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2013 and earlier-Honda Accord Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • gr8flgr8fl Posts: 3
    Am in DE. Will buy anywhere in state as well as PA, NJ, DC, MD, VA to get this best deal possible.

    I buy cars every 10 years or so. Current car is 2004 EXL-v6 that I have really liked a lot. I seek the help of the generous hearts in this forum to give helpful advice and warnings to heed.

    Have test driven both EXL-4 & 6, and can't justify extra cost for v6. The 4 seems peppy enough. But do want navigation - it's my adult toy and I don't get to have too many toys, so this is it.

    Been reading through this forum a lot and find people's buying experiences all over the map in terms of price.

    I will pay cash for new car if that gets me a better deal, though I see they have extended 0.09% / 24 months financing through July 8 and that adds the $500 flex cash.

    I went to the local Honda shop yesterday. Got quotes way too high. Now trying to get through Internet sales. Any tips or advice on what is a really good deal and what isn't? Any suggestions of which dealer(s) to try out in the DE, PA, MD, DC, VA area? I am willing to drive a couple hundred miles or so to get a better deal.

    Thanks in advance.
  • car_buyer_2013car_buyer_2013 Posts: 8
    edited May 2013
    I would start by requesting internet quotes from the top 3 dealers in all states based on dealerrater.com. Watch out for high processing fee and county specific extra taxes in VA. You will probably get a good deal in MD and they cant charge more than 200 processing fee. Don't worry about waiving the processing fee initially but compare the total numbers first and then negotiate the processing fee waiver as the next step and then negotiate the inclusion of free accessories. Make them compete with each other and if any dealer is asking you for a written quote, mention that "The other dealer who gave this best price wont give it in writing as he fears that I will price match this with another dealer." The three dealerships in DE cant even come close based on the quotes that I got. I personally did not like my experience with the dealership in Dover and will never buy a car from them in future. Criswell gave very good quotes and prices unheard of on this forum. Fredericksburg VA was equally good including the high processing fee. Others could not compete with these quotes and were almost 1k to 2k more as their best rock bottom quote. The trick is to get all the quotes from others to get a feel of the landscape first before hitting volume shops like criswell etc and trying to beat the prices over the last day of the month mentioning you will buy the car today if they honor a price on your mind. Stick to your price and be very stern. The local dealer may not price match your final best quote but worth a try before heading out of state. Buying locally will help you with any issues with the car immediately after the purchase (I ended up buying the camry for the first time although I got some good prices on the accord.)
  • What should I pay for a 2013 Honda Accord with an MSRP of 25,077? It's for the 4 cylinder EX-L with the X package II, interior illumination, remote start, and 17" chrome look alloy wheels.
  • vluuvluu Posts: 100
    The $500 shows up as a cash down payment on the bill of sale. It doesn't say anything next to it besides "Cash". This $500 was added to what I down for the Accord.

    The only down side is that, your final sale price is higher so tax is a little higher, but you the customer still come out on top since it's free $$.
  • brian125brian125 New york / S.C. myrtle beachPosts: 2,039
    Outside of the Accords terrible radio speakers. The 2013 Camry is BUTT Ugly. And in all the reviews the Camry is slipping away. But dont tell CR that. This is Honda's best Accord yet.
    You buy a 20k... Le/ Camry and think the dash and cockpit is upscale.

    2013 Genesis 5.0 R-spec, 2013 Accord EXL V-6, 2012 BMW x-5, 2012 ML350

  • car_buyer_2013car_buyer_2013 Posts: 8
    edited May 2013
    May be you are right and I wish I felt the same too.

    I have been a Honda fan all my life(Honda Accord exl was my most recent car and had the three generation models before) and hated the Toyotas but the 2013 Honda accord's CVT is not Honda's DNA. Simulating the CVT to reflect a traditional Honda transmission was close but having had too many Hondas in the past, I am so used to the Honda Accord and I personally did not get the same opinion for the first time with this 2013 CVT. The sound of the engine is very much not like the traditional Honda.

