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2013 and Earlier - Mazda3 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • a4b5a4b5 Posts: 17
    Yesterday I brought home my Speed 3 GT for a total OTD price of $24933.50. I bought from Walser Mazda in Burnsville MN, and would highly recommend them.

    There were no options on the car, no add ons, and no trade in was involved. The breakout was as follows:

    24,550 = MSRP
    23,050 = Price of Car

    + 335.25 registration / title
    + 50 doc fee
    + 1498.25 MN sales tax @ 6.5%
  • pmckaypmckay Posts: 6
    Last week in Anchorage AK I used S-Plan pricing and bought a Phantom Blue 5-door Touring model with Auto, Moonroof and 6 CD, and rubber mats for 20k. 1.9% financing made me feel good.
  • I am shopping for a Mazda3 GT right now.

    I want only three options on the car: Moonroof package, Rear Wing Spoiler, and a cargo mat. MSRP $23,050

    First dealer offers me 22,496 in my third color choice (Black). It doesn't have the spoiler or the cargo mat, but I think the price he gave me included having those installed.

    Second dealer offers me 21,111 in my first color choice (Aurora Blue). It does not have the spoiler, and to install it I was quoted 560, also doesn't have the cargo mat, but that is only like 40. So all told I estimate 21,711. The second dealer also has my second color choice (Galaxy Gray) with all the options I want, and I was quoted 21,411.

    Do you think the first dealer will lower his price? He was the one I test drove with and I liked him...but not enough to pay more for the car.

    Also the prices that the second dealer quoted me is 300$ under invoice for each car...seems too good to be true. What kind of "gotcha's" should I be looking out for?
  • cchicagocchicago Posts: 8
    I purchased a 5-door Hatch GT in Aurora Blue Yesterday

    Auto Dim Mirror w/Homelink

    MSRP: 21,975
    Invoice: 20,764
    Price Paid (Incl Destination): 20,248

    Note -- Invoice does not inlcude $396 dealer holdback.

    I did everything via e-mail. I e-mailed several dealers specificing the car I wanted along with the inovice information and I said I would purchase the car from the dealer with the lowest price. I received quotes within 24 hours. Three dealers were at the same price, one was $500 higher and another $800 higher.
  • cchicagocchicago Posts: 8
    My car is a Manual Transmission
  • floodyfloody Posts: 4
    I bought a 2006 Mazda3 GT yesterday. It came fully loaded with leather and navigation and has 13333 miles on it. I paid $17000 + tax from John Finger Mazda in Greenville, SC. Good dealership!

    The dealer did not have a navigation dvd though. Can anyone tell me how I can get the dvd? Is it expensive?
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    The dealer did not have a navigation dvd though. Can anyone tell me how I can get the dvd? Is it expensive?

    I would have made the dealer supply the disc and if they did not have it put it on the "we owe" document.

    Normally for Mazda NAV discs you order them direct from NavTeq: Here is the link, click on the Store icon. They don't have a listing for a 2006 3, the 2004-2005 3 DVDs - like most other DVDs they sell - is $199 + shipping. I think they changed the disc format for 06, so older discs would not work. I would call Navteq and see what they say.

    You can also find them from time to time of fleabay, folks steal them from cars and sell them or perhaps get them from wrecks or something. A lot of folks will try to sell their old discs online once they upgrade, but who wants old maps?

  • floodyfloody Posts: 4
    Thanks for the reply.
    Can I buy a dvd for another Mazda model (say the RX-8) and use it with the Mazda 3?
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    I don't know - it is possible. I would call Navteq or e-mail them and ask where to get the disc for your 2006 since it is not listed online. It is probably available, but since it is the same disc that SHOULD have been in the car they don't list it for sale. You could also check on fleabay or at junkyards - just buy a disc that was working in a 2006 3 and it should work in your car. Anything else, probably would not.

  • Hi, I'm very new to Mazda. I currently own an 06 ford focus that I'm sick of and want to trade it in for the Mazda 3. Salesman usually eat me up, so this time I'm doing all the research I can before I go. What prices should I consider a good deal? I'm in Texas if that helps. I was thinking 17000.00? Does that sound about right? What features are important?

