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Lack of availability - 2010 Honda Pilot
Negotiated a fantastic price on a Touring model and an excellent value for our trade-in.
Problem #1 - couldn't find many Touring models with just NAV (don't need the DVD/RES).
Problem #2 - color selection is extremely limited: hardly any whites (our 1st choice) and not many silvers (our 2nd choice). Sure- we could probably grab one of the blue cars easily but that color just doesn't appeal at all.
Problem #3 - dealers are unwilling to trade for Touring models. I think they caught on early that alot of buyers would go for the Touring model over the EX-L with just NAV because it was only a little more. Now dealers are selling them like hot cakes.
So, we either have to travel 200+ miles to hope we can get one or just sit and wait. Both options are not promising. I asked 4-5 dealers about December inventory and between them they were getting in 2 Touring models. (of course neither was white or silver).
This is my 15th car and I can honestly say I have never had this type of difficulty buying a car. Back in the 1990's I ordered a custom configured VW Passat from Germany and it was delivered in just under 4 weeks. Besides that I have never had an issue with dealers locating and trading for a specific color. Maybe 1-2 days tops.
What's going on? Is Honda's production that low that dealers are hoarding?
Very frustrating! Going on week 3 and financing is good for 30 days - I really don't want to start all over again. And to make matters worse- the dealer we have dealt with has a deposit - just another bridge to cross should they (gulp) not be able to sell us a car.