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Acura RL Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Jl, just a question, I assume that was for the base model and not technology?

    I think there's two factors at work; one, the new RL was shown publicly a week or so ago at Chicago; it's time for dealers to clear inventory of the 08 models before the new ones hit the showrooms. Second, Honda just seriously bumped dealer cash incentives mid-month on Friday morning for at least some models, a sign of mild panic imho, I'm guessing they're doing the same for Acura. I've been considering a Ridgeline RTL w/navi, and contacted a dealer who posts on vtec.net to get a quote. He said he'd get back to me the next day (Saturday 2/9) because he had to calc the new pricing with the revised dealer cash numbers that just came in; he gave me a quote of over $8k under MSRP and $5k below invoice. From this, I'm guessing that Honda increased the $1500 dealer cash incentive by a few thousand dollars in the middle of the month to move a very slow-selling model. The same probably happened with the RL the other day - I wonder if dealer incentives were bumped on other Acuras as well?

    Btw, Edmunds hasn't reflected the new dealer cash incentives in their listing, maybe someone at Edmunds can check it out?
  • Actually, looking around, that's not that impressive. $39.560 is exactly $2000 under invoice on a base model; since there's a $2500 dealer cash incentive, that means they're keeping $500 in profit. For a car that's not selling at all and about to be replaced, I'd pay no more than invoice minus $2500 - I think you can do better than that right now.
  • jl582jl582 Posts: 6
    Thanks! ursamajor1
    I just started shopping for a new car to replace '96 RL and was bit shocked at discount I was getting. But I guess with those incentives, it's not so hot price.
    I guess it's good time to shop at Honda/Acura for now with significant rebate.

    Thanks again for the info!
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  • Wondering if anyone has seen new incentives for the 2008 RL after the March 3, 2008 deadline. I know the 2009 is coming out in early/mid-May so dealers should be willing to deal on the 2008. Also, what's the lowest price seen for either a base or a tech in the Northern NJ/NYC suburb area?
  • carolinabobcarolinabob Posts: 495
    Dealer wants 41,950 for Tech and 39,150 for base including giving me Kelly BB for trade in, including 2500 from Acura. At this point, there are no more '08's being made, so you can hold out to see if Acura offers 4,000 off again, but selection will be less.
    He had 8 tech models and only 1 base model.
    Still can't decide if it is a good deal for me yet.
  • rainbow11rainbow11 Posts: 10
    Was at the Accura dealer in Bedford Hills, NY yesterday. There are deals on the 2008 RL. Does anyone know the amount of $$$ hold backs and other incentives now being offered to dealers in my area (NY tri-State) by Accura on the "pig without lipstick?"
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    Dear rainbow11

    When I purchased my 08 RL in late Feb I had gone to Consumer's Reports and bought one of their car reports for $ 14.

    The report stated that the total of hold back and dealer rebate was about $ 3000.

    The list price was $ 50000. I sent emails to all dealers in the SF bay area and purchased the RL from the local dealer, (after a test drive and their follow up phone call) with tech for $ 42500 + tax.

    They through in the "add ons" ,i.e. mats, whell locks, a trunk plastic box for storage, wax ect, which they said were worth "$ 990" extra which was rather dubious. But got those free.

    Good luck to all and stay safe. I enjoy this car very much.

    jensad
  • carolinabobcarolinabob Posts: 495
    The dealers around here (SC/GA/NC triangle) charge 500 for the "protection package", which is all season mats, wheel locks and splash guards. Some throw in the plastic trunk box with it, but others charge up to 1,000 for all.
    Some dealers also charge anywhere from 200 to 600 for "Document Fees."
    Still haven't convinced myself to go with an RL, but it is looking better. Also wondering if they will drop prices even more since all auto sales are declining.
  • mrussomrusso Posts: 9
    Today we were offered $7,000 off sticker price for AWL RL. I currently have 2005 RL coming off of a lease of $600/mo with $0 down for 36 months. I shopped it very hard in 2005 to get the best lease rate - emailed dealerships all over the state of Texas. I may extend my lease another 12 months since I have such a good lease. But I do want a new car...so, I'll start shopping.
  • mrussomrusso Posts: 9
    What city are you in? I am in Houston, TX looking to buy a 2008 RL with tech.
  • osteoman2osteoman2 Posts: 26
    Received offer for 42, 298 with Tech. I know the semi-redesign is coming but not bad for a 52k car.
  • scott6113scott6113 Posts: 18
    My understanding is that an 2008 RL with tech has this price picture:

    Dealer invoice: 45,520
    Incentive until 4/30 2,500
    Dealer Holdback 1,497

    Cost $41,523

    My local dealer has three in the colors I want: Blue/Taupe. Can anyone tell me the dealers they went to and prices paid? It looks like $42 is average.
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    Dear Scott

    You are correct regarding the prices and at least as far as I know, their base price.