  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    I am new to this site also, and I recently bought a new 2007 S Grand Touring Mazda. I paid $100 above invoice. Get a good deal and all the options that you want when you buy the car. When you do this, then there is more room to adjust the price. The larger down payment that you have and the higher FICO score, you will get a great deal. Trust me on this, They love buyers that are like this. I got 1.9% for 3 years. I put down $15,000 and walked away with a $27,000 for $23,600 :)
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    You are doing the right thing - asking for help before they "eat you up" :D

    What I would do:

    Do an online appraisal here on Edmunds, KBB, NADA on your current Focus. Put in the color, options, miles, and be honest about the condition. What does the trade in value look like? If you have it financed call the bank and get a current payoff on it. If the trade value looks like enough to cover the payoff, then step 1 is complete. If not, you may want to suffer with the Focus a while longer until you get it paid down enough to be "right side up" on the loan.

    If you decide to go ahead with trying to trade - I could again look here on Edmunds for "what others are paying" for the Mazda 3 equipped like you want. Check for incentives, cheap financing, dealer money, etc. Also build and price it at and see what the invoice and "target price" are ($300 over invoice in my area). That gives you an idea of what you should pay for the new car.

    So now you know what your car is worth and what a new one should cost you - should be easier to get a good deal now that saying "I was thinking 17000.00", right?

    If possible, I would get pre-qualified for financing before visiting the dealer as well. Go through your bank or credit union and check the rates at If you have locked in low financing and know the price for a new car and the value of your trade, the rest should be pretty easy.

    If you know someone who works for Ford or Mazda or has a relative that does, you may can get an S-plan PIN from them for low no-haggle pricing (about invoice) on a new Mazda.

    As to what options, I would not buy any new car without ABS and would try real hard not to buy one that does not have side/head air bags and stability control. I don't think stability control is offered on the 3i, but the others are in an inexpensive package.

  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    Before you buy any car, Please do an extensive research online, especially at, I have found this site to be awesome and very helpful. The forums is also awesome and very helpful. Before you go to any dealer, have all your facts straight and be wise. What worked for me, is that I told the salesman that a "J" car in made in Japan 100% that you can tell from the vin#. He had no idea of this. There are many other things that I told him about the Mazda 3 S Grand Touring that he didn't know about. Therefore, basically I sold myself the car $100 above invoice and got many extras at cost. The more you know the better you will be at the dealership, if not, they will rip you off.
  • klaw2000klaw2000 Posts: 2
    Just bought:
    Mazda3 s Grand Touring
    Black Mica
    5-door Hatchback
    Manual Transmission

    Bose Audio & Moonroof package
    Compass/Auto-dim Mirror w/ Homelink
    Rear bumper step plate
    Wheel locks

    MSRP: $22,200
    Invoice: $20,846

    Paid invoice: $20,846 (yes, invoice!)

    Bought it through the dealership's online sales manager. I'm telling you this is the way to go. I spoke with internet sales guys at several dealerships of different brands as well, and was offered invoice or below on nearly every car that I looked at. These guys are completely pressure free and some of the nicest guys I've ever met at a dealership.

    Once you know what make/model you want, use Edmunds or KBB or CarsDirect or any of those sites - you enter your contact info and what car you are looking for, and you automatically get emailed price quotes from several dealers in your area. Find the best quote, go down and check out the car, and seal the deal. 100% positive experience, saves time of traveling to 5 different dealers, and gets you amazing prices.
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    I got my pricing online and took it to the dealership and was out the door in 3-4 hours. I would of been out a lot sooner, but I was watching the Laker game on their 67 inch plasma TV enjoying all the free starbucks that I could drink. I got my car for $100.00 above invoice. You beat me as far as Invoice. Darn. GOOD JOB!!! ;)

  • calvinccalvinc Posts: 11
    Being a first time car buyer, there's a good amount to worry about. I want to get everything sorted out before going to the dealership to make sure I don't get a fast one pulled on me. Once I've got the price of the car settled, they add their tax tags etc. I think I'm fine with that. So then I subtract my down payment from the total, and say I have 10k left that I want to finance with the 1.9% deal. When I go to finance that amount, how do I know it's being done properly? Are those guys in finance trying to sell me things too? Are there any fees that I should expect to pay to finance or is it strictly 10k@1.9% for 36 months, with payments equal to that calculated when you use sites like Edmunds to do a "payment estimator."? Thanks!
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205

