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Old 05-12-2004, 01:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dear friends, I plan on purchasing a new 330CIC in So Cal the last weekend of May. There are over 20 dealers in So CAL. I hope to get a better deal at the end of the month. Has anyone received a better deal at the end of the month?

Also, I would like the dealer to kick in the floor mats, car cover, and air deflector for free. Is that too much to ask for? Has anyone asked for extras in the purchase with positive results? Do the extras cost the dealer much money? My friends say no.

How much is DMV charges for a $50K car? How do you calculate the DMV charge?

I hope to be a proud 1st time owner of a BMW in June. Thanks for your responses in advance. :P
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Old 05-12-2004, 06:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wish that I had recieved a better deal and I bought my BMW the last four days of the month, the guys that I bought mine from were very hard up guys. Welcome to the forum and good luck on the buy.
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Hattori eh?? I PMed you. Name looks familiar. Maybe just a coincidence.

Anyway about tax...check you states DMV website. My state charges 3%

Of course, CA may do their own thing.
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Try Dave Fritsch at Shelly BMW. He's the internet manager. I saved close to 3k of MSRP.

No extras though. The BMW logo mats were $98. You can get better mats w/o the logo on-line. Be sure and have any dealer take off the training/advertising fee/ $45 processing fee that they try to hit you with at the end of the deal.



I ordered on the last day of the month.
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If you look at consumersunion.org there is a wealth of information about buying new cars. You can get the bottom line dealers invoice for about $10. At edmunds.com you can price a new car and see what others are paying for the same thing. No charge for that.

Autobytel.com can get you 3 dealer quotes. I posted my request at midnight on a Friday and Shelly BMW called be before 9am on a Saturday.

Etrade (for financing) called me at 8:30am the same Sat.

Everyone else called me later.

Guess who gave me the best price and got the deal.

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Hi Guys. Hattori Hanzo was the Okinawan Samurai/Sushi guy in Kill Bill.

Anyway, I just got okayed for a $50K loan 3.50%, so I am set. I have been reading everything available and the lowest offer I have received was $2K over invoice. I hope they can go lower the last weekend. I'll let you all know what happens.
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3.5% is excellent. I thought I had a good deal at 3.65.

I do recommend using lendingtree.com. I had three great offers for financing before I walked in the door of the dealership. That really makes your bargaining position much more favorable.
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I do recommend using lendingtree.com. I had three great offers for financing before I walked in the door of the dealership. That really makes your bargaining position much more favorable.
That's exactly how I got 3.5% for 60 months through my dealer.
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