okI’m an ‘A’ Plan brat myself. My dad’s been there for 34 years now! : ) I got my fully loaded 2001 Twilight Blue ZUS, not including Advance-Trac or moon roof (DAMN IT! ! ! ) for $15, 000 plus tax, tags, extended warranty and the Protection package costs. Came out to around mid-16, 000. I don’t think I did too bad.
That’s with very questionable credit and a 9. 8% interest rate and no down payment. My first BRAND NEW car. hah ahaha I think I did alright, though I know I got screwed on the final cost. Oh yeah, I got a 3 year lease too. I got the 5 year/60, 000 mile warranty.
2001 ZX 3, 5-speed. Power package, premium package, moon roof. Listed for $15, 200 and bought it for $13, 900. $12, 900 after the rebate. I’ve owned it for a month, have 1, 600 miles, averaging about 29 mpg, with no probe! Love my ZX 3 Mine was about $16, 700 and I didn’t have any money for a down payment. This was the S 2 edition though which has the european tuned suspension, spoiler, and moon roof, it had the 6 disk in dash cd player also, but i took that out and put in my tv.
I got my 2000 SE Sedan for $14, 400. It had all options minus auto, ABS, side airbags, and leather. I really wanted the ABS and side airbags but wasn’t going to wait to have one special ordered – I had already been to 5 dealerships that day and was pretty exited to find one so close to what I wanted. V, when dealing for the car, they are going to be playing tricks on you to make it seem like they can’t go any lower. When they say ‘I have to go check this out with my manager’, make it look like you are unconcerned and have all day – pull out your game boy or palm pilot and start playing games. Make sure they know that you know what you are talking about, and that the car you are dealing for is a compromise, not the one car you have spent your whole life looking for.
Process Essay Thesis: The majority of the American population has very little, or no understanding of the used car trade. A simple understanding on when and where to sell, how to get your car ready, writing a classified ad, negotiating, and making a contract. With consumer demand rising and supply constrained by several factors, including the tendency of new-car owners to hang on to them longer, ...
If the car has been on the lot for a while, then it’s taking up value able space and they need to get rid of it. If it just got on the lot, then if they sell it right away the holdback they get from Ford is pure profit. One other thing I found is that there is an airplane club up in Wisconsin or Minnesota or something that costs 20 or 30 bucks to join but members get X-Plan pricing from Ford. You may want to look into that.
EDIT – the place is web and membership is $40. 00. X-Plan is A-Plan + 4%, which would work out to around $1500 off the Focus sticker price, plus you still qualify for discounts (like the new graduate discount you are now eligible for).
The only thing is that if you finance or lease, you have to do it through Ford Credit (well, you could always get a loan from your bank and pay ‘cash’ for the car)..