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2014 Honda Accord Prices Paid and Buying Experiences

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  • veersveers Posts: 79

    carbuyer,

    Huntington has a very good reputation, they got the Honda President's award last year. I have not had personal dealings with them, but they seem more likely to honor deals. They are definitely one of the NY dealerships I would look to buy at. Obviously get everything in writing and confirm by phone before you start driving. Make sure they set aside the car and have it prepped and waiting for you.

  • @lil_owl said:

    I agree, since you got a loan already it won't affect you. Do they know you have a loan in place already? That practice is to mainly allow them to offer you a loan at a lower rate if necessary. Most Credit Union's rate is not .9 APR for 36months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 Months. If they can get your credit check they will try to talk you into getting the loan from them instead of your Credit Union.

  • Veers, how detailed of a breakdown do you think I need in writing? They don't seem very inclined to give line by line breakdowns, but their email is clear enough to be legally binding IF they have the car. I spoke to someone late this evening who confirmed they had the car and told me that the notes in the computer indicate that two managers signed off on the deal. I made an appointment to go down there at 11:30 tomorrow. I will, of course, call before I go and make sure nothing has changed, but I am still a little uneasy not having something more formal. It is good to know that they have a good reputation.

  • One other question for those who have purchased far away from home. In the event any little annoying problems have popped up that require little adjustments, etc., have you had any problem getting attention from your local dealer service department?

  • radar007radar007 OhioPosts: 15
    UPDATE: just got a true car price for '14 civic EX at $19,335. Or can get '13 accord sport with 13,000 miles for $19,831? I like features on both but what would you consider a better deal?
  • veersveers Posts: 79

    As a rule their e-mails are not legally binding anyway since they are peppered with disclaimers. I would try to get the OTD price in writing, and would try to verbally confirm it with the manager. The only surefire way to do this is a fax buy, otherwise it sounds like you have done all the legwork you can.

    Good luck tomorrow! If for some reason this fails, I would drive in to some other local dealers like North Shore, New Rochelle, etc... and see if they will make the deal.

  • I posted here a few months ago regarding advice on a 2014 ex-l cvt with nav and Brian and a few others weighed in. At the time I was also looking for remote start. I ended up pausing my search because I hadn't gone about it quite the right way (after reading the tips here) and just re-started the process right before Christmas (dropping the remote start option). As of today, I have two offers that I'm considering. Although neither are extraordinary, I was hoping for some additional input. I've been approaching it from the total OTD price instead of 'invoice minus x, plus dealer doc fee' so hopefully this is still somewhat in line with the thought process here:

    Option #1: OTD= $28,900 (includes 6 oil changes) Doc Fee is $398 Tax was calculated at 3% Tag and Title are $74

    Dealer orginally told me last month there way no flex cash available but I emailed back today to ask again and haven't heard back yet. However, I know that this dealership has (1) of my specific color combination on the lot.

    Option #2 OTD= $28,800 (price includes mud guards, wheel locks and trunk mat and lifetime oil changes) Doc Fee is $398 Tax was calculated at 3% Tag and Title are $74

    Dealer says no flex cash left and if their online inventory is up to date, they do not have the color combination I want. (I checked because I asked internet mgr earlier today and have not heard back)

    I realize I need to use #2 to re-negotiate with #1, but what is the gut on the over-all offers? I'm also in the Raleigh/Durham area and don't really want to travel. My last offer to both was $28,5k OTD. Should I hold out tomorrow for that price and see what happens--along with throwing in other accessories/incentives?

    Thank you in advance!

  • glenglen Posts: 17

    Multiple credit checks?

    When I bought a Toyota truck many years ago, I had no less than 10 credit checks run in about 2 weeks. Multiple credit checks will count as 1 during a 30 day period. The game back then was to get you to do a credit report so they could "lock you in" to the dealer. But I walked 9 times. Other than dealers knowing some personal information, you will not suffer any unjustified dings to your credit. As long as the 30 day window is not exceeded.

  • johnnguyen714johnnguyen714 Posts: 39
    edited December 2013

    @glen

    Multiple credit checks from the same company will count as one credit check within 30 days, but if you have a credit check at a Credit Union, a bank, than a dealer it will count as 3, and will certainly hurt your credit score.

  • Yes, the Concord Honda Bait and Switch begins when they run your credit before they decide to not uphold the agreed upon offer lol...well, I suppose it traps some but multiple credit checks before a large purchase doesn't really hurt your credit much.

