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Jul 30, 2015 2015 Mazda MAZDA3 Dublin CA Dublin mazda $27,415 18.24%
Jun 25, 2015 2015 Mazda MAZDA3 Garland TX Mazda of Mesquite $27,000 16.67%
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Tips from Mazda MAZDA3 Buyers

university mazda
Seattle, WA
did it all online; easy to work with, pleasant, no pressure, no problems, no sweat.

Pros: None

Cons: dealer and salesperson miscommunication - just once.

Purchased 2013 Mazda MAZDA3 i Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A) on Nov 7, 2013

laird noller
Hutchinson, KS
best experience of buying a car ever no pressure stayed past close to finish paperwork and explain everything.. BUY HERE!!!!!

Pros: everyone professional and made experience relaxed and no pressure even spent time explaning tech features of car very knowlegable staff

Cons: None

Purchased 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 i Grand Touring 4dr Sedan w/SKYACTIV-G (2.0L 4cyl 6A) on Apr 25, 2013

Lou Fusz
Creve Coeur, MO
Great folks there!

Pros: Willing to deal.

Cons: Cold wind on outside lot.

Purchased 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 i Grand Touring 4dr Sedan w/SKYACTIV-G (2.0L 4cyl 6A) on Nov 23, 2012

AutoWest Mazda Subaru
Roseville, CA
First visit, we had to go through a ridiculous fiasco of driving around through three lots to find the cars we were interested in, then back to the dealer to get a gear knob, then back to the car to discover it wasn't gassed, then to get gas, before finally taking a test drive. We went back due to a sale ad, and though getting to test drive a different car went more smoothly, we got jerked around (only in the typical salesman sense I think) on pricing for several hours. It wasn't until we insisted on taking a lunch break they got desperate enough to drop the price first to what I thought was reasonable, then finally to far below what I ever thought I'd have to pay for the car. I think the key is not letting them push you into anything, or believing them when they say they can't possibly go lower than invoice price.

Pros: Lots of inventory, they had plenty of different trims, colors and option packages to choose from. Their apparent desperation not to let us leave without purchasing worked in our favor, so I'd call that a good quality as well.

Cons: The layout--they had their cars in three different lots spaced out quite a bit, so navigating and searching for your ideal car could be quite a hassle. They were a bit pushier than most other dealers I visited while shopping around--this didn't especially bother me or affect my decisions but it's worth noting.

Purchased 2011 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring on Feb 19, 2011

Fitzgerald Auto Mall
Annapolis, MD
Great place to buy a car. I worked directly with the manager. There was no pressure at all. It seemed like they really went out of their way to make the sale. I have been looking for about two months now and I feel very comfortable that I got a good deal!

Pros: Quick turn around, I was in and out of there in less than two hours. I for one HATE buying a new car and try by all means to avoid car dealerships. I generally go to CarMax where the price on the car is the only price, meaning no back and forth haggling over options and price. Fitzgerald changed my opinion in a few short hours. I would definitely buy there again.

Cons: Not convenient to my house. But they beat the price of the dealer near my house and gave me a maintenance card for life.

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring on Sep 7, 2010

Delray Mazda
Delray Beach, FL
We called them on the Memorial Day weekend and told them what we were willing to pay. They accepted

Pros: Very very easy to get it done. Do your research ahead of time.

Cons: No cons.

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring on May 30, 2010

Browning Mazda
Cerritos, CA
Good experience

Pros: It was clean and had a very good selection

Cons: None

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Man i Touring on Mar 13, 2010

O'hara Mazda
Fairhaven, MA
I found this dealership to be very comfortable to buy a car from. I bought my other Mazda in 2002 there and I did not feel like I was being lied to or batted like I had in other dealerships. I was very happy with my trade in and I love my new Mazda, I would recommend O'hara Mazda to anyone who wants a good car at a great price.

Pros: No flim flam just straight honest answers and I felt that I was dealing with someone who was looking out for my best interest.

Cons: I had never gotten a loan at the dealship before and although completely honest and above board I found dealing with the loan officer frustrating and confusing.

