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2013 and earlier-Honda Civic Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • 17,200 is pretty good. I got mine for 17,249 which included mats ($99), and door and wheel edge guards ($100). So do the math, and if you don't want that stuff, it should be $17,049. Good luck. Let us know how it goes! Oh, and be sure to get the low interest (or try)
  • My family bought two 2008 Civics LX with automatic transmission for $18,043 OTD from Autowest Honda (Fremont, CA) in the SF Bay Area today (10/13).

    Here's the breakdown:
    Price including destination charge: $16,349
    doc fee: $55
    vehicle registration fees: $171
    CA tire disposal fee: $8.75
    electronic filing fee: $28
    8.75% sales tax: $1,431

    I had a great experience overall. I started researching cars last night. This morning, I filled out quote requests at several websites, including edmunds.com, kbb.com, carsdirect.com, and cars.com. I asked for the prices of 2007 and 2008 Civic LX-ATs and also said that I might buy two cars if given a multiple volume discount.

    I received e-mail quotes from 14 Honda dealers in the Bay Area. One dealership (Winter Honda in Pittsburg) offered me a 2-car discount price of $16,349, including DC, for a 2008 Honda LX-AT. That was the lowest quote I received, even lower than my lowest quote for a 2007 Honda LX-AT ($16,488 from Marin Honda). Autowest Honda originally offered me $16,795.

    When I asked Autowest to match or meet Winter Honda's price, at first the Internet sales manager said the other price quote must be for a 2007, not a 2008. When I told him, it was a quote for a 2008 including DC, he was incredulous and said that Winter Honda is selling cars at a loss. He finally said that I could forward the quote to him, and then he would ask his general manager.

    I forwarded the quote to him, and the Internet manager called me back, saying that the GM would match that price quote if I bought 2 cars today. We went to the dealership late this afternoon and closed the deal. The only problem was that the Internet manager was very busy, and we had to wait quite a while (it took several hours to finish the paperwork), but we had no hassles over the price. Also, we had to choose from the cars/colors on the lot.

    Thanks to everyone who posted in this thread. I found the previous posts helpful and hope that this post helps others too.
  • I'm trying to buy via email.

    What is a reasonable offer for an 08 civic ex in the dallas area?

    i was offered an "eprice" of 18005

    is that reasonable?

    what is an eprice?
  • abhaytabhayt Posts: 6
    This is a very good price. Even I have been trying to buy a 2008 Civic LX AT 4dr. The best price that I received OTD was $18250/-. Unfortunately, the dealer did not have the color I wanted.

    Is it possible for you to share the name of the dealer ? It would help me.
  • i agree. can you share the name of the dealer here in central new jersey. it would help me a lot. many thanks.
  • Can you break down the $18,100 OTD price? How much was the base, doc fee, tax, etc.? That way it is easier to compare with other prices/offers for the same car.
  • OK, the break down is

    Base including destnation = 16617
    Doc Fee - 185
    (this is where most dealers make money - someNJ dealers charge upto $350)
    NJ Tire fee $7.50
    NJ Tax 1175
    Total OTD Price $17984
    Optional 2 Accesories $160
    Title is extra, and if you are transferring plates from another car its just $42.50.
    This is the lowest I could get from any NJ dealer. Dealer is in Denville - NJ, Route 10.
  • abhaytabhayt Posts: 6
    Thanks for the info.

    I don't have a breakup of the price. I asked him to quote the OTD. I am supposed to pay him the net figure including a brand new title which I understand is around $254/-. So our price is quite similar.
  • $16,617 for base, including destination, is a very good price IMO. I received quotes from 14 dealers in Calif. The lowest was $16,349, but that was a 2-car discount. The next lowest was $16,795 with a $55 doc fee. So your price (base, destination, and doc fee) is actually lower than my lowest quote for a single Civic.

    I think that's a good deal. :)

    Good luck with your purchase! My mom and sister are both very happy with their new Civics.
  • esc38372,

    Thanks for your detailed information. Really appreciate the breakdown...makes it much easier to determine the real negotiated price. Looks like you got a great deal! Congrats!!

