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Nissan Altima Hybrid Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • cptcmpostcptcmpost Posts: 25
    I already posted yesterday in the altima forum, but since we now have a hybrid price paid forum, here goes.

    Seems like dealers in California are really dealing on the hybrids, but in Jersey I couldn't get anywhere close to what people are getting in Cali.

    I got it for around $375 under invoice plus $125 dealer fee.

    So I paid $24,899 plus $125 dealer fee. I didn't put out the door because that will vary by state.

    I had shopped around on Altimas, but not the hybrid, so I probably wasn't as ready to haggle on a hybrid as I should have been.

    The car is nice though.
  • dcmacdcmac Posts: 2
    I recently took delivery of a 2007 Hybrid with a msrp of $26415 and I paid $24852 which I think is a great deal for both me and Mike Barney Nissan. I was treated very good am I am very happy with the new car. Car also has the Conv pkg w/ mats and guards
  • cptcmpostcptcmpost Posts: 25
    Congrats! Does your msrp figure include the destination charge? Mine is equiped the same as your (conv. package and mats) and it stickered for just over $27K including destination. I know they recently raised the msrp or so I heard, but I don't think they raised it that much.
  • dcmacdcmac Posts: 2
    Yes the $26415 includes destination, and yes they did raise the MSRP from $24400 to a new price of $24900, which is a $500 increase on the base price, I expect the 2008 model will also show aa increase when they come out this fall.
  • langjielangjie Posts: 250
    I got the tech package NAH. MSRP was $32,365 (before the increase) and I paid $30,865 (1500 off). I think this was pretty fair and the Clay Nissan in Norwood, MA was pretty to the point. I think they took care of me well, I would highly recommend them
  • kannikanwokannikanwo Posts: 19
    That is a good price. Carsdirect is at least $31K but they cannot find stock in the Bay Area. I have been trying to get the same deal with local dealers but they won't deal. They say that the tech package is hard to find and want to charge close to sticker.
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    I am in Pennsylvania, but my Nissan dealer won't make the effort to trade with a New York dealer to get me a Hybrid. So I took the issue into my own hands and contacted Signature Nissan in Jamestown, New York who is very happy to fulfill my request. (They are just an hour away) I wanted a Jade Altima Hybrid with a technology package and no sun roof.

    What's nice is that besides the Federal TAX credit, Pennsylvania will send you a check for $500 if you buy a hybrid. I am sure other states have a similar program. Just wanted to call your attention to the state program as I think many are not aware and they are not promoted well by many states.
  • triggatrigga Posts: 1
    let me know what you think.. just got the altima hybrid w/ convenience package.. paid MSRP of 26,700. I had them throw in leather interior for free (they said $1,700 value).
    Good deal u think?

    they started saying they wouldnt sell at MSRP, but rather $2,000 above MSRP. I was shocked, but after 5 hours we got the deal above.

    What do you think? thanks.
  • langjielangjie Posts: 250
    i think it's pretty inline with what everyone else got
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    this weekends car ads (San Jose Mercury) show an '07 Altima Hybrid for $22,988 or $2,757 off MSRP - I imagine that's close to invoice. It's Capito Nissan and there were '2' at that price.

    I was surprised to see this car discounted so early in the it's new model year.
  • langjielangjie Posts: 250
    08's are coming out soon, plus they aren't selling like hot-cakes...more like warm-cakes
  • bcp01scu05bcp01scu05 Posts: 19
    After being quoted $31,500 through a local dealer through CarPerks, I went via Carsdirect and paid $31,020 for the following:

    Blue NAH w/ blonde interior
    Technology package
    Floor mats

    Tax, registration, etc, brought it to a total of $33,941. I financed the full amount and received the special 0.7% APR financing, which means that over the course of the 3-year loan, I will pay a whopping $378 in interest. Between the low financing and the tax credit, the effective total price of the car for me was about $29,800, which I feel is more than a fair price for car I received.

    I had a pretty good experience with Carsdirect, although I would recommend knowing exactly which car you want when you go to them, as they are more brokers than salespeople. I put the specs I wanted into their website and was contacted within a day. They found the exact car I wanted, set up the financing and gave me the dealer (Antioch Nissan) contact information.

    I had a couple minor mishaps with the dealer, but these were, as I said, minor. First, the original email from Carsdirect listed an expected delivery date of last Saturday; I received the car yesterday (Tuesday). The extra 3 days' wait was unbearable only because I wanted my car, but 3 days in the grand scheme of things is nothing. I also asked Carsdirect to put the title under my parents' house instead of my apartment (in case I move), which meant I had to take delivery at their house. Somewhere the lines got crossed and the title ended up listing my apartment, which not only means I had to scramble back to the apt when they showed up (since I was at the house), but I also have to get the address on the title changed at whatever point I move. A minor annoyance.