    Very good questions, I will answer them for you to help you out. I have bought and sold over 15 cars in my life and I am 33 years old, therefore, I know how to wheel and deal.
    1.9% is an awesome deal, that is what Mazda is offering now, since they have no rebates on these cars. My finance loan is for 36 months at 1.9% and is for $10,050. My payments are $283.50 a month. Yours should be the exact same amount. Mazda can loan from over 36 banks, therefore all of them will compete, However, if you do the math that is what you will pay. At 1.9% you can't go wrong and also you can not take a loan out for a longer period of time at 1.9%, since this is from Mazda, if you loan from them.

    Most Finance departments are experts, they need to be, since they are dealing with money. When they print your contract, two people check it over and make sure all is correct.

    Will they try to sell you an extended warranty? you bet, they have to disclose this to you, if not and you call them on it, then they will have to give it to you for free. I read this somewhere and my friend got one for free. If you refuse the warranty and add-on's like I did, then they will make you sign paperwork stating that. However if you change your mind about the extended warranty, you have 30 days to either cancel or buy one with no penalty to you. That is all written on the paperwork.

    FYI: I think these cars are awesome and therefore buying an extended warranty will be a waste of money, in my opinion.

    That is all that I remember them trying to sell me. No hassle. I told the guy no and he said ok. No problem. My dealership was awesome and never pushed anything on me at all. I even got all the starbucks that I wanted for free. I hope that your deal goes this way. Let me know ok. :)
  • you keep mentioning this starbucks thing. where is your dealership...all i get is free coffee from one of those machines that makes you one custom cup of your flavor choice. aarggh! :cry:
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    errrggggg!! I hate those machines, actually my dealership doesn't have those machines, because they have the real deal.

    Who does not love starbucks? if you don't then you are not from planet earth!! JK. ;)

    My dealership was Galpin Mazda in Van Nuys, CA.

    I made the deal at the Mazda dealer, then my salesman walked my wife and I across the street to the Galpin Lincoln dealer to seal the deal, that is where their finance department is. SWEET TWO STORY ALL GLASS SHOWROOM. Galpin owns the entire two blocks in Van Nuys, CA off of Roscoe Blvd.

    Where are you from? I can send you to my salesman if you like.
  • thanks anyway, but i'm on long island and i already have 3500 miles on my 2007 s Grand Touring 5 door (love it!) but it neds a bath today. with black mica, she takes almost as many baths a week as i do- but she looks sooooo pretty when she's shiny!!! :shades:
  • calvinccalvinc Posts: 11
    Well so there shouldn't be any "startup fees" or something along those lines. It should be a straightup calculation of the amount owed (10k), with interest rate (1.9) and loan term, roughly 285.99 w/ my calculator. That's it right?? I don't plan on getting warranties or anything like that.
  • calvinccalvinc Posts: 11
    Mind sharing price paid? Specifying tax etc. Thanks!
  • Mazda3 S Grand Touring-5 door, manual transmission

    Options- Bose audio and moonroof package, moonroof wind deflector, rear bumper step plate, cargo net, all weather cargo tray, all weather floor mats.

    paid $21,076 + 8.65% sales tax in NY, plates, reg, title, NY tire waste fee, silly $55 dealer fee for processing= OTD final price of $23,071.31
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    When I bought mine about 60 days ago I also took advantage of the 36 month 1.9% rate, but in addition my dealer offered a bi-weekly payment plan through a third party (called Biweekly Management) which I also took. I wanted to have payments come right out of my checking account and this enabled me to do that. They debit one half of the regular monthly payment every two weeks and pay Mazda Credit for you, and you end up getting the loan paid off a couple of months early. According to the dealer this effectively netted the finance charges down to zero, but for me it more a matter of convenience than anything else.
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    Very true!! I am paying $300.00 a month, which will make my pay off at 33 months and the finance charges will be near 0. Awesome!!! :)
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    Good eye, that is the right price. That was out the door for me. Now pay $300.00 a month, and your pay off will be at 33 months, with $0 in interest, well close to that.
    Not bad of a deal!!! Enjoy!!!
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    Regattagirl, Sounds like an awesome deal like mine. I got mine for $23,000 OTD, including taxes, not including options, please see below.

