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Nissan Sentra Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    I would guess it's a valet key.
  • Yes. Does anybody know if a new Sentra 2.0S comes with a valet key? Thanks.
  • My Mom just totaled her old carolla and I need to find a suitable replacement for her. After looking at the Civic, Elantra and Carolla, I have begun to settle on the Sentra 2.0 S. Sunroof is the only option that she wants.

    Ideal car
    2.0 S w/ CVT

    MSRP = $18,780 (incl dest)
    Invoice = $17,494
    Rebate = $1,500

    Invoice with rebate applied = $15,994

    I'm in the chicago land area and was wondering what + / - invoice people are getting. I've heard dealers are trying to jack you on small cars because of the gas price panic, but I know that will vary across different manufacturers.

    What's a fair OTD price? = $16,000 plus ttl? Am I crazy?
  • sentra08sentra08 Posts: 17
    Hi Markwarren,

    I bought my car at Rosen motors in Gurnee. For the 2008 Nissan Sentra S CVT with convenience plus, alloy wheels, splash guards, and floor mats with divider, I paid $15400 OTD.

    That broke down as: the car sale price was 16255 +985 tax +150 doc fees (unavoidable) + 10 plate transfer - 2000 rebates (1000 w/ 2.9% financing +500 recent college graduate + 500 Memorial Day rebate). If you want to know who to contact, let me know.

    I don't think you can get just those options though. For the moonroof, I believe you need alloy wheels, convenience plus, and the audio package. And I know that all that for around 16000 will be way too hard to do. But if you can handle not having the moonroof and get the options like what I got (which are more than enough), you could get a great deal from Rosen I'm sure.
  • ceci08ceci08 Posts: 1
    Hi sentra08

    Can I know who to contact to get your fabulous deal? I need a 2.0S with Conv. Pkg + Alloy wheel + Splash guard + Mats + Trunk w/ divider. After looking at your OTD price, I thought it will be very possible to get what I want below $16000. I've been very disappointed lately, my nearby dealerships all looked at me CRAZY and told me they're not gonna lose money selling me at that price. :cry: :sick:
  • sentra08sentra08 Posts: 17
    Talk to an internet specialist at Rosen Motors in Gurnee. Are you in the Chicago area?
  • Hi Sentra08, could you please tell me if you also have a valet key in addition to the 2 master keys and 2 remote entries? thanks.
  • sentra08sentra08 Posts: 17
    no, with the convenience key, you just get the two convenience keys. those are the intelligent keys that serve as remote entry and keyless ignition. Also, those keys do have valet/ master keys built right into them that are hidden but pull out in case your remote entry/ keyless start goes on the fritz or if you go to a valet and don't want to give them an 300-800 (or however much it costs) key. But only two sets is what Nissan hands out originally. You can order another I'm sure, but they may charge you for it. Hope that helps!
  • You are right - finding a sunroof as the only option on an S 08 is not happening. And I don't like the aftermarket idea.

    So, I have received a quote that sounds pretty good.
    2008 SL
    Splash Guards

    Sale price = $18,109
    Cash rebate = $1,500
    Final price = $16,609 + TTL

    I think this is a pretty fair offer. What do you think?
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 801
    If there's one thing that irritates me about Nissan, it's how certain options/packages require the selection of one or more other options! The Sentra 2.0S is one example- to choose the Moonroof, you must also select the Alloy Wheels and Convenience/Plus package.

    The Audio Package (which is an option I'd be very interested in) requires the Moonroof, Convenience Plus Package, CVT, XM Stereo and Alloys! If you want a kickin' Rockford-Fosgate stereo and a manual transmission, you're outta luck...

    As far as the deal on the 2008 SL for $16,609- that's a great price based on Edmunds TMV and a few other reliable pricing guides! Get it while you can! Of the sites I checked, around $17,800 is the best price shown for an SL with sunroof.
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  • sentra08sentra08 Posts: 17
    Hey Mark,

    Yeah, that is a good deal. I found about the same on the SL but didn't really have a need for the SL. Yeah, definitely don't do an aftermarket sunroof. But given your situation of the moonroof being the one requested feature that your mom would prefer, I would definitely take that offer. Out of curiousity, are you getting that offer from Rosen? Just curious if the dealership I used is competitive on different models too.

    They say 16609, I would tell them if they can do 16400, you'd take it and then you both can hopefully settle on 16500 and each feel good about it (16600 is good, but its fun to haggle just a bit). Let me know how it all works out!