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Man i Sport on Jan 21, 2010

mazda of oakland
Oakland, CA
Good but up to the last minute. The salesperson slipped a fast one where we agreed on 20,000.00, but ended at 20,067. We shook hands and being at the end of the day/night, tired of all day dealing, I just signed for it.

Pros: They were easy going and non-pushy if you will

Cons: The salesperson did me wrong at the end where it would have been a perfect experience. We were 99% done and happy but the last 1 minute experience ruined everything!

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Man i Sport on Jan 4, 2010

Mazda of Roswell
Roswell, GA
Great Deal. done via internet

Pros: honest pricing...no hidden costs or fees

Cons: None

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Man i Touring on Nov 18, 2009

Bob Baker Mazda
La Jolla, CA
Not really sure. They were quick and to the point, but I think the prices they were talking were high. I think the invoice was inflated.

Pros: Lots of cars

Cons: Probably not honest

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Man i Touring on Aug 30, 2009

Galpin Mazda
Van Nuys, CA
Very Knowledgeable, aggressive price cutting, laid back service

Pros: Salesman was attentive, not a pressure filled situation

Cons: Manager was polite to me, a little rude to the salesman infront of me.

Purchased 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Grand Touring 5-Door on Oct 11, 2008

sport durst
Durham, NC
Good dealers however, They seem a bit flaky.

Pros: Nice people

Cons: A touch disorganized. Went back 3 times to get a second key. Lets just say I dont have a second key

Purchased 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Touring 5-Door on Jul 12, 2008

Holiday Mazda
Fond du Lac, WI
Great experience. No pressure, great internet pricing. No hidden fees.

Pros: Lowest price was a true number with no extras to add on later

Cons: Had to shop the first $ and tell them I could get it cheaper elsewhere before I got their BEST price

Purchased 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Touring 5-Door on Jun 14, 2008

Manhattan Mazda
New York, NY
Great job at being competative

Pros: No BIG head games.

Cons: Delivered the wrong car when I came to pick it up, but quickly fixed the situation.

Purchased 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Grand Touring 5-Door on Aug 29, 2007

bommarito mazda
St. louis, MO
great no pressure dealership

Pros: no surprises

Cons: service not open on Saturdays

Purchased 2013 Mazda MAZDA3 i Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M) on Sep 28, 2013

Koons Mazda
Silver Spring, MD
Willing to do what it takes to get you in a vehicle without being "car salesy"

Pros: Great price and trade-in with no pressure sales

Cons: You have to go to the dealership next door for financing

Purchased 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 i Grand Touring 4dr Sedan w/SKYACTIV-G (2.0L 4cyl 6A) on Apr 12, 2013

Mazda of Orange
Orange, CA
It was a very good experience. Everyone's bid was roughly the same

Pros: They were very prompt with their responses

Cons: None

Purchased 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 i Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback w/SKYACTIV-G (2.0L 4cyl 6A) on Apr 21, 2012

Putnam Mazda
Burlington, CA
Easy deal with email, ask for Ali.

Pros: Email for everything, then go to test drive and finalize the deal

Cons: Parking is very tight, inside a poor community

Purchased 2011 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport on Jan 8, 2011

Sport Mazda Orlando
Orlando, FL
Very quick and easy transaction. I did my research and knew this was the vehicle I wanted and they gave it to me at a great price.

Pros: Fast!

Cons: Somewhat unorganized with inventory.

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring on Jun 24, 2010

Fitzgerald Mazda
Annapolis, MD
Had a "pre-negotiated" internet price that "could not be haggled" but the dealer still matched a quote I received from another dealership.

Pros: Dealers are not paid on commission basis. This makes them want to help you rather than rip you off.

Cons: Finance guy speeds through the numbers before you sign.

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Man i Touring on May 25, 2010

Surrey Mazda
Whiterock, CA
Tight, they didn't want to give us much of a discount

Pros: Clean dealership, nice place.

Cons: didn't give us much off the MSRP

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 5dr HB Man s Sport on Mar 12, 2010

Davis-Moore Mazda
Wichita, KS
Very satisfied.

Pros: Good prices!

Cons: Took too long with the transaction.

