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2013 and earlier-Honda Accord Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    Back in October of 2000 I bought a 2001 Accord and in September of 2003 I bought a 2004 Accord so the 05's should start hitting the lots in August/September.
  • richards38richards38 Posts: 606
    I bought my 2004 on August 25th of last year, so the '05s could be available in less than 3 months. The car I chose was the EX-L because it came with side curtain airbags which I think will be standard equipment on EVERY '05 Accord.

    It did annoy me to have to buy more car than I wanted to get the curtains--leather, sunroof, XM, etc.--but now I'm glad I treated myself to those features that make the Accord a near luxury car instead of an economy mid-sized car.

    And it's still very economical with the smoothest 4 cylinder engine out there......Richard
  • cmyerscmyers Posts: 4
    Ok I'll give the breakdown as my buyers order has it on the price I paid for my 2004 Accord EX sedan (4 door) with side curtain bags, 4 cyl and cloth interior.

    selling price 19470
    dealer processing 100
    tag & title 148
    MD tax 978.50

    total 20,696.50

    Dealer also gave me a coupon book with unlimited free car washes, free oil changes and coupons for discounted service, parts and accessories.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    You got an excellent price. The best I could do with an identical vehicle over the weekend was $19,998. In addition, the dealer was going to add a $499 "administrative fee." I declined, although even with the fee the actual total cost for the car would have been about $500 under invoice. Not bad.

    It's only a guess, but based on the number of Accords on the lots around here, there's a good chance the deals will get better in a month or two. But, I think I'm going to get something else. As hard as I've tried, I can't warm to the sedan's styling.
  • rai24rai24 Posts: 2
    I agree this is an excellent price. The lowest price we got for the same car in the same area this past weekend (email attack) was:

    (EX 4cyl sedan AT with side curtain airbags)
    Base: 19,350
    Dest: 490
    Proc: 100
    MD Tax: 997
    titling, etc: 161
    OTD: 21,098

    We were pleased with this price, at 1,169 under invoice. Didn't contact the Bowie dealer, they were just outside my geographical range. Oh well...

    We purchased from Brown's Honda City in Glen Burnie, and unlike your experience, we were quite happy with the treatment we received. They were very good about working everything out on the phone or by email ahead of time. When we got there, no surprises and the car looked great (only 2 miles on it). I'm sure some of it has to do with luck of the draw, but we had no complaints (no experience with the service department yet).

    Hope this is helpful to someone, because I feel we really benefited from the information on this board in the previous month.
  • rutger3rutger3 Posts: 361
    Okay, which do I have a better chance at getting for a lower price.
     Buy a 2004 EX sedan/auto/side curtains Now , or wait and buy a 2005 LX with side curtains if available latter in year.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    No question the 05 LX will be cheaper, especially if you wait a couple of months after they come out. All the 05s will have curtain airbags standard.

    On the other hand, you will lose a lot of options that come standard on the EX such as the 6-cd changer, the alloy wheels and the moonroof.
  • amymiamymi Posts: 1
    At the end of April, we paid $22,386.81 cash plus tax and license, for a silver Accord EX with the black leather interior. The dealership, Honda of Seattle (downtown), kicked in a gift certificate for a night in the Paramount Hotel downtown as well. The salesperson originally quoted $200 above the price we paid, but I talked him down, based on a bid I had received from Renton Honda. Great experience at this dealership--highly recommend. No pushy sales on the warranty, either.
  • renglekarengleka Posts: 20
    I picked up my accord last night. It was brought to western PA from Ohio. In Ohio they are required to have the front license plate but here in PA we are not. The car had the plastic piece that the plate would fit onto on the front of the car. I assumed (which i know you should never do) that the piece was attached without having any holes actually being drilled into the front bumper. When I inspected this further today I realized that the center screw was the only one that was actually drilled into the front bumper. I contacted the dealer and complained about this and they offered to repair it. Now I have two questions...

    1. Is the bumper being repaired (patched i guess) sufficient that I won't even know it was there?

    2. Should I complain enough to get an entire new front bumper or is that taking it too far??

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    Why not just have them give you a nice Honda tag to dress up the front end a bit?

    I have a black background with a chrome H logo. Looks very nice on the front of my silver Accord.
  • renglekarengleka Posts: 20
    Is that what they called?? Honda Tags? I'll have to look into that...Do they offer it in different color options. My accord is red. Thanks for the info.
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    Your dealer should have a selection of available tags near their parts department. The selection will vary depending on the dealer but you can opt for different color combinations. Some of them have the Honda logo, some say Honda, and some say Accord.

