Earlier this year, I was preparing on showcasing on TTAC my 2008 Saturn Astra as a testbed of Millennial ingenuity.
Us Millennials want the newest technologies in our rides, but we don’t necessarily have the funds to purchase brand-new cars. We’re a debt-laden demographic, thanks to a combination of increasing education and living charges, but we want all that fancy connectivity. I figured I could most likely get away with adding all the technology I wanted to a vehicle that is eight years old, thus saving on the outlay demanded by a new automobile buy and the corresponding improve in my insurance premium.
Then the Fiesta occurred.
“Maybe we need to get a new auto,” I mentioned to Jennifer as I mulled the current state of the Astra. Following all, we are moving in a couple of months, and the last thing I want is for the aging Saturn to be stuck on the side of the road at the exit of Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! en route to Ontario.
My suggestion was, predictably, met with Jenn’s total and utter indifference.
“Maybe,” she verbally shrugged.
It was a Friday. Both of us had place in extended weeks at operate, both burnt out. We generally communicate through a series of grunts and facial expressions by this point in the week, so her response wasn’t unusual. Yet, for some purpose, the Astra’s present condition weighed heavily on my mind.
The Saturn was a buy of necessity. At the time, I had subcompact-vehicle money to devote on a compact vehicle. My substantial other at the time required a car that could safely cart about an infant, requiring four doors. I have two dogs, which necessitated a hatchback. The Astra fit the bill at that time. Now the Belgium-built compact was at that age when any unexpected future problem was probably to arrive hand-in-hand with a higher-dollar repair bill, all thanks to Basic Motors’ wise selection to import a automobile that has no components commonality with any of its other automobiles in North America.
“I feel we should seriously take into account a new automobile,” I mentioned.
“Maybe,” she replied once again.
The subsequent day, I produced a mental list of all the automobiles I’d driven in the final couple of years that were in our cost variety and also exciting to drive. The Nissan Micra was there. As were the Volkswagen Golf 1.8 TSI, Beetle 1.8 TSI, and Jetta 1.4 TSI. Rounding out the candidates had been the Kia Forte5, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (it is surprisingly not horrible), Scion iM, Subaru Impreza, Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta.
In fact, I drove three manual Fiestas in the last couple of years. One particular was the normal 1.6-liter 4. I also drove a brief stint in a Fiesta ST at a Ford occasion a couple of years ago — but that was outside our spending budget. The third Fiesta I tested, which produced nearly identical horsepower and torque figures as the naturally aspirated 1.6, was the 1.-liter EcoBoost three-pot. That was a entertaining small car, I remembered, and so was the Beetle.
It need to be mentioned I have a soft spot for the Beetle Classic. Retro wheels. A shape that is no longer too cute. And you can have it with a manual transmission and the 1.8 TSI. I dove into Volkswagen Canada’s website and discovered that VW was offering $ 3,000 discounts on ’15 Beetles.
“When you’re in the store once again, could you verify to see if there are any leftover ’15 Beetle Classics in the system?” I asked my buddy who’s the general sales manager at a regional VW dealership. “With a $ three,000 discount, that may be a buy for us.”
“I did a search of Canada for new, non-reported sold 2015 Beetle Classic manuals. None came up in the search,” he replied.
Off to the Ford site I went, and this time the incentive to get was even higher.
Ford Canada was (and still is) providing $ four,250 in discounts on leftover ’15 Ford Fiestas. I once more remembered the littlest of EcoBoosts was a blast to hustle, even if it isn’t actually going that quickly.
The Ford website erroneously reported an unsold 2015 Fiesta SFE at the closest Ford dealer, MacPhee Ford, so I gave it a call.
“Do you nonetheless have a 1.-liter Fiesta in stock?” I asked. “The Ford website says you have a leftover ’15 Fiesta in Green Envy.”
“Erm, I don’t know. Let me check, ” stated the salesman. “I’ll call you back in ten minutes.”
Ten minutes went previous. Then 20 minutes. Then an hour.
Screw this. I’ll just drive more than there.
Upon my arrival, I walked about the showroom and waited for a person to say hello.
“Has a person helped you yet, sir?” asked an additional salesman.
“No, I was speaking to an additional salesman on the telephone, but he in no way named back.”
“What was his name?”
I gave his name and was passed back to him.
“Sorry I didn’t get in touch with you back. We don’t have that car. But we do have this Concentrate and some other Fiestas. To tell you the truth, the Fiesta is also tiny for you anyway,” he stated ahead of asking me about my actual demands. “You have close friends, don’t you? I bet you do. They won’t match in the back of the Fiesta. Why do not I get you the window sticker for the Concentrate?”
This banter continued interrupted many occasions by the salesman’s ADHD approach to consumer service for 45 minutes before he looked at his personal computer to find the closest ’15 Fiesta SFE.
“It’s at Fairley and Stevens … but how about I perform you up a deal on this Focus?”
I drove to Fairley and Stevens Ford, a short five minute jaunt down the highway, and was greeted by Jim, a jovial Newfoundlander.
“How’s she goin’ today?” he asked as Newfoundlanders do.
We sat down and worked out a tentative deal with no a test drive (I knew what I was obtaining). However, I told him any deal would be dependent on Jennifer’s go ahead.
I left the shop. We came back later in the day together. She drove the Fiesta and liked it. I drove it again and liked it again. We both hated the colour.
“There’s one in Saint John in Tuxedo Black. I can bring that in. That is no dilemma. And we won’t charge for the transfer,” Jim stated.
By the finish of the visit, the deal we have been presented with our $ 1,500 trade was $ 16,389 taxes in. (The tax rate on a automobile purchase in Nova Scotia is 15 percent.) Compared to the practically $ 23,000 we would have paid for a 2016 Fiesta at MSRP, I thought this was a pretty stellar deal. We tentatively agreed to the deal and went house to believe about it.
When I told the guys on Slack, Bark M. piped up.
Whoa whoa whoa
I’m late to this Fiesta
But you are giving them $ 500 plus holdback?
On a auto that is primarily lot poison?
Invoice cost on a ’15 Fiesta SFE with the Comfort Package was $ 18,758 just before tax and trade. Right after our trade and tax, the total primarily based on invoice came to $ 14,959.20. At retail, the value after trade and tax was $ 16403.60.
My deal, in reality, was only around $ 500 after an admin charge ($ 477) and a couple of other items have been calculated in.
Then Bark and Bozi spoke up collectively: Get an X Plan PIN they stated. 1 fantastic aspect of X Plan is the dealer isn’t permitted to charge an admin fee. Also, if you’re a member of the Mustang Club of America, you can get an X Program PIN — no Mustang required.
We went back to the dealership the next day, supplied my newly acquired X Plan PIN along with proof that I was a newly minted member of MCA, and the value dropped considerably: $ 14,998.90, trade and taxes integrated. The dealer also discovered an extra $ 750 conquest cash, which we added to the deal post tax to come to the above number.
In the finish, we ended up with a brand-new auto with a warranty and a monthly payment that’s about the equivalent of what it would’ve cost to keep the Astra more than the very same time frame. It is not Green Envy, thankfully, and Jenn was excited when she was ultimately handed the keys. Win, win.
I’ll be sharing my non-ST EcoBoost Fiesta encounter more than the lifetime of our ownership. If you have any inquiries, drop them in the comments and I’ll answer them as soon as feasible.
[Photos: © 2016 Mark Stevenson/The Truth About Cars]
Mark Stevenson is the managing editor of The Truth About Automobiles. He is very easily swayed into getting vehicles from brands that no longer exist. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.