  • @handtobx

    Hello, neighbor! Which stealerships offered you the 2 quotes? If you have a Costco or Sam's membership, you can get an OTD price to compare your quotes. Have you looked at Boyd's in Oxford?

    @handtobx said: I posted here a few months ago regarding advice on a 2014 ex-l cvt with nav and Brian and a few others weighed in. At the time I was also looking for remote start. I ended up pausing my search because I hadn't gone about it quite the right way (after reading the tips here) and just re-started the process right before Christmas (dropping the remote start option). As of today, I have two offers that I'm considering. Although neither are extraordinary, I was hoping for some additional input. I've been approaching it from the total OTD price instead of 'invoice minus x, plus dealer doc fee' so hopefully this is still somewhat in line with the thought process here:

    Option #1: OTD= $28,900 (includes 6 oil changes) Doc Fee is $398 Tax was calculated at 3% Tag and Title are $74

    Dealer orginally told me last month there way no flex cash available but I emailed back today to ask again and haven't heard back yet. However, I know that this dealership has (1) of my specific color combination on the lot.

    Option #2 OTD= $28,800 (price includes mud guards, wheel locks and trunk mat and lifetime oil changes) Doc Fee is $398 Tax was calculated at 3% Tag and Title are $74

    Dealer says no flex cash left and if their online inventory is up to date, they do not have the color combination I want. (I checked because I asked internet mgr earlier today and have not heard back)

    I realize I need to use #2 to re-negotiate with #1, but what is the gut on the over-all offers? I'm also in the Raleigh/Durham area and don't really want to travel. My last offer to both was $28,5k OTD. Should I hold out tomorrow for that price and see what happens--along with throwing in other accessories/incentives?

    Thank you in advance!

  • @zigster38

    To some people that does not have excellent credit, it could be a difference between getting the .9APR or not.

  • newguy2013newguy2013 Posts: 1
    edited December 2013

    I have been reading this forum for the last 4 months and finally purchased a 2014 EX-L 4 cylinder. My goal was to get a good price but by no means the lowest price posted here. All of you east-coasters are going to hate the CA market even more (I live in the San Francisco Bay Area).

    Late Saturday I emailed about 15 internet sales managers for quotes on what I was looking for. I specified to not include incentives (I do not qualify for any and have secured my own financing) in the price and that I wanted no ad-ons, options or upgrades. I received the following offers for car and destination: $24,800, $25,650, $25,691, $25,988, $26,010 and $26,288. I followed up with the lowest price via email to confirm that it did not include any incentives and that there would not be any fees added if I came to the dealer. They did not respond so I moved on.

    I decided to set my target price at $25,000 ($1,570.00 below invoice when taking the $80 CA documentation fee into account). I started calling internet sales managers and inquired about whether the color combination I was looking for was in stock. After leaving 5 messages I finally got a hold of one sales manager. After he confirmed that he had the color combo I wanted, I offered him $25,000 for the car and he immediately accepted the offer. I asked him to email me the offer and told him I would be there later in the day. He stayed on the line until I received the email and asked me to call him when I was on my way. I read over the email and checked the dealer’s reviews. All looked good so I called him to confirm that there where no incentive included in the price and no added costs would appear when I showed up at the dealer.

    After driving the 45 min to the dealer with some skepticism, I could not have asked for a smoother deal. I spent an hour total with the internet sales manager and finance manager to complete all of the paperwork. Below is the following price breakdown:

    $25,000 car and destination

    $80 documentation fee(caped in CA)

    $282 title and CA fees

    $2,257 tax

    Total OTD price of:

    $27648.00 ($1,570.00 below invoice)

    I could have shopped the quote around, continued to call, or waited for dealers to return my calls but I was happy with the price.

    Sorry for the ramble, hopefully it will help someone out there. Good luck to all the other participants of the Super Bowl of car buying.

  • 74357435 Posts: 39

    Hi, I am in Denver, Colorodo. I am trying to buy a 2014 Honda accord exl 6, automatic , 4dr sedan, silver with gray msrp, $31,135.Invoice listed on Kelly, Nada and Edmunds is $28,542, dealers are telling me invoice is $ 28,820. I am being quoted $27,913 + 495 DH total of 28,208. There are 11 honda dealers in Colorado. Has anyone had a good experience with any dealer in colorado. and at what price as compared to my quote of $28,208. Thanks for any help.

  • naazimnaazim Posts: 17

    Good luck to everyone making their final attempts tomorrow to close a deal before the new year. Everyone have a happy and prosperous New Year!

