I suggest you do a search as there are indications some of the dealers are willing to make deals on cars in inventory. Search for both for where the deals are and for people that recently bought cars.
I will contribute. I ordered my Exige S 240 from MidRivers Lotus (talk to Paul) and got an amazing deal.
Let me also voice my frustration, not with the dealer but with Lotus. Well, not really with Lotus as I understand their decision but frustrating nonetheless. I wanted to order my car because I do not want the Touring Package or StarShield. (Do a search for why or look at my past posts...) I could have had my car within a week otherwise. Anyway the car needed to be ordered as there were none like it in inventory. Lotus provides a build date, well, a build month and so it will be built sometime this month. Delivery sometime in January.
Back on topic, MidRivers provides such a good deal that having to ship the car to California is worth the effort. Even better MidRivers also has access to a car transport company so shipping is not a huge issue. I will post more when I consummate the transaction and get my car.
You have been a fairly vocal advocate for this dealership but I have to point out that the majority on this board who have had dealings with their sales department (particularly the newer sales staff since Steve Brown) disagree with you. The reputation this dealership has is well known.
Like the recent thread about Secor 111 and BWR - you will always have some who are outspoken or had bad service...but this dealership is out there and may be one of the top on this forum with the worst experience. Their service department is great - it's the sales department where the criticizm stems from.
This dealership sells very little of their Lotus volume locally. Now why do you think the dealership would rather sell their cars to others outside the area than to those within the area (especially with the attention Lotus's get and the word of mouth they can generate?)
I concede that the local economy isn't particularly conducive to this type of car (hey - - it's Missouri) but a key fact is that even the majority of local Lotus's that are around here were not purchased tfrom there. Ask yourself why aren't enthusiasts like ourselves or even novices to the marque buying from there. Wouldn't they rather save the transport expense and cut a little better deal for those interested locally?
There are really many reasons known to the locals. Cars (including the brand new Persian Blue 08 240S) sit outside in the elements and get the grit and grim wiped off here in there - or dry scratched into the finish and buffed out later. They had snow on them for several days. Even the tires which can't be below a certain temperature sit outside regardless. Hot or cold, rain or snow, hail or ?
Parts seem to be interchangable with used models and so on.
But the sales staff just don't even try to work with local customers.
There is a reason most local owners, local Lotus clubs and those in the surrounding area's from Chicago to Kansas City do not buy from there. (see the Kansas City area thread). They take the cars to shows with scantily clad wemon and promote at second rate venues. These kind of publicity stunts cheapen the marque and it's image. They work with a little known publication and do not want to take other Lotus's as trades. I can go on and on but I am not here to trash the place or point out their practices.
The point to all is to be educated...learn about the cars on your own, from this and other forums. Be critical. Read everything you can. Don't just rely on dealers to inform you --- they aren't always accurate. Don't rush into something - wait a while...then wait even longer. Unless you've got money to burn - shop around. In this instance, you'll likely get a better deal elsewhere.