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      11-24-2012, 01:30 AM   #96
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Drives: BMW X3 28i
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: New Jersey

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2014 BMW 528ix  [0.00]
2013 BMX X3 28i  [0.00]
Pulled the trigger on a new X3 28i
Pulled the trigger on a new X3 28i. Deep sea blue/sand beige Nevada leather, fineline sienna wood trim, high gloss black rails and BMW Apps.
Packages: M Sport, Dynamic Handling, Cold Weather, Technology, Convenience, and Premium Sound.
It's about a 4 week wait. <wound up being only 16 days>

For those of you who are interesting in purchasing a new vehicle and are interested in saving some money please consider the following:

Unfortunately, unless you have some inside help the way to get a fair price is to contact 4-5 dealers. Decide which dealer you want to buy the car from and close the deal with that dealer. I chose the closest dealer to my house and have a friend who's been happy with their service department. I like the sales guy who was very helpful on my, and my family's numerous visits.

The other 4 dealers I merely spoke to on the phone. I had them give me quotes in writing as well as the extra dealer charges they add on; DMV, paperwork, etc. Since my wife and I wanted to see the various color combinations in person we did drive to some other dealers, but didn't infringe more on sales people's times. We got very good at finding all the X3's on the lot without even asking for any directions. They usually were mostly all parked in the same area and the dealer's websites many times noted their inventory with color combinations.

I don't understand how people will make a $50K investment without seeing the colors in person. The internet and pictures of all kinds don't show the true colors. The M Sport comes with Carbon Black which is very different from the other 2 black exterior colors. Carbon Black has a blue hue that makes it quite unique. Midnight Blue is a great blue color available with the X1 that looks nothing like what's seen in a picture. Mojave and Chestnut are very nice interior colors that need to be seen.

The dealer that I did business with gave me the highest original quote. There was no way I'd be paying $2000 more for the car with them. I appreciate all the time they spent with me, but needed a better deal to show them. They matched the lowest quote which was $480 over invoice and $3805 under list. The sales guy makes money, the dealer makes more money and I save money- win, win, win. I could've beat them up a bit more on price , but $500 over invoice was about what I was looking to spend. More importantly for the sales guy and the dealer is that they'll be receiving referral business from me. They didn't make as much from me that they wanted, but that will be more than made up for with new clients from my network.

I like supporting local businesses, enjoy giving business to those I respect, want loaners when getting service and free car washes whenever I need.

Last edited by Bmwlvr60; 12-27-2012 at 12:33 AM. Reason: typos