    I also had to be relatively persistent with the dealer, in particular, in terms of calling to make sure of the delivery time, etc.

    Overall, I was pretty happy with the price and experience, and would recommend to anyone looking to buy. :D
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    On June 13th, I ordered an 07 Jade Altima Hybrid with a tech package but with no Sunroof from Nissan dealer in Jamestown, NY. See anything odd in that combination? I put down a $500 deposit. They didn't ask for it. I wanted to make sure it was confirmed. I was told that it could take 8 to 10 weeks to get the car. That would put it around the end of August. I thought that was a long time but I knew that Nissan didn't produce a lot of hybrids with tech packages.

    A few weeks later, my rep calls and says that they stopped making the 07's but that there was an 07 built in the color and options I wanted except it did have a sunroof. I told them go ahead, I will take the sunroof and was told it was the quickest way and still keep the low finance rate.

    Today July 27, more than a month alter, I am told, for the first time, that Nissan had refused the original order and that they could not get the car that was in the pool they told me about earlier and that they would now have to order it as an 08 that would be delivered in the middle of September. (June to Sept) Also that they cannot guarantee what incentives or financing rate would be available. I sort of understand that position but still feel that Nissan had slipped and I should not have to pay for their error.

    My choices are to go ahead with the order, cancel and get my deposit back or go to a Toyota Camry Hyrid. (I really wanted the Altima Hybrid witht he Tech) Perhaps some of you have been through this before. but I am not inclined to want to buy a car that I don't even know what the price will be or the financing options. Also what was the purpose of putting down a $500 deposit? What did it do? I thought I was smart at the time but I definitely am doubting myself.

    I still would like the car but I have no idea what it will cost and they won't tell me even though I asked politely. They know I am frustrated. I check the inventory of dealers as far as 200 miles away and none have a single Altima with a tech package in any color. I am in Pennsylvania and the car is not available here at all. What would you do?
  • hiwaymanhiwayman Posts: 98
    First, (you know this, of course) NEVER, NEVER buy ANYTHING without knowing the sales price, and the interest rate!

    It sounds like you've had the unfortunate experience of finding a dealer that is unscrupulous, stupid, or both. First, explain your position to the dealership. Don't let them weasel out of the situation. Try to be nice, but don't let them push you around. This thing about "Nissan refusing the order" is pure, unadulterated BS. If Nissan didn't process the order, it's because of something the dealership did wrong (like maybe not order the car?).

    The first thing I would do is contact Nissan (not the dealer, the corporation). They take a VERY dim view of this kind of stuff, and will definitely talk to the dealership about what they've done. I've seen preliminary pricing on the 08's and they aren't that much higher (maybe 500 bucks). If Nissan asks you what you'd like to do, say, "I want an 08 and 07 prices, like I was promised". They probably won't go for it, but it never hurts to ask. I would also report the dealership to the ASE, and the Better Business Bureau. You could also file a complaint with the Federal Consumer Protection Agency (there may also be a New York State agency too) and send copies of the complaint to Nissan (if corporate doesn't respond). This will definitely get their attention.

    Above all, I would get my money back from that dealership, and even if you have to drive a good long distance, go find a dealer that knows their models (Tech Package without a sunroof...nice training for the sales guys) and will stand behind what they've promised.

    For each complaint, send copies to the owner of the dealership, as well as the sales manager. Hold your ground. Don't accept a lesser offer. Use words like "litigation" "Nissan District Rep" and "broken contractual agreement" (a contract can be just verbal in many states..and money down establishes a contract, whether or not it's written down).

    There are still 07 Nissan Altima Hybrids floating around. Have you tried the internet to get a deal that way?

    Good luck!
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    I have been checking other dealers in New York and even as far away as Mass where there seems to be more Hybrids with tech packages. Unless they are not listed on the internet site, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, Syracuse dealers and points in between don't have any tech at all. hell as I said, I would take the sunroof.

    your suggestion to contact Nissan corp is a good one. Thanks
  • hiwaymanhiwayman Posts: 98
    You might think about calling the alternative dealerships. The dealership we bought our Tech Package (with the sunroof) hybrid from never showed the car (or any hybrid) on their on-line inventory...
  • mrav8rmrav8r Posts: 7
    One week ago (Aug 4), I purchased a silver '07 NAH with Tech package and sunroof from Clay Nissan in Norwood, MA. There are many NAH with Tech packages in Mass and in Maine. I researched places and I found that buying the car in NY or NJ would be too expensive, but this dealership had good reviews. They are less than one mile from the Amtrak train station (Rt 128)(that's why I chose them, I live in Washington DC, took the train up on Saturday bought the car, spent the night in Boston, drove home last Sunday), and the entire experience was positive. The salesman picked me up at the train station, I brought my old car licence plates, put them on the new car.
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    I wish I could agree with you about Clay. I did contact then and told them I would ahve to make a thousand mile round trip. His answer was full list price. No deal. I'll stick with NY where they are giving me 2 grand off. I may wait but at least I will get the color and options I want.

