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Infiniti FX50 / FX35 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • jgq1jgq1 Posts: 11
    I just bought (today) my FX35 AWD Sport+Tech+Chrome wheels for about $500 over invoice. Meanwhile, when I was looking into the FX, I was able to get a price quote for a 2003 FX45 with Tech package for $45,000, which below invoice!

    They are going for a couple of thousands below invoice in the Chicago/south MI area!
  • kcrudupkcrudup Posts: 26
    I'm by no means a dealer apologist, but don't forget that "floor plan" interest cuts more into their profits the longer it sits on the lot- of course, this is further incentive to move a car, too. Go figure.
  • imascotimascot Posts: 14
    All, thanks for the fantastic inputs to this boards which help us all understand what is a good deal or not.
    I purchased my FX35 +Touring + mud flaps for $200 over invoice OR $200 under invoice if you include the $400 MA fee.
    Up here in the great northwest we only have one dealer in down who obviously have many people by the short and curlies, add some greed on top of this and you have unhappy customers.
    My business takes me to the Bay area in California where I worked my deal above which was still $500 under infinity Beaverton after shipping. I had given these guys my bottom line and they refused to budge saying they would be losing money (go figure). I quickly blew the off and made the deal in California where I was in and out of the dealership in 2 hours. I know they made money and I was happy with my everyone is happy.
    So the morale of the story for everyone in the NW is you do have other options and don't let the greed of some dealerships get in the way of a good deal.
    Delivery of the car is 1-2 days away, can't wait to get in the car and take it for a real spin !

    Thanks again for the all the fantastic comments out there. Edmunds keep up the great work !
    Happy motoring.
  • socalbobsocalbob Posts: 23
    The thing that is odd to me is that Edmund's TMV prices include what they consider a "fair" profit for the dealer. That's what makes these forums so valuable: we find out that Edmund's prices (and carsdirect's) are not always the lowest available in any area. You've still got to do the homework. Here in L.A., I found that the '04 Lexus RX330 is available at dealer invoice (as shown on carsdirect) and the '04 Acura MDX is available at about $1200 over dealer invoice (also as shown on carsdirect). I did not check the TMV price on either of those cars on Edmunds.

    p.s. when carbuying is concerned, I don't worry about being "fair" to the dealer. They have plenty of ways to make money even if they don't make money on the car itself (such as extended warranty, lojack, warranty repairs, other repairs, etc.)
  • petew4petew4 Posts: 71
    "when carbuying is concerned, I don't worry about being "fair" to the dealer"

    yep...& well you shouldn't. There are lots of dummies that walk in & pay premium price just because they don't want to deal with the hassle involved in jumping through all the hoops of driving the price down. When I bought my FX45 (last July) there weren't any deals to be had and I've kicked myself ever since for paying the premium (almost 55K for a loaded 45Tech) & not waiting just a little while for the inventories (that were plentifull in the mid-atlantic at the time) to become a burden on the dealers. That said however, there is a certain satisfaction in buying immediately once you decide on the vehicle.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Socalbob, TMV pricing reflects what the average buyer is paying in your area (with some tweaks). So some people pay more than TMV and educated consumers like we have on Town Hall can beat it.

    Steve, Host
  • d_in_njd_in_nj Posts: 23
    Today I test drove an FX35 & was offered one with touring, cargo net, roof rails & mud guards for $36,600 plus tax, etc. It's black obsidian with graphite leather, just like I want. I had wanted the sport package, but it's not that important to me really. Is that a decent price, ya think?

    I LOVED LOVED driving it! What fun & I didn't feel nervous at all (I've always had sports cars & have panic attacks driving SUVs.). The FX felt like a sports car. Fantastic.

    I felt SO much better about the whole process having done research. What a difference.

    I haven't heard from the dealership about the '03 yet.??
  • imascotimascot Posts: 14
    D in NJ,
    I'd keep pushing for the 36K mark or around invoice.
    I'd probably be happy with around 36.2K given your
    package. Just tell them you have other offers around 36.2K , be prepared to walk away if they want it in writing that you had it offered elsewhere. I'm sure they will at least match it (especially when you tell them you really do like working with them and not the other lot etc :-)

    I'd also blow off any '03 car given the pricing on the '04's at the moment.

    I received my car yesterday (black same as you, but with the willow interior and I'm absolutely delighted with it. I was concerned that even without the sports package the ride would be a bit stiff, but coming from a RX300 the is no doubt it is tighter, but nothing that puts me off, yet handles cornering 100x better.

    Hang on to your deal until the middle of the week and they will be calling you back.

    best of luck!
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,041
    Is it RWD or AWD? Since you're in NJ, I'm assumming AWD. Anyway, shoot for $36K or lower and you're looking at an awesome deal. This is a 2004 model, right?
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,041
    I'm by no means a dealer apologist, but don't forget that "floor plan" interest cuts more into their profits the longer it sits on the lot- of course, this is further incentive to move a car, too. Go figure.

    Exactly, Kenny. More reason to move inventory, which is why it's hard to understand why they won't just sell the 2003s at prices to move. Like you said, go figure. :)
  • socalbobsocalbob Posts: 23
    This is a current deal on a 2004 FX35, pitched to me today (I bought last week, of course), but it's indicative of the desire on the part of dealers to move cars:

    2004 2WD Touring FX35 with rail crossbar, cargo area protector, splash guards... MSRP $38,215...

    INVOICE: $34,857
    offered to me today at: $34,550 +tax, title, lic ...