  • Finally pulled the trigger yesterday. Got my 2014 Accord EX-L V6 in Metallic Metal. $27,691 including dealer fee. Also got the last $500 of flex cash to make it $27,191. I had a lower price but it was 100 miles away so I decided to stay close (Ron Norris). Had prices from many dealers in central florida, but the lowest I found was Coggin St Augustine ($26,833 +TTL... Also included some accessories).

    Also for folks in states without an income tax, like Florida, taxpayers have been able to deduct state and local general sales taxes instead of taking the income tax deduction -- but that won't be an option in 2014 unless Congress intervenes. I figure this saves me somewhere between $150-$200 buying in 2013 over any deal in 2014.

    Thanks to Veers & Brian and good luck to all of you still working your deals.

  • rms13rms13 Posts: 4

    @brain sorry for the delayed reply

    they said flex cash was added to the price, I didn't have a better deal to negotiate further

  • nb1014nb1014 Posts: 2
    edited December 2013

    Chapel Hill resident here. Yesterday, I bought a new 2014 Accord EX-L from Pohanka Honda in Fredericksburg for $25,900 OTD. I used the techniques described in the forums here and emailed about 30 dealers between Baltimore and Columbia, SC and got competitive quotes from Pohanka and the Honda dealer in Danville, VA. The dealers in the Raleigh/Durham couldn't come close to $26000 (OTD) and neither could Colonial Honda (both were also tough to communicate with).

    Happy with my purchase. Happy New Year to everyone.

  • @flatfeet said: handtobx Hello, neighbor! Which stealerships offered you the 2 quotes? If you have a Costco or Sam's membership, you can get an OTD price to compare your quotes. Have you looked at Boyd's in Oxford?

    Hi. Leith and Autopark Honda are the two dealer quotes I posted. Also yes, I did look at Boyd's--their internet sales person told me that invoice on the car was $28,839 with an OTD cost over $30k. I thanked them for their time and moved on. I also tried Crown and it was basically the same story. Dealer #1 emailed me this morning saying they don't have any flex cash left. I only have a BJ's membership--not sure if they offer similar services as Costco/Sam's. I initially thought about letting the SECU's auto power program do the leg work but then I'd have to finance through them (and Honda's rates are much better right now).

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,763

    @brian125

    Happy New Year to you & your family! Has anybody been able to take advantage of the $3000 cash from Honda to their dealers for surpassing their December 2012 sales numbers? Or is it being used mostly to offset upside down loan balances?

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • lil_owllil_owl So-CalPosts: 47
    edited December 2013
    @veers @brian125 @johnnguyen714 and other Honda enthusiasts!

    Pulled the trigger last night.

    Price of 2014 EX CVT sedan:

    Car: $23,033
    Doc: $80
    TTL: $2,137.79

    Total out the door: $25,250.79

    Price paid included wheel locks and trunk tray.

    Feel good about getting close to $1300 off of invoice (or 13% off of MSRP). No dealer incentives or rebates included! YAY!!!

    Bank is overnighting their check. Once it clears I will have the car.

    On a funny note, they tried to get information about my loan so they could attempt to match it. I repeatedly informed them it was none of their business and all they needed to worry about was their check. Put the gal from the bank on speaker phone and she basically told them the same thing. Oh and I set the timer on my phone when he would go and "talk to his manager". Yeah...you have 5 minutes....starting now! We were in and out of there in about 2 hours ;)

    Thank you everyone for the tips and insights...all of the information was very useful and much appreciated!
  • johnnguyen714johnnguyen714 Posts: 39
    edited December 2013

    @lil_owl

    Did you get your at Spreen Honda? I'm going to the dealer soon to get my car and hope nothing goes wrong.

  • sandiegodriversandiegodriver Posts: 16
    edited December 2013

    I appreciate all the good tips and advice on this forum. I followed everyone's guidance and yesterday purchased a 2014 Accord EX-L (4 cyl, no nav) from Pacific Honda here in San Diego. Here's the breakdown:

    $29,060 MSRP

    25,500 Price paid (includes destination/handling)

    +

    80.00 (dealer doc fee); 2046.40 (8% CA sales tax); 16.00 (electronic vehicle registration fee); 271.75 (CA license and registration fees)

    =

    $27,914.15 OTD

    Price paid included wheel locks and mud flaps. (I didn't request or want them so I refused to pay for them since I'd been clear with the sales reps all along that I would not pay for any accessories.)

    The car was built in October 2013 but had just 11 miles on the odometer, so apparently it hadn't gone out on many test drives.

