I just read the "How much did you pay?" thread above and it really started
me thinking. I just found this newsgroup yesterday and I'm learning a lot
I need to buy another car and after checking around have pretty much come
down to wanting a Hyundai Santa Fe. Up until now, I was thinking of buying
a used car and I went to two dealerships yesterday (a Nissan dealer and a
Hyundai dealer) and one today (another Hyundai dealership). Both dealers
are aware that I will be paying cash for whatever I buy, so there are no
issues about financing, credit checks, etc.
At the Nissan dealer I looked at a 2005 Santa Fe with a 2.7L engine with
22,000 miles and was about to buy it. But after negotiating with the dealer
we couldn't agree on a price. It was advertised on Vehix.com for $15,995
(in NJ, 08002 zipcode). I started at offering $13,900, then agreed that I
would buy it if I could get it for a price in the low 14-thousands, but
after the routine hoopla they said they couldn't accept that price. In the
end, I would have bought it for $15,000 but they said they didn't know if
they could do that, would have to ask someone else, etc. So, I thanked
them, shook their hands, and left.
After that, I went to a Hyundai dealership and checked out a 2004 Santa Fe
with 59,500 miles, a 3.5L engine, leather seats, etc. The 3.5L engine was
much better and I'm glad I didn't buy the 2005 2.7L that I test-drove
earlier. We never ended up even talking about a price on the 2004 3.5L
because the salesperson and the sales manager both goofed and said it wasn't
a 4-wheel drive, and I only want a 4WD. When I got home, the salesperson
had already called and said he made a mistake, that it is a 4-wheel drive,
and I agreed to go back tomorrow to look at it again.
Now I'm reading posts here that seem like people are able to pay almost
$5,000 less than the MSRP for a new 2006 or 2007. So, I may end up
switching and buying a new 2006 or 2007 Santa Fe, AWD, 3.5L engine.
I had already signed up for a year of Consumer Reports online that rates
cars, etc. (which is partly how I ended up choosing a Hyundai Santa Fe).
But, I didn't realize that the $14 price information they sell was anything
worthwhile. But -- thank you Eric G. -- I now know it really does provide
valuable information. In fact, I'm about to sign up for the $39, 3-month,
unlimited online price quote subscription.
Sorry for being so long-winded. Any thoughts or feedback about any of this,
the prices for a used 2005 or 2004, the price I should be able to get on a
2006 or 2007 Santa Fe 3.5L, etc. would certainly be appreciated.
P.S. -- Eric G. -- you mentioned that you are in NJ and, like me have to
pay the lovely 7% sales tax. I am in Camden County so if by chance you went
through a dealership in my area, any thoughts on that would be welcome.