October 01, 2004

bloody good news!

Today has been crazy, that much is clear - and when things get bad-crazy my mind starts to dredge up all the other bad stuff that could go wrong. One of the things central in my worrying lately has been getting a new car - more specifically, a new Mini Cooper S. My aunt works at a dealership in downtown L.A., and as of yet, they hadn't wanted to give me the car for anything under $2000 over the MSRP.

But, my aunt's been working them for me, trying to get them down. And I've been calling her back and forth trying to get updates. Well, I called her this afternoon, and the first thing she said to me was "It's Ordered."

!!!

I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Apparently, they've ordered it through a dealership in Boston, and that dealership is going to do a "courtesy ship" out to L.A., saving me at least $1200 in shipping charges. And what's more - when I asked how much it was going to cost, she said "probably a little under MSRP"... under MSRP!!!

Oi! So the guy who coordinated this whole thing was not in today, but when he comes back next week my aunt is going to get all the info from him, like the production number (so I can determine about when I will be receiving the car) and purchase price. Very exciting!!


posted by julie at October 1, 2004 03:07 PM

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That's awesome! Did you build it online? I looked at the Minis and they let you build your own and told you the price online. But I wasn't sure if that was the price with the dealer's profit built in or what. My impression was you didn't have to "deal" with the dealer, everything was pre-determined.
I know it must suck to live in LA with no car - very happy for you!

so said: Charles at October 2, 2004 03:14 PM

oh, let no mistake be made - i do have vehicular transport out here - a rugged, world-weary '83 honda civic. i love my honda dearly, and i've had it for over 8 years now, but it's literally falling apart.

i built my mini online, using the mini-usa configurator. that only helps to determine the MSRP. most dealers out in california charge a "premium" - for the "S" models that equates to about $2000-$5000 over the price quoted on mini-usa. it's a huge bummer, and something that's pretty unique to dealers out here on the west coast or in some of the bigger cities (like NY) back east. most dealers in the rest of the u.s., however, will give you the MSRP, no haggling required.

so said: julie (me) at October 3, 2004 09:45 AM



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