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2013 and earlier-Honda CR-V Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Thanks ONEOHTHREE, I thought your price (23300 base) from Planet Honda on the SE wasn't all that bad, though the doc fee was a bit high. I've just sent them an email from their website. Looks like they have a number of SE's in stock. Let's hope I have better luck than I did w/ DCH Academy...

    When did you buy yours? Do you buy for a fleet or something?
  • Thanks, Phil. I've just went sent a msg to David Michael Honda thru their Internet site.

    (non)Progress update: Huntington Honda out on Long Island called me Thur night all excited, telling me "they can/will DEFINITELY meet or beat any other dealer's quote!!" Had me on the phone 15+ minutes, trying to get me out to their showroom on LABOR DAY weekend (like I really want to deal with THAT traffic), reviewing my other quote, escalating it to their sales mgr, etc. etc. After going on hold 3 times, they finally came back and said that my DCH Academy / Old Bridge quote "was too good to be true" and they couldn't meet it. I said "ok, fine -- I'm sorry to hear that" and she hung up. They never bothered to even give me a counteroffer. Wacky. I sent a follow-up email to Huntington's sales mgr letting him know I was still open to hearing a counteroffer but, failing that, to please remove from their near-DAILY email list. Do these dealer's realize how annoying this onslaught of email is??!!
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,697
    When shoppers e-mail us to death as they try to pit us against other dealers over a lousy few dollars! ;)

    Why offer a counteroffer when the other price was, indeed, too good to be true?

    Just last week I had a persistant shopper tell me another store would sell him a almost impossible to find EXL Accord for a certain price. I told him.." Great! I have one but I won't sell it for that" He then asked me what would I sell it for?

    I suggested, nicely that if he could, indeed buy it for that price that he should run down there and buy it!

    He showed up three hours later and paid me 300.00 more for the car I know the other store didn't even have!

    I'm glad August is FINALLY over! :sick:
  • Got a lot of help from this board. Yesterday afternoon we got our LX AWD for $20050(including $515 destination charge) plus tax and fees from Tempe Honda in AZ. We dealt with Tim Mindrup, who is pretty nice. Did not spent much time on neogotiating the price. This deal may not sound stunning as others, but I guess it's a fair deal for both sides. :)
  • I just bought an 05 LX front-wheel drive in Iowa for invoice ($18658) plus destination fee ($550) and document fee ($89). I also upgraded to a set of alloy wheels for $500 and a roof rack for $160. Has anyone done better? I'm never really confident in the invoice prices given by these sites.
  • I should add that they didn't have any LX's on the lot but they had one on its way from the factory, which is what I purchased. If I understand things correctly, this means that they hadn't paid any interest on their loan yet, so the holdback was pure profit. This may explain why they didn't put up much of a fight.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,697
    Once again...holdback ***helps*** pay for flooring and a bit of advertising. It's averaged out so that really didn't matter.
  • I bought mine 8/31. I offered them the price and they accepted it.
  • I first went to the dealership in mid August, mainly wanting to testdrive the CRV and get an idea of price (non sticker). I was originally looking for an LX, but when I returned last weekend they only had EX or SEs on the lot. I asked for a good price, since I was willing to change my mind, and he quoted $500 over invoice + destination fee ($515). I told him it was $500 to high, and walked. As far as extras, it had door guards and in pinch stripe.

    Can I do better in the Austin area?
  • jinvajinva Posts: 41
    Excellent deal IMHO. We re-did ours ('05s in transit) for an LX instead of an EX. Our LX price was $20165 (+$550 destination, taxes, & $100 fee). Not nearly as good as yours, but, we think, very good for the DC area. The fact that we did not have to compromise on color helped seal the deal too.
  • I believe there 2 types of salesfolks.

    1) The kind who are great at getting every dollar they can out of folks
    2) The kind who 'sell you' on car by demonstraion, knowlege, experience etc etc.

    I know I would buy cars mpre often if the pricing became fixed; ie the salesman 'sells' me on his make/model and them I am given a menu and simply order what I want knowing the old lady down the street or great negotiator up the block all pay the same price.

    I think this is one reason why SATURN was so successful.

    I hope such pricing is not far behind, I have to believe it would benefit most buyers and sellers.
  • Why offer a counteroffer when the other price was, indeed, too good to be true?

    I'll tell you why: because some consumers like me, might accept a slightly higher counteroffer (1) to buy from someone we like & trust vs. a salesperson we detest, has played games on previous sales, or just treated us with very little respect - e.g., Fair Honda practically rolling their eyes at me when I asked to test an Accord Hybrid along with a CRV; and then saying "well, alright, but just around the block" -- like they were doing ME a favor!!! (2) to avoid driving a longer distance to close the deal (3) if an accessory or two will be included in the sale price, sold at cost, or for less than a competitor (4) to obtain the color we love -- I'm sure there are many other reasons. Trust & reputation is a big seller for me.

