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Old 01-25-2009, 03:28 PM
 
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Hi All, Where Can I find a good dealership near Salem, OR. I am thinking of moving to the area and would like to purchase a car, specifically a small foreign SUV. I want a model that was built between 2007-2009.

Can you also shed some light about car theft in Eugene, Salem or Portland area? What are some antitheft products I can purchase to prevent my car from being stollen.

Thanks
C
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:19 AM
 
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Hi,
I think it is best to narrow down the brand and then Google the dealership for reviews. Get your invoice price on a CUV or SUV and see which dealer takes the offer. In Eugene, Kendall dealership rule the majority of all the brands in town. As for car thief it is best to have the factory alarm but not certain many residents use any aftermarket systems (steering wheel locks etc). The biggest problem in the Willamette Valley is not the actual car being stolen but the petty breaking in (always the passenger window) and stealing items in the auto. I have read a news report from Eugene where they (the thieves) stole the airbags! Never leave bags, or any items in your auto that would invite trouble. Living with crime in certain parts of the WV is like living with sewer rats that keep nibbling at the ipods left in cars and copper wiring for the lights in our parks.
Good luck with your car shopping. Be sure to check out Edmunds.com to get a head start before hitting the show room floor.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Eugene
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I can only share my own experience, we did a lot of research for an SUV that would tow what we need and be comfortable and reliable, we chose the 09 Murano LE and although its a little on the spendy side (38k) it was well worth it, rated 5 stars for safety, has key less entry and ignition, so the only way to steal it is to put it on a flatebed and gets 19-27 mpg. I could go on and on about how much we love this vehicle but you will want to do some of your own research, we personaly also looked at the Lexus 400H, Acura MDX, Honda Pilot, and Nissan Xterra. For the price, features and reliability we chose the Murano.

We purchased it at Lithia Nissan in Eugene and they were fantastic, even after the purchase, every time we go in they treat us very well.

Hope this helps!
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Thank you guys for replying back. The information was very helpful.
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:34 AM
 
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We love Sheppard Motors in Eugene. We bought our xc70 from them. We test drove the xc90 (suv) before we bought the xc70 (awd wagon) and it was really a tough decision trying to decide which one we should go with. We went with the wagon because it was what we had originally planned on, but now we're planning on buying the xc90 in another two years or so. We want more leg room. The wagon is nice, but the xc90 has more. It's a fun SUV to drive, and it just feels good. After you drive a Volvo, and you feel how solid and sturdy it is compared to other cars, it's hard to drive other vehicles after that. We used to like Jeeps, but they've gone goofy in recent years.

In 2003 we bought a car from Kiefer Mazda in Eugene. They are good people, too. We bought a protege5 though... I'm not sure what their SUV's are like. The protege5 is an awesome little car though and great on the gas mileage. It's zippy! Keifer has been good to us, too... Sheppard and Kiefer both are just good people. I recommend both dealerships, and their service guys/departments are super cool, too.

Kiefer Mazda | Eugene - Springfield - Cottage Grove | New - Used - Preowned Mazda Dealership | Oregon (http://www.kiefermazda.com/FrameFile/mainfile.cfm?hasJS=true - broken link)

Jeep Volkswagen Volvo in Eugene, Oregon, Sheppard Motors | Award winning Eugene area Jeep Volkswagen Volvo dealer, New & Used Eugene Jeep Volkswagen Volvo dealership
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