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Dodge Caravan Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Is there a forum where there are other employees who have numbers to give to prospective buyers. I know Ford has one of these sites, but I can't find Dodge. thank you for your posts, they have been very helpful.
  • Tedebear, I've been reading tons of posts on these boards, and I was wondering if you could give me a price for the friends discount on a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravn SXT with the L package? My family is looking at leasing one, and we really want to be informed before we make such a big decision. I also posted earlier asking the question on how to find someone with a friends number. I wasn't sure if there was a meeting place or a special way for me to find them. All of your posts have been very helpful, thank you.
  • aaron_taaron_t Posts: 301
    The Friend's price for DGC SXT L package with no options is $2756. All rebates are still applicable. Looks like $500 bonus cash and ither $1500 rebate or $500/3.9% interest rate right now. So, about $5k off MSRP. I suspect some regions are offereing further dealer incentives/discounts.
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    The Friend's price for DGC SXT L package with no options is $2756

    Actually, that's the Friends DISCOUNT off the MSRP. I'd have to hire a secretary to manage my discount request email if that was the Friends PRICE. :D

    Anyway, to anyone who is curious about the Friends price on any Dodge product, you can find the invoice on Edmunds. The Friends price is 1% below invoice. Rebates and other price incentives are subtracted from the Friends price for even greater savings. Rebates and various price incentives vary by region, so things like the $500 bonus cash might not be available in all areas.

    To see what current incentives are available in your area go to:

    www.dodge.com > Shopping Tools > Current Incentives

    Go to www.chrysler.com or www.jeep.com to research incentives for other vehicles. The Friends discount can be used on almost all Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep products.

    Here is a list of the vehicles that are currently not eligible:

    Dodge Sprinter, Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, 2007 Chrysler Crossfire, and Dodge Challenger
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    Is there a forum where there are other employees who have numbers to give to prospective buyers.

    No, Chrysler doesn't have a forum like that but it would certainly be a great idea to add it. Maybe I'll try to find a customer service suggestion address and submit the idea.

    Unless you know someone who knows someone, etc., who is a Chrysler employee your only option is to post requests on various Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep forums. There is also the Google search option. I noticed that the Edmunds forums pops up several times lately when searching for a discount - I wonder why? ;)
  • aaron_taaron_t Posts: 301
    Yes, that is the discount on a $29k MSRP vehicle with no negotiations. I'd love to have a 91% discount code!
  • yatesjoyatesjo Posts: 186
    I'd be very surprised if they offered any where near that rebate on the 2008 model. The 2007 was the last year of a very tired design that was far surpassed by what the competition had so they needed anything they could do to move them off the lot.

    I'm actually a little surprised they are already offering the $1500 rebate on the 2008 since it is brand new, vastly improved and now competitive with the best offering out there- the Honda Odyssey. I can only guess it is because the minivan market as a whole is soft and they are trying to improve market share.
  • yatesjoyatesjo Posts: 186
    Anybody else notice that Edmunds pricing info is wrong or out of date? I was running numbers on the Dodge site side by side with Edmunds and noticed that Edmunds over prices the Entertainment group by $675 and that the Infotainment (RER) is listed first as 1495 and then multiple times as 1300 (per Dodge the correct is $1300).

    Something to watch out for when trying to figure out how good a deal your getting.
  • I just did a lease for an 08 SXT, loaded with everything but swivel n go and pwer rear seats.

    $$3100 down, $395 per month, 15 K per year and 36 month
  • mmakolmmakol Posts: 12
    rmbalisa,
    I hope you read this before responding to my carspace friends request.

    I received a friebds discount from another carspace member this morning.

    Thank you for all your help, and thsi allows you to be "in a giving mood" for one one more day.... :D

    This board is excellent. I will post my deal, and vehicle llater this evening, or tomorrow.

    Thanks again, and HAPPY TUESDAY.... :shades:
  • I'm new to this board here ... found it while researching vehicles.

    Wife & I have twins on the way (in addition to our 3-yr old) so we need to bite the bullet and get a minivan. Thinking of getting a Caravan or a T&C (aren't they the exact same vehicle?). Money is real tight, so if anyone has an EC code or friends code for 2008, then I would reeeeeealy appreciate it. .... I'll even put you on my Christmas card list!! ;)

    I know not to put my personal e-mail addy on here & I know that everyone gets a carspace e-mail addy with an account, but how in the world do I get to this carspace e-mail account? I sent myself an e-mail to my carspace account from my personal account, but it didn't go through... it gave me something like a "permanent delivery error" message. ... Also, where do you go to send an e-mail to another member? ... I've looked all over this site and don't see anything. Any help to clear up this confusion would be great! :confuse:
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    Also, where do you go to send an e-mail to another member?

