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Acura RL Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Thanks to everyone who posted price information! That was valuable information. By making a few phone calls outside of San Diego County, I have located several RLs at great prices, well below the first quote.

    Now to decide if this is indeed the car I want and what color, based on what's left.
  • acuratacurat Posts: 49
    Drove the 06 RL. After the TL the driving experience is a bit, shall we say, tame. Undeniably luxurious, smooth as glass, quiet cabin with no rattles, and the satellite traffic is too cool. First problem is, I'm not out of love with my 04 TL.

    That said, the fleet manager came up with even more compelling pricing, well into the holdback. Could start to get a bit infatuated here...

    Second and major problem: lousy trade-in offer on the TL that is about $3K south of Edmunds' trade-in TMV. We are way too far apart. CarMax next??? Don't want to sell it in the classifieds.

    :confuse:
  • Yes, I know what you mean! The first offer on the trade-in was below what I wanted, but I held firm and they upped the price a little. I got the KBB "good" price, which is slightly above the Edmunds' trade in price for a "clean" vehicle, on my 2001 TL as well as a great price on the RL--so I drove off in it yesterday and love it. :D There are a lot of 2001s out there, it seems. But I have a lot going on and don't have the time to sell it privately.

    This dealer wsa eager to deal, and this was their last 2006. I hadn't planned to buy yet, but Acura of Escondido had a color I liked (Lakeshore Silver w/taupe interior) and the price was terrific ($41K; I had a quote of $40,7000 from a dealer in Orange County, but he offered much less on the trade in so it wsan't worth the drive).

    The overall buying experience was excellent, too--especially after the first dealer in San Diego I visited quoted a price that was $4,500 higher. I did not go back to him because when I asked if that was his best price, he said yes. He had his chance! Although he was great at explaining the car's features and spent a lot of time with me, he didn't seem willing to negotiate.

    I've never bought a car so quickly!
  • acuratacurat Posts: 49
    Congrats mbellamy! Sounds like you did everything right. I'm a firm believer in letting your fingers do the walking--bought my last 5 or 6 cars by phone. It takes the emotion out of the negotiation.

    Enjoy your new RL!!
  • Thanks, Acurat! This certainly was the easiest car buying experience I have had. For once i didn't waffle around--this car or that one? The RL felt right when I drove it, and I opted for the 2006 because it came with the nav system and is essentially the same car as the 2007.

    I happened to notice that in the 2007s without the nav system, Acura is using fake wood--that is pretty chintzy, if you ask me! :confuse: Also to charge for the cargo net, which was included on my 2001 TL. May see if I can get one that fits at Kragen rather than having to schlep back to the dealer..
  • acuratacurat Posts: 49
    The saga continues. Contacted another dealer who offered an 06 RL at $39,500 + TTL. Great!! Unfortunately the trade on my 04 TL is the sticking point; that dealer offered $20K by phone and sounded unlikely to go higher. Took the TL to CarMax, they offered the same $20K. Not really worth it to give up a perfectly great car for 85% of its wholesale value. Guess I'm out for now. No deal. :cry:
  • To correct something I wrote earlier--the dealer said there should have been z cargo net and is sending me one. Everyone there continues to be most responsive to my questions.

    Sorry you can't get a better trade-in on your TL, Acurat. Would you sell it yourself? I'd think it would be an easy sell.
  • I have offers from two dealerships for $40,577 + TTL (invoice less the $4k cash to dealer). Both offers were negotiated by e-mail; what a great way to deal!
  • I bought 06 RL yesterday.
    $41,000+TTL but it includes free Backup camera($770), splash guard($135),trunk mat($99), and wheel locks($82).

