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How did you (or how do you plan to) go about purchasing your Enclave?

  • Walked into the dealership - No GM employee/supplier discount

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I'm thinking of doing the "fax attack" method to purchase my vehicle. I know of a dealership that will sell it to me for almost $5k of MSRP, but the dealership is almost five hours away. I would obviously like to buy from a dealership a bit closer. I plan on doing the "fax attack" method. For those of you who purchased yours a certain way, how much did you get below MSRP (not including any rebates).
 

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We emailed several dealerships and ended up with a local one. I sent an email stating the Edmunds printout of MSRP and Invoice and offered $500 over invoice. We could not locate one with the options we wanted so after a few days of trying we went ahead and placed our order with the agreed upon price.
 

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I am getting ready to order one...$500 over invoice agreed upon, then my GM card earnings (about $550). :blob:
 

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Needed a new auto and started looking. A GM dealer showed me the Enclave and i fell in love. Went to all the Buick dealers within 50 miles of Miami and saw what they had to offer. Some dealers had ordered undesirable options but to my surprise the dealer that I purchased 2 previous new cars from had a Gold Mist & Cashmere with all the options, fully loaded, luxury minus the rear console. He also had a Blue-Gold Crystal with Ebony interior at the time. It looked rear nice but my wife didn't like the dark interior. I bought the Gold Myst on the spot with roughly $3500.00 in discounts.
This was May/19/2007. I saw a Ming blue CX yesterday. The first one in over 2 months of ownership. not impressed. I installed the roof rack, sunroof wind deflector and the side windows deflectors.
Dealer is Sheehan Buick - GMC in Lighthouse Point, Florida. Phone: 954-943-2200 manager Clint Thomas, salesman Yad Aflalo.
When I went back for the 3000 miles oil change I saw that they had 3 units fully luxury equipped.
Talking to Yad last night found out there are 2 units. One is an equipped CXL and one CX
 

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I'm suprised there aren't more people posting about the fax attack you mentioned. I plan to do this with the Enclave. I have baught two other vehicles in the last 7 years using this method and it works brilliantly! Of course, now I will be emailing rather than faxing. I am hoping to get a great deal, even with the current employee pricing. The other two I bought I got for about $1500 UNDER INVOICE (not MSRP) and $3000 UNDER INVOICE (not MSRP) plus a free dvd player installed that day. Once I narrowed it down to two or three dealers that had what I wanted they were fighting for my business. On my way to pick one car up, I had another dealer calling me and begging that I turn around as they would beat that price. (they had already patronized me, thinking I wasn't serious and hoping I would fold, so I went with the one I had promised my business to) I only go into dealerships to test drive the cars and see colors in person. After using that method, I would never purchase a car the traditional way again. :thumb:
 

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Called the dealer on the phone:

LONG STORY: Called the Buick/GMC dealer on the phone back when the Acadia was to be released, I wanted pricing info, the website didn't have "build your own" set up yet. Kept the salesperson's name who I spoke with, on file. Then called him again to come in to test drive the Acadia, wife was able to purchase a raffle ticket thru her work, to win an Acadia. So we test drove one at that time we entered. (Didn't win). He suggested also taking a brochure on the Enclave, I declined, since I thought the Enclave must be MUCH higher priced than the Acadia. Told the salesperson we would let him know when we were actually ready to purchase, that it would be "down the road a bit". (I'm sure he was thinking "yeah, right") Then, after researshcing the Enclave on the website, I found out it was packaged better then the Acadia, more standard features, for which when built into the Acadia, made it more than the Enclave. Talked again to the salesperson to get pricing on the Enclave nailed down, and told him we would possibly wait for an 09 order (this was early 2008). THEN, fast forward: finally we ordered our Enclave, hoping it would come in before the end of the year, so we could use the "supplier for friends" program. (ordered on June 12th) Our Enclave was able to be built on July 28th. Just so happens that there was a program that allowed a GM employee to give a certificate to ONE friend (someone my wife worked for, their husband was the employee), but that promotion was over on the 31st of July, but guess what?....our salesperson called that morning and said our Enclave was to be delivered that day. What's the luck of that? So, we got it! Then, now they offer the GM Employee to everyone, AND allow GM credit card points, which is a little better deal than what we got, but that's the timing in it. If our Enclave had come in just a little later, we wouldn't have gotten the GM Employee discount, it would have been in between the promotions, so I still think we got lucky.

