I played with the Amica "Discount Pricing" - it appears to me that it is just BS TrueCar pricing. I have a feeling your theory is correct - it is just a sales lead generator for dealerships.my insurance co., Amica, sent me a flyer about using their discount pricing service for new car purchases...
anybody know about this Amica pricing service? is it just sales leads for the dealers or something worthwhile? I prefer not to be spammed by salespeople...
Very thorough! Welcome to the club.We just purchased a 2020 CX-5 Grand Touring Reserve, Deep Crystal Blue/Parchment from a Mazda dealer in about 45 minutes from my house, in eastern NH
Great approach! I did the same thing when I bought my car - drafted an email requesting a quote, sent a copy to all nearby dealers, then whittled down the options until 2-3 dealers remained. The nice thing about doing it this way is that you end up with clear, itemized quotes, leading to less time spent ironing out the details when closing the sale.We just purchased a 2020 CX-5 Grand Touring Reserve, Deep Crystal Blue/Parchment from a Mazda dealer in about 45 minutes from my house, in eastern NH
I bought a deep crystal blue 2020 GTR in the Boston area last month, and this is pretty much what I paid also. And I shopped around quite a bit. Enjoy it. I'm loving mine so far.2020 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Reserve
Color: Deep Crystal Blue Mica
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Week of: January 26, 2020
MSRP: $36,080.00 [includes $1,045.00 destination charge]
Discount: $2,466.00 [6.8% off MSRP]
Dealer Fees (doc fee): $495.00
Purchase Price: $33,614.00 vehicle + $495.00 dealer fees = $34,109.00
MA State Sales Tax (6.25%): $2,131.81
MA Title / Registration / Plates: $135.00
MA State Inspection: $35.00
Total Out-the-Door Price: $36,410.81
I had no trade-in vehicle and did not use dealer/Mazda financing.
There are a handful of in-stock 2020 GTRs and Signatures in the Boston area...and essentially no new 2019 GTRs or Signatures available.
The discount included an itemized $1,000 "time-limited" discount (through end of January) for Costco Auto Program purchasers (and maybe others?), on top of the regular Costco discount offered by the dealer, provided that no financing incentives could be applied.
I had three other email/phone quotes for a Mazda 2020 CX-5 GTR from other Boston-area Mazda dealers that all came in around $34,100 (before dealer fees, tax, and government fees), give or take or hundred. I got these quotes before I got the Costco Auto Program quote in-person at the dealership.
Not being a recent college grad, military, or Mazda owner (until now!), I don’t qualify for those incentives. I also had one area dealer quote for $32,500, but when I pressed them on what incentives they were including in the price, they were rather vague, and just said I should come in to discuss it further. Ultimately, I wasn't up for extended game-playing and moved on.
A ~$500 dealer/doc fee is not atypical for the Boston area (for all new-car dealers, not just Mazda). MA doesn't cap doc fees, although, rather weirdly, does specifically cap the fee for helping with title paperwork at $5.
With more back-and-forth, I think I might have been able to get another Boston-area dealer down a couple hundred more, but ultimately, I think $33,614 is a reasonable price for a 2020 Mazda CX-5 GTR.
Plus, I got a 50%-off accessories at the dealer (up to $200 off) with my post-purchase Costco Auto Program coupon. I got the retractable cargo cover, cargo tray, and all-weather mats (not included in the pricing above).
I have to say, I don't think I've been this excited about driving something in a long time. It is such a good car.I bought a deep crystal blue 2020 GTR in the Boston area last month, and this is pretty much what I paid also. And I shopped around quite a bit. Enjoy it. I'm loving mine so far.
That’s great to hear that you’d put it in the same ballpark as the BMW. I’ve never driven the X3.I have to say, I don't think I've been this excited about driving something in a long time. It is such a good car.
I drive 25-35 rental cars a year for work, and they're usually a mix of mid-size sedans and CUVs, with the occasional full-size sedan or mid-size SUV. There are a lot cars from Kia, Hyundai, Chevy, Jeep, and Ford (and Nissan...but I try hard to avoid those). They're usually mid-level in terms of trim/options, but occasionally some are highly spec'd out.
And these rental cars tend to be fine, if largely unmemorable. Some of them are under-powered (yet still with mediocre mpg), some are rather lacking in safety tech, and many have crammed way too many controls into their touchscreen infotainment system.
I did get to drive a 2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i as a rental for a week last year. It was nice...even a bit nicer than a CX-5 GTR. But I think the GTR is about 95% there for ~75% of the cost. And that's before maintenance and depreciation, which I'm sure widens the cost gap.
|I'm Interested in purchasing a CX-5 so I've been lurking here for quite a while and this is my first post. This may be the wrong spot to ask about used cars? I've been looking at new but found a used 2019 Red CX-5 Grand Touring with 7,000 miles they offering me at 25,999. Was told it's been one of their dealer cars. Can anyone tell me if this sounds like a good deal? Should I ask for more off?|