    (btw igozoomzoom, edmunds is great and all, but it seems as if you can always do better than edmunds invoice pricing (at least on many manufacturers, but not all i hear(ie:scion)). i used to get free advice and it totally helped since this was my first new car purchase)
  • Yes, that is through Rosen Gurnee. I talked to Libertyville which is closer to my house, but they never called me back! I guess they are too busy selling cars...:confuse:
  • That is a verry good deal I would go for it if You want to try to haggle a bit mor go for it. Man that dealer sounds grate keep us all updated on how it all gos thanks so mutch Marco.
  • nsvnsv Posts: 4
    I just bough a 2008 nissan sentra 2.0 CVT ( automatic ) with ABS , splash guards and floor mats for USD 16000 out of door ie inclusive of all taxes fees etc . Is this a good deal
  • I'm surprised the Sentra 2.0 does not have ABS. I think that should be standard feature in all new cars so I'm looking for a 2.0 S now.
    Is this a good deal? TIA

    2008 Nissan Sentra 2.0 S
    Standard features + $1k worth of add-ons
    - Convenience package: Intelligent Key, Bluetooth, floor mats, etc.
    - Alarm
    - Phantom Footprint (?)

    Asking sticker price: $20,750

    Adjusted price: $16,856
    Tax + Fees: $1,644
    Rebate: $1,500
    Total: $17,000 OTD

    So after rebate and everything, it comes out to be about $15,500 before taxes/fees.
  • grate pric I would go for it keep us updated grate car wil last a long time not just saying that thanks have a verry good day Marco
  • I went to a dealer today and they could only do $17000(invoice) + $1500 rebate = $15,500. That was my second time there. Should I go back a third time or will that really put me in a disadvantage?

    I don't want the extras ($352 invoice). Would it be ok to insist that they remove them? Can/Will/Do dealers take this extra stuff off? How easy is it to have them do it?

    I'm thinking I should start with 14500 and except 15000. Does that sound unreasonable? Shouldn't they be trying hard to get rid of the 2008?

    Thanks for any comments.
  • Thx marco. I went ahead and bought it since we needed a car asap. I appreciate your opinion.
  • I got mine $17000 OTD (with tax, fees, rebate, everything). I'm sure you can do better if you try. Mine came with a factory installed packages (convenience package, matts, etc). If it's dealer installed they can easily take it off and you can push down the price. If it gets to them with the extra packages, I don't think they can do anything about that.

    Hope that helps.
  • Sorry, I haven't followed up. Rosen Gurnee ended up being a con job :) All of a sudden, they couldn't locate the car I put a deposit on....

    So long story short, I ended up getting a car in the south suburbs. That dealer was a PITA as well, but my Mom has a car and is happy.

    Car dealerships have not evolved in the past 50 years. Many of them still play the same stupid games.

    Ok, I'm done. Thanks for the advice on the board.
  • Thanks thaineseguy. How does that 17000 break out? $150 doc fees, $1500 rebate, $90 for TTL, and $1000 for taxes?
  • Mark,
    That is ridiculous. Sorry to hear that. I got a great deal from them. But I can't imagine putting a deposit on a car, only to arrive and find out they were messing with you. I would be equally as angry, no doubt.
    Take care
  • Why are dealers selling these cars way below invoice?
    Is it because they are 2008s? My dealers said the 09s aren't coming in for 2 more months.

    Is it because demand is down for these?

    Are they getting extra kickbacks(besides the 2%) or factory-to-dealer incentives?
  • i'm not sure, it can't really be because of that because I got mine in May for way below invoice even before my factor to consumer rebate. good question though. wish i knew.
  • jw08jw08 Posts: 4
    New on the forums ... please excuse me if i make a mistake.

    Have read through a lot of the information here and you guys have been very helpful so far. We have decided on the car that we want - now its time to get the deal.

    I'm in the Tulsa Area and am looking for a new Sentra.

    Must Have's - CVT - Keyless entry/ignition - Air Conditioner
    Would like's - ABS - Divide'n'Hide
    Color - Not red.

    Other than that i'm easy.

    So i'm thinking to get lowest price with those features i would be looking at a 2.0S with Convenience Plus Package .... sounds about right ?

    If i can pick up a great deal on a 2.0SL i'll take that too ..

    I wanted to post here as this will be the first NEW car that i have bought - so i wanted to report my progress so that you guys can point out any mistakes that you may see me making.