    The $25,500 price was supposed to include the $80 doc fee, but when it came time to seal the deal suddenly the sales rep said no. I protested and so he got his sales manager. Turns out they are required by CA law to charge all buyers the same amount for the doc fee (if they charge one person, they have to charge everyone). I told him he should then reduce the sales price by an additional $80 to cover that fee since my e-mail and phone conversations all along had stated that the $25,500 included everything but CA tax and CA registration fees. He said absolutely not. We could have argued about it for a while, but I felt I'd gotten a good enough deal that an extra $80 wasn't the end of the world, especially since they were eating the cost of the wheel locks and mud flaps.

    But the $16 electronic vehicle registration fee was a surprise. It didn't show up until I was in the finance office signing the official paperwork. Again, I just had to pay up - I wasn't going to cancel the whole deal for $16. This is something they obviously know about but don't reveal until the very end. I think it's why dealers are so hesitant to commit to an OTD price in writing (especially e-mail).

    All in all, it was an okay experience. I was shopping based on price so wasn't looking for or expecting a pain-free process. My salesman (Tony) was pleasant and tried to move things along as quickly as possible. But I was there for a couple hours nevertheless.

    I really like this car so far. My last car was a 2009 Acura TSX, which had sloppy steering and a harsh, jittery ride. The Accord is much more composed and has pretty much the same options as the Acura, with better gas mileage.

    Best of luck to everyone here. The key to getting a good deal is research, research, research! Have your numbers, be firm and polite, and if a dealership or sales rep starts playing games, just walk out the door with your head held high. There are so many cars sitting around unsold on dealer lots these days that it is truly a buyers market.

    Thanks again for all the wisdom and guidance in this forum!

  • lil_owllil_owl So-CalPosts: 47
    Yes it was Spreen Honda. Staysi helped me via email/phone and she was nice. Other person last night didn't like quite as much...but Staysi was with another customer.
  • gmanusmcgmanusmc SoCalPosts: 436

    @lil_owl said: veers brian125 johnnguyen714 and other Honda enthusiasts!
    Pulled the trigger last night.
    Price of 2014 EX CVT sedan:
    Car: $23,033 Doc: $80 TTL: $2,137.79
    Total out the door: $25,250.79
    Feel good about getting close to $1300 off of invoice (or 13% off of MSRP). No dealer incentives or rebates included! YAY!!!
    Bank is overnighting their check. Once it clears I will have the car.
    On a funny note, they tried to get information about my loan so they could attempt to match it. I repeatedly informed them it was none of their business and all they needed to worry about was their check. Put the gal from the bank on speaker phone and she basically told them the same thing. Oh and I set the timer on my phone when he would go and "talk to his manager". Yeah...you have 5 minutes....starting now! We were in and out of there in about 2 hours ;)

    Congrats on your new Accord, Florence - I'm sure it will give you many good years of service.

    I'm curious as to why you were so adamant not to go through Honda Finance - our family has dealt with them for many years and probably 18 or more cars and have always received great rates and service.

    Again - great job and now you can relax and enjoy your car.

    Bill G

  • veersveers Posts: 79

    nice job lil_owl!

  • lil_owllil_owl So-CalPosts: 47
    edited December 2013
    @gmanusmc

    It was a combination of the loan product that the credit union offered that Honda finance didn't have and our loan needs. We may consider Honda finance in the future but it was not a good option for us at this time.
  • mclarenhondamclarenhonda Posts: 2
    edited December 2013

    @lil_owl

    How much did Spreen charge you for the accessories pack on your car? I talked to Staysi last night about an Accord Sport and was told the $995 pro pack comes installed on all cars and the price was not negotiable since I was using Truecar's base price of 21,271. The pro pack makes their OTD price less attractive along with the 40+ mile drive to the dealership.

    Congrats on your purchase.

  • lil_owllil_owl So-CalPosts: 47
    edited December 2013
    @mclarenhonda

    Yes the propack was 995 and they wouldn't negotiate on it. Even with it they were still cheaper than anywhere else....compared to the other quotes I received.
  • Great tips on this forum everyone. I got an idea of whats a good price from your discussions. Purchased Accord EX-L CVT With NAV in NJ yesterday night. delivered today morning. msrp: 30835 invoice: 28269 Price paid including desination: 26835 (invoice - 1434) Remote starter : 800 (dealer would not budge a penny on this one) Registration/title : 64.50 (transferred plates from old car) document fee: 299 However I sucked up and bought a 100K/7year extended warranty for 1300 (bargained it down).

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