    By the way, the comparison was between the camry le and the accord lx and the upscale reference was between these similarly priced car models and the dash is the same even in higher end models of these cars. The cockpit is different in the higher end models of these two cars and the Accord wins there(similar to why I liked my exl) with the perforated leather and the looks without the ugly stripe like in the camry.
  • gmanusmcgmanusmc SoCalPosts: 436
    Try Pohanka in Fredericksburg - they are getting good press on this board as a no nonsense dealer who gives great deals.
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 886
    This is why it's good to have choices. My experience was just the opposite. I REALLY wanted to like the Toyota Camry Hybrid but I just did not like driving it and did not like the interior. Loved the Accord EX-L CVT and thought it had a wonderfully intuitive layout inside that looks good too. It's a little different because I was driving the upper trim level on each car. In order of what we thought we would like it was Camry Hybrid, Altima, Accord. In reality turned out to be exactly opposite!
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    edited May 2013
    May be you are right and I wish I felt the same too.

    I have been a Honda fan all my life(Honda Accord exl was my most recent car and had the three generation models before) and hated the Toyotas but the 2013 Honda accord's CVT is not Honda's DNA. Simulating the CVT to reflect a traditional Honda transmission was close but having had too many Hondas in the past, I am so used to the Honda Accord and I personally did not get the same opinion for the first time with this 2013 CVT. The sound of the engine is very much not like the traditional Honda.

    By the way, the comparison was between the camry le and the accord lx and the upscale reference was between these similarly priced car models and the dash is the same even in higher end models of these cars. The cockpit is different in the higher end models of these two cars and the Accord wins there(similar to why I liked my exl) with the perforated leather and the looks without the ugly stripe like in the camry.


    A true Honda fan would NEVER let a wonderful Honda engine languish behind any kind of automatic transmission.

    I have been driving Hondas for the last 20 years, I have given automatics a try, but they are just bleh, compared to the same vehicle with a manual transmission and a clutch.

    That is where Honda's soul has always been, in connecting the driver to the vehicle, so that they are one.

    I test drove the 2013 Accord EX 6 spd manual, and I can tell you, the soul is still there, hidden under all that pseudo luxury. Rev it up to the redline before shifts, and the car just wakes up. It is a beast! Downshift before entering the curve, and then punch it as you exit the apex, the weight shift causes the car just hug the radius, as if it were on rails.

    You simply can not do any of that with an automatic, and that is where Honda lost its soul. They sold out. Used to be that the most powerful Honda in the line up could only be had with a manual, but, good luck finding Accord EX V6 Sedan with a stick. The only way to get it is in the coupe, or as Acura TL Type S.

    Sad, sad, sad.

    P.S. A few years ago, Car and Driver folks transplanted a manual transmission out of Acura TL into Honda Oddyssey minivan. They have created a beast of a minivan. And as much as people hate driving minivans, they had people lining up to take a turn in a manually shifted Oddyssey. Even if the most mundane/sedate of the Honda's, a mini-van can be fun to drive with stick, think what other vehicles would be like. Wake up Honda! There are people who actually like driving, and not being drones.
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 886
    I applaud your passion, and I have driven many manuals in my day, but I am never buying a manual transmission car again. If Honda or any other car maker limited themselves to manuals, they would have a very small market indeed in the United States. And a manual minivan! Three kids in the back, you don't have enough hands as it is! THE HORROR!!! :)
  • huskerfan5huskerfan5 Posts: 163
    car buyer 2013, you forgot to mention one other difference between the Camry and the Accord.
    The Accord aced the new SmallOverlap Front Test. This type of crash contributes to more deaths and injuries than the other type of frontal crash also tested (Moderate Overlap). Accord got a "Good". Camry didn't get a "Good", an "Acceptable" or a "Marginal". It got a "Poor". That's why the Accord is a Top Safety Pick Plus. The Camry is grandfathered under the old rules for 2013 so it keeps it Top Safety Pick designation but loses it next year. So enjoy your new Camry but please drive safe, or just admire it in your driveway.
  • cob2cob2 Posts: 9
    good reply... must have been joking with us...must...
  • gr8flgr8fl Posts: 3
    I have contacted them through their Internet dept. They offered $26,723, but I need to know if that is OTD (which I doubt) and what additional charges are included (e.g. tax, processing fee, etc.).
  • gr8flgr8fl Posts: 3
    Thank you for the advice. I didn't even know about http://dealerrater.com/ and certainly will plug in some requests there.

    I hear you about Dover - Price Honda's bottom line on this car is 28,630. Compare that to the one place I did get a quote on (Pohanka Honda of Fredericksburg) which was $26,723. Makes me wonder how much this car actually costs the dealer, because I know they need to make some sort of profit. I am still waiting to hear back from Pohanka in Salsbury.

