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Purchased Vehicle City State Dealer MSRP Paid Savings Satisfaction
Sep 25, 2016 2016 Mazda 3 Van Nuys CA Galpin Mazda $22,830 18.47%
Jul 5, 2016 2016 Mazda 3 Ontario CA Ontario Mazda $20,660 20.35%

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Tips from Mazda 3 Buyers

Galpin Mazda
Van Nuys, CA
Internet sales was excellent. Honest and direct, with best prices. Shopped around 10 dealerships in Southern CA. Just follow the tips from this site to get the best price available!

Pros: Gave best possible price via blind bids.

Cons: None

Purchased 2016 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) on Sep 25, 2016

Ontario Mazda
Ontario, CA
I went in with a price about $1k below the lowest price I could find on Edmund's for the car I wanted, but also printed out the Edmunds.com slip to show them. This was below I found realcartips, lol. This low starting point allowed me to play around a little to appear flexible, but still stick to my guns at the end of the day when the negotiating process really got going- at the end of the day, by sticking to my guns, being patient during the back-and-forth, and keeping a level head, I actually went below the lowest Edmunds.com price in my state by about $600 before taxes. Also, I brought my dad with me so that we could talk about the process and so that I would not get bored. After hearing online that lots of dealerships mic their tables, we used a language none of the sales people could understand.

Pros: It took a long time to negotiate (the usual back and forth), but they were willing to work with me to get me to a price I felt good about.

Cons: They expected me to believe them and pity them when they used all the usual sales tactics on me, and were quite annoying in that respect.

Purchased 2016 Mazda 3 i Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) on Jul 5, 2016

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