    Hi. You can access your Carspace mailbox by going to the My Carspace link near the top left of this page.

    The reason you couldn't send email to your carspace box is because I believe they are set to block email from outside sources by default. I guess it keeps spam down. I think you can change that in your personal settings.
  • We are looking to purchase a 2008 sxt. The dealers have been giving us unreasonable prices. It would be great to have a correct price for the van. We are looking for the SXT. I know there are lots of packages. Can anyone explain them. We just want a van with2nd row windows, sliding doors. dual climate control. Just the important things. Any advice or codes would be appreciated. We will be purchasing this weekend. You can email us at mt.mc@live.com
    Thanks so much!!
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    I know there are lots of packages. Can anyone explain them.

    You can read more about the various package options at the link below.

    2008 Grand Caravan
  • mthompxxmthompxx Posts: 6
    Hi, I just leased a grand caravan yesterday under the employee discount program. My Wife's Uncle works for Chrysler. The salesman gave me the discount without any control number. I signed the lease, and I have had the van for over 24 hours now. I got a hold of the uncle, and he gave me the control number. Come to find out, nieces are not eligible for the discount. The sales man said I need to get a number now, and I should get a hold of someone who works for Chrysler to get one.

    my question is that since I already signed the lease for this amount, isn't it all said and done now. Or do I still need to get a number to keep my van at this price. I would think that if it was submitted without the control number, and I signed the lease I should be in the clear now, and not have to pay the extra 1600 price difference. Any advice I can get would be great. Thank you.
    Matt.
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    I would think that if it was submitted without the control number, and I signed the lease I should be in the clear now, and not have to pay the extra 1600 price difference.

    It looks like the dealer calculated the price based on you telling him that you could get the employee discount through a relative. Listed below are the only people who can qualify for that.

    All Chrysler active full-time and part-time Employees/Retirees. Immediate family members including spouse, same-sex domestic partners,* parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, sons/daughters, sons/daughters-in-law, stepchildren, brothers/sisters, brothers/sisters-in-law, half brothers/sisters, grandchildren and grandparents.

    I have a friend who bought a minivan last fall and the dealer gave him the employee discount before he actually had a number. I didn't even know he'd bought it until he called later that evening and asked me for an EC control number. Fortunately, that program was still active and I still had a number left to give him. He had to take it back to the dealer the next business day and process the paperwork for the discount.

    In your case, you might try asking your wife's uncle for a Friends discount. The price is usually $300-$400 more than the employee discount, based on personal observation, but it's still a lot less than MSRP - around 1% below invoice, in addition to any rebates or other price incentives. You do not have to be related in any way to a Chrysler employee to use a Friends discount.

    To everyone else, I'm all out of discount numbers for 2008 - sorry.
  • mthompxxmthompxx Posts: 6
    Did he already have the Van and the Paperwork signed then? Should the dealer wait for the control number before printing out the paperwork, and signing, then taking the van home? It seems that if they don't wait for the 100% guarentee it is theire fault, and the consumer shouldn't be help Liable after that.
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    Did he already have the Van and the Paperwork signed then?

    He had the van; not sure about the paperwork.

    I've heard from sales people that they have a much better chance of closing a sale if they can put the customer in a vehicle, even if it means coming back the next day to arrange the financing or whatever.

    I've read stories on these forums where the financing wasn't always approved and the potential buyer had to return the vehicle.
  • mthompxxmthompxx Posts: 6
    See, i have all the paperwork. the lease statement, the approval. The van is in my name, plates are transferred and insurance is on it. Everything is 100% done, except for the control number. I just don't see how they could come back to me if they were the ones to let it go without getting the control number verification.
  • A similiar thing happend to me a few years ago with a Chrysler's employee discount. They called and said i couldn't use the number i gave them. I just called the dealer back and asked if they wanted me to return their "used" durango, cause i was not paying any more. They found a way to work it out and just asked me to use the word Excellent alot when i got the phone survey.
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