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JT
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2009 10:01:00 PM

How good a deal did you get when you bought your last vehicle?
I got a great deal
I paid about what it was worth
I got a lousy deal
I'm not sure / no opinion
I have never bought a vehicle

Post your thoughts about this poll below.
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OKRifle
Champion Author Oklahoma City

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2009 5:41:51 PM

The last was a reasonable deal.
N9HVP
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2009 5:07:58 PM

I got a great deal.
cmbamert
Rookie Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2009 4:57:53 PM

My deal was just ok. On top of it, I got screamed at from the car dealer because he did not like what I was willing to pay. I was ready to walk but my husband was insistent - he needed a car urgently because his old one had broken down beyond repair over one month earlier, and he was fed up carpooling and walking to work.
Shows that you should never go buy a car when in need....
CPGas1815
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2009 2:22:52 PM

tank topper
derKraut
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2009 9:47:23 AM

I got a really great deal.

I had re-leased a 2007 Chev Equinox back in 2007 and GMAC would not negotiate. So it was theirs at the end of June/09.

I did a bit of research and found the Hyundai Sonata was among the top rated so after I negotiated with several Hyundai dealers - initially for a 2009 demo - I found the 2010s had come out with better equipment that the 2009 "L" version. 2010 also has GPS and price including taxes and rust proofing and Clear Coat (plus nice little extras) was around $33,000.00

So I purchased one fully, fully loaded for about $5000 less than the equivalent from Nissan, Mazda, Ford and of course GM.
chui
Champion Author Dallas

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2009 9:27:06 AM

not good
awesomejt
Rookie Author Columbia

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2009 8:53:17 AM

Did a couple months of online research and found a very good deal for what I wanted. I was also flexible with my requirements and timeline -- which allowed me to pickup a good deal when it came along.
keo
Champion Author Colorado

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2009 5:55:00 AM

what it was worth
Lengas
Champion Author Gary

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2009 5:14:39 AM

End of year gooood deal.
RICELAW
Rookie Author North Carolina

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2009 4:46:44 AM

My wife did a great deal of research online. We got an incredible deal!
Bonanza
Champion Author Boston

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2009 3:26:02 AM

I paid s fair price.
crazycav702
Veteran Author Las Vegas

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2009 12:21:00 AM

I got a lousy deal
OKRifle
Champion Author Oklahoma City

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 6:36:07 PM

I paid about what it was worth. But, I did not have to play games with the "New Vehicle SALES Manager! That is worth something with me!
daboyzmadman
Rookie Author London

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 6:08:40 PM

I paid about what it was worth.

2004 Mazda3 brand new off the lot with taxes included for $21000. I also got an XBOX in the trunk as a present for Christmas from the dealer.
dangnad
Champion Author Las Vegas

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 6:04:14 PM

Despite going through CarsDirect.com (they supposedly negotiate the BEST price) I paid about what my 2005 Honda Accord was worth. The only advantage to the CarsDirect service is that I just went to the dealership, signed a few papers, gave them my money, and drove away. CarsDirect did all the hard work.
joltster
Rookie Author Alberta

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 5:10:13 PM

I got a great deal on my new truck. List price $52000, paid $38000. Very happy with the dealer and the veichle. Highly recomend Hanna Chrylser if you are shopping for a new veichle.
eupgas
All-Star Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 4:47:05 PM

Not sure. Salesman was fine to get what I wanted. But the business manager who does the final approval and a price was pushy and just confused me. I do not like dickering.
BBopp
Champion Author Dayton

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 3:43:32 PM

I bought an 09 Corolla in '08. I felt like I got a great deal, the only thing that could have made it better would have been a 0.9% APR.
GAC1Shirt
Champion Author Georgia

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 3:24:50 PM

Bought an 08 Honda Odessey in November which was cheaper than when I bought a 2000 Toyota Sienna in March of 00!
billpi
Rookie Author Massachusetts

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 2:15:32 PM

Knowing the wholesale price and buying at the end of the month puts you in the catbird seat!
briana330
Rookie Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 1:48:06 PM

i got a sweet deal, i got it for free from my mom for my birthday :)
madyank
Sophomore Author Baltimore

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 1:25:15 PM

Keep in mind that the last time I bought a car was December of 2004, I went looking for a medium-to-high-performance road car, and I got a 2004 Chevy Impala SS for $24K - where it had a sticker of $33K!
I loves me Red Tag Specials!
Year-End, Last-Year's Model (as in, last model year), and YES, with an EPA rating of 18/28 on Premium, it's kind of a gas hog. But I get 20-24 around town, and 28-34 Highway, on REGULAR, with a factory Supercharger that WILL push me down the road just about as fast as any SANE person will EVER want to go, and I can still get that mileage any time I keep my foot out of the injectors and the fuel system clean.
Think I'M going to go Cash for Clunkers any time soon?
Not until The Lady wears out, or SOMEBODY starts selling Hydrogen-fueled turbine-powered cars! Thank-you-very-much!
DarthDadJr
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 11:50:19 AM

I got a very good deal on my Subaru -- I purchased the Consumer Report New Car Price guide and I knew exactly what everything, each option or add-on, cost the dealer, so I could set the price I would pay. When I told them what I was offering and where I obtained my information, they did not argue and accepted my offer without comment.
randallxski
Veteran Author Rochester

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 11:41:29 AM

edmunds.com = accurate value (use this if you're buying)
kbb.com = ~10% overpriced (use this if you're selling)