    Clay had an attitude I wouldn't send anyone too.
  • langjielangjie Posts: 250
    I think the problem was that you told them you would be making a thousand mile round trip...that screams "I really want this car"

    Clay is good as long as you know how much you want to pay and be reasonable about it. If they didn't know you were that far away, they would probably negotiate more.
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    No what it screamed of when I told them I would have to make a thousand mile round trip was "make it worth my while." If they did, then I would have been happy to come up. but I don't have to travel 1,000 to pay list. I can afford to wait and get what I want and pay a discount. No car is worth list unless your the type with the tongue hanging out.

    Clay was an insult.
  • Since u say that why not wait for the 08, it could be here any time
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    I did exactly that in July with my original NY Dealer. the 07 was changed to an 08 because they stopped making the 07 prior to July 4th. The earliest I can expect it is in Sept. they tell me. We'll see.

    The only reason why I contacted Clay was the suggestion on this site.
  • langjielangjie Posts: 250
    Lol, it was still worth a shot
  • hiwaymanhiwayman Posts: 98
    I can tell you, having been in "the trade" myself a few years ago, that I would have shown you a little love. Not much, though. I might have thrown in floor mats or something. The thing is, for these NAH's Clay knows he can get the car sold without giving any ground to a buyer. He might have been more diplomatic, but that's the bottom line. Dealerships will give incentives if a car isn't selling well, but usually not if a car is in high demand. You're lucky to get list. Out here in California, the NAH's are selling at several thousand ABOVE MSRP, IF you can even find them. I bet Nissan corporation is really scratching their heads right now. They thought this whole hybrid thing was just a passing fad.... ;)
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    I am sure you are correct. However, I am not driving 1,000 miles round trip to pay list for a 2007 car. A dealer has to do better than that. Since there is such a demand for that particular model with tech package, they should no trouble selling it locally.

    I'll wait a month for 2008 and get my few grand discount and only have to drive one hour from my home.
  • What part of CA are you in?

    I'm in the South Bay Area; I got my Tech package NAH (MSRP $32,975) for $31,020 through Carsdirect about a month ago.

    Maybe I got lucky, but they had no problem finding the exact car I wanted...
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    I guess to Californians, the world begins and ends there but I am in Pennsylvania. However, I wish I had tried Car's Direct although I thought they just matched up customers with dealers. In that case, it wouldn't have helped as all the tech packages practially all went to California. But that would have been a try.
  • I was replying to hiwayman's information about CA prices. :) I realize you're in PA.

    Carsdirect does generally just match up customers with dealers, but they might also have a more effective search ability than what might be publicly available. You never know.
  • hiwaymanhiwayman Posts: 98
    Oh Puhleeeze..."The world begins and ends there?" Cut me some slack. I'm guessing you've never been out here, and your snide remarks are just knee jerk comments of someone that has a serious inferiority complex about their area. Don't feel bad about your area. I've been there. It's absolutely beautiful. By the way, I was born and raised in the Midwest. And I didn't have ANYTHING to do with where the tech packages were sent. Give Nissan a call. I'm sure they'll listen to you. :shades:

    I was making an observation about prices out this way, and how dealerships operate. I think you'll find the dealership behaviors are pretty much universal. At the end of the day, dealerships are BUSINESSES. They need to make money. They'll try to cut you slack on vehicles that they'd like to move, but for vehicles they know they can sell to the next guy walking in the door for full price, they won't show you much love. At the end of the day, everything, and I mean EVERYTHING they do is for the bottom line. There's nothing wrong with that. It's just what it is.

    I'm in Northern California, just north of San Francisco. I was lucky, too. We got our NAH for 1000 over invoice. Immediately after we took delivery, the dealership we purchased from said, "MSRP only." We were the last ones to get a 2007 at a discount, at least at this dealership. We checked around and several dealerships in this area are putting "dealer premiums" on the NAH's, usually to the tune of about 1000 over MSRP. Of course they'll come down to MSRP without much arm twisting I would guess, but still, that means you're getting the car for MSRP.

    If I'd gotten jerked around by Clay, I would have done the same thing. The power of the wallet is a good thing. I hear there are some upgrades in 2008 that we 2007 owners will be jealous of (HID headlights, LED taillights, etc).
  • emgremgr Posts: 109
    I have been to California many times in the last 30 years. Oddly, Northern Cal is far more to my liking but the cost of living doesn't fit my wallet just yet.

    Actually, I'd rather be in Albuquerque.
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