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2013 and earlier-Acura TL Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • What is PF, is it is an incentive, how much is that?
  • gani1gani1 Posts: 7

    Acura incentive --- 1250$

    Flex cash ---- 1000$ (only if you finance it from American Honda Finance. Dealers usually offer this finance in the first place)

    Hold back price----- 2 to 3 % of cars invoice price(not msrp). It's usually around 800 I guess.

    You should at least get these discounts and then you can still bargain depending upon the dealer. With all the above incentives, you should atleast get the price around 3K less than what dealers invoice price is.
  • gani1gani1 Posts: 7

    PF is processing fee for dealer. It's usually around 300 to 400$.
    I paid 399$ for mine. You can bargain to waive this fee. But I would say its a tough shot to get PF and Destination Charges waived, unless the dealer is already making a lot of profit.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,952
    Destination charge is part of the invoice of the vehicle and is not negotiable. You may get them down a similar amount to the destination charge but it, in itself, is not negotiable. PF, never heard it called that before, or dealer fee is different in nearly every state. Some states, by law, limit the amount a dealer can charge. In IL it is around $152 and all dealers will charge that amount and will not negotiate or remove it. Again, you may negotiate that same amount off the price of the car but the "dealer fee" will still be on your bill of sale. In some states the dealer fee is a large amount like you describe and I can imagine it may be negotiable if there is no statute that limits it or something similar to that.
  • gani1gani1 Posts: 7
    Yup. I agree.
  • zodkoyzodkoy Posts: 1
    Acura tl Base sh-awd
    $ 35400
    12000 miles a yr, 36 month
    56% residual, .00098 factor $1300 at signing
    $433 includes taxes and reg.
    Dont need the best deal, just a good one.
    Princeton acura, nj
  • I purchased a 2012TL in Dec 11. At the time it was 1250.00. For the standard model was $34,200 out the door.
  • mihinkmihink Posts: 28
    What does this have to do with the "prices paid and buying experience" forum. 58 years old and can't figure out where to post your 'thoughts' on the interwebs..geez :confuse:
  • ken117ken117 Posts: 189
    A dealer processing fee (PF) is usually called dealer document fee. Either way it is pure profit for the dealer. The amount differs by state. Some states cap the amount and some do not. I think $300 to $400 is simply silly. My state caps it at $200. Either way, I never really pay it, see below.

    There are legal issues involving a PF. For example a dealer must show it charged it to every customer or risk facing discrimiation charges (charging to some and not to others is a big no-no).

    However, that does not mean a savy customer cannot negotiate the PF away. All that needs to be done is to have the dealer reduce the negotiated selling price of the vehicle to account for the silly PF. For example, if the deal reached is $20,000 for the vehicle and the dealer attempts to add a PF of $400 to that amount, simply have the dealer reduce the price to $19,600 plus the PF of $400. The result is the same , you paid $20,000, and the dealer is covered because it can show it charged the PF.

    I have never encountered a dealer who would let a deal go because of the PF. If I did, I know there is another dealer down the road. If the dealer says he cannot do this, he is lying. It is important to remember, regardless of what the dealer states, the PF is simply profit to the dealer.
  • My error. New at this posting stuff. Thanks for bringing to my attention. I have enjoyed reading all the comments about people who have purchased an Acura. I just bought a new TL and love it. The majority of the comments appear to come from people with class and respect for other people.
  • mihinkmihink Posts: 28
    Sorry..if I came off as being harsh. My apologies. I also enjoy reading all the posts. My family has bought multiple cars using the tips/deals from other consumers on the Edmunds boards, saved a lot $$$.

    Enjoy your car! Hope to get my TL very soon :)
  • mediamstmediamst Posts: 3
    edited January 2012
    Did the deal at continental Acura in Naperville. Great place. Used Carwoo as a tool to get best price. They beat the best deal offered by dealers in the area on Carwoo.

    Acura incentive --- 1250$
    Flex cash ---- 1000$ (only if you finance it from American Honda Finance. Dealers usually offer this finance in the first place)

    2012 Acura TL SH-AWD with Tech Package
    Belenova White or whatever its called :)
    $3000 down total out of pocket.
    36 month lease 12K miles a year
    Purchase price was aprox 38745. Dont have contract in front of me
    monthly payment $498.14
    Residual of vehicle at end of lease $23,635.80
  • Driving to Kansas City, MO tomorrow morning (I live in Omaha, NE) to pick up a 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD Advance package. The car is white with ebony interior, has 2200 miles on it (someone bought it and decided they wanted an SUV). I am paying $38,500 +$249 doc fee. I am trading in my loaded 2006 VW Passat 3.6. Passat has every option except 4motion. I am getting ~$8500 for it (91k miles), the final trade in value will be decided when they see the car. I'm really excited to drive my new girl home!
  • Not to sound negative but I think thats just the old bait and switch tactic.
    No way the dealer would pay 8.5K for a six year old car with 91k miles.
  • It wasn't just any car. It was a fully loaded 2006 VW Passat. Original MSRP was $37k. They gave me exactly that, $8500. Transaction was smooth as silk. Dealership was O'neill Honda in Overland Park, KS. Both the internet manager and the business manager were great to work with. The car chews up the mileage effortlessly. I am still getting used to all the voice commands. I took the car on some twisty roads today and had a blast. Now I want a snow storm!
  • Can anyone give me the current incentives and what they feel is a good price. Also want to get wheel locks, all weather floor mats, and trunk lid. Any thoughts appreciated. Oh yeah what about the protective coat the dealers are recommending for the nose to protect from scratches?
  • sg5sg5 Posts: 4
    I paid 34602 + dest charge+tax/title in socal.
  • Where r u located for comparisons sake, thanks
  • knam2knam2 Posts: 7
    edited February 2012
    So, What was the out the door price?
    I went to dealer and nenotiated 2012 Acura TL with tech.
    The price of now is $36035. Is this okay?
  • sg5sg5 Posts: 4
    In southern california
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