    I am also in the the SF Bay Area and am in the market for either an '08 Civic Coupe EX-MT (no leather/no NAVI) or an '08 CRV EX-AT (no leather/no NAVI). I'll only be buying one or the other so I doubt I'll find such a deal as you did, but even if I'm at invoice or slightly below, I'll be happy.

    Anyone else reading in the Bay Area bought an '08 Civic Coupe EX-MT yet?

    Thanks.
  • otd $17984 is an excellent price, lowest i have seen so far.
    any hidden or unexpected fees afterwards?
    appreciate your info. many thanks.
  • rich@garland,

    I'm in the market for an '08 EX also (in CA), but in order for others to provide any meaningful response, you might want to break down the $18,005 and also give more detail about the car. If the dealer didn't provide you with a breakdown, you need to insist on it.

    Price: Base price + destination is the most meaningful number as this is what anyone in the US needs to pay regardless of all the other fees and taxes. This price plus any fees, options and taxes are what add up the what people usually call "out the door (OTD)."

    Car: Need more details. Is this a 2DR-coupe or 4DR-sedan? Automatic transmission or manual? Leather seats or cloth? Navigation system or not? Take a look at KBB.com and edmunds.com to find the MSRP and invoice prices of these different configurations. Then you can compare that with what you have received.

    Regarding "eprice," I think that's nothing more than the dealer's fancy (silly) name for the quote he has provided via e-mail.

    Hope that helps! :)
  • fliu02fliu02 Posts: 2
    hi, esc38372:
    Did you buy your car at bay area? If so, can you tell me the dealer information? Thanks!
  • Yes, I'm in the SF Bay Area. I bought my Civic LX-AT sedan at Autowest Honda in Fremont. Winter Honda in Pittsburg gave me the original quote for $16,349 (2-car discount) including destination charge, but I got Autowest to match Winter Honda's quote since Pittsburg is out of the way for us.

    Definitely go through the Internet department only. I requested quotes through the Internet and was reminded to go directly to the Internet salesperson when I arrived at the dealership since if I talked to another salesperson, that person would want a commission and then the Internet guy couldn't guarantee his quote.

    If you look at the previous posts, I have a more detailed post describing my entire process (post #6174 on 10/13).
  • hi

    I am lookin to buy a 2008 honda civic LX 4 DR in PA. I have been reading all the posts regularly and have found them very helpful. Can u pls tell me what intrest rates are on offer and what's are the latest prices u people have paid on ur cars

    Thanks

    Santa
  • I'm looking at leasing either an 07 or 08 Civic EX sedan MT, 36k miles for 36 months. I believe there are special lease rates for certain states (I am in RI). I would like to keep my payments around, if not under, $250/month with as little down as possible. I should qualify for the best credit tier. Any advice? I need to get this done asap. Thanks.
  • No fees apart from this. I actually brought the car home at the price $17984.
    As in my previous post I have specified that Title/Reg is extra which is less if you Transfer from another car (previous car should be in your name), else you have to pay 4yrs registration fee in NJ.

    Tip: Some dealers charge about $200 for VIN Etching. DONT BUY from them. You can get it done yourself for $20 and get a discount on car insurance. Go to VINetcher.com or some other websites which you can google. Its a pretty simple do-it-yourself thing, and saves you money on insurance.

    Another person in this forum has asked about Car loan. Well Honda Finance is offerring 2.9% apr in some states(Not in NJ) check their website. From other sources - ELoan gave me good rates. Dealer will offer you a rate, after which you can actually shop around in the market. Then compare which company gets you the lowest rate.

    Tip: If you want to finance your car, then give some time between agreeing on a price with dealer and then picking the car, this will give you time to shop for car insurance and negotiate on the APR rate with what dealer offers you.
  • trudgetrudge Posts: 3
    I've been offered a 2008 Honda Civic LX AT 4Dr in Central Virginia for $16,995 base and $17,889.79 out-the-door. That seems like a fair price...especially if I drive it for 10+ years. Any thoughts?
  • pls tell me from where you got the 4.9 % interest, I mean which state.
  • I've gotten a quote of 16350. I found an invoice price of 15615. Where should I start with negotiations?
  • fliu02fliu02 Posts: 2
    Hi, celadon
    Can you give me the dealer information in IL? Thanks!
  • lore1lore1 Posts: 7
    Where is everyone finding the invoice pricing for this Car? I was quoted $17200 (includes dest charges), PLUS TTL and $400 Doc fee;s plus state taxes. I was guessing an invoice price of about $16600. If The invoice price is that much lower, I think the offer I have may be too high, based on what I am seing other get.

