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Chevrolet HHR Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • Taking a look at the chevy sight- there appears to be a lot of 07's left around where you are cutiecutie. There was a post previous in this thread that mentioned invoice minus rebates (if not taking 0%) less 10%. Considering today is the last day of the month-(a big potential bargaining chip)- start looking at what dealers have models you are interested in and email the internet departments. I would also be checking the papers- maybe one of your local dealer's are motivated- gl.
  • tutu3tutu3 Posts: 1
    Recently, I bought a brand new 2008 HHR LS Automatic for $14271 with rebates.
    With tax+title+fees, out the door price was $15500. It has a black exterior and ebony interior.

    Do you think the price is OK?


  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    That sound like a descent price. Happy driving.
  • junajuna Posts: 15
    I'm looking to potentially buy or lease an '08 HHR LS with a roof rack & remote starter with 12k miles/year for 36-39 months and zero down (except tax, title, license, 1st months pmt, etc.). What are the dealer percentages I need to know on these? What kind of monthly payment should I be shooting for? I want to know what a top notch deal would be to purchase this vehicle. I'm in Detroit.

    I basically just want to go into the dealer and say, "If you can give me the car for $XXX per month including taxes, consider it done." And if not, I'll walk out the door. I just need to figure out how much $XXX should be.

    BTW, I can get a family discount b/c someone in my immediate family worked for GM for 30+ years. Plus, I have a GM Card with a flyer stating that I can get $3000 earnings top-off (I have $2800 earnings) off select vehicles (HHR is on the list) in January. How can I figure out what the best monthly payment is based on all of this?

    What about leasing deals? Any help is appreciated.
  • megan03megan03 Posts: 4
    Just purchased a 2008 HHR LT Shadow Edition. Includes Leather Seats and Enhanced Sound Package. Paid $18,410.25. Sticker was Just shy of $22,000.

    That number includes $1500 + $1000 in rebates. One was for owner loyalty.

    Love the car.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Sounds nice. What does the Shadow edition consist of?
  • rose4hhrrose4hhr Posts: 4
    He was charging you full price for a demo with 5,000 miles:P ...glad you caught him :shades: ....! ;)
  • novanova Posts: 135
    Can you get the 2500.00 rebate and the 0 interest for 72 months?
  • megan03megan03 Posts: 4
    No....they are mutually exclusive.
  • sgarzsgarz Posts: 4
    What is a fair amount to expect to pay for an out-the door price including tax&license and $2500 in rebates?

    I often hear of people getting fantastic deals, but the last car we purchased in 2000 - we were royally screwed......

    I've searched the web extensively, but don't really have a clue as to what a dealer would have paid for an LT2 and how much we should offer.

    Can someone please help?

    S Garz
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Well with just the list price alone at least 10%.
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  • I just bought a new HHR yesterday
    The list price was 20530
    i got a discount for being a member of a credit union of 1000
    I got the 2500 in the GM rebates and incentives
    500 discount for the new york auto show
    and a 500 discount for the spring maintance coupons

    I am very happy with it
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Congratulations. Keep it maintained per the manual and you should have many trouble free years. Chevrolets last the longest.
  • sgarzsgarz Posts: 4
    My husband & I purchased an LT2 in April. Straight LT2 package w/ USB port.
    Out-the-door price $21,500.

    We're very pleased with the car - what a great ride!
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Sounds nice. I don't have one but have driven them.
  • doggie76doggie76 Posts: 4
    I'm here in Atlanta and just bought the 09 LT2 w/ leather, sunroof and roof rails. The MSRP was $24,703. Negotiated the price down to $21,801, slightly below invoice and got the following rebates:
    $2500 cash rebate
    $750 USAA rebate
    $250 Credit union member rebate
    $1000 Overage (been on the lot a while) Rebate
    + $21 State & Title fees
    + $75 Admin/Doc fees (If you get the supplier program certificate through the credit union discount the doc fee goes from $399 to $75)
    $1000 and change for sales tax
    Finally, got the Cash for clunkers $4500 for my old minivan trade

    All in all ended up financing $15,000 through Pentagon Federal credit union @ 3.99%.

    I think i got a good deal and am VERY pleased with the car.
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  • mspercmsperc Posts: 1
    Well, I WAS approved through GMAC for 0% interest at Wondries Chevrolet in Alhambra, CA. I was trying to take advantage of the "cash for clunkers" program. My auto is a 1991 Ford Explorer XLT. So I qualified. I wanted to buy the HHR L2 w/leather package. I was told all was paperwork was in order (income, registration, insurance, & registration). This took place on Friday 9/21. I had to leave town for Las vegas that evening & would return on Sunday, 9/23. I explained this to them & asked if I needed to be there it to sign any documents in order for the cash for clunkers paperwork to go thru, they told me no, despite them not having the car in stock, however, they went on the internet & located an available one at another dealer. They told me they called that dealer & the car would b there for sure by Monday. We were to finish the financing paperwork at that time.

    I asked them if my being away would b a problem, they said no because they did not have the HHR in their possesion at that time anyway. They had my cell #, I asked them to call if they needed to speak w/me about anything. I was about only 3-4 hrs driving distance away.

    I did not hear from them over the weekend, so I assumed all was fine. I returned to calif Sunday evening & called them Monday morning, they told me all was ok, they would get the car that day, all they had to do was release a check to the other dealer.