    I live in SF Bay Area. I sent emails to about ten dealers around the bay and got prices about $ 42500. I was then contacted by a dealer that was originally too high, and asked how I liked the previous week's test drive.

    When I told the sales manager that they "were not in the ball park", he said he could sell me the RL for the same price quoted to me from another dealer.

    Point: I purchased it for $ 42500, but he threw in the "sticker add ons" listed at $ 900, but in reality they were worth about $ 500. Ergo, I paid net $ 42000 plus tax. (I did not want to "win" by getting to the lowest price, I just was not going to pay their $ 50000 price they wanted me to pay. So I got the price I wanted. )

    Good luck, I think emails are the way to go. If you live in SF area, consider Pleasanton, Concord, and Los Gatos dealers as they gave me prices to start at.

    Good luck to all and stay safe.

    jensad
  • scott6113scott6113 Posts: 18
    Thanks for your help. I'm in the Boston area. I do so hate this haggling process. I want the salesman to make something.

    I'll try the email route. There is only one that has blue/taupe with nav in my area though. The inventory hasn't moved in a couple of weeks. I've been watching. I like the style of the 08s better than the new ones.

    I was going to try at the end of the month. Who knows if the incentive will be renewed? It might even go up. But, selection is bound to go down.

    Scott
  • scott6113scott6113 Posts: 18
    Got an email back from my closest dealer. 2008 with tech new $42277 with destination. I'm inclined to take it. I hope they don't pull tricks. I'm just sick and tired of all this shopping.

    Lincoln MKZ, my head bumps with the seat all the way down. Wife thinks it's for old people.

    BMW 328xi, cramped

    BMW 535xi used, 5k miles and the dealer still wanted 48k

    Mercedes C cramped, plasticy

    and E 4matic, high

    Lexus es350, no awd, low door for back seat

    Cadillac CTS, 47k the way I want it equipped, and I don't trust GM quality

    Infiniti G35x tight seats, high beltline, feels like you are sitting low, but helluva car.

    Acura, better car than I thought I could afford. Priced like the G35x, but more in the M class size wise. It doesn't have quite the prestige of the BMW, but I'm of mixed mind about that. I'm not a 'Look at me! I got money!' kinda person, since so many of those types are debt junkies.

    They have three in blue so I think they've got to move them. I'll let you know how it works out. I'm going tonight.

    Also, an old friend is the parts manager there. I didn't want to use him to get a better price, he has had a rough career and I'll mention him only after the sale, if I can give him a boost. Nicest guy. Worst luck, but it seems to be changing.

    Thanks for all the help.

    Scott
  • bobby423bobby423 Posts: 8
    There is one more car you should drive.

    Volvo S80. Seriously. New T6 turbo is great and so is the Yamaha V8. And there is big discouinting going on. More than the RL I think.

    I'm either going with one of these Volvos or the RL.
  • scott6113scott6113 Posts: 18
    Yes, Volvo was on my list. But I know people who have bought them recently, and looked on consumer opinion websites, and their quality is supposed to have plummeted. I also like Saab, but only the tiny one has AWD.

    I hope Volvo improves, for your sake, but do the research as I did.

    Certainly no one has a better durability reputation than Volvo, so I hope they recover.

    Scott
  • vavavavolvovavavavolvo Posts: 111
    Scott you are correct. I own both a Volvo and an Acura and--in terms of reliability--they are polar opposites. I have had about ten volvo problems for every one acura problem. Volvo definitely has some excellent things going for them (safety, roominess, excellent seats) but in my experience reliability is not among them.
  • scott6113scott6113 Posts: 18
    Bot today.
    Blue./taupe 2008 RL with nav
    Got mud flaps, wheel locks and wooden shifter.
    Fought for half the doc fee and wheel locks thrown in because I didn't want them.
    $42,800
    Maybe I could have saved a couple hundred, but I'm really tired.
    We went on a good 45 minute test drive, wife got comfortable.
    Hate the last minute dickering.
    But it's done. Now all I need is the certified check!!
    Scott
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