    We have already been in touch with two of the three dealers here in the Tulsa Area ... we are going to make contact with the third on Monday ... should i also make contact with other dealers within driving distance ? (I don't mind making the drive if they can get me a deal)

    Would you guys advise that i just tell them that this is what i am looking for .. let them know that they are competing with each other and let them know that the best price will get the sale ?

    (We also have a trade-in .. one dealer has offered us $5500 so far - another just $4000 .. so i'm guessing i would tell them that whoever can give me the best overall price including the trade-in will be the one i go with .. or should i not even include the trade-in with the negotiations?)

    Thanks guys.

  • Just wanted to report back what I got...
    Bought a 2008 Sentra 2.0S CVT with splash guards, body-color side moldings and mats.

    $16682 price of car (Including destination charge)
    -$1500 customer rebate
    +$1043 county tax (6.25%)
    +$250 documentation fee
    +$25 tags and license transfer
    =$16500 OTD

    Invoice was $17200 including destination charges.
    MSRP was $18320 including destination charges.
    I used Capital One online blank check and got 5.49%
  • Just want to share with everyone what I experienced...
    1. "Internet specials" all quoted the invoice price and wouldn't go below that unless we went to the dealership and haggled.

    2. About 80% of the time we got a "new salesman." Every dealer said the car we wanted was hot and selling like crazy.

    3. It was fun to walk into a dealership(Hyundai in North Olmstead, OH) and test drive an '08 Elantra. Then sit at the salesman's desk and listen to him offer a one-time deal of MSRP+$800! (I countered with an invoice-$3000. The poor salesman looked like he saw a ghost. I caught him off guard.)

    4. I eventually found a dealership(Middleburg, OH) and bought the car from Mike, a 30+ year veteran. Highly recommend their dealership on the west side of Cleveland, OH.

    According to everyone elses price on this forum, I got screwed but I could hardly get dealers to go below invoice. I went to 3 around here and every one of them laughed me out the door when I asked for $1000 below invoice. Anyway, I'm satisfied with how it all went and I am enjoying my new car.

    Thanks for everyone who shared their prices/experiences.
  • Where did you bought it from?

    I have Friends discoutn from Nissan.. I am paying more for using discount than buying car without discount. How is that possible?

    Discount is on Dealer invoice. Can someone tell me what is the Dealer invoice for Nissan Sentra 2.0S AT in NJ.
  • I bought it from the Nissan Dealer in Middleburg Heights, OH (West side of Cleveland).

    I guess dealers are greedy and they want to make money, even off their friends.

    GM had the Employee discount going on and I test drove 2 of their cars. They said they couldn't go 1 penny below that Employee discount because it was GM's rule. I don't believe that (Sounds too simple and easy); but either way, that discount was above or at invoice. That doesn't seem like a good deal to me.
  • jw08jw08 Posts: 4
    Well - i ended up with a Sentra S with Conv package, Splash guards, CVT and floor mats for divide'n'hide.

    MSRP = 19020

    First offer to me was $18,800 - $1000 cash back - $4000 for my trade-in. + 3.9% financing = 13,800 being financed

    I countered with $5500 trade-in $1000 cash back +$17,800 for the car .. total financed = $11,300.

    After several hours back and forth and after me leaving showroom to go and "give another dealer a chance to do this deal " they had already moved to within $550 of my target price.

    They called me just ten mins after i had left and asked me to come back in ... so we swung by there on our way back home and they offered $5500 trade in, $1000 cash back, $18000 for car = total financed $11,500. + 3.9% for 60 months.

    that was close enough for me ..

    they had moved in my direction by $2300 .. i felt it only fair that I should move by $200 to seal the deal. (I would have been prepared to finance $12000 if they had really pushed me .. so i was happy)

    I'm sure at that price they did make a buck or three ... but i felt like i got a decent deal too .. and at the end of the day - that's what negotiation is all about ... if both sides feel that they got a deal and both can walk away happy ... it is a win-win for everyone.

    Finance guy tried to push a $600 scotch-guard protection, a Gap insurance policy, a maintenance plan and an extended warranty as well as "life insurance" type policy which would pay off the car should anything happen to either of us ... that little lot would have taken our payments from $211 per month to $270 per month ... (and would have added an extra $3000 to the sales price) so we politely turned down everything he offered and we were back home with a new car within the hour.

    Had the car a couple of days now and am so far VERY happy.

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