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#1 bmee

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:55 PM

Hey Hey everyone.

I've not been on here for a long time, however am starting to jump back into forum life again!

I am looking at purchasing a brand new diesel Holden Cruze 2.0L auto and have been going around to dealers to see what price they can offer. I'm slowly getting it down in price but I really need some help in negoiating or seeing if the deal I'm given is honestly the best that they can do.

Most of the prices that I've been given have been over the phone or via email. I know that come end of month or the end of the year deals will get better. I also know that the vehicle I am interested in will not be available until the end of the year either.

So yeah, do any of you guys have any hints/tips/tricks or know someone who knows someone that might be able to help me I would appreciate it!



#2 Swarles Barkley

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 08:09 PM

When we brought our car they weren't willing to go lower on price than X, however when we started to walk away they threw in accessories like floor mats, boot liner, seat covers, mudflaps etc. With the exception of the seat covers, they were things we would have brought anyway, so it was still a drop in price.

Good luck with it.
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 09:57 PM

QUOTE(bmee @ Oct 16 2011, 01:55 PM) View Post

Most of the prices that I've been given have been over the phone or via email. I know that come end of month or the end of the year deals will get better. I also know that the vehicle I am interested in will not be available until the end of the year either.


This is not necessarily true. It can be true, if they've had a slow month and need to move a few more cars they may be more willing to negotiate on price to sell another one. If they've had a good month and met or exceeded their quota, they don't need to sell a car as badly and therefore less willing to drop prices.

End of year/end of financial year definitely is a good option, they seem to start advertising at a good reduced cost to begin with. Also, if a new model is coming out soon they start trying to sell their "old" stock.

Agreed too that even when you've come to some agreement on price, still ask for extras like Swarles suggested. They'll usually throw in SOMETHING for free, even if it's just the car mats or dash mat etc.

BIL used to work in car sales, although not for all that long as he hated it tongue.gif

Good luck with buying your car smile.gif
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 07:30 AM

Are you just getting the new car or are you trading in an old one as well? Quite often they are more willing to increase the price of the trade in that reduce the cost of the new car since that looks better for their commission.
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 07:57 AM

QUOTE(Swarles Barkley @ Oct 16 2011, 08:09 PM) View Post

When we brought our car they weren't willing to go lower on price than X, however when we started to walk away they threw in accessories like floor mats, boot liner, seat covers, mudflaps etc. With the exception of the seat covers, they were things we would have brought anyway, so it was still a drop in price.

Good luck with it.


Hmmm…. Might try this tatic also. I know a new vehicle will not come with items such as window tinting and this can be completely quite cheap. I will want things like floor mats this time too and probably a weather shield. I am definitely interested in rear park assist (reversing sensors) but not a necessity as I can reverse park all on my own tongue.gif

Like I said, I’m sure they can do better then the price they have given so far. I mean, which dealer would honestly give out their absolute best price over the internet without meeting someone? I would dare say none of them!!!! Well here is hoping none of them tongue.gif

QUOTE(LoveSweetpea @ Oct 16 2011, 09:57 PM) View Post

This is not necessarily true. It can be true, if they've had a slow month and need to move a few more cars they may be more willing to negotiate on price to sell another one. If they've had a good month and met or exceeded their quota, they don't need to sell a car as badly and therefore less willing to drop prices.

End of year/end of financial year definitely is a good option, they seem to start advertising at a good reduced cost to begin with. Also, if a new model is coming out soon they start trying to sell their "old" stock.

Agreed too that even when you've come to some agreement on price, still ask for extras like Swarles suggested. They'll usually throw in SOMETHING for free, even if it's just the car mats or dash mat etc.

BIL used to work in car sales, although not for all that long as he hated it tongue.gif

Good luck with buying your car smile.gif


I am definitely banking on the fact that end of month will mean better deals for me. I know the car isn’t available until December and this is when full payment would be made (if I can get the right deal). Weather it goes on their commission for the month of sale or the month of payment I’m not 100% sure of. Maybe worth looking into that also…

I guess regardless of the deal I get, I am still going to shop around with the best deal. I am the type of person to ask someone to beat the purchase price. Once I get the right purchase price, I can start thinking about my trade-in.

QUOTE(bluenomi @ Oct 17 2011, 07:30 AM) View Post

Are you just getting the new car or are you trading in an old one as well? Quite often they are more willing to increase the price of the trade in that reduce the cost of the new car since that looks better for their commission.


I do have a trade in! 2010 Hyundai i30 2.0L Auto. The car just isn’t me. I’m not quite sure what it is. I think that it might be something as silly as it’s a car me and my ex-husband purchased. I think I just resent it. I had to downsize to the i30 because my ex was out of work and I couldn’t afford my 4WD anymore. While I’ve been impressed with the Cruze, I think that this is just another one of those things where I’m severing the tie by changing everything I had while I was married to him. Sounds silly. But I want my car to be my car. I want it to feel comfortable. I want it to fit me.

I guess I’m lucky in a sense that it’ll take me a while to get a new car. I can privately sell my car, but I don’t know if it’ll be worth it. I might just try and push a dealer into giving me a little more then what I want and HOPE that we meet half way. I do have finance on my car also (awesome deal through work) and don’t want too much of that left over to tack onto the new loan.

We will see how it all goes.

