I didn't wonder. I actually think that the sticker on my car ('04 MCS, fully loaded) is a good value, compared to other comparable cars. But then, I also paid sticker (or nearly that) for my last 2 cars, which I also specal ordered. Just how it goes, I guess.
I don't know of anyone paying under sticker, unless they take a car off a dealer's lot that the dealer needs to move.
You got a good deal -- at least as good as anyone else, and better than many (who are paying premiums).
You'll feel MUCH better after you take delivery. So, relax -- and start planning for your first drive!
Thanks for the reply. They were willing to sell me the 04 on the lot, but wanted $1000 over. So, I went ahead and ordered the 05. They say the car will be delivered in Oct. It is going to be four long months. !
My wife wants to get a new car/truck/SUV and just about every one has major rebates off the sticker price. We looked at one that had over a third of the sticker price slashed off the MSRP. It makes me wonder what kind of crap they are trying to pull, or what is wrong with the vehicle if it is has $11,000 marked off the original price. Worst of all, some dealer have bigger rebates than others, it is crazy!
I was very happy to pay the $21,000 sticker price on my Cooper. This car is well worth what I paid and I know that every dealer is charging close to the same for cars like mine. It took away the trouble of going to fifty different dealers to buy the same car. The Cooper is a great car for the money and you know that the dealer that you will be dealing with for service and future purchases are not trying to pull one over on you.
Only the dealers that are charging above sticker are screwing people (and must be avoided, to discourage such behavior)
One nice thing about everyone paying MSRP or higher is the resale value will be higher and stay at a consistant level. If we buy the DurangoCherokeeTrailBlazin'Explorer, who knows what the $31,000 car that we bought of $19,000 is really worth. Imagine the poor idiots that paid close to MSRP for these so-called cars? I bet they are taking a bath!
After I bought the MINI, I did not have one once of remorse for what I paid for it, because that is the price that everyone pays. When we get my wifes SUV (I know...SUV's are evil, but I let her get what she wants and I get the car I want), we will likely pay at least $8000 below MSRP, but I will still wonder how they screwed us on that deal.
By the time I am all done, I will have paid a $1500 premium for my baby... but to me, the car, not having to spend time I don't have to travel somewhere, and not paying a seperate company shipping (if they damage it, who knows what it would take to fix it)... and getting EXACTLY what I want are all part of the premium. I know it might sound like a rip off, but one dealer wanted to charge $5000 over MSRP, another dealer tried to tell me that they would only charge me $2000 over, but also told me the sticker was $1500 more than what it actually was... there is only one dealer in SoCal (Vegas included) that wasn't charging a premium, and they told me it was a 1 year + waiting list, and I no special ordering- I got what I got... So I made my choice, and am very happy. My MA, while a little overloaded, has been great with my pestering and questions, hasn't treated me like a stupid woman (I actually know quite a bit about cars), and I'm getting a MINI!!!!!!!!! I ordered it from Nick Alexander MINI in LA, CA...
Go to edmunds.com, spec out an '04 or an '03 MINI like yours in the used section. See how much its worth. That's the benefit of paying MSRP, the resale values are pretty insane. While you're there you can check out edmunds' true market value, which should (I haven't checked recently) also be MSRP. However for something like a heavily rebated old model, the TMV could be 5K under sticker.
In the end, do you really care if you saved $500 or something? Its not like you have gotten a MINI for $3K under invoice, so its totally worth the full price. An 'old' '04 for $1K is just price gouging, and your dealer should be ashamed for trying to sell it at that price.
Magic 8-ball was correct. All be in awe of Magic 8 ball.
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