    Mazda3 S Grand Touring, 4 door Sedan, Galaxy Grey Mica, 5-speed sport auto transmission.

    Options: Bose audio 6 CD changer, Moonroof, All weather floor mats, Auto-dimmer mirror with Homelink, Front full mask, Cargo mat, Wheel locks, CAI (Cool Air Intake) unit, Tint all the way around, rear lid spoiler, Fuel satin door.

    OTD: Final price with all the above $25,000
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 9,260
    would have to offer me 0% financing to make up for the reduced and lame-duck warranty they are offering. I don't trust Mazda enough to let them get away with slashing the warranty by 25%.

    Mazda should go broke for that decision!
    Toy '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD, Commuter '16 Kia Optima LX 1.6 Turbo FWD, Wife's '17 VW Golf All-Track SE 4-Motion AWD
  • stallionrestallionre Posts: 205
    I hear that, however, I don't believe in anything on an extended warranty. If you car is going to break, it will within the warranty already on the car. I have never had anything break on me before inside or outside the warranty. I never buy the extended warranty, especially reading all the conditions. I.E. You still have to pay a deductible and labor for most items that are on an extended warranty, Screw that!!! :mad:
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    I have bought and sold over 15 cars in my life and I am 33 years old, therefore, I know how to wheel and deal.

    I could not let this one pass - buying and selling "over 15 cars" is proof of nothing, other than you change you mind a lot :D

    We have no way of knowing if you get good deal or bad deals - just that you do a lot of deals. Volume does not equal expertise - it is just volume. No offense, but that is how it is. Everyone should take everything you read here with a grain of salt (even what I type :shades: ) and check for themselves - as we don't know each other and can't be sure what the REAL expertise is of the person doing the typing.

    As to the question asked - the 1.9% rate is nice rate and is certainly cheaper than you can get at any bank or credit union. The drawback (as there usually is) is the very limited term - 36 months in this case. It is a come on to get you onto the lot as they KNOW 99% of the folks can't afford to buy a new car on a 36 month term no matter how low the interest rate is. How many Mazda3 shoppers could afford $486 a month for a $17k car? Not many, but by the time they figure this out they are in the F&I office. They will do 3.9% for 48 months (drops the payment to $383 for $17k) but if that will not do then you have to go with a normal bank or high MAC rate on a 60 month rate ($331 for $17k at 6.39% from CapitalOne).

    In many cases the cheap financing means you can't get rebate money. In almost every money VS low rate deal, you take the money since it nets a better deal - but you always have to run the numbers to be sure.

    Mazda has a habit or offering a cash rebate only IF you finance with them - at a higher than your bank rate. So you have to check to see which nets you the best deal - or do what a lot of folks do: sign the Mazda stuff and as soon as the loan funds pay MAC off with a loan from your bank/credit union. You then get the cash rebate AND a decent rate. The dealer and MAC may not be happy, but that is not YOUR gauge of a good car purchase - is it? :D

    IN THIS CASE there is no rebate money so you can take the 36 and 48 month rates - if you qualify and if you can afford the payments. If you can't, then you need to get pre-approved at your bank/credit union/CapitalOne for a longer term then see if the dealer can give you a better rate in the F&I office. If not, then use your financing.

    If you want to do the cheap finance deal, you can get pre-approved my Mazda online at that link, but I don't think you will know WHAT rate you qualify for - just that they have approved you for an amount. You may be able to call MAC after you get approved to pin them down on the rate - all before you go to the dealership. I did this when I leased my RX-8 and it greatly sped up the F&I process, but this may vary from dealership to dealership.

    There should be no additional loan set up fees or anything with the MAC financing promo - just run the numbers and plug them into any loan calc program and the numbers should match what your dealer cranks out.

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