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Acura RL Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • rlsteverlsteve Posts: 3
    There were 3-4 factory updates that needed to be applied to RLs with lower VIN numbers ( < 8000 or so). I had one dealer trying to sell me VIN #123 and another dealer with a VIN #20060, so I figured it was safer to choose a car manufactured later since any updates, fixes, etc, would have been applied at the factory. Perhaps a little superstititious, but....
  • rlsteverlsteve Posts: 3
    In the Southern California area, I was able to get 4 dealers at the $43,000 price. Invoice is $44,284 (incl/ destination), but there is a $1473 manuf-to-dealer holdback currently in effect, for a true dealer price of $42,811. At $43K, that's a profit of only $189. I had several dealerships that grudgingly agreed to match that price, saying it was a "push" for them, just moving the inventory off the lot basically breaking even. I had heard that there might have been an additional $2500 manuf-to-dealer rebate through July 5th, but I am starting to doubt that was accurate given that no dealer was willing to go below $43000. I did call a dealership in Bakersfield (because they had a color combo I was interested in), and they were not willing to go below $45K since they were the only dealer within 100+ miles of their area.

    Call/email the internet departments of a few dealers in your area, say you have a $43000 quote from another dealer, will they match it, you want to buy this weekend. FYI, the dealers in my area at $43000 were Tustin Acura, Power Acura of South Bay, Cerritos Acura, Weir Canyon Acura.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Acura of Marin is where I went at the end of the month, and they were willing to deal. Get CR's car buying kit and find exactly what they paid for the car wholesale, hold back invoice etc. Then you can bargain. Also make sure you pretend you have other cars in mind.
  • melenciomelencio Posts: 2
    RLSteve, Did you end up getting the car? What did you do, lease or purchase?
  • pds1pds1 Posts: 24
    I'm in North Jersey - Essex County - shopping for an RL lease with a bit more mileage. Where did you get that deal? Thanks. Mickey
  • radar88radar88 Posts: 2
    Mickey, I got it from Acura of Clinton with a bit of work. I negotiated with other dealers in the area, but this was the best I could do with the high miles. The staff was great. Bill Vince came close in the end, but it was a lot of work and I had even bought an MDX from them.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    How is Bill doing anyway? :P
  • pheynenpheynen Posts: 5
    I am looking to buy an 05 RL in the Carolinas, but would travel to Atlanta if needed. What is the going "deal" right now? ysbak posted on July 7th that was looking for RL in Atlanta-hope you are still reading so you can share your experiences!

    Thanks for the suggestions!!
  • pds1pds1 Posts: 24
    I've decided to buy the RL for a lot of reasons. Primarily due to the fact that, dollar for dollar, it may be the best bargain in cars today.

    I'm trying to wait until the 2006 models arrive and then negotiate hard for a leftover 2005.

    Does anyone know when the 2006 model will hit the showroom?

    Thanks
  • tiger93tiger93 Posts: 57
    We should start seeing 06 models in September. Good plan and good luck!
  • shs111shs111 Posts: 39
    Just stopped in at my dealer, they've offered to buy my 2004 TL (13K miles, in great condition) for $25,500, and lease me a 2005 RL (48 months, 12K miles per year) for $585/month including tax. Because I seem to trade my cars every three or four years, and generally don't drive more than 10-12K per year, I think it's a better idea to lease than to continue to buy and take a bath every couple of years on the trade.

    Does this seem like a decent deal to you? I'm very interested in the RL, although I have loved the TL thus far as well.
  • tiger93tiger93 Posts: 57
    shs111....you should run this scenario by Car_man HOST in the "Lease Questions - Ask Here" Forum. Give him the following info:

    Year/Make/Model
    MSRP
    Your negotiated Purchase Price
    Monthly payment dealer has quoted you
    Lease term
    Miles per year
    Down Payment

    Car_man will verify that the info above the dealer has given you jive with what American Honda Finance is currently offering.
  • msu79gt82msu79gt82 Posts: 541
    I have a reliable source who works as a purchaser for Honda Norh America; she is under the impression the '06 RL should be in showrooms in early Oct (first week).
  • shs111shs111 Posts: 39
    thanks for the comments and advice. Closed the deal today, but purchased rather than leased the 2005 RL. I guess at the end of the day I'm just not a lease kind of guy. Very excited about the new RL, will take delivery on Tuesday.
  • tiger93tiger93 Posts: 57
    Congrats on your new ride shs111.....do you mind posting what your final selling price was? Also, what area of the US are you in?
  • shs111shs111 Posts: 39
    $44,585 was the final selling price, plus tax and doc prep. I bought it at Boston Acura, where I'd bought my previous 2004 TL. Great team there.
  • gmaygmay Posts: 5
    We are likely going to buy an RL in the next few months. I am trying to decide if we should wait for the 2006 version. Does anyone know what features the 2006 will have over the 2005?

    Also, can anyone give suggestions for dealerships with good prices in Northern New Jersey?

    Thanks!
  • msu79gt82msu79gt82 Posts: 541
    We are likely going to buy an RL in the next few months. I am trying to decide if we should wait for the 2006 version. Does anyone know what features the 2006 will have over the 2005?

    I do not think there is any authoritative list of '06 changes. Most are speculating minor tweaks and '05 issue corrections. I do have a very reliable source that says expect the '06 to be in dealer showrooms the first week in October.
  • canacana Posts: 1
    I have waited to the end of the month to purchase my new RL but the best price I have been able to get in the Chicago area is $44,500. Does anyone know of a dealer who can do better? Thanks.
  • mebanedogmebanedog Posts: 1
    Just played the phone/email game with three large dealers in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. Able to ratchet price down simply by going back and forth. Final deal:

    2005 Black/black RL with 15 miles ODO (no trade)
    36 mo lease, 18K mi/yr
    payment 569 + tax (620 total)
    due at signing: 1673 (includes 1st payment)

    Wound up purchasing at Ardmore Acura - nicest buying experience I've ever had. No 'mistakes', totally satisfying experience. In and out.

    Feel like I could have driven price even lower if I had the time - was in a rush.

    Good luck out there!
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