    Well, since the clunker cars would b junked, I went to the store I had the radio I bought installed for my Ford & had it removed. Within 1 minute after that took place, I get a call from Wondies Chevrolet, saying they COULD NOT get the car, that it had been sold by the dealer that promised it to them. (Chevrolet dealer in Glendale, CA) When earlier, they told me that the car was available at that dealership! I then drove to Wondries.

    They proceeded to tell me all kinds of reasons why they did not get the car, & now it was just not available. However, there was no consistency in what they were telling me, so I thought they were just lies. They never took responsibility & blamed it on the other dealership. I was also told that they needed the HHR to b in their dealership so the VIN # of the HHR could b submitted in the cash for clunkers paperwork. Now, remember, I had asked them about the paperwork needed for this on Friday. They also told me that Wondries had stopped the cash for clunkers deal on Sunday evening. I was never contacted by phone & told anything of this, I learned it when i went to them on Monday, 9/24.

    Suffice to say, I was not able to get the car. I was so upset & felt so violated. Did not think I would b able get the car as the program was ending & some other dealerships ended it the night before.

    Now, the cash for clunkers deal is off & I still have my Ford clunker. In addition an inqury or 2 on my Credit Report and no new car!
  • Yes it really is a common problem. Our 2007, bought at 32k, has it pretty bad, looks like you JUST ran through something and it will wash off but its permanant. :( Its okay though....every single car has its little quirks and we are very very satisfied with our new "baby girl" :)
  • emmy77emmy77 Posts: 1
    I would appreciate some comments about handle ability in the snow. I haven't purchased the HHR yet but am holding back based on this one huge factor.
  • carthellcarthell Posts: 128
    Yep, waay late...

    Get snow tires.
    Get snow tires.
    Get snow tires.

    Traction control plus Stabilitrac will help, as long as you're reasonable about where and how you're driving. My sister's 2001 Cavalier has traction control, and (years ago) it handled an unexpected patch of ice better than my old Sentra with no stability systems or ABS.
  • I purchased my 2010 HHR LS two weeks ago from a dealer in Morton, IL (2 hours away). It was previously a rental car and has 21,000 miles on it. I paid $11,400 for the car. I was excited because I drive about 700 miles a week and wanted XM Radio and Cruise Control, but couldn't afford to pay too much since I do rack up the miles quickly. I am disappointed to say that the listing said it had XM radio and RDS radio. I didn't bother to check those when I looked at and bought the car, I didn't know they'd lie about that. Well, I get home and spend three hours the next day getting ticked because I couldn't figure out how to make the XM come on. After going through the book 10's not equipped with XM radio, or even RDS. Just plain, basic radio.

    Overall, I love the car, but all I'm left with now is a completely basic HHR with Cruise Control as the only feature. :(
    I emailed the salesman, he told me to look for the CAT button, if there isn't one then I don't have XM. I said, "But, the whole reason I bought this car was for Cruise Control and XM radio as it stated on the listing!" ARGH! Frustrating. Now he won't return any emails.

    Good thing I work for attorneys. Hopefully he'll just swap out the radio and install the dang XM. Would have bought the other HHR (that supposedly had XM radio, too) if I had known it wasn't equipped on this one as he told me.
  • sgarzsgarz Posts: 4
    edited November 2010
    I also have a 2009 HHR and I was under the impression that all models of the 2010 HHR had XM capabilities but that you have go through XM radio to register your car, so to speak, and pay the monthly fee. We purchased our car new and we had free XM radio for 3 months - after that, it would have 'gone away' if we hadn't picked up the monthly fee on our own. Have you contacted XM?
  • I have not contacted XM, as I can only get it if it comes equipped with a radio that allows XM. This one has just a basic radio, no XM capabilities. I was more than willing to have a XM subscription.... but now if I want it, I'll have to replace the whole damn stereo and have the antenna installed.

    I was under the same impression--that XM comes standard in all 2010's... obviously it is not. I was hoping the dealer would admit their mistake and swap it out for me, but they're not admitting to any fault here, either. I'm looking at anywhere from $400-700 to have XM installed. Frustrating.
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,643
    I believe the answer is in your first post 'rental car' . It is my understanding many fleet/rental vehicles come without some items which are standard for normal new vehicle sales, like XM radio an onstar.
  • My 2010 HHR LS automatic came with XM radio and Onstar and I paid $13,200 new in July 2010. You should threaten legal action with the dealership to swapout the radio with a GM Chev Factory in-dash XM radio or go to the local media and make a consumer complaint. A dealership can definitaly afford to do this as it is only $500.00 at best to swap out and install. If the saleperson said it had XM hold them to their word and get the BBB involved. The more the local media knows about it, the dealership will fess up and take care of the problem. The HHR is a great car, most people I know have over 100,000 miles on theirs and it is still running strong.
  • Also return the car to their doorstep and buy an 2010 HHR LS with Factory XM and OnStar, if nothing is resolved, also stop payment on the check if your not satisfied.
    Every dealer needs to make sure their customers are 100% happy with their purchase.
  • Make them sell you a new 2010 HHR with XM radio, you get from chev the 1st three months free and then XM gives you special offers to stay on after 3 months, I got 1 year XM everything for 118.00 a year or $10.00 a month. Its worth a try.
  • The HHR has low maintenance and is cheap to maintain, It is built with Pride in Mexico, across the river from Laredo Texas. , It has a 5-star crash test rating. A well-made car, probably one of the best ones that chev built!!
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