The Process for Buying a New Car That Needs to Be Ordered (Mazda 3 G25 Astina)

Hey everyone, I'm a newbie to buying a new car so I have some questions. I'm looking to upgrade my Mazda 6 2016 to a Mazda 3 2021. The configuration I want is most likely a G25 Astina Hatch with the red leather interior, and I'd have to order and wait for it (maybe up to 4-6 months). I got a couple of questions:

  1. Do I have to pay a deposit?
  2. When do I sell my current car? I won't trade-in because I can make more by selling myself
  3. How much can you negotiate a brand new car at the Mazda dealer? I'd be going all out, for the G25 Astina and maybe even the $5k Kuroi package with the body kits and rims… I definitely would be negotiating and checking out a few dealers first.
  4. How easy/hard is the overall process?
  5. Hatch or Sedan? Typically I'm a sedan guy but that red interior has got me obsessed, haha

If you're able to answer any of my questions then thank you in advance :)

Comments

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    Do I have to pay a deposit?

    Yes.

    When do I sell my current car? I won't trade-in because I can make more by selling myself

    Before you get your new car. Unless you really can't live without a car, then after you get your new car. You should receive a rough ETA of when your car will be ready for delivery.

    How much can you negotiate a brand new car at the Mazda dealer?

    Considering the current situation where there's a chip shortage and used car prices are through the roof, you could probably get some mats and a tank of petrol thrown in for free.

    Hatch or Sedan? Typically I'm a sedan guy but that red interior has got me obsessed, haha

    Why are you asking us this? This is down to personal preference.

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    Do I have to pay a deposit?

    Ummm yes.

    When do I sell my current car? I won't trade-in because I can make more by selling myself

    Whenever you like, sell it before your new car arrives and you'll be walking though.

    How much can you negotiate a brand new car at the Mazda dealer? I'd be going all out, for the G25 Astina and maybe even the $5k Kuroi package with the body kits and rims… I definitely would be negotiating and checking out a few dealers first.

    Basically nothing at the moment…..As you said there is a 6 month wait on this car. Meaning more buyers than stock.

    How easy/hard is the overall process?

    Normally its easy as to buy a new car if you know what you want, but I have a feeling you might have issues.

    Hatch or Sedan? Typically I'm a sedan guy but that red interior has got me obsessed, haha

    Who cares what others like, get what you like.

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    4-6 month wait = people are actually lining out the door to pay full price, so negotiating power is effectively zero. You might score freebies like OEM mats or discounted servicing, but you won't get any meaningful discount.

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    1. Yes, probably somewhere between 2-5k at a guess.
    2. If you don't require the funds from selling to pay for the car, sell it whenever you want. Sooner you sell it, the more you'll save on insurance, rego, running costs but obviously harder to get around if you don't have a car. If you require the funds, then you're going to ensure you sell it prior to finalising the sale on the new car. (I thought all of this would be pretty obvious?)
    3. SFA. Obviously compare dealers but you probably won't be able to get much off it given the current climate.
    4. As easy or hard as you make it.
    5. Hatch for sure…unless you need the space of the sedan. I also actually dislike the red interior. Black interior, Soul Red exterior thanks.

    Go speak to some dealers and work it out.
    Also say no to pretty much everything the "after care" person offers you. No paint/interior protection, tint etc. Get it done later.

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    Unfortunately if there's a waiting list the power to negotiate is reduced significantly.

    As for upgrading from a 2016-2021. Do you need the car or is it a nice to have?

    Upgrading for the sake of upgrading imho is financial suicide, unless you enjoy lighting your money on fire.

    Although if money isn't an issue, i guess go for it?

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      Agreed with your comments, since it's got a waitlist I think I can't really negotiate :( My motivations to buy are:
      - I want a smaller car, the 6 is very nice but just feels too big. Although I am used to driving it, wish I could have something smaller as I live in the city
      - Money is not really an issue, but still, no one wants to waste too much. I'd probably get 22-23k for my Mazda 6, so ~44-23 = 21k out of pocket

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    If the process was that complicated and common sense doesn't spell it out then how in hell are all these people driving new cars?

    Burgundy Leather
    Available in G25 Astina Hatch only.

    They made the decision for you.

    includes some Maztex material on selected high impact surfaces.

    I'd love to know the real ratio of plastic to leather

  • -3 votes

    How is this an upgrade? It's a smaller car from the same brand.

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      It's a base level 6 from 2016, to a top level 3 from 2021

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    If you're dead set on the red interior (which is gorgeous, looks and feels more premium than the new BMW 1-2 series from the inside), you're stuck with the hatch.
    You can only get the white interior on the sedan, which ironically is not available on the hatch.

    I'd probably start detailing and listing your car on carsales after you've gotten a VIN on the 3, or when you get notification that it's on a boat from Japan to AUS.

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    Hey mate i just ordered a g20 pure with vision pack. Managed to get 11% off the RRP. With a up to a 14 week wait. Although took a whole week of constant contacting dealers and some people just don’t have that time

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      You did it all over the phone or in person?

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        all via email/direct messaging on Instagram even

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    You should be able to negotiate. There are also brokers out there that can negotiate on your behalf (don't know if it's worth it as I've never used it myself)

    Nice choice in car - hatch or sedan would be a personal preference.

    The car market is hot at the moment so if you don't need your current car it might be a good time to sell.