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Sorry been away from the forums for a bit, but highly recommend Vanguard Kia of Arlington. Got my SX from there (a little over a year back). Excellent service, minimal markup. Larry McNeal for new car sales and Jade for maintenance and service.
 

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Hi, new to the forums. My family is looking for a Carnival SX P, anyone from DFW area bought from local dealership? How’s your experience?

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James
My preferred dealerships. I haven't bought the Carnival yet since every single one they get is a pre-ordered unit.

Huffines Kia, Mckinney - No Markups or Addendums
Moritz Kia, Hurts - No Markups, 899 Addendums (Tint etc)
 

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My preferred dealerships. I haven't bought the Carnival yet since every single one they get is a pre-ordered unit.

Huffines Kia, Mckinney - No Markups or Addendums
Moritz Kia, Hurts - No Markups, 899 Addendums (Tint etc)
Thanks for the replies, talked to Huffines Mckiney back in Feb, they didn’t take any order back then.
I did order one from Moritz Kia Hurst back in Feb, still no sign of vin number (they do MSRP + 899 like you said).

Haven’t tried Kia Arlington yet. Many dealers mark up 5-10K here or claiming no markup but give you a 8K addendum like Huffines Corinth. (Yes, you didn’t hear wrong, some painting protections etc can worth 8grant).

It’s been 7 month now. Probably another 4-5month to go.
 

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Just picked up my Carnival order from Huffines in Corinth.. MSRP, zero markup, zero add-ons, painless. It took 15 months to get my Carnival, though. A friend from work saw it, wanted one himself, contacted my sales lady, but they would not take his order. They told him their order books are full and they cannot accept any more.
 

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Just picked up my Carnival order from Huffines in Corinth.. MSRP, zero markup, zero add-ons, painless. It took 15 months to get my Carnival, though. A friend from work saw it, wanted one himself, contacted my sales lady, but they would not take his order. They told him their order books are full and they cannot accept any more.
Congrats! 15 month is a long waiting time. That sounds about right. They don’t take any orders any more since Feb.

If you place an order, they don’t mark up. But when they get some allocation from OEM (not direct factory order by a customer), they add ~8K $ for some nice to have options you have to buy on top of MSPR. Even so, the car was sold in a day with crazy mark up (a price I can almost buy a nice condition BMW X5). People just loves Carnival!
 

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Yes sir, 15 months is a loooooong time. Luckily I had a current model Sienna to hold me over (Siennas are terrible to drive, but when I sold it, it held it's value like crazy). We're a ton happier in our Carnival compared to the Sienna. Night and day.

Good luck on your wait. Hope you get yours soon. I think the orders are moving through faster now.
 

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Yes sir, 15 months is a loooooong time. Luckily I had a current model Sienna to hold me over (Siennas are terrible to drive, but when I sold it, it held it's value like crazy). We're a ton happier in our Carnival compared to the Sienna. Night and day.

Good luck on your wait. Hope you get yours soon. I think the orders are moving through faster now.
I have only waited 7 month so far . I wish I had a used minivan can get me going. Not very hopeful to get it before the end of the year.

Curious: how could you tell the orders are moving faster now?
 

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I have only waited 7 month so far . I wish I had a used minivan can get me going. Not very hopeful to get it before the end of the year.

Curious: how could you tell the orders are moving faster now?

My original estimated delivery was 6 months. My sales lady told me it was the screens in the second row that was holding things up for the SX-P trim. She told me this last year and earlier this year. 2022 models were required to have them... For 2023 it's now optional for those screens. So a few of months ago they asked me, do you want the screens as it's an option now? I said no, not really, especially if it speeds it up. They had me sign updated selection paperwork indicating no screens. About a month later they told me a VIN was assigned and I should be getting it within 6 weeks. I have no hard info on what's going on in the background to share with you though. All that is conjecture based on what my sales lady told me and what I observed on my end.

Again... hope your wait is not too much longer. I sorta gave up at one point and forgot about it until they contacted me with the screen selection change. Once the wait is over, you'll likely be happy with the car. I know we are when comparing it to a 2021 Sienna.
 

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My original estimated delivery was 6 months. My sales lady told me it was the screens in the second row that was holding things up for the SX-P trim. She told me this last year and earlier this year. 2022 models were required to have them... For 2023 it's now optional for those screens. So a few of months ago they asked me, do you want the screens as it's an option now? I said no, not really, especially if it speeds it up. They had me sign updated selection paperwork indicating no screens. About a month later they told me a VIN was assigned and I should be getting it within 6 weeks. I have no hard info on what's going on in the background to share with you though. All that is conjecture based on what my sales lady told me and what I observed on my end.

Again... hope your wait is not too much longer. I sorta gave up at one point and forgot about it until they contacted me with the screen selection change. Once the wait is over, you'll likely be happy with the car. I know we are when comparing it to a 2021 Sienna.
Thanks for sharing the background.

I am almost at the point of giving up. We will see. Not a fan of Sienna unfortunately. I am curious myself where I would land this year.
 

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Thanks for sharing the background.

I am almost at the point of giving up. We will see. Not a fan of Sienna unfortunately. I am curious myself where I would land this year.
I was emailing/calling basically every dealership within a few hundred miles of central Texas. It took about two months, but the Kia dealership in Tyler had one come in that wasn't already claimed and called me and we drove up the next morning and bought it.

Trade off though is there will be mark-ups.
 

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I was emailing/calling basically every dealership within a few hundred miles of central Texas. It took about two months, but the Kia dealership in Tyler had one come in that wasn't already claimed and called me and we drove up the next morning and bought it.

Trade off though is there will be mark-ups.
May I ask how much mark you they charged?
 

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May I ask how much mark you they charged?
We bought an EX and after the “market adjustment” and the “ceramic coating” or whatever else we ended up paying right at 50 all-in.

That’s what used ones are going for, and we didn’t have to get on a wait list (we’re expecting twins in a couple months) so even though we know it’s not an ideal financial decision to pay above MSRP we decided it was basically a “peace of mind” fee to have the car we wanted before they arrive.
 
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