    GS300(2006) is great as well but wanted more bells and whistles and worried some complaints about sway and drift of GS300.
  • acuratacurat Posts: 49
    For those (like me) who have been waiting for some compelling development to pull the trigger on a new RL...Honda Finance is offering 3.9% financing for up to 36 months and 4.9% for 48 or 60 months. Apparently just for the Thanksgiving weekend. :shades:
  • WOW I'm confused . I've been watching this forum for a few weeks now and waiting to buy my new '06 RL...looking @ prices paid one month ago($40,000 and under) and cannot get any dealer in NJ to bite on $40,000, cash+ trade. Are these scenarios for real or are people makin this stuff up? Is it possible the deals were better one month ago?
  • ed111ed111 Posts: 22
    I paid $40,200 + doc. fee in that geographic area in October, including wheel locks, mud flaps and floor mats. Maybe the dealers are less flexible as the supply dwindles.
  • what was the name of your dealer / town I'm not opposed to travel a bit for a good deal
  • Try Appletree Acura in Asheville, NC,,,this dealership has several 2006 RL's in stock,,,they will work with you!,,,

    SB
  • palaltpalalt Posts: 25
    I'm having similar difficulties in the Chicagoland area. I've seen "used" 2006 RL's advertised for over $40K. I'd love to find a new one for the same amount. The two dealers I contacted had no new 06's and are holding pretty firm on MSRP on 07's. They offer a token discount, but that's not enough to convert me from a "looker" to a "buyer".
    General Question to the RL Owners: Would you buy it again or make a different choice?
  • I bought my 2006 RL a month ago; traded in a 2001 TL. I love the car and the way it handles, as does my husband (who is much fussier than I; he is about to lease an Audi A8 when his MB E320 lease ends). Very comfortable and classy, love the interior design. It takes a while to learn all the features; I didn't have time to do a full orientation at the dealer.

    Would I buy again? You bet! Lots of car for the money. :) (I was also looking at the Lexus ES 350 and Infiniti M35.)

    My one beef with Acura--the other luxury car dealers provide free oil changes, loaners etc. Don't know if it is just the policy of my local dealaers or this is a national policy.
  • My one beef with Acura--the other luxury car dealers provide free oil changes, loaners etc. Don't know if it is just the policy of my local dealers or this is a national policy

    My dealer offers both - for as long as I own my RL.
  • acuratacurat Posts: 49
    Drove home tonight in a black/ebony 2006 RL Tech/CMBS/PAX with splash guards for $100 above dead cost ($42,475 + TTL). Trade was acceptable and no cash changed hands; it was a skinny deal. Got the 4.9% financing for 60 months. Acura of Santa Monica is a little bit downscale as Acura dealers go but they beat my former dealer by a couple grand on the total deal.

    Sweet!!!

    ;)
  • Congrats! I know you've been waiting and looking for a while. Enjoy the ride! :)
  • badbuybadbuy Posts: 12
    Bought new 06RL, Navi. Dealer had car for three full days before delivery to get things ready and check the car out. From the problems that appeared within the first two weeks, the Dealer may have done almost nothing to prep or check it out! Plus, after 2 requests, the Dealer failed to follow through on Acura (Honda Corporation) advertised service.

    Additionally, there have been problems with items purchased within the sale contract and I've requested help from Acura on clearing up the situation. There's been NO RESPONSE at all from them.

    There has been no "new car buyer" follow-up at all. The silence is quite odd.

    In the new year, I will take the car in one day at a time for each problem. It's a real drag on my time but I have to do things right. This was supposed to be a luxury car from a luxury brand?? For now, the car sits in the garage while I use my Nissan Maxima.

    From my brief experience, the Dealer, Chevy Chase Acura in Maryland seems somewhat inept. In view of the problems, I'm hesitant to trust them.

    As for loaner cars (mentioned in some messages), the Dealer verbally promised to provide one on each and every service including oil changes that can't be done quickly. Needless to say, I'm hesitant to trust them on this promise.

    My feeling: From my experience, don't automatically trust Acura dealers to follow through on anything and don't expect much from Honda North America (Acura) when you contact them. The manufacturer is trying for an upscale market position while delivering low scale service. They certainly don't screen their franchise holders close enough.