[Edited by: randallxski at 8/5/2009 1:42:48 PM EST]
gasie1
Champion Author Maine

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 10:34:36 AM

Got a good deal.
KrazyDawg
Champion Author California

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 9:43:09 AM

I got a lousy mixed deal result. Car was totaled by a SUV that received minimal damage. Used cars that get great gas mileage like Civics go for a premium in the bay area even for a salvaged vehicle. Runs great but I had to go through a few mechanics until I found one that didn't try to rip me off. Now I drive 30 miles out of my way and take a half day off work to get my car serviced even for oil changes. Considering the economy now, people are able to get better deals for those that can still afford it.
Zaffo
Rookie Author Lexington

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 9:41:18 AM

Awesome deal! The last two vehicles were given to me as gifts from Grandma. Both Honda Accords. The gas mileage is good, insurance premiums are low, and you can drive them until the wheels fall off,
99octane
Rookie Author Knoxville

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 9:34:04 AM

I got about $2000 off the sticker price and $400 less than Edmunds said was the price to pay, so I thought it was a good deal.
CPGas1815
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 9:21:39 AM

I got totally screwed! Traded in a 250,000 mile Toyota for a Dodge Wagon. Paid $3000 for the wagon only to learn it was one of the $99 clunkers that had been traded in the same day I bought it. Dealer had not inspected the vehicle and sold it "AS IS".

BEWARE THE CLUNKER!!
oobloob
Champion Author Baltimore

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 9:15:47 AM

I got a pretty good deal, nothing extraordinary.
N9HVP
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 9:11:17 AM

I got a great deal.
chui
Champion Author Dallas

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 8:32:16 AM

not good
AMM5496
Rookie Author Orlando

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 8:01:17 AM

Paid what it was worth, after 6 hours there !
jb107
Champion Author New Jersey

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 7:36:38 AM

Just about what it was worth but I sold my other car privately for over twice what the dealer offered.
CRAZYKAYFREAK
All-Star Author Missouri

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 7:20:55 AM

It was not the vehicle that was lousy. It was the interest rate.
LuvMyOlds
Veteran Author Spokane

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 7:13:50 AM

I paid $3000 cash for a car the lot just received as trade in. They hadn't had a chance to look it over or clean it... had they done so, it would have been $5000. I paid $1000 more for a warranty... it was just under the mileage limit for a 2 yr/20,000 mi. warranty, which fixed everything wrong with the car when I bought it. I've been driving it over 10 years now. I got my money's worth.
keo
Champion Author Colorado

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 6:11:14 AM

what it was worth
RxHugh
Champion Author Greensboro

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 5:52:22 AM

I paid about what it was worth
kimberly55
Veteran Author Allentown

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 5:29:55 AM

What it was worth.
dongo50
Champion Author West Virginia

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 5:27:04 AM

never on a new vehicle.
ilyago
Veteran Author New Jersey

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 5:08:53 AM

Great deal.
This was in June 2008 and GM was running a (subsidized) lease special.
They gave me 5000 in rebates while keeping the residual at 62% for
a 39mo /39K miles lease on a Yukon XL and a good interest rate.
The lease on the Yukon was about $100 cheaper then on an Acadia.
They are going to lose big ($10K?) on the residual value when
I return the SUV at the end of the lease.

Remember that gas was selling for 4.25/gallon then. My thinking was
that I was only going to drive 1000 mi/month, so the gas price did not scare me too much. Luckily gas did go down.

As of July 1st, 2008, GMAC was no longer leasing cars....
Lengas
Champion Author Gary

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 4:53:39 AM

A end of the year good deal.
Bonanza
Champion Author Boston

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 4:02:42 AM

I paid a fair price
LumberjackLouie
Rookie Author Wisconsin

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 3:39:28 AM

In September 2006 I bought a 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid. No finance charges through Ford and a $2000+ tax incentive for buying a hybrid from the government.
popc
Rookie Author South Carolina

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2009 12:00:46 AM

I made them an offer and they accepted it and I bought it Abought 1800 dollars less than they were asking. No dikkering.
crazycav702
Veteran Author Las Vegas

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 11:22:26 PM

I got a lousy deal
CrackedLCD
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 10:16:25 PM

It's hard to negotiate with the dealer when you're buying a rare or in demand car. Mine was being wheeled off the truck and I had to claim it then and there or it'd have been gone the next day.
hikitty
Rookie Author Connecticut

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 9:52:02 PM

I bought my car from a guy a few towns over that pretty much only sells saturns ((which is what I bought)). He let me take it out to get it checked out on my own. I took it to a couple places and they both told me that what he was asking was reasonable and pretty much what the car was worth.
wharris3
Veteran Author Detroit

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 8:58:42 PM

Boy somebody got suckered. Invoice don't mean a thing it's just a number to start from. They have all sorts of discounts from that number depending on how long it takes to sell it....
altima03
All-Star Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 7:51:22 PM

Got it for $150 above the dealer invoice price - thought that a very good deal, then and now...
SDGathman
Sophomore Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 7:06:25 PM

I notice few thought they got a lousy deal.

Pro 20:14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
MacDad614
Champion Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 5:20:47 PM

Evidently, posters say what they want to say and don't read any further comments (discussion? NOT).

That sodium poured into the engine of the clunkers is actually sodium silicate, sometimes referred to as water glass - starts as a liquid and quickly gels and then solidifies.

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My 2003 car was bought through the internet after research in different makes and dealers. The interest rate was 4% - no dealer incentives were being offered at the time, and this was not a bad rate. The only down side to the transaction was that the dealer where I had to go to pick up the car is more than 30 miles away - and at least three other dealers are within 10 miles.
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