    Last week, I bought a 2WD FX35 with the touring and the tech package (which is so, so cool - worth every penny) and I paid $38,000.

    I also got basic Lojack - lifetime fee (dealer cost $595; they try to sell at $895 but will take $695). Few buy the Lojack with early warning, I'm told.

    Anybody buy an extended warranty on their FX35 or 45???
    The guy who went out of area to buy was smart. Anyone can do that, as all Infiniti dealers have to provide warranty service, regardless of where you buy. Sales tax can be a consideration, though.

    Lastly, thanks for your comments, esp. Steve.
  • wibblewibble Posts: 569
    "Sales tax can be a consideration, though."

    With cars, sales tax is calculated based on where you live, not where you buy the car. If I'm in Oregon and I buy a car in L.A. then I pay 0% sales tax, not 8.25%
  • socalbobsocalbob Posts: 23
    Thanks for the info. If you buy a car in Oregon (0% tax) and bring it into California (8.25%) though, I believe you have to pay the (8.25%) sales tax to California when you register your car. Anybody know for sure?

  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,041
    You're right, you have to pay the state's sales tax upon registration. Sales tax is applied to where the vehicle is registered.

    wibble's example was flipped the other way around and wibble's right also, since Oregon has 0% sales tax.
  • capjand1capjand1 Posts: 18
    I live in upstate NY.
    we only have one Infiniti dealer here, the next one is 60 miles away, but they don't have any 03 FX's left.
    I am willing to drive 300miles, if you guys from the northeast have seen some 03FX in dealers lot, please tell me the discount and name of the dealership.

    Thanks alot.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Most states have online FAQ pages about how to pay taxes when you register a car from out of state. Usually in the motor vehicle section, but sometimes in the tax pages.

    Here's California's.

    Steve, Host
  • so_caliso_cali Posts: 64
    and title and register the car there, you keep OR plates and pay no sales tax. lots of dual resident people do this to avoid the thousands of dollars in taxes.

    if you live both places and want to eventually register your car in california, you have to wait 90 days from the date you bought it with a used vehicle and and i believe 90 days and 7500 miles on something new. they have a bunch of built in little statutory requirements to discourage out of state buying by california people trying to avoid sales tax.

    still the motivation is strong - on a 300k auto like a ferrari you're talking 24k in taxes!
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,097
    Hello: South of Boston, on "The Automile" is Infinii of Norwood. I believe that they might have a few '03s left. I'm not sure of pricing, but some Infiniti dealers in the Boston area have been advertising '04s at $4-5K off MSRP (~35-36k w/premium pkg.), so I would think if they still have '03s in APRIL!, deals should be very, very good!

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • imascotimascot Posts: 14
    Just to confirm some of the comments made.
    I confirmed prior to my purchase in Califonia
    that there would be no sales tax.
    Funnily enough when we agreed on the pricing, the sales guy ran the numbers through the computer and the print out automatically had the sales tax shown. It's one thing knowing how much you will save in theory, but seeing it in black and white that I would pay over $3K in taxes if I lived in California and not Oregon, made me feel good about paying the $500 shipping charge :-)

    On another note: D in NJ , any deals yet ...we are all rooting for you :-)
  • d_in_njd_in_nj Posts: 23
    I rec'd a second quote of $1,000 over invoice, so I'm thinking the $300 over ($290 actually), isn't bad at all! It's a go. Woohoo!

    I've been dreaming about my new FX every night! :) I canNOT wait to pick it up. We're completing a refiance (4.75%, btw), so I didn't want to begin the car purchase until it was completed.

    Still amazed at having a positive car buying experience. Thanks so much again! I'll be back...
  • d_in_njd_in_nj Posts: 23
    I did just email dealership #2 about my $290 above invoice, so who knows....? We shall see!

    I love how much less stress I'm feeling & yet I still get to buy the car I really want! *lol*
  • capjand1capjand1 Posts: 18
    Thanks, I will be contacting them about the FX's
  • d_in_njd_in_nj Posts: 23
    Now dealer #2 has offered me $150 over invoice for the same car that they have in stock! I did place a $500 deposit at dealer #1, so **headache**. Dealer #2 is about an hour away, but we'll head down there today.
  • d_in_njd_in_nj Posts: 23
    Fees from each dealership (after some back & forth) = same price from both. Dealership #2 really busted their butt for me, so we're heading down there in TWO hours to bring my baby home. I can barely sit still! :)

    Now, you may congratulate me on my Black Obsidian-Graphite Touring 2004 FX35 with Cargo net, Roof Rails, and Splash Guards ($150 over invoice!). She's already on my insurance.

    happy, happy, joy, joy!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683

    Steve, Host
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    Enjoy the ride!
  • imascotimascot Posts: 14
    Welcome to the club...
    Enjoy the ride .... Watch out when you put your foot on the pedal's deceiving as to the speed you are doing.... but you also know the car is just bustin' for you to put the foot to the floor...what a dillema :-)
  • jgq1jgq1 Posts: 11
    Congrats and have fun with the car,,, we were all pulling for you. You are a true fan of the FX, and will be a good representative owner:)
  • d_in_njd_in_nj Posts: 23
    It was just wonderful driving her home! & all told, I saved $5! :)

    Unfortunately, it looks like rain today, so I guess I'll just be sitting in the garage playing with buttons.

    Does anyone know where to get velvet ropes to use in parking lots? I'm thinking people should stay, oh, five feet back! ;)
  • jpiatchekjpiatchek Posts: 177
    How about a junk-yard-dog instead of the velvet ropes? LOL
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