    Having given the original offer more thought, I'm thinking that DCH's offer was really based on me buying all the options for which I'd asked for a price (some parts only, some parts & install). When I let the salesperson know I was only interested in 2 options, given his prices, perhaps the deal no longer looked good to him; so HE walked. I wish he would have been up front and just stated that the numbers no longer worked (if that was the reason). I would have been willing to revisit. Instead, he just said "we have no CRVs left on the lot - goodbye". I know for a fact now that they DO have CRVs on their lot, unsold. Now THAT irks me.

    As for the emails, you're right. I'm sure it is annoying to have buyers haggling over "a few dollars" via a zillion emails to you & a dozen other dealers -- fishing for the final price. I shall keep that in mind. As a seller, you can't easily unsubscribe from the buyer, I guess. ;-) But I am still trying to unsubscribe from Huntington Honda's daily onslaught!!!
  • I am leaning towards going forward with our purchase despite the price of gas. The Subaru Outback and other wagons don't seem to get better mileage, and I like the CR-V. The only way to do better would be a sedan, but I am so tired of fitting things into a trunk and not comfortable with the idea of one of those roof racks. I don't need an SUV to go off-road - I just really like the height that the CR-V provides and the shape of the storage space. Anyone else on the fence?
  • How can I tell whether it really was a loose gas cap that caused the Check Engine light to go on? Is there a way to get a printout of the history from the onboard diagnostics?
  • I feel the same. My husband would prefer the Accord or Civic Hybrids - for the mileage, environment, & the "sedan ride". But I really hate the "trunk squeeze" issue that I have with my 2 dr Civic EX today.

    Now, granted, we have an Odyssey too -- so I really don't NEED the CRV to lug around my 2 Saint Bernards or Costco groceries... ;-)

    Given gas prices & the fact that the Civic still gets 33 mpg at 12 yrs old, my love for it's stick shift sportiness, and still it runs like a charm (knock wood)... I think I'll be keeping my Civic rather than trading it in...
  • jinvajinva Posts: 41
    Yup. There's annoying behavior going on on both sides. In our case, the guy we bought from gave us a good price over the internet. When we went to see him and got the total price, we took it without any discussion. I told my wife that we would have taken the deal had it been offered by another dealer on the previous night. It just made no sense to be the annoying buyer, when the seller was reasonable to begin with.
  • Did you get the OEM Honda wheels?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,697
    Well, they shouldn't ahve rolled their eyes and limited your test drives to a spin around the block! No excuse for being uprofessional or rude.

    Still, a shopper that wants to drive two totally different kinds of cars is usually a non-serious shopper.

    I'm glad "trust and reputation" is important to you. For a lot of other shoppers, it seems that PRICE is all that seems to matter.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,697
    Ah...Saturn has never been all that successful. Dismal sellers both as new and later, used cars.
  • Yes. I was all set to buy a new '05 EX this weekend, when my nephew called and told me he lost his job (outsourced to India, of course) He asked if I knew anyone who would want to buy his '04 Mini Cooper S since he needed to downsize (the payment, not the car), and I said sure - "me!'.

    So, now I'm the proud owner of a hot little British Racing Green 6-speed supercharged Mini that'll be fun to drive and gets >30 MPG. I'm sure I'll get it out of my system by the time the re-designed next generation '07 CR-V comes out. And then I'll probably buy one.
  • I finalized on $21,600 OTD from Hillside Honda; however, I am still waiting for this 4WD, LX, 2005 CRV from the next shipment. Hopefully it will arrive by the 3rd week of September, I know it probably can get it for around $21,000 tho.

    The lesson I learn:
    1) Only buy popular models at year end (CRV is not and it is treated like a hot commodity)
    2) Only buy the vehicle when you SEE it in the lot

    Cheers,

    Wayne

    P.S. Does your LX come with the arm rest? If so, which type? the armrest sitting between 2 seats shared by driver and passenger or one that is attached to the side of your seat which can roll up and down? thanks :)
  • First of all, my purchase was being pushed more forward due to my 7 yr old Silverado having to go into the shop again (a lot pops up at 140K sometimes). And I give a thumbs up to First Texas Honda and two thumbs down to Champion Honda Round Rock

    Let's start with the LX at Roundrock.
    I went by 4 honda dealers looking for any LX model. After successfully finding one outside of Austin, we went to the bidding table. I was willing to settle for an LX, but the EX had more extras that I was planning to get later for the LX. After a lot of haggling, they wanted $800 over invoice which put the vehicle at 20K (for the LX with a pinch stripe w/destination included) I was only willing to pay $300 over invoice, and the manager would not budge on the 20K. I told the sales person what I wanted to pay and the manager did approve this on an EX. With no LX in hand and the thought of the EX - I WALKED.

