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At the end of January I'm putting a deposit down for a 2015 3 Sport GT 6MT with the leather package. Snowflake white. Salesman said it's not a very popular combination. It will be built in March and arrive at the end of May.

New to Mazda so any tips and pointers I may have missed let me know. Salesman says it's an uncommon combination, anyone have the same or similar?


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that same combination was offered to me in SoCal, but I went with the iGT 6MT instead. Fuel economy is #1 on my list so it was kind of an easy choice to make. The sGT is a pretty nice car though.
 

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I do not know what your timeline is but If you take delivery in May I would almost wait until the 2016s come out. They start rolling in late August early September. Where are you located?
 

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I do not know what your timeline is but If you take delivery in May I would almost wait until the 2016s come out. They start rolling in late August early September. Where are you located?

Canada. I'd rather go on a 15 because it'll be a decent deal for me. I've searched about the 16' and haven't found too many big changes. Any you know of?


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Canada. I'd rather go on a 15 because it'll be a decent deal for me. I've searched about the 16' and haven't found too many big changes. Any you know of?


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Only thing I've seen about the 2016 model year is the much anticipated release of the Mazdaspeed/MPS edition.

Will definitely be curious to see tweaks on the regular 2016 model year M3, esp. any styling changes to the grill, headlamps and tail lights which have been reported/rumored.

Here's a visual I found. Looks like the grill is a bit smaller (moved the lic plate down).

http://doublecars.com/2016-mazda-3-changes-and-release-date/mazda-3-2016-changes/#image-1
 

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Haha that is a 6. :tongue_smilie 1:
 

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Unless I am mistaken they are going to adjust the front end to look like the new miata or cx3. that might be 17 though not sure anymore with all the rumors.
 

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You can negotiate anything you want, but if they can throw in $1,000 worth of wheels and tires, couldn't they have given you a better lease?

Haven't negotiated a tugging yet, but I was planning on starting with an offer of 1000 less and the wheels and tires too.

I don't know how different the dealers are up here in Canada either. Do you think they are that flexible? I went on a car pricing website for Canadian dealers and it told me to go roughly 2000 less than what I was quoted when I went there.


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Haven't negotiated a tugging yet, but I was planning on starting with an offer of 1000 less and the wheels and tires too.

I don't know how different the dealers are up here in Canada either. Do you think they are that flexible? I went on a car pricing website for Canadian dealers and it told me to go roughly 2000 less than what I was quoted when I went there.


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1. Do not negotiate with just a single dealer.
2. Do not negotiate in person.
3. Do not answer the question "how much do you want to pay for the car"? I got my Mazda3 for over $3K under MSRP (some people have done even better). I helped my nephew buy a 2015 Mazda6 for over $5K under MSRP. You don't know how low the price can go until dealers fight for your business.
4. Request quotes from multiple dealers. Go as far as you'll be willing to pick up the car. Let them know you'll be requesting quotes from multiple dealers.
5. Know exactly what you want (model, options, etc.)
6. When requesting quotes, include the MSRP and invoice so there is no chance for "Oops! I thought you wanted the .....".
7. Make sure the quotes include and list every charge item: price of car, freight, doc fee, tax, title and registration. Some dealers like to include rebates (without telling you) that not everyone can get. Some dealer incentives require you to finance the car with the automaker's financing arm.
8. Make it simple and do not include winter tires and wheels.
9. Make it simple and do not include a trade (initially).
10. Wait for the quotes to come in. From my experience in the US, fewer than 50% will want to play.
11. Determine the best quote and let the rest know if they want to beat it.
12. Repeat.
13. Always communicate in a professional manner. Nobody is obligated to sell you a car at a deep discount. Also you may have to deal with the dealers with the second best or third best quote if the one with the best quote starts playing games when you actually show up to close the deal.
 

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Hi Drewmtb29,

I'm in Canada as well. Ontario. I have had very good experiences with the "Car Cost Canada" vehicle reports. (website here: http://www.carcostcanada.com It tells you what the dealer cost is on a specific product and packages as well as telling you any currently active incentives the manufacturer has as at the time of the report. I have used these reports for 3 vehicle purchases over the years and find it makes the process very easy since everything is pretty much transparent.

When you order your vehicle report on-line (it is pretty much an instantaneous web report) typically a referral will occur to a dealer who is relatively close who will contact you. Of course you can thank them and tell them you already have a dealer you are working with if you like, but I thought you should know that your contact e-mail will go to them. I have ended up purchasing from a few of these referred dealers in the past - in part because they know you know the price they will pay... it all becomes very transparent.

I've always been fine with a dealer making money on the sale of the car... why shouldn't they? It is what they do after all... They can't make money if I buy it at their actual invoice - but knowing what markup they are making at the time I buy (as I said, the report generally includes dealer incentives, etc) allows me to determine if I feel they are making a reasonable amount or not... and maybe helps me figure what freebies I think I should be asking for, etc...


Just a thought you might find helpful...
 

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Haven't negotiated a tugging yet, but I was planning on starting with an offer of 1000 less and the wheels and tires too.

I don't know how different the dealers are up here in Canada either. Do you think they are that flexible? I went on a car pricing website for Canadian dealers and it told me to go roughly 2000 less than what I was quoted when I went there.


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I work in sales, and trust me from a sales person's perspective and the dealer's perspective. They'll always be willing to throw in accessories in lieu of discounts. Main reason is they get more discounts for the product they move an the profit margins on accessories are typically pretty high. Salespeople also typically get 10 percent commissions on all accessories they move.
 

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Happy new year to all that replied, I have been behind on updates. Thanks for all the tips.
As for an update.. That should be announced tomorrow. But the plan is to go to the dealer tomorrow night (set up an appointment already) and hopefully they are willing to go for a deal I can live with. As for the car.. Final decision is. 2015 sGT, with luxury package and 6MT. Snowflake white.

Shooting for around 2000 under msrp or a bit less and throw in a roof rack and side sill plates.

I'll let you all know how it goes. Only real bummer is special order so it won't be here till almost may???.


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Happy new year to all that replied, I have been behind on updates. Thanks for all the tips.
As for an update.. That should be announced tomorrow. But the plan is to go to the dealer tomorrow night (set up an appointment already) and hopefully they are willing to go for a deal I can live with. As for the car.. Final decision is. 2015 sGT, with luxury package and 6MT. Snowflake white.

Shooting for around 2000 under msrp or a bit less and throw in a roof rack and side sill plates.

I'll let you all know how it goes. Only real bummer is special order so it won't be here till almost may???.


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Good luck! Looking forward to hearing details.
 
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