edzee3
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Location: Long Beach, CA

Buying Soul EV in SoCal

Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:07 am

I (in Long Beach0) am looking to buy a EV Plus in SE LA County/North Orange County. Not a lease but a plain-cash sale. Would like to know if there are any dealers to favor or stay-away from?
Appreciate any words of wisdom.
Thanks
Ed
'15 Soul EV+, '10 Prius

mtndrew1
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Location: Los Angeles, CA

Re: Buying Soul EV in SoCal

Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:43 am

I had an excellent experience working with Rob at Downtown LA Kia. He can be reached at 213.255.6154. PM me if you'd like my contact info.

When I walked in they had the EVs marked up some absurd amount and I just told them I've never paid MSRP for a car and I don't intend to now, so they can find me at the Nissan dealer down the street. About 30 seconds later we were $2,300 under MSRP on the Soul. Totally painless transaction with friendly people.

The facility itself is kind of a dump but that's pretty low on my priority list when purchasing a car. Once we had an agreed-upon price they didn't jerk me around or pull any punches. Quick and easy; I bought the car on my lunch break.

-Drew

bfranci
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Re: Buying Soul EV in SoCal

Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:17 pm

From an inventory standpoint, Kia of Irvine seems to have about 60 EVs in stock right now, so I bet you could get a great deal there. At least one poster here got a great lease deal there, probably the best one listed on the forum.

The monthly sales numbers have been low and gas prices are in the dump, so this is probably a great time to buy.

edzee3
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Location: Long Beach, CA

Re: Buying Soul EV in SoCal

Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:48 pm

Thanks; Appreciate the good response on this. Will consider all this when I decide to deal. Will keep you posted.
Ed
'15 Soul EV+, '10 Prius

iletric
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Re: Buying Soul EV in SoCal

Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:22 pm

Lease, do not buy.

grayhawk
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Re: Buying Soul EV in SoCal

Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:29 am

I worked with Rashid at Kia of Irvine. Great experience, and a great deal. Lease/buy doesn't matter because you should negotiate the price of the car in both cases, not the monthly payment. I used the True Car average selling price, and they matched it.

jysl
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Re: Buying Soul EV in SoCal

Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:27 pm

I got mine base model back in Nov at NorCal just below true car invoice price (a bit higher then dealer stated invoice price, not sure why there is different on that)

Getting email spam from dealer that I talk to on + model for $2500 down $229/month 3yr 36000miles

edzee3
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Joined: Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:56 pm
Location: Long Beach, CA

Re: Buying Soul EV in SoCal

Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:04 am

Thx for the new info.
A week ago, I sent out e-mail requests for quotes to 8 local "EV" dealers and got quotes back from 4. Varied from MSRP down to 10% below.
A real mixed bag.
I plan to pick one soon.
Ed
'15 Soul EV+, '10 Prius

iletric
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Re: Buying Soul EV in SoCal

Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:32 pm

Your 15,000 mile-per-year lease with 2 grand down should be in mid 300s.
3 years later you'll be happy to bring the car back, smile, and lease a 300-mile Soul.
Kid you not.
You will have spent about 6-7 grand on the lease (deducting the Ca rebate and gas savings). Same loss as what you lose trying to sell your old tech if you had bought the car.

Lithim
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Re: Buying Soul EV in SoCal

Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:33 pm

Greetings Kia Fans/owners,
While in Los Angles over christmas I took a Kia Soul EV for a test drive.
The dealer was Sherman Oaks Kia. The salesman (David )who showed me the car was very knowledgable and helpful.
I didn't discuss prices since I'm living in Houston. However, their initial price was not marked above MSRP.
Soul EV on top of my list of possible purchases/leases if/when available in Texas.
Current vehicle:
Mitsubishi I-MIEV, 16000+ miles
2012 ES model
Lease expires Feb. 2015
2012 Mitsubishi I-Miev
Model ES, with DCQC
Silver
Previously leased, now owned.

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