I just really want to get the best possible deal and save a little money. I was hoping that some of you lovely ladies could share your experience, what worked, what didn’t and how you went with your new purchase 

I wonder if crying works tongue.gif


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Posted 17 October 2011 - 08:55 AM

My Dad used to always say if you want to get a bargin, don't dress up - makes you look like you have more available $$$ to spend....

Welcome back, good to hear your life is moving on! All the best!
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 12:36 PM

QUOTE(bmee @ Oct 17 2011, 08:57 AM) View Post

I do have a trade in! 2010 Hyundai i30 2.0L Auto. The car just isn’t me. I’m not quite sure what it is. I think that it might be something as silly as it’s a car me and my ex-husband purchased. I think I just resent it. I had to downsize to the i30 because my ex was out of work and I couldn’t afford my 4WD anymore. While I’ve been impressed with the Cruze, I think that this is just another one of those things where I’m severing the tie by changing everything I had while I was married to him. Sounds silly. But I want my car to be my car. I want it to feel comfortable. I want it to fit me.

I guess I’m lucky in a sense that it’ll take me a while to get a new car. I can privately sell my car, but I don’t know if it’ll be worth it. I might just try and push a dealer into giving me a little more then what I want and HOPE that we meet half way. I do have finance on my car also (awesome deal through work) and don’t want too much of that left over to tack onto the new loan.



If you do go with a trade in (which is less hassle but does usually mean you don't get as much) it's the change over price you want to haggle over smile.gif That's the amount you actually hand over along with your current car. Pick a figure you're happy with and tell them that's what you want and let them decide where they fiddle with the figures to make it work
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 08:01 AM

QUOTE(Kerala @ Oct 17 2011, 08:55 AM) View Post

My Dad used to always say if you want to get a bargin, don't dress up - makes you look like you have more available $$$ to spend....

Welcome back, good to hear your life is moving on! All the best!


Lol. this is a really difficult thing for me. Not that I dress up. But my hand bag and wallet are both Gucci. Sunglasses are bvlgari. Always wear make up now. Definitely nicer clothes then before. I think that I'll just go in a little scruffy then and tell you how it all works out!

Sound advice though smile.gif

I am also interested in seeing if it would be better to get a male in to get it quoted in comparison to me. I know there is a stigma that males get better deals, however I'm not 100% sure.

QUOTE(bluenomi @ Oct 17 2011, 12:36 PM) View Post

If you do go with a trade in (which is less hassle but does usually mean you don't get as much) it's the change over price you want to haggle over smile.gif That's the amount you actually hand over along with your current car. Pick a figure you're happy with and tell them that's what you want and let them decide where they fiddle with the figures to make it work


I have been speaking with my financier also. I know what amount I have in mind so maybe when I get an offer for the new vehicle and if it's not what I want then I'll just tell them that $x is my bottom line and if they can't do it for that price then I'll just keep the i30. I mean ultimately, as the vehicle isn't on the floor as stock just yet, it's probably better for me to wait until December when I would physically be able to take delivery as my repayment amount is going to change significantly between now and then. I could guestimate and just pay any difference I guess also.

I just don't want to be at a dealer for hours going over figures. I know with my trade-in they are interested in making money. I guess the problem with my job is I know what the market value is for my vehicle. I know what they can sell it for. So I know what I want for it. I'll be fair. There would be an opportunity for the dealer to make $2,000 if they sell it (which they will). Whether that is a fair amount of money to make in the dealers perspective I don't know.

What I really want to find out is the invoice price from the manufacturer to the dealer tongue.gif

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 08:21 AM

Yay! More quotes came in this morning. They are only $1,000 above what I want to pay for purchase price of the new vehicle. If I can get the trade in up $1,000 - $1,500 then I will be signing a contract of sale smile.gif

I think the trick so far has been to not do the running around and to just email dealers. Getting quotes in writing gives dealers something to work with when trying to be competative. And your not wasting your time or fuel by running around everywhere.

Not only this, but I'm convinced that they don't give you their best deal via phone or email. There is always room for negotiation.

Here's hoping I'm right tongue.gif

I need help with colours too though.

http://www.holden.co...-cruze/exterior

At the bottom of the page you can pick colours. I'm thinking either Poisen Ivy, Karma, Phantom Black or Alto Grey.

Anyone have any opinions on colours? I currently have a dark silver car tongue.gif

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:15 AM

My DH and I had decided what price we were willing to pay for our car and we stuck to it, down to the last dollar. We were going to walk out the door because apparently their absolute best price was a few hundred more than what we had said. We said, ok no worries, we'll go to another dealer. Amazingly they were able to do it for our price! The whole process took so long as they kept telling us they could do it for this price, we said no, he went back to the manager, ok can do it for this much, no, back to the manager etc. Just stop wasting our time, we know you can do it for this much!

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 02:51 PM

I bought my car!!!!

And it's absolutely beautiful. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. And right now, I'm through my first 1/2 tank of fuel and done 459kms so far. LOVE THE FUEL CONSUMPTION!!!!!!

Just thought I'd share. In the end, I picked a price and stuck to it. smile.gif

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 06:35 PM

Congratulations. I brought my cruze a year ago and I love it. I hope you enjoyyours as much as I do.
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Posted 22 November 2011 - 11:54 PM

QUOTE(Jo P @ Nov 22 2011, 06:35 PM) View Post

Congratulations. I brought my cruze a year ago and I love it. I hope you enjoyyours as much as I do.


I couldn't be happier with the Cruze so far. Brilliant to drive and it looks amazing without costing me a fortune. :-) So far, highly recommend this vehicle!!!




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