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring on Jan 12, 2010

Menlo Mazda
Redwood City, CA
Average. I used the new car buying guide.

Pros: Best price at the time. Good color selection and accommodated my color preference.

Cons: Quoted a lower price, but changed term when I arrived. Did not mention rebate was factored into the "quote" until car was picked out; paid higher taxes as a result. Did not provide an itemized breakdown, so I cannot be sure of whether there was any "play" in tax/title fees.

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Man i Sport on Dec 23, 2009

Mazda Saab of Bedford
Bedford, OH
Overall, I had a very positive experience. Everything was straightforward -- I never felt like I was getting anything but a straight answer.

Pros: Low pressure. Answers were available when I had questions and the salesman was happy to show me the car, but he was equally willing to stand by quietly while I took things in. In short, he let me reach my own decisions rather than trying to make me accept his (not something I can say of other dealerships I visited). The finance agent was very helpful and patient. I never felt rushed and she answered all my questions to my satisfaction.

Cons: Slightly less pleasant waiting area in the service center than some I've seen (it's just older, it's reasonably clean and the people are very friendly). No regular maintenance covered during warranty period like some other dealers offer.

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Auto s Sport on Oct 9, 2009

Superior Mazda
Bentonville, AR
Salesperson Chelsea was nice, but sales manager Chris was pushy and sometimes rude. Chris tried to slip in $327.00 to the price during financing even after we had agreed on a set price. Finance kept pushing extended warranty even after I said no. The finance manager claimed that the Mazda 3 was redesign for 2010 and was almost certain to have problems. In the end, I got the agreed upon price, but I didn't appreciate the hassle or runaround. The windows of all their new cars were etched and it was not a option I desired. They claimed it was for insurance. The charge for etching was $198.00, but it most likely only cost the dealership $15.00.

Pros: Salesperson Chelsea was knowledgeable in the features on the cars. Close to work and home. Clean and sharp looking dealership.

Cons: Sales Manager Chris was deceitful. Finance department kept pushing extended warranty plan even after saying no repeatedly. Car was not detailed properly after purchase as promised. Had to bring it back to and it still did not get thoroughly detailed. The windows of all their new cars were etched.

Purchased 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 4dr Sdn Man i Touring on May 25, 2009

Camelback Mazda
Phoenix, AZ
Decent in agreeing on price at dealer. Negotiating took about a half hour. I offered 16,000, they moved me up to 16,700. It took an hour at the "mother dealership" (the VW dealer next door) while the finance guy ( a nice guy, I felt sorry for him) tried to push all the add ons. The finance part was a pain, or at least a waste of time.

Pros: Reasonable, not too sleazy, acted quickly at the Mazda dealer.

Cons: The finance process as described. Most of the "aelling" goes on there.

Purchased 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 i Touring Value 4-Door on Jul 19, 2008

John Hine Mazda
San Diego, CA
Some runaround, easy to deal with through internet.

Pros: Lowest offer among san diego dealers.

Cons: "Forgetfulness," "Oh, I was quoting the Manual price. Come in anyway"

Purchased 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 i Sport 4-Door on Jun 30, 2008

Hancock Mazda
Mesquite, TX
The salesmen was extremely knowledgeable and nice. He was never pushy which is rare to find in this industry. We got I think a fair price for the price and they were willing to negotiate the price with us to get our business.

Pros: The salesperson who helped us decide what the best car was for our needs.

Cons: The finance department was the worst part of dealing with this dealership. They were rude and not willing to change things when things were not to our liking. Next time we will definitely finance with our bank and not through the dealership. Although they did have a very good deal going on when we financed our car - 3.9% for 60 months.

Purchased 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 i Touring Value 4-Door on May 15, 2008

Not disclosed
Manager provided the wrong price, went over to purchase, and at the final step (signing), manager says "wait a minute, I must've given you the price for the mazda 3 2.0 sedan". I mentioned the bait and switch law and got the car for that price.

Pros: Friendly people, cooperative.

Cons: None

Purchased 2007 Mazda MAZDA3 s Touring 5-Door on Apr 22, 2007

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