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2013 and earlier-Acura TL Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • acurapriceacuraprice Posts: 64
    Probably had more to do with when you purchased than anything else. One month from another can be huge, let alone 3 in your case. These guys all get desperate at year end, month end, and particularly when car sales are off by more than 30% YOY. Mac Churchill himself called me when I was sitting down to eat at a restaraunt with my wife. He wanted to personally see if there was anything he could do to help me in purchasing an Acura. This was in the third week of May, told him my timeframe is late July before we will actually need the car.

    Still tons of TL's sitting out there with no buyers in sight. Amazing what a bad economy can do. I might wait until the 2010's come in and see how nervous they get then. Happy shopping everyone.
  • 23109vc23109vc Posts: 218
    can you really get a 2009 TL SH-AWD for $36k?

    if they are dropping the price this much on the SH-AWD, how cheap can you expect to get a base w/tech?

    will that price be valid on a lease?
  • fanman168fanman168 Posts: 1
    i am in the market for TL_SHAWD. does anyone in Nor Cal/Bay Area know the price. i prefer non tech over with tech. i look at the inventory on edmunds. it seem like very little non tech SHAWD are left. PLEASE HELP!!!
  • acurapriceacuraprice Posts: 64
    Salesperson at Vandergriff stated there was only $2,000 difference between SHAWD and Non SHAWD TL's. My buddy who just bought his SHAWD W Tech in Houston said the finance mgr mentioned after sigining that he was the first guy they went below $36K for. He told him the sales staff could go as low as $36K but not lower without help from mgt. He bought his for $35,998 to match another dealer.

    So if they will go $36,000 for a SHAWD w TECH with 19" wheels

    They will easily go $33,500 - $34,000 for TL w TECH
  • acurapriceacuraprice Posts: 64
    Correction, he bought his TL SH-AWD w TECH for $35,898 He said Gillman beat Charlie Thomas by $100 down in Houston.
  • billyperks2billyperks2 Posts: 378
    Are you sure about this because I was going to book a flight from Connecticut to Houston just to get the car at that price.I called Gillman and spoke to a Paul and he said that price is totally impossible for that trim level.
    Please be honest when you post here because buyers like me do not want to be led on a wild goose chase.
  • dio1dio1 Posts: 11
    Not surprised.
  • Some of these prices seem very low, even for dealers looking to unload. I do believe that there is a dealer incentive or other Acura-to-dealer program going on as the prices are under invoice and holdback.

    Based on the purchase of a TL and various prices received, you can probably get a TL base under $32K and TL Tech in the low to mid $34K range.
  • acurapriceacuraprice Posts: 64
    Hey, I hear you. These guys can be tough and not everyone can land that kind of deal. Sometimes it takes you having to tell them, That's my highest offer, so I'm moving on - if you want to sell it, I'll give you until Friday (2-3 days) before I buy a different car for less. Sometimes they will call, sometimes they won't. Try this with several (8-10) dealers and you might very well get the deal....or very close to $36K for a SHAWD w tech.

    If you want to give them their $1,500 profit, call Daryn at Mac Churchill. He said $37,500 is all day every day for TL w Tech SHAWD. Good luck.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,894
    It really doesn't help posting unrealistic pricing. Those of us who're doing research are trying to get credible info are trying to find a doable number.

    I've been looking at the TL for a few months. I like my local dealer. Bought from him before. He won't lose a deal based on realistic pricing. He'll even get real "skinny" on a deal. I approached him about that $36K pricing on an SH TECH I saw posted from the TX dealer. My dealer said he'd be losing money, a lot of money on that deal, and it made no sense, for any dealer.

    I'm all about getting a good deal. But, if I were to take those quotes as gospel, made the trip to TX to get it, and find out it's not even close, I'd be upset.....more than just a little.

    So, just a personal request, unless you've made a deal on any of these cars, and can credibly post it, please refrain. I don't mind of you say you made an offer, and it was accepted, or turned down.

    But, it's not helpful to throw out numbers that have no basis in actual fact.
  • ChasboyChasboy Posts: 186
    I agree completely.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,894
    Chas.....I have used your buy number, but I really do want the tech package (although, I'm more likely looking for a FWD TL w/tech). I'm thinking that $38,000 number may be doable towards the end of the month on a SH AWD/Tech car....maybe a little under $38K.