How many people would stay with the same salesperson for that long? Not many. He was patient, and never pushed us to buy before we were ready, and I felt we owed him to keep going thru him, since he first answered the phone, and gave me information way back when, before the Acadia even came out in full production. Kevin Rule is his name, from Buege Buick/Pontiac/GMC in Lansing MI.
 

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We went to our very small town dealer. It is owned by a larger dealer 60 miles away in a small city. Our dealer didn't even have brochures yet, but he gave us the one sales manager had. He also let us take an 08 CXL for a 1 hour ride--we didn't go that long tho. We came back, sat down and showed him the dealers in a 300 mile radius that had Enclaves and told the salesman we were willing to call any of these if his price wasn't right. He started at $400 over invoice and we worked out way down from there, until we found out the advertising fee was added, then we dropped down another $100. It was a painless way to order a car--IMHO. It took 15 minutes. During the Advertising fee negotiation -- it was interesting to watch the sales manager respond to my statement that we didn't want to pay it. He said it was included in his invoice and that was it---silence--for probably 2 minutes---and then i spoke first. The adage of "He who speaks first looses" is true--i'm paying the $400 ad fee. The point for this post is---try your local dealer first. I know it's time--but if it doesn't work--just get up and walk out.

hth, Ron
 

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Before I started looking I drove a loaded Acadia in Naples, FL. Then I went on line to Consumer's and got the dealer pricing on Enclave including all options. Good negotiating tool. With that in hand I went to four local dealers in norther NJ. This was September 07 and most dealers had none in stock and were taking orders for units above sticker price. For the most part I got the usual BS--- what would you like your payments to be?, the salesman traipsing in and out of the manager's office etc. Seems I knew more about the vehicle then most salesmen. Ended up forty miles away at a dealership that I had a history with. Worked with the salesmanager and got vehicle for what I consider a good price.. It was ordered on 9/27/07 and delivered on 12/10/07. Seventy-five days wasn't too bad. I had wanted WDT but the factory had a production hold on that color until Jan 08. Then I saw cocoa metallic with cashmere at the dealership the day I ordered and liked it better. "Brown Bess" is a CXL FWD seven seater w/ driver confidence package, 19 in. spoked chrome wheels, sunroof, towing package, rear cargo net, shade and security etching on the glass ( my choice for $199.00). My price was $35,930.00 plus sales tax, 6% in FL or $2155.80, registration fees ($275.85) and document fees ($199.00). Grand total $38,560.65 delivered. I'm sure others have done better but I am satisfied.
 

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Started both purchases with referral from Costco auto. First time, went to nearer dealer and challenged them to meet the costco price. Second time called dealer referred by costco (same one I am have been VERY happy with their service dept.) and told them what kind of deal I wanted. They agreed and did a search for a car meeting my specs (it was too late to oreder an 11) and found on a little over 100 miles away, that fit my specs EXACTLY. Within 5 days I had two enclaves in my garage!
 

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Wow! This is a very old thread brought back from the dead. I am surprised that I never noticed this poll before.

Anyway, to very briefly review my Enclave shopping circumstance from November 2007, I needed to replace a car that was demolished by a drunk driver. The day before the incident, I happened to start to "window shop" on the Internet in anticipation of getting a new large CUV for carpooling within about two years. I was quickly drawn to the Enclave, and even boasted to a co-worker the next morning that I would like to get one within a couple of years. In fact, I even asserted that I had a gut feeling that my 2003 Subaru Outback wouldn't last too much longer. Lo and behold, a few hours later a drunk driver destroyed my Outback, which still had 5 finance payments left to go, as it was parked in the lot at work. Creepy, huh! :eek: I had up to 30 days to get the car replaced due to my 30 day rental car auto insurance coverage, but I didn't wait too long. I test drove the Enclave within a few days and was hooked. I waited for the insurance company's check before I made my final decision to buy it because I wanted to make sure that I could afford the Buick, which would be my nicest vehicle I'd ever had.

If the accident had not occurred, I likely would have ended up with a 2010 CX by saving up by not having any car payments on the Outback for a couple of years. I would have had the better drivetrain, but I would have missed out on 2 years of driving my beloved first MY Enclave. I guess that I have few regrets overall. ;)
 

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Researched the Enlcave various years into the ground for 5 months, had search criteria set up for a specific model, features, price, etc. Found one, watched it for 2 months, made my offer, went to Berman's Infiniti of Chicago, traded my old beater in, financed the E, and drove it back to Indianapolis. Smoothest car transaction I ever had. Just glad this one didn't disappear before I got my hands on it!
 
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