    If the dealer doesn't have one you like you can also find them on the internet.
  • slawendaslawenda Posts: 101
    For those of you who have experience with the "e-mail attack" method of soliciting quotes (or "fax method")--for how long were these quotes good for? In other words, how long were the quotes honored for, or was there any mention at all in the dealer's responses about a specific date in which the quote "expires"?

    I am trying to decide when to solicit quotes as I am moving soon and hope to buy immediately after moving. I am wondering if I should solicit quotes a couple of days before I move, so I can buy right away, ideally? Or should I wait until I arrive to solicit quotes, realizing this way that I might not be able to buy right away, but perhaps a couple days later? I will need a car ASAP after arriving, and I am also anxious to get this over with since I have researching and test driving long enough (and am quite looking forward to the day!) Thanks.
  • renglekarengleka Posts: 20
    Is that what they called?? Honda Tags? I'll have to look into that...Do they offer it in different color options. My accord is red. Thanks for the info.
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    I don't know what the technical term would be but I'd just ask for a Honda license plate. Make sure they know you want to see the plate and not the license plate frame.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,620
    I would have them repair it... If it doesn't look that great, then worry about putting a plate on it.

    This is one of my pet peeves. I live in Kentucky, where we also don't have front plates, but I buy almost all of my cars in Ohio. Let them repair it first, then you will have the option.. Those Honda logo plates are relatively cheap, so if you need one later, the expense is minimal... I can guarantee you they won't replace your bumper, no matter how much you complain.

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    Expect to see 2005's in late August, early September. Rumors are that all Accords will have side curtain airbags but I'm not 100% sure.

    I hope this is the case since it's a nightmare trying to balance inventories.

    Funny, the vast majority of shoppers I've run into have little or zero interest in side curtains. I recently lost a sale on an EX cloth Accord. It was the right color but the customer wouldn't pay the extra charge for the curtains.

    What is important to a few means nothing to others.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    I don't know that your dealer "dissed" the other guy. I think he just may be weary of blast faxes and shoppers pitting dealers against each other.

    I mean, I respect your efforts in getting the "best" price, whatever that is but, there often comes a point when a nothing deal just isn't worth it especially when the car has to be located and traded for. A lot of time, paperwork and expense for a next to nothing deal.

    This is even more the case when it's a low supply high demand car.

    It's so much easier to ask a friend, relative or neighbor for a referral. Have them send you to a quality store and salesperson they know and trust.

    Will you pay a bit more? Well, perhaps, and perhaps not. The OVERALL EXPERIENCE will usually be much better and withot the high stress level.

    It really doesn't have to be that hard.
  • richards38richards38 Posts: 606
    I'm amazed that you lost a sale because the dimwit customer wouldn't pay extra for curtain airbags that crash tests now show are life-savers.

    I paid much more for an Accord EX-L last August because curtain airbags were standard on that model but have no regrets because I like the extra luxury anyway--good excuse to enjoy life a bit more.

    What's surprising is the low price charged for side curtain airbags--just $300 at retail. That's only $150 per side on a purchase price of $20,000 or more.

    Considering the number of SUVs on the road and how damaging a run-in with one of those monsters would be, anyone rejecting that much crash protection for so little in added price must have a room temperature IQ......Richard
  • rutger3rutger3 Posts: 361
    I too am amazed that a person would not buy a vehicle because it HAS airbags. This is another reason why they should be standard equipment,then no one can complain about paying extra for them and the ones that want them will have them. The auto dealers will have an easier sell, buyers easier choice, even insurers will save money. Oh yeah it may even save lives or prevent serious injury. What a country.
     I believe the reason most people don't appear to care about them is because they may assume they come standard; or think well that type of crash will never happen to them. Or maybe they just want to save money, I mean if you made front airbags an option, some people would save the money, heck you could make a spare tire an option and save $50. Regardless, I still do not understand why safety features have to be an option . Why does BMW/mercedes/Lexus/Infiniti and the like make these items standard and couldnt sell their cars without them? Is it because only well paid people care about safety, and does that mean that Accord/Camry buyers do not?
     One idea is that airbags are not glamorous, you cant show them off like fancy wheels or a sunroof. Plus you may never use them. Kind of like life insurance, if you never use it, i guess you could say the money was wasted, but if you need it, then what a difference it can make.
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