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well im sure there will be dealers with a merkup. i heard a dealer in L.A. selling evos for $20,000 over invoice. thats $50,000 for a mitsubishi!! so yes you can expect some dealers marking up the price of the rx8. heck some of those people selling pre-orders on ebay are dealers!!
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Man 38K? I hope not. I have no problem with a dealer marking up a hot car but there are limits. Now if that is a loaded GT with all the goodies including NAV and every other option, that does come out around what 36K?
When you add the $ 1,295.00 desert protection package or the sea salt protection package or the tiny steel termite protection package whereby a guy getting paid $ 8.00 an hour spits on your car and rubs it for you, that's a fair mark-up, right? :p
Yup, there sure are limits.. I'll be confirming those prices any time now.. when the dealers get em and I'm there with my checkbook.
Shoot, if they're firm and not coming down from a wacked price like that, Mazda will have just lost a customer for life, and Infiniti will gain a new one... Cuz I sure as hell can get a whole lot more car at $38K than an RX-8.. nothing against the 8 of course.
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Someone from Hawaii was talking about having an 8 shipped over from LA if it turned out to be cheaper. That might work for you too. Do you have Costco in Hawaii? If so that is another possibility that will get the price lower. I went that way and even though the 8 is not listed at Costco, the dealer worked with me on a fair price given our market. Most people here seem to be at MSRP with a few even lower.
If you join as an Executive member for $100.00 a year, first you get 2% back on almost all purchases. More importantly you can buy cars at below MSRP for the most part. I just checked and woohoo the RX-8 is now officially listed at Costco. I don't know what the price will be because the 8 was not up officially at the time I ordered my car (the dealer will honor the Costco price.)
You can at the very least find out what your dealer in Hawaii will sell an 8 for in order to honor their agreement with Costco. It should be better than any deal you can make on your own. I hope it works out for you.
$38,000 for a Hawaii dealer. That seems to be about right considering MSRP is around $31K. I was going for the GT model but then settled for the Touring one(I don't need leather and powered seats) I'm guessing the Touring model will probably sell for around $34K. Thats one of the disadvantages of living here in Hawaii, everything is so expensive!
Hawaii dealers don't pay any more for the cars than the mainland dealers do. Heck, many dealers are mainland owned chains anyway. The only difference is that we've got less of them, and the dealers think they have a captive audience. I'm a local guy, but I've lived in the SF Bay Area and Seattle. There you could shop around and play one dealer off another, here it's harder to do that. On the mainland, you can also drive a 100 miles (or more) to some hick town that isn't car crazy and get a better deal, here you can't.
Many Hawaii dealers slap on a markup as standard practice. But don't let that fool you, you can easily get a car for below MSRP. It's just a case of supply and demand. If a car is hot, and people are willing to pay, the dealers are in luck. But if not, they'll deal. A friend of mine tried to deal on a Mustang Cobra at a local Ford dealer, but didn't get the price he wanted. He then went with an internet car broker. The car broker got him the exact car he was looking at, from the same dealer, for $4K less. Never thought about the Costco route, but it could be a way to go. I have shipped over a car before, and I'd suggest Washington State or Oregon dealers. LA and San Fran are almost just as bad as Hawaii.