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I don't think it matters much - pick one close to home. FWIW, I bought mine at Gerry's on Pembina - good bunch of guys and they look after you if you need any help.
 

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Yes - and nobody was dealing on the 3 - too new and a list of people waiting for them. Not to say you won't be able to beat them down a little but don't count on it - good luck with your purchase. BTW, these are great little cars - what color / model are you looking at?
 

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Gerry likes them rotaries too. When I snapped some quick pics of his titanium RX-8 back in summer, they didn't even have one in the showroom yet. Guess he wanted to have the first that came to him lol. I pass by there on the bus to school and I always look over and stare at the 3s :D
 

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Yes - and nobody was dealing on the 3 - too new and a list of people waiting for them. Not to say you won't be able to beat them down a little but don't count on it - good luck with your purchase. BTW, these are great little cars - what color / model are you looking at?
S*it, the dealer told me it wouldn't take longer than several weeks to have it ready for me ... I hope he knew what he was talking about. I want to 'think it through' for another 2 weeks before I make my decision in terms of the colour, etc -- I think I'll go with lava orange, although I would prefer being able to see it first, it's hard to judge by brochure pics.

at/ac/cloth/mp3 -- I think. The mp3 deck is a total rip off - then again I wouldn't want to ruin the 3's nice dash and put in my aftermarket deck ... sh*it, decisions, decisions.
 

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I found Jim Gauthier on Regent the easiest to deal with (as in make a deal to get free stuff in return for an immediate purchase). The salesperson at Gerry Gordon's didn't have a clue and the one on Portage tried to get me to buy a car I didn't want because it was on their lot at the time. It really depends waht salesperson you're dealing with and if the sales manager is easy to talk to. I told him what I wanted and after about 20 minutes of negotiation I made my deposit. At least visit each dealer at least once.
 

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I found Jim Gauthier's really nice. Around the time RX-8s came out, I went alone [I'm only 18] and the sales guy was more than happy to talk RX-8 with me. He took me out to the only 8 they had and showed me the trunk, interior and everything. He would of popped the hood too if it wasn't on a stand.

Around Christmas I went back to Jim's with my parents to look at Sunset Orange Mazda3 sedan with GFX and leather and the saleslady was also very nice. She told me to grab the keys to turn up the the radio and check out the gauges. Then I trailed off to the RX-8 and again she told me to grab the keys to the $40,000 car and turn on the radio, gauges, and HIDs. I think we spent an equal time with each car and it was understood that we could barely afford the 3 they had in the showroom. She also offered a test drive of BOTH cars!
 

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I went to Jim Gauthier's today and they were great - I was actually allowed to test drive the car, not just drive it :D
 

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Which model did you get to test drive and which one are you looking at?
I drove a GS sport - getting the GT. It snowed like crazy that day and testing a car like this on slippery roads isn't the best idea :lol:
 

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I went to Jim Gauthier's today and they were great - I was actually allowed to test drive the car, not just drive it :D
Well I would hope they would let you test drive it - I've never heard of any dealership that wouldn't let you take the car for a drive. Gerry's told me to take it home for the night and bring it back the next day - and that's what is expected in todays market. Regardless, they are all pretty good and I was treated about the same at each location - you'll have guys come and tell a horror story about a particular dealer but you can't go by that.
 

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Yes - and nobody was dealing on the 3 - too new and a list of people waiting for them. Not to say you won't be able to beat them down a little but don't count on it
Did anyone else get told that the mazda maker price from the mazda.ca website is similar to Access Toyota's pricing scheme, and that none of the dealers are supposed to discount from that? It sounded pretty rediculous to me. Anyway, I bought my 3 from Jim's and am now waiting for it to arrive.
 

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Black7 said:
wizardH said:
I went to Jim Gauthier's today and they were great - I was actually allowed to test drive the car, not just drive it :D
Well I would hope they would let you test drive it - I've never heard of any dealership that wouldn't let you take the car for a drive. Gerry's told me to take it home for the night and bring it back the next day - and that's what is expected in todays market. ....
Are you serious? My test drive lasted about 15 mins where we simply "went for a spin" and the salesperson kept telling me to slow down because it was slippery, etc, etc. Do you have to ask if you want to take the car home? I guess you do eh?
 

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wizardH said:
Black7 said:
wizardH said:
I went to Jim Gauthier's today and they were great - I was actually allowed to test drive the car, not just drive it :D
Well I would hope they would let you test drive it - I've never heard of any dealership that wouldn't let you take the car for a drive. Gerry's told me to take it home for the night and bring it back the next day - and that's what is expected in todays market. ....
Are you serious? My test drive lasted about 15 mins where we simply "went for a spin" and the salesperson kept telling me to slow down because it was slippery, etc, etc. Do you have to ask if you want to take the car home? I guess you do eh?
WizardH - it may have been unfair of me to post this the way I did. I'm in my 40's and I was with my wife - I am sure that had a LOT to do with it. Based on my experiences, I have always been offered this option including a Mercedes C230 Kompressor that I took out prior to Xmas for the whole weekend. Dealers are a nervous bunch and sometimes let their impressions of people get in the way of selling cars - I don't know how old you are but I assumed you might be a little younger based on your test drive experience. Next time you see a dealer, tell 'em you want it for the day at least - don't ask them, tell them. :wink:
 

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WizardH - it may have been unfair of me to post this the way I did. I'm in my 40's and I was with my wife - I am sure that had a LOT to do with it. Based on my experiences, I have always been offered this option including a Mercedes C230 Kompressor that I took out prior to Xmas for the whole weekend. Dealers are a nervous bunch and sometimes let their impressions of people get in the way of selling cars - I don't know how old you are but I assumed you might be a little younger based on your test drive experience. Next time you see a dealer, tell 'em you want it for the day at least - don't ask them, tell them. :wink:
LOL, yes, you're right. I'm 26 but that's still too young to avoid being patronized by car dealers :?
 
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