    Thats Auto Transmission.......

    Thanks,
    Stan
  • Hi trudge,

    Can you ask for the price breakup from the dealer?
    When asking for a quote be very specific that does this price is for

    1. The very specific model you are looking for.
    Example: 2008 Civic LX AT 4Dr. If you miss to mention 4dr, or automatic or Trim(LX, EX, DX)). The dealer may quote you for manual or coupe.

    2. Ask for the following does the price include following
    (a) Dest
    (b) Doc Fees (ask, how much is it)
    (c) Tax
    (d) Title + Reg
    (e) any other fee (VIN etching) or state fee (tire fee etc).

    If the price you are quoting includes all of above, I would say its a very good price to buy. Good Luck
  • Ok, after seeing such low prices... what is the invoice of this car? I paid 17,249 (including $100 accessories)... did I get ripped off? :sick:
  • According to Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com), the invoice on a 2008 Honda Civic LX-AT 4-door sedan is $16,984.47, which includes a destination charge of $635.

    I found the same invoice price at carsdirect.com and at thetruthaboutcars.com.
  • Invoice on a 2008 Civic LX-AT sedan is $16,984.47 (including $635 destination charge). So when you include the $100 accessories, you paid about $150 above invoice. I don't think you got ripped off. Prices vary depending on your region, and I live in the SF Bay Area, where there are a *lot* of Honda dealers within an hour's drive, so there is more competition. Even so, I received 6 or 7 quotes that were at your price or higher.

    My price was extra-low because I was buying two cars (one for my sister and one for my mom). But we were limited to the cars in stock, so we didn't get our first choice of color.

    I reread your post about your purchase, and you seemed extremely happy--great negotation process, extremely smooth, etc. That, in my opinion, is worth a lot. So enjoy your new car and don't worry about people getting lower prices. There will always be someone who gets a lower price. I bought a 2007 Odyssey EX-RES in July and was happy with my price of $28,300, which was the best deal I could get at the time. But I just checked the forums and found that there is now a $2000 cashback etc. so the prices are much lower. Part of me feels stupid, but the other part realizes that I did the best I could do at the time. And so did you.

    So give yourself a break and stop reading the forums. You're done!
  • trudgetrudge Posts: 3
    NJ Buyer,

    Here is the breakdown:

    Sell Price - 17,177.20

    Processing Fee - 66.50
    License Fees - 39.50
    Title Fee - 10.00
    Title Tax - 517.31
    Dealer's Business License Tax - 34.49
    Electronic onLine Filing Fee - 10.00

    Total Selling Price - 17,855.00

    Less Deposit - (500.00)

    Balance Due at Settlement - 17,355.00

    I am going to pick it up tomorrow likely and let you know how it goes.

    By the way, I moved from NJ to VA.

    Trudge
  • Got one for $22,500 OTD. Included wheel locks, mud guards, and all-season mats. I also got the dealer to give me free washes for life (esp. since its a black coupe :shades:) as long as i don't tell his manager and call ahead of time to make sure he is there. since i've had it for two full weeks now i'm pretty confident that it was one of the first 08 Si owned in the entire state of MD. Did i get hosed at this price?
  • Anyone here bought a 2008 EX-L in the Orlando/Central Florida area? Wondering what the prices paid are, if there's enough room for negotiation. I'm looking for a manual transmission. Thanks.
  • I received an internet quote today for a 2008 4dr. Manual EX of $18,355. This includes destination charges, but excludes tax, title, fees, etc. Does anyone know if this is a good price? It's about $700 better then a couple of other initial quotes I've received.

    Thanks.
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