for another 2 weeks.

    thanks in advance
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,079
    You are going to have to talk to your employer about providing some sort of income verification. Maybe bring bank statements if you have them. You are supposed to keep copies of your pay stubs just for this reason!

    You might ask in our Questions About Financing New Vehicles discussion as well.

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  • vosvos Posts: 2
    I just traded my 2002 TrailBlazer LS in for a 2005 LT. The list price was $34,935 and it has the sun and sound package with running boards, leather, sunroof, and a Bose 6 cd changer with XM radio. The GM discount price was $28,500 and displayed on the windshield. It also had a $2500 rebate. I owed $14,500 for my old TB and they gave me $16,500 for it. It only had 18,000 miles on it, but no options. I've upgraded to a vehicle with all the bells and whistles including the free one year of OnStar and three months of XM and my payment is $40 less per month, of course its for four more years. I'm definitley pleased with Stanley Chevrolet in McCordsville Indiana. I also purchased an '05 Impala from them in January. It's definitely wierd walking in the garage and seeing a blue TB instead of a red one! :D
  • scot5scot5 Posts: 1
    I purchased an 05 Trailblazer LS on 6/22. With GM employee price and rebate it was $21,500. I added gap insurance at $399 and the dealer arranged financing with a credit union for 5.24% for 72 mos. One thing that was interesting is that I am eligible for a GM discount through my father-in-law. The dealership confirmed that it would not benefit me to use his discount, so GM is really charging the public the same price as employees. My last few cars have been Hondas and Toyotas. I wanted an SUV and the Trailblazer cost less than the smaller, less powerful RAV 4 and CRV. Much less than the similar in power and size Pilot and 4 Runner. I live near the town where Trailblazers are built (Moraine, OH), so it's neat driving a car that my neighbors built. Hope all of our Trailblazer buying and owning experiences go well.
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  • locomolocomo Posts: 29
    Have found an '05 6 cylinder Envoy XUV (retractable roof) with 4WD, locking differential, and Onstar. MSRP is $33,480. Dealer wants 26,935 (employee discount) -2500 rebate + 270(doc fee) = 24705 + TTL. Is this a good deal or should I keep shopping?
  • How is everyone getting such a low price before the rebate? I have contacted a few dealers regarding both the Trailblazer EXT and Envoy XL and am getting quotes after rebate for approximately what other people are quoting before rebate (Envoy XL MSRP $33,810, price after employee discount and rebate is $26,310).

    locomo - are you sure that the price of $26,935 is before the rebate? If you check on the GM website the employee price for an Envoy XUV with an MSRP of $33,280 is $26,755 and it says that includes all incentives (which I take to mean rebates).
  • imadad2imadad2 Posts: 79
    On the Chevrolet web page under "Special Offers", the current deal for the EXT is a $2,500 rebate on top of the employee pricing. Instead of the rebate, you can get discounted financing. So, if you are going to buy an EXT, get pre-approved financing first. I also used a GM card on my truck, so that may be an additional discount being included.
  • imadad2imadad2 Posts: 79
    Getting almost $9,000 off of MSRP is a good deal. I'd ask them to throw in some free oil changes though ... :)
  • locomolocomo Posts: 29
    are you sure that the price of $26,935 is before the rebate?

    Yes. This is in the Mid-South region.
    The guy I talked to on the phone said the price was the same as posted on the web, $26,935.
    I then asked if he'd go lower since I had to drive 200 miles to get it.
    He then told me about the $2500 rebate which would make it $24,435 +$270doc +TTL
    He wouldn't waive the doc fee, so I told him I'd think about it.
    My brother in Pennsylvania was trying to buy a GMC for a graduation present for his daughter.
    They wouldn't do the rebate AND employee pricing for him. This is contary to what's on the GM website, so he went elsewhere(non-GM). rand=divisional
  • I've traded my Honda Accord for an Envoy SLE with options. The sticker price was $31770 that included Polished wheels, homelink, power driver seat, cruise control, and other stuff. After all the rebates the price of the car was $23373 +TTL. That was $1075 less than the price on the Emp. Discount Flyer on the front windsheiId. Also, I received $13500 for my 2004 Honda DX which I paid $15000 last year but had 18000 miles.

    I think I received a great deal. I purchased the SUV in June before the employee discount was extended but I also shopped several quotes from dealer to dealer.
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