    And yes, "stick to the price and be firm"
  • isantemisantem Posts: 7
    edited May 2013
    Champagne EXL CVT 4cyl (no navi) + Remote Start Option

    25725
    +379 processing fee
    +783.14 VA title tax
    +51.45 business license tax
    +10 online DMV fee
    +50.75 Micensee and title fee
    -500 honda financing

    OTD 26,500

    Financing they offered me 2.69 for 72 months in order to have my monthly payment under $400 (399).

    I cold have get it for $500 less from Pohanka but this dealer gave me 7years 100,000 powertrain waranty included and he was who spent all the time with me (3 test drives) and is close to my house also. (Colonial Honda, Tom, very very good guy). Also I did not discuss with Pohanka the financing.

    Mechanicville Honda was willing to match the deal but I am not sure about their willing to buy down the rate for 72 months to 2.69 with Honda Financial.

    Be ready to walk out the dealership......thats what I did when they were fighting about the APR and could not give anything below 3.49 for 72 months ..... in 2 seconds they gave me 2.69%

    Thank you all for posting, I learned a lot from you and I think I was able to close a good deal (anyhow it was better than probably I would have done without this forum). Thanks brian125 and others. ;)
  • car_buyer_2013car_buyer_2013 Posts: 8
    edited May 2013
    Pohanka Honda of Fredericksburg was very aggressive in price matching and the internet manager was prompt in responding and will tell you if he cannot go lower. To make your search quicker, you can forget about PA and DE dealers totally as they cant come close plus you have to deal with "Bring us the quote and we will price match" and when you bring the quote in an email, they will ask for a buyers order or show some kind of policy that they will not price match if the quote is in an email. Not worth the hassle. However, if they are willing to price match, its good for you. Stick to the MD/VA and you will find a super good deal + end of month + 6pm or closing time. Even the NJ dealerships could not compete but were decent. In NY the advantage is less processing fee compared to MD. One of the PA dealerships told me that in MD they are allowed to give huge discounts for some reason whereas the PA dealerships are not.

    On top of the high prices at the Dover showroom, my personal experience dealing with them was the crappiest compared to the many dealers in these 5 states. I am never visiting that place again.

    For financing, check out the <1% Penfed Credit Union rate or the 1.9% DCU (72 months option at 2.49%). If you cant get the Honda financing for the rate you want, these alternatives will help you with negotiating or receiving cash back instead of having to select the Honda low rate. Compare the difference in interest based on how long you think you are going to keep the car to be able to decide.

    Remember to create a separate email address as the dealerships will keep sending automated followups, salesman followups, funny advertisements making us think we are idiots, huge inventory sale, free life time engine warranty, some genuine lifetime oil changes related emails etc but will not match your price. You can forget about this new email address after your purchase is over with that one finalized dealership.
  • brian125brian125 New york / S.C. myrtle beachPosts: 2,039
    What are your thoughts on Price honda in D.E.. Did you call them .This dealership was matching Weymouth honda's price in M.a.. I dealt with John who was the sales mgr.and i thought for sure i was buying there but i nailed down a good price closer to my N.y home on Feb 28th.

    I sent a forum member there to buy a exl v-6 accord and Price Honda did not want to honor a price..

    2013 Genesis 5.0 R-spec, 2013 Accord EXL V-6, 2012 BMW x-5, 2012 ML350

  • buyer157buyer157 Posts: 40
    Hi everyone. Went in to a honda dealer here on long island today, primarily interested in the CRV, but was seriously impressed by the new accord. Wasn't ready to commit to buying anything today, but the salesperson (a nice person with a low pressure air) sat me down and said that when I was ready to come back and do a deal, he would be willing to sell me a car for as little as 100$ over invoice.

    Reading over these threads, clearly cars are being sold below invoice.

    Any folks out there in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) purchase either an LX or a Sport Accord sedan with CVT? Would love to know what you actually paid OTD.

    Really appreciate your help.
  • dclivedclive Posts: 35
    I'd suggest looking at what people pay for the car, without worrying about OTD (ie tax). What you pay should be the going rate, including any dealership fees; tax is set by the state and not something you can negotiate (ie everything else can be negotiated).....
  • brian125brian125 New york / S.C. myrtle beachPosts: 2,039
    I agree.. the price range on a conservative side for the Accord in New york is 700 to 1200 below invoice price. visit dealerships on the last days of this month to get this kind of pricing..
    New york doc fee's are .........$75
    N.J. doc's are between...........200 to 400 dollars

    2013 Genesis 5.0 R-spec, 2013 Accord EXL V-6, 2012 BMW x-5, 2012 ML350

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