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Old 11-02-2007, 07:19 PM   #1
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We're in the market for a new SUV/CUV, and I'm really interested in the new Outlook. Problem is, the closest dealership is about 2 hours away, so we're going to make a trip next week.

Any advice on what to expect at the dealership? Is the price really "no haggle" like they say? So you pay what's on the window - that's it? Is anything negotiable? And if I don't see what I want on the lot, I can order one to my specifications, is that right?

I also have been looking online and at the dealership website, but it doesn't look like there are any incentives out right now. I know the '08s are new, but when might we expect to see some specials on them?

I'm really just starting to research all this, so any help is really appreciated!

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Old 11-02-2007, 09:31 PM   #2
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We're in the market for a new SUV/CUV, and I'm really interested in the new Outlook. Problem is, the closest dealership is about 2 hours away, so we're going to make a trip next week.

Any advice on what to expect at the dealership? Is the price really "no haggle" like they say? So you pay what's on the window - that's it? Is anything negotiable? And if I don't see what I want on the lot, I can order one to my specifications, is that right?

I also have been looking online and at the dealership website, but it doesn't look like there are any incentives out right now. I know the '08s are new, but when might we expect to see some specials on them?

I'm really just starting to research all this, so any help is really appreciated!

Thanks!
You will love the Saturn experience and the vehicles are top notch. However, you are 2 hours away from the closest dealer and you WILL need service/repairs of some point before your warranty is up. If you don't mind driving a few hours for service, then I would say look no further, you will love the Outlook. If not, consider a closer dealer GMC or Buick which have the Acadia and Enclave (which are essentially Outlook twins). Regarding "haggling", no you can't haggle but often there are incentives and price reductions on accessories. If you have a vehicle to trade often that can be factored in in your favor instead of a discount on the vehicle. The end result is you will pay a competitive price vs. other cars of similar size from other brands. Good luck and welcome to the forum!

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Old 11-02-2007, 11:49 PM   #3
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I am also set on an Outlook, and I will be at the dealership next week to finalize my decision. My previous experience with purchasing at Saturn is quite good. It's difficult for me to say otherwise, as I haven't purchased any other make. As for haggle room, I can tell you this - I ordered an 05 VUE that took just over two months to come in. The last month of waiting they gave me a new ION to use (free of charge) while waiting for the VUE, as my previous car had been sold privately. Also, I got them to upgrade the sound system at no extra cost. So, I figure that I saved around $800 - $1000. Not a lot, but it was something!

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Old 11-02-2007, 11:58 PM   #4
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We love our Outlook. We searched for an Outlook that was close to what we wanted for about a month before we finally special ordered ours. Delivery time was around 6 weeks.

Dead on about the no haggle price. You pay sticker. The Saturn buying experience was one of the weirdest (left you feeling like you should have done more to negotiate, even though you can't); least stressful I have ever done (especially when we paid with a capital one no hassle auto loan check). We were in and out within an hour.

Most people will tell you that Saturn makes up for the lack of discounts with your trade in amount. I believe this depends a lot on your dealership and what kind of trade in you have. We had a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. They barely wanted to give us KBB Fair. Our miles were low too, only 38k for an almost 4 yr old Jeep. We ended up selling it online via Craigslist at about 2k more then what the dealership offered us.

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Old 11-05-2007, 03:54 PM   #5
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"Dead on about the no haggle price. You pay sticker." This is not true. Do not go into any dealership thinking you have to pay MSRP. I got $1000 off my 2008 and $500 off for customer incentive ($1500). I ordered mine and it took 9 weeks to deliver. This car is in high demand but its not that high. Go there doing your homework first. Price it out online via KBB and go in there swinging. If your trading your car in don't mention that until the ink is dry on the contract price. Expect two things on the trade in. First to get hosed then hosed somemore. If your okay with that fine, if not sell it yourself (I had a 02 Lexus and they treated it like it was a chevy). God's speed with your purchase.

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Old 11-05-2007, 04:02 PM   #6
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"Dead on about the no haggle price. You pay sticker." This is not true. Do not go into any dealership thinking you have to pay MSRP. I got $1000 off my 2008 and $500 off for customer incentive ($1500). I ordered mine and it took 9 weeks to deliver. This car is in high demand but its not that high. Go there doing your homework first. Price it out online via KBB and go in there swinging. If your trading your car in don't mention that until the ink is dry on the contract price. Expect two things on the trade in. First to get hosed then hosed somemore. If your okay with that fine, if not sell it yourself (I had a 02 Lexus and they treated it like it was a chevy). God's speed with your purchase.
I think this depends on the area you live in. Here in Baltimore they can't keep them on the lot. There are 5 Saturn dealers within 45 minutes of me (all owned by the same person). No haggling there period. Glad you got lucky, but 99% of the time it is not like that.

Did they do any add ons for you or where you able to tell them no to that stuff?

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Old 11-05-2007, 04:41 PM   #7
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You are off to the right start by studying these forums. Don't forget to check the other Saturn forum. It has a special section on buying and leasing.
Some people have gotten discounts through the membership discount stores, supplier discounts, etc.

Check both the Saturn web site and GM website for discounts. I found a discount on the GM site that was not listed on the Saturn site.

I have only dealt with one Saturn dealer. Yep, no haggle on the pricing, no hassles, no bait and switch, no "I will see what my boss says", no pressure, just "here is your price and here are your discounts". They even refunded me $11.00 a few weeks later because the registration was cheaper than they thought.

I'm sure not all Saturn dealers are the same but the one in Turnersville NJ is a pleasure to deal with.

And you probably won't see many incentives. The Outlooks are just too new and popular.

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Old 11-05-2007, 07:58 PM   #8
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outlook08: Did they do any add ons for you or where you able to tell them no to that stuff?

I had the 08 built to my specs, fwd, no trailer pakg and no mid seat center console. Everything else I wanted. They still made their scratch, I said no also to their dealer service fee ($475). I pitted three dealers against each other and told them all whoever gets me the best deal gets my business. I was willing to travel 200 miles to order this car. Mark ups, add ons (i.e. pin stripping, leather treatment, etc) and some warranties is all nonsense. I knew more about this car then the dealers trying to sell it to me. Just do your homework 1st.

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Old 11-06-2007, 01:40 AM   #9
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Smoke Bear -

What other Saturn forum were you talking about (the one with the section on buying and leasing)?

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Old 11-06-2007, 09:26 AM   #10
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What other Saturn forum were you talking about (the one with the section on buying and leasing)?

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