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2013 and earlier-Honda Accord Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • I will buy a coupe EX model in this month.
    so, could you guys recommend me good dealers in Indiana or Illionis??
  • xaixai Posts: 2
    After no luck with local honda dealers in Arizona, most of them quote me either MSRP or $500 under MSRP I figure I look else where for the coupe. I went to Honda website and email about 10+ So cal honda dealer and ask for the OTD quote. Most of them reply back but without the OTD quote, just phone number to contact them, those reply back with number were ridiculous high some go up to 29.9k for an EX-L coupe w/o Nav. I pick out some dealer from my email and start calling for price and finally one quote me on the phone with decent number. This was Weir Canyon Honda and I got the quote $24588 + TTL, this by far the lowest out of all. After some emails and phone call to get the price low but couldn't I pull the trigger. Drove to socal on 01/03 complete the paper work and out of the dealer in about 3 hrs, best car buying experience for me. Some of you might got better deal than I do but after weeks and weeks of haggling and frustration I'm very happy with the deal I got.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Wow, sorry you had such difficulty there. You might consider dropping by the Dealer Ratings & Reviews page to share your experiences there as well. That would be very helpful to consumers in your area.
  • diuneidiunei Posts: 23
    I put down $1000 for an 08 EX 4dr on Dec 31st, 2007. I was told that they did not have the car in the lot and were looking for a swap with another dealer. Now it's been 10 days still haven't heard from dealer. I called on Saturday but was told that the swap guys was lazy blah blah.

    Can anyone tell me how many days can a dealer hold your down payment without giving you a car (if this exist)? I am sit of waiting and know that the other dealer near by has a model and color that I want.

    Any help are greatly appriciated. Thank you in advance.
  • Never put down any money until you see the car in person.
    Don't wait, just call them and say you want to cancel the order before it's too late.
  • diuneidiunei Posts: 23
    I put a downpayment cuz i wanted to secure my offer - $300 above invoice. Now i want my money back and go somewhere else if i don't see my car by this weekend. My question is that are there any laws/rules to govern my downpayment back? I want to be prepared before i talk to the dealer.
  • I am planning to buy an '08 EX Coupe and am looking for an invoice or better price in No. California or western Nevada. Any Recommendations?
  • I bought my 2008 Accord Sedan EX-L V6 Polished Metal Metallic with grey leather seats last night. I love this car!

    The car was $25,800
    I paid OTD:$28,279.

    This was from Carson Honda. I was in and out in two hours. They did not pressure me to buy any of the extras. I would definitely recommend them. I had a great experience.
  • That's the common trick that dealers do. Dealers say they can swap the vehicle easily, but it's not that easy process and you may not get the exact model you wanted. People get stuck with s wrong vehicle. You may get charged for delievery BS etc.
    Unless you drive off the lot, the car is not yours. They won't be happy, but you are not responsible for it.
    Just call them and say you want your money back. You should be fine.
  • pvd77pvd77 Posts: 11
    Hi again. Congratulations on your new purchase. I emailed Carson Honda for 2008 Accord EXLV6 with Navi and got MSRP($30,895 + fees) quote from the internet sales manager Jun Pereyna .Can you please tell me the name of the sales person you dealt with at Carson Honda. Just want to make sure that this Carson Honda is the one in Carson city Calif. .
    Thanks for your reply.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,599
    "Never put down any money until you see the car in person"

    Why not?

    If you do this, there are cars you will never own.

    Some cars are so popular that most are pre-sold before they ever hit the lots.

    Some CRV's, Fits and Accord Coupes are that way.

    Someone else will put their deposit on the car YOU want to buy.

    If the car arrives and it isn't what you put the deposit on or something is wrong with it, just get your deposit back!
  • "Never put down any money until you see the car in person"

    I was referring to the original poster who put the money down for a dealer swapping car.

    Dealers are doing whatever to hold the customer.
    It is a common trick that sales people do. They always say they know where the car is and once they find one, dealer can swap the car for you. But when you put the deposit down, you are sort of stuck. I know you can get the deposit back, but it is not convenient.

    People get weak when other party is holding your money. Another problem for the swapping a car is that you may get charged for the delivery of vehicle too that they never mention to you.

    You maybe right that some cars are high demand so you want to put the deposit down and hold the car.

    If you know exactly when it’s going to be in stock and you are willing to wait then it may be worth it, but personally, I would not pay anything until I see it and test drive the car.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,599
    Wll, we certainly don't do those things but I suppose this can happen.

    Still, my point remains, if you take a hard line approach on this there will be cars you will probably lose out on. Someone more trusting than you are will put thier deposit on it.

    A person has to do what they are comfortable with I suppose.

    And this is exactly why I keep saying that people should ask friends and others for a referral. Check out the reputation of the stores you are thinking about buying from. A well run store wold never do those things that you describe.
  • diuneidiunei Posts: 23
    Thank you all for providing valuable inputs.

    I just called the dealer and told them that they have up to this Saturday to get me the car I want (that would make it a two-week waiting). If i wait until Saturday noon and they have not give me a firm answer, i will ask them to refund my money and walk to the other dealer (7.4miles away) who DOES have the car in stock now.

    Here is my another question: if i ask the current dealer to refund my 1k deposit, will they refund it? I know i can always call my credit card company and dispute the charge :( if i have to go that far.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,599
    You are being more than fair with them.

    I doubt if you will have any trougle getting your deposit back but if you do, just dispute the charge.
  • colloquorcolloquor Posts: 482
    Our local Honda dealer, and there is only one in this small city of approx. 130K pop., has numerous new CRV's and Fit's on the lot. When I checked Sunday, there were at least 5 unsold Fit's.

    Sometimes deposits are required, but having sold new cars for a living for awhile, I would never do it myself.
  • hackdhackd Posts: 65
    Did you sign a contract when you paid your deposit...what does it sau in terms of right to cancel? I recently had a dealership do a similar thing so I called another dealer who matched the price (lease) with a car that even had a couple more options. I called the original dealer and told them I wanted a refund and they were upset but quite frankly if they provided better customer service it would not have happened. They tried stall on my refund so I disputed it on my credit card which basically left them no choice as the contract was cut and dry on my right to cancel.
  • This Costco web site is interesting:

    Click on the Accord photo on the right side and it shows you the standard MSRP and then the Costco cost + a destination charge.

    For example an EX-L V6 would be $25,415.97 + a destination charge of $635. Total cost = $26,050.97. This price is about $2600 off the sticker.
  • My preference is Penske Honda. The salesman is Song Park. I just bought a 2008 Beige Accord EXL V6 with NAVI last month. Very pleased about this dealer. The price is excellent too.

    Song is very straight forward and his # is right on my lowest one. He may spy on this board to avoid a lot of nonsenses during the price negotiation.

    Tell him I refer you. Just mention the guy bought the Beige Accord with Navi from him last month... :D
  • The best advise is to find salesmen with no nonsense. If he is serious, please nail the sale contract over the phone(let him fax you the copy and conditions of car(mileage, color, etc)). Then show your sincerity by giving him $X deposit (via your credit card). This will avoid 48 miles driving to the dealer and wasting your valuable time.

    I used this method to deal with dealers out of the states. Unfortunately, none of them wanted to do that, so do not waste your time, get everything in writing and you will be fine.

    My sincere thanks to Song Park of Penske Honda Indianapolis who helped me to find my dream 08 Accord last month.

    I will get buy 09 Pilot from them too.
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