    That's only part of my experience so far on a new Acura. :confuse:
  • mevandemevande Posts: 190
    MSRP in Chicagoland for 07's?. They will be sitting on those cars for awhile if all they are offering is a token discount. The RL is nice, but still had not found it niche and used 06's for 40K... no sane person would buy one. :)
  • Too bad about that dealer. Mine (in San Diego area) was great and promptly took care of some loose ends in the several days afterwards. Got a thank you note from the salesman, Acura did its survey as usual, etc.

    Hope your dealer shapes up....there are other better dealers in your area, I believe; a friend who lives in DC bought from Rosenthal Acura in Gaithersburg and has been pleased.
  • This is my 6th ACURA from dealer. Legends,RLs.I purchased 3 after lease. Here is quoted deal.
    2007 Tech Pac, CMBS Pax $54,369, Tax 1631.07, Title 379.00, Tag 69.00. Total Price 56,448,07
    36 month lease w/10k miles/yr (always had 12k),1st payment due at signing 1059, no security deposit. Money Factor 3.1%,Residual on lease 52% (28,012).I have a very high credit rating. Is this the best they can do?

    By my calculations I am paying 36,000 for 30,000 miles or 1.26 a mile.???

    I have not seen the sticker or the car yet. This does not seem right right.

    PLEASE HELP ME...I KNOW THEY SEE ME COMING.
  • IT'S AN ACURA RL
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Run away from that "deal."
  • s2k06s2k06 Posts: 2
    Sarah if this is your 6th car there, they really need to do allot better than that. A fair deal on the selling price of an 07 RL with your credentials should be around $49K - $51. MSRP on this car I believe is $53K. Plus Acura is offering special financing and leasing on this vehicle too. There charging you full pricing! Runaway! I purchased my Acura's in the DC Metro area (Rosenthal Acura).

    If your dealer doesn't take care of you I am sure my dealer can ship you one for alot less.

    Also for "badbuy" I had horrible experiences with Chevy Chase Acura. They offered me a unbelievable pricing thru the internet and when I got their it was just pure BS. They didn't even have the car instock! So I went to Rosenthal Acura and had a great buying experience. I paid a little bit ($500)they asked for profit which was half of there incentive, I thought it was fair. My credit wasn't perfect either and the finance manager "bumped" up to the best financing too even if I didn't qualify for it. Also the maintenance wasn't included at Rosenthal but from my experience with Chevy Chase it would be safe to say there service probably reflects there sales staff.

    I have since bought 2 cars from Rosenthal Acura and they even reffered me to another salesman who helped buy my Honda S2000 at Herson's. :shades: Goodluck with everything the both you. ;)
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,885
    I agree.. it sounds like they are charging you full MSRP for the vehicle..

    Acura RLs are heavily discounted. I'm not sure of the lease program, or your tax rate, etc.., but any payment over $800 would be very suspect.. (and, I wouldn't pay that much either...)

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  • Thanks for the Info.

    Whats a fair CASH PRICE?

    If I buy thru American Honda Finance what is a good interest rate? I have an extremely good credit rating.Would the price of the car change?
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Sarah, go here: link title

    There you can price out your car and get a reasonable price you should offer to buy it for. The defacto standard around here is $1,000 above invoice. But with how much discounting is being done on the RL, I'd probably offer maybe $700 over invoice if not invoice itself.

    [edit]
    Nevermind. Invoice price isn't even listed. Again, based on what others are paying for this car, if you pay more than $44K, you paid too much. (That's U.S. dollars, by the way.)
  • ebitdaebitda Posts: 3
    Bought an 07 RL with Tech package last weekend from Davis Acura in Langhorne, PA. Paid $1000 over invoice + dest. and paid $3200 for the following dealer options: spoiler, 18" chrome wheels, sport steering wheel, IPod MusicLink, wood shift knob, all season mats, wheel locks. Definitely didn't steal the car from them but I feel like I got a decent price. Car is great. First Acura sedan and I love it so far. Dealer is great also. Bought an MDX from them last year. Be happy to provide any additional info if anyone is interested.
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