    The next day I contacted them, and said I would take them up on the EX offer if they did 200 over invoice. They said yes, and I headed out there. Here are the fun parts. 1. I wanted to test drive it and instead of the model I was about to purchase they wanted me to drive one like it. No problem - I thought. 2. We get back and I'm ready to sign the papers, but I want to see the car first before we go any further. They are a little reluctant but their excuse is they were waiting for it to be cleaned. 3. They pull the CRV around and I inspect it. I notice all of the door handles have multiple scratches on them and the body under the handle. It looked like someone took a ring or brillo pad and just constantly scratched the body under the door handle. I asked what we can do about this. Can you lower the price or something? Salespersson goes to the manager and he states we can't do anything. They can give me some touch up paint but that is all. Remind you - these scratches are on every handle (including the rear). I was pretty upset with there reply and again WALKED.

    Here is the good news, I went to First Texas Honda in Austin and they had a CRV for 300 over invoice and ready to go. I asked the manager about it, and he said it was marked down due to stock turn over every 30 days. I have never heard of this but I was not walking away from a good deal. I asked them for 22500 (with destination) and we were good to go. This was the same pricing I was getting at Champion on the scratched up model.

    In the end, First Texas really came through for me and they did not do all the hardballing that everyone kept doing.
  • Yeah, me too. My spouse, similar to some others mentioned, would prefer to buy the car with the MOST gas mileage, whatever car that comes in. I just retired my '93 Civic with 165K miles on it, and definitely feel very comfortable buying another Honda product. Re: the CR-V, I am trading off gas mileage (my commute is short) for the 4 wheel drive (we live in New England) and the higher driving position. When we are ready to replace the other car in the family, we'll probably go for a hybrid.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    e.g., Fair Honda practically rolling their eyes at me when I asked to test an Accord Hybrid along with a CRV; and then saying "well, alright, but just around the block" -- like they were doing ME a favor!!! (2) to avoid driving a longer distance to close the deal (3) if an accessory or two will be included in the sale price, sold at cost, or for less than a competitor (4) to obtain the color we love -- I'm sure there are many other reasons. Trust & reputation is a big seller for me.

    I am not sure what happened to you at Fair Honda, but when I bought my car there, I was offered to drive whatever I wanted, without a salesman, while they were finishing up the paperwork for my car. Everytime I would go there for service, my salesman would ask me if I wanted to drive another vehicle that I have not driven. So, I can truly say that I have driven every Honda model. They are truly above other Honda dealers. Whenever I get my car serviced there, and I had the first model year new Honda Civic Si made in UK, so I have been there a few times for warranty work, I would get a free loaner. No questions asked. The service advisor would have the keys ready for me when I woudl drop off the Si with them.

    Unfortunatley I moved from the area and have not been able to find a dealership with similar operating procedures as Fair Honda. This is why I recommend them to people in NY/CT/NJ area. Everyone who buys a car from them gets a free loaner when car is in for warranty work, plus they have a shuttle to the Danbury mall, Costco, or Stew Leonards. Whenever I am in town, I stop by and say hello to my salesman, service advisor and the parts guy. Fair Honda is actually sponsoring the give aways for the Fall Foliage tour in Lee, MA this year, organized by "the other site."
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    Yes. I was all set to buy a new '05 EX this weekend, when my nephew called and told me he lost his job (outsourced to India, of course) He asked if I knew anyone who would want to buy his '04 Mini Cooper S since he needed to downsize (the payment, not the car), and I said sure - "me!'.

    So, now I'm the proud owner of a hot little British Racing Green 6-speed supercharged Mini that'll be fun to drive and gets >30 MPG. I'm sure I'll get it out of my system by the time the re-designed next generation '07 CR-V comes out. And then I'll probably buy one.


    We test drove the Cooper S the first day it came out back in May of 2002. It is a neat little car. But for $26K, I shopped elsewhere and ended up with a 2002 Civic Si for $14,500. Same 160 hp, same handling, bigger hatch, and no leather. Did I mention I HATE leather?

    Si takes regular gas, Cooper S, if I am not mistaken requires Premium.
    Hopefully you got a great deal on it.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    Given gas prices & the fact that the Civic still gets 33 mpg at 12 yrs old, my love for it's stick shift sportiness, and still it runs like a charm (knock wood)... I think I'll be keeping my Civic rather than trading it in...

    The 2005 Ex with stick is pretty sporty. I think it is about 1.5-2.0 seconds quicker to 60 than auto. It is much faster than 1996 Civic EX. :-)
  • I wasn't attempting to turn this CR-V forum into a MINI vs. CR-V (or Civic) comparison board. I was simply replying to "Would you still buy a CR-V given the current gas prices?"

    And if I hadn't had the MINI practically handed to me, my answer was "yes".

    The MINI is not my daily driver - it's a big boy toy. I might use 2 tanks of gas a month- so as for the premuin fuel,I figure the extra octane will cost me about $5 a tank, or whopping $10 a month!

    Still will be looking at the CR-V when I'm done tossing the MINI around.
  • Yes, the dealer had removed them from a new SE for a customer that wanted different wheels.
  • Not my cup of tea but they are a loyal bunch...ala Honda owners. Also realize for the longest time they only had a couple of models. Take a poll and I bet most folks would rather see the fixed price up front on any vehicle and know it is the same for everyone.
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