    But, although my dealer has plenty of stock, the sales manager at the dealership says there's no motivation for him to sell at or below invoice. But, he did counter with $38K. That tells me there's still some factory money available, at least locally. Even calling around to different dealerships within 250 miles of me, all balked at $37,500 and told me to buy at that price at any competing dealership.

    Things change when you get in front of them. They'd probably be willing to do a little more horse trading if you're sitting in their dealership. So, somewhere between $37,800 and $38K could be doable.

    Then again, maybe one of those TX dealerships will sell for that. But, are padding it in other ways, with other fees on the back end that you won't know about until you get ready to sign all the papers (padded doc fees, inflated wax jobs, etc....they may not even be including delivery in those prices). We really don't know. I'm certainly not going to go all the way to TX seeking that number, only to get there and find out it's either bogus, or there are other fees that they're adding to make up for it.

    I do believe I can get pretty close to $34,500 on a FWD TL w/Tech, as those are much more plentiful.

    I won't frustrate myself running around everywhere seeking a number that no one will realistically sell for, however.
  • mdhaukemdhauke Posts: 202
    "Another way to find out pricing is to ask for 3 or 4 references of folks that just bought the model and package car your looking at. Call these people and ask what they paid, if they like the car, etc. "

    I'm pretty sure it would be illegal for any dealer to give out information about previous customers to any random customer who walked up. I know if I received a phone call from someone saying they got my private information from a dealer such as phone number and what I pay for my cars, I certainly would have a few words with that dealership and consider my legal options.
  • nkbuynkbuy Posts: 24
    Is 37000 for the AWD+tech a good price? They were willing to sell me for that price if i was picking from existing inventory on lot. This is in the sf bay area.
  • hokie28hokie28 Posts: 16
    Sounds good to me.
  • nkbuynkbuy Posts: 24
    i got quotes for around 33k for the fwd+tech and low 37k for the SHAWD+tech. Maybe we should try to coordinate and try to get a better price
  • billyperks2billyperks2 Posts: 378
    I called and expalined to the sales rep that on a particular forum, his dealership is selling the car for 36.9K.He took my infornmation and got back to me within the hour and said that number is impossble to get to.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,894
    There are only two Acura dealerships close to me.....4 if I expand my search from where I live (SW OH) to Columbus. So, I've talked to all of them. $37.5K seems to be the "walk point" for them. I can get $38K. Might be able to get $37,700 if I work them a little bit.

    $37K just won't buy that car around me.

    If I expanded my search to include Chicago (about a 5-6 hour drive for me), I might be able to trim a few hundred more off that price. Then again, I could go to Chicago and come away empty handed, too. Point being, even if you have a deal you think you is firm from an out-of-town dealer, doesn't mean the deal won't have some surprises once you make the trip. You really don't know what the deal is until you get into their store, and look over all the paper work.

    California's a little different. Many more dealerships. Lots more competition.

    If they're offering $37K on a SH AWD w/Tech, I'd jump on it. Their eating into their holdback, which they don't (might not) like to do. Dealerships around me just won't do it. That could change once the end of the model year hits, and they still have a lot of '09s left, with '10s hitting the lot.

    Just one caveat, the deal's not done once you agree on a price. Make sure you find out if the doc fees are padded, high margin accessories added, or any other "add-ons" before you sign papers.

    Also, if you have a trade, they may be low-balling your trade to make up for anything they lose on the new car sale. Get 2-3 quotes on your trade from other dealerships to get a feel for it's true trade-in value.

    There's lots of inventory around me. So, there isn't much of a desire for a dealership to do a dealer trade to get a specific color combo. So, it's not surprising they want you to take something they already have in stock.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,894
    billy....don't know where you are, but I'm seeing the same thing. $37K won't get it done on a SH AWD-Tech. The dealers will usually say "we're close....come in and let's make a deal". They aren't even saying that. They're rejecting it with no follow-up.

    I'll wait a month or so to see where things are when the '10s hit the lot. Might be an issue with color selection on an '09 at that point, but that's the risk I'm taking.
  • hokie28hokie28 Posts: 16
    When are the 2010 models of the SH AWD-Tech suppose to hit?
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