I'm very curious to know how many owners got their car for MSRP, or paid a market premium. I'm debating 'backing out' of a premium deposit and wonder how the market has been so far.
The Elise purchasing experience has been quite an exercise in bent principals.Randy Chase said:I paid MSRP and felt stongly that as a matter of principal, I would not pay over MSRP.
I'm relieved to hear that. There's really nothing else like it out there.
Since then, I have changed my mind and if given a choice of waiting a year or so, and paying a few thousand for the Elise, I would (with hindsight) have gladly payed a small premium. I think it would have been worth it.
It's not the weak position that is driving the premiums, IMHO. It's the impatience of the buyers. There are lots of deals to be made out there, for MSRP, with waiting lists of about 6 months. As can be seen from OneFastLotus's post, he even bought two at MSRP.Ground Loop said:The problem is that we (buyers) are in such a weak negotiating position right now, that all deals are pretty much take-it-or-leave-it. Low premiums are hard to find, especially with the west-coast deliveries backed up as they are. Much to consider...
I'm skeptical of any dealer who would tell you that you could have a car in 6 months getting on the list today. I'm paying MSRP for 2 cars, but have been on lists for almost 3 years. Given that so many of us have been on lists for so long, I seriously doubt the true wait list right now is a mere 6 months.Palting said:It's not the weak position that is driving the premiums, IMHO. It's the impatience of the buyers. There are lots of deals to be made out there, for MSRP, with waiting lists of about 6 months. As can be seen from OneFastLotus's post, he even bought two at MSRP.
Paying premium is admitting that you are willing to be made advantage of. Same reason I would not pay for scalped tickets.
True, there is nothing like an Elise. An Elise is an Elise, and there is no other car called Elise . There are, however, other cars. Some cars that are better in certain aspects, some worse in others. Bottom line, if I had to pay over MSRP to get an Elise, I can definitely get a better car.
Ah, but there's the rub -- how long until my car comes in? It would be a rental with an unknown duration and fixed $2500 price.pianomaniac said:Question: If you had the chance to rent an Elise for the time being to hold you over until yours came in.....would you do it?
When did OFL have a sex change? I musta missed that post...Palting said:As can be seen from OneFastLotus's post, he even bought two at MSRP.