There really is no "average discount in the USA".. it depends on where you are, and how many dealers are around you, and whether you can order and take delivery at the performance center, etc.I'm looking to buy my first X5. What is the average discount off of the MSRP? I want to make sure I'm getting a good deal. This will be a big investment for me.
+1. Excellent target, and can vary a little in how they mess with marketing fees. I think John and I use the same dealer!I've built some loyalty with my local dealer and have purchased 5 new cars/SUV's from them in the past 5 years. As result, the norm for me with them is $500 over invoice before incentives.
You kind of need to learn how the process works. ANY dealer can do a custom build, and the fact that it is an ordered car does not make it more or less expensive, HOWEVER, what matters is if they have an allocation for it, and if so when it is. In your case, if you are dead set on a 2016, finding a dealer who has an open allocation for a 2016 X5 will be MUCH MUCH more important than finding the lowest price on that particular car.
Thank you for all that information. This will be my first car purchase so all that helps!You kind of need to learn how the process works. ANY dealer can do a custom build, and the fact that it is an ordered car does not make it more or less expensive, HOWEVER, what matters is if they have an allocation for it, and if so when it is. In your case, if you are dead set on a 2016, finding a dealer who has an open allocation for a 2016 X5 will be MUCH MUCH more important than finding the lowest price on that particular car.
To answer the next question, an allocation is BMW speak for the dealer having an open order slot. Those are determined waay in advance for each dealer based on last years sales. Without an allocation, they can absolutely quote you a price, but will not be able to place a custom order for you until they get one.
This means they could give you a price RIGHT NOW on a 2016 X5 that you seem to be really concerned about the free extra year of MAINTENANCE (not free extra year of warranty), and tell you they would order you a 2016.. and then in 3-4 weeks tell you they wont be able to get it, but hey we can give you a great deal on a 2017.
When you are dealing with ordering a car, the lowest absolute ROCK BOTTOM price is NOT the most important thing. Whats ALSO important is dealing with a reputable dealer who will give you solid information about what they can deliver, and when.
That dealer might be $500 or $600 more than the absolute rock bottom dealer, or they might not.. sometimes you can get the best rock bottom price AND a really competent Client advisor (salesperson)... Many times you dont, however.
From your posts, you are really fixated on receiving the absolute rock bottom price (which is fine, of course), and now you are talking about ordering a car. This means you better know all the ins and outs of it yourself, so you will be able to identify if things are not going the way they are supposed to (like if they have an allocation, what build week it is, do you have a production number, etc )
The easier way of doing that is by going to one of the Bimmerfest sponsors, who are not always the lowest absolute price, but are usually very competitive, AND have experience to deal with all these things, AND will tell you the truth.
Some of the other posters in this thread are experienced BMW buyers, and also may have relationships with the dealers they chose. If you are focused on saving the last $500 in a deal (which AGAIN is FINE), you need to make sure YOU know all the information, so that you can tell if you are being bait and switched etc.
This post is a lot longer than I ment it to be, but I wanted to give you some advice so you dont set yourself up to fail.