This blog will help you answer the question, “What's the difference between the base price and the MSRP?” The answer is simply this:
- The base price is a vehicle's price without any options, just plain Jane.
- The MSRP is the car's price as it sits in the showroom -- with any options that are on that particular car, destination charge, and any dealership add-ons.
For example, a car with a $32,000 base price might have an MSRP of $35,000 because the car includes $3,000 in options, which raises the MSRP for the vehicle above the base price. Additionally, the base price is calculated before any destination charge, which is included in the price of any car you'll buy from a dealer's lot. Destination charges can range from $650 to well over $1,000 in some cases, and that can add to the MSRP.
Base price can also refer to the lowest-priced version of that model. It is referred to as the “starting at” price for a car. That price would be for the lowest trim level.
Understanding auto selling terminology can empower you to make great negotiations on the car you want. If you have your eye on a particular car, come see me today!