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2013 and earlier-Honda Civic Lease Questions



  • Hello Car-Man,

    I'm in the market for a 2006 Honda Civic LX. I want to lease for 36 or 42 months. I had a couple of questions for you:
    1. Can i get more than 15,000 miles per year on a lease? (20-25k?) I drive 100miles each day.
    2. Is there a difference in residuals and/or money factors between manual and automatic transmission models?
    3. What are the residuals for Coupe, versus Sedan.

    Thank you...

    Sergey Dubin
  • I'm glad that you find this thread to be so informative, Justin. I am not sure exactly how much others are paying for this car right now, lease payment wise, but I would be happy to give you my opinion on your deal if you let me know this car's full MSRP and selling price. These numbers will show me how much of a discount you are being given and will enable me to use Honda Finance's actual lease program to estimate what your lease payment should be. You absolutely should lease this car without making any sort of down payment. I always advise consumers against making any sort of down payment when leasing. I do so for two main reasons. The first is if your vehicle is totaled in an accident or stolen during your lease, your insurance company pays off the bank that you were leasing it through and your down payment essentially disappears. The second main reason is that down payments on leased vehicles do nothing to reduce their lease-end purchase prices. So your lease-end purchase option price for your Civic would be exactly the same, regardless of whether you had put $1,000 down, or had made absolutely no down payment at all.

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  • Hello Sergey. 15,000 miles per year is the highest mileage allowance that Honda Finance publishes residual values for. Having said this, you can lease a Honda vehicle with more than 15,000 miles per year. In order to do so you will have to purchase additional miles on a per-mile basis. It is less expensive to do so at lease signing than it is to wait until lease-end and have to pay an excess mileage penalty.

    There is no difference between the lease programs for Honda Civics equipped with manual or automatic transmissions. If you were to lease a 2006 Honda Civic LX Sedan through Honda Finance right now for 36 months with 15,000 miles per year, its buy rate lease money factor and residual value should be .00265 and 59%, respectively. The numbers for an otherwise identical lease of a 2006 Civic Coupe LX would be .00265 and 58%.

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  • krckrc Posts: 1
    How does your credit score affect the money factor? Could you give me residual values and money factors for a 2005 Civic coupe? My FICO score is between 600 and 650.
  • mamamia2mamamia2 Posts: 698
    For an '06 Civic LX 4Dr.

    36 Month lease, 12K miles/year, No money down.

    And I have an excellent credit score of 780.

    Price is "out the door" -- paying just the first payment and plates.

    The best offer I got so far was $ 289 a month.

    ...And I am asking, is this really the best I can get these days? Even though I know those cars are selling like fresh donuts... Still, to me it seems high.
  • roosaroosa Posts: 9
    It does seem high...but higher interest rates and selling price of the Civic makes it about right on target....I leased a 05 Accord in August under the same terms for $284.75 a month. CarMan mentioned this in a post...either here or in the Accord section. If it is any consolation, our Accord lease in 1996 was interest rates DO matter....we have driven the Civic and like it, but the current lease on the Accord LX-SE is the only one with lease support, and very little btw, that American Honda Finance offers right now....the truth is...even at $289 it is a fine car....go ahead and splurge if you want it...Happy Holidays
  • Anyone interested in a Civic, I want to tell you that you can do a lot better than $289, which is more like how much you should be paying for an Accord... I know this for two reasons:

    1. Honda just posted record sales for November, and despite the claims that there are shortages or whatever, the Civics are everywhere, and ANY dealer should be able to find one for you (even if you have to wait a week or so).

    2. I got my Civic LX Coupe for ZERO down, $225/month. If you're interested in my exact strategy that I used when negotiating (because it did take some effort, feel free to email me).. the "lowest" dealers initially agreed to go was $269, but that changed pretty quickly.

    I'm sharing this because I want those who are on a tight budget like myself to know they can still get into this great car. And remember, since this car has such a amazing retention value, IT SHOULD LEASE FOR LESS! The dealerships will profit when they sell it as a certified used vehicle!

    I can post a longer explanation, including some specific numbers, but I think this is long enough for now..
  • mamamia2mamamia2 Posts: 698

    Well, I'd like to email you but there is no address available in your "member profile"...

    If you get an '06 for that monthly payment of $225 -- OUT THE DOOR (first payment, doc fee and plates are always extra), with ZERO DOWN and if it INCLUDES the taxes... Boy, $225 really seems just too good to be true.

    This morning I actually decided to go with a local LEASING COMPANY, ordering the car for me today (simply asking my verbal agreement, no down payment required), for end of January delivery FOR $249 A MONTH.

    And when I told that to the dealer who was the cheapest around ($289), his reaction was almost embarassing... He would not believe me...

    So please, xxcivicxx, share with us the secret.
  • azrobazrob Posts: 2
    After a model has been around does honda start to discount? I'm going to sell my bmw 330cic and i want to replace it with a less expensive car, but I'm in no hurry, so I'm wandering if typically after several months the deals on the civic will get better
  • your ingorance gave me a good laugh, and i have a lease agreement in front of me that proves my point and your ignorance. i don't need your sarcasm since i'm really trying to help out those who, like myself, had a difficult time during the buying (leasing) experience.

    my email is not hidden, it's available to anyone registered on this site.

    if anyone still would like some help, let me know.. i don't want to post my strategy for personal reasons.
  • mamamia2mamamia2 Posts: 698
    A. Ignorance? What ignorance? I was simply wondering about a deal that ANYBODY who's been shopping around would agree that it's pretty amazing... I was actually ASKING YOU to share the info with us.

    B. Your email address was NOT available on the Member Profile box as of this morning. You changed it since, that's nice.

    C. Your Message #38 from October 28 is revealing QUITE DIFFERENT NUMBERS as to the deal you got... Here is what you posted on this board then:

    $0.00 down
    $650 at inception (TTL, first month payment, etc. etc)

    42 month, 12k/yr.

    So it's not 36 months -- but rather 42 months, and it's not $225 -- but rather $260...

    Now, tell us, which one is it, xxcivicxx? ;)
  • Yes, krc, your credit score will absolutely have an impact upon the money factor that you have to pay to lease through Honda Finance. All of the money factors that I have mentioned for leases through it assume that you qualify for its "Super Preferred" credit tier. In order to do so one needs a credit score of above 700, specifically I think over 730. Honda Finance's "Super Preferred" money factor for a 36 month lease of a Civic Coupe right now is .00265. I am not sure exactly what it would be for someone with your credit score, but it definitely would be higher than that.

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  • Hi mamamia2. You're right, the redesigned Honda Civic has been selling very well lately. I am not sure how much you would have to pay for one right now, but you should be able to get a good idea by visiting the following discussion: "Honda Civic: Prices Paid & Buying Experience". I would be happy to estimate what your lease payment should be like on this car if you let me know what its full MSRP (including the destination charge) and selling price are.

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  • OK, everyone. It's fine to disagree with other community members, but let's try to keep things civil. Thanks.

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  • mamamia2mamamia2 Posts: 698
    I would be happy to estimate what your lease payment should be like on this car if you let me know what its full MSRP (including the destination charge) and selling price are.

    ---------- See, Car_man, but I did it backwards. I didn't first negotiate the selling price of the car (before turning to the leasing option), nor am I interested in it's price now....

    I simply turned to 3 local dealers (and 2 leasing companies), gave them the same info:

    Civic LX AT
    36 month lease
    12K miles/year
    No money down (except first payment and license)
    My credit score is 780 (yes, it's very high)

    ---- And asked for a monthly payment, out the door.

    The offers I got from 2 dealerships were both "in the low $300s". The best I got from one dealership was $289, promising to get the car with the color I want "in a week or two". Not bad.

    ....Then, on Friday, one leasing company (recommended by a friend who's been leasing cars from them for years) offered the car for $249, but with a late January delivery. They did not ask for any money down, nor any signed agreement on my part...

    I think the latest offer is really a great offer, seems legit, and I am taking it.

    ...Am I wrong, Car_man?
  • vf154vf154 Posts: 12
    I'm not car man but using my spreadsheet (from Edmunds site) and assuming a MF, MSRP, sales tax I got a selling price of $16,465 vs inventory of 16,375:

    Civic LX
    Sticker + options 17860
    Months of lease 36
    Residual % 36 months 0.57
    Residual after 36 mo 10180.20
    Selling price 16465
    Less residual -10180.20
    Depreciation 36 mo 6284.80
    Per month Deprec 174.58
    Interest rate 5.0000
    Money factor(example) Using 5% int 0.002083
    Interest per month 55.51
    Lease payment without Tax 230.09
    Lease payment with CA tax 8.25% 249.07

    Inventory + Dest on Edmunds is 16375

    Any questions? Just ask, as I am doing the exact same thing myself and only have an offer so far of $17000 yielding a lease payment of $265 per month incl sales tax.
    I am in Sunnyvale CA, where are you?
  • mamamia2mamamia2 Posts: 698
    This is bitter-cold-snowy-brrrrr Chicago here... Where the sun is not shining but sales tax is lower than 8.25%... it's 7.25% here... And in a neighboring county it's 6.5%.

    So, Is your calculation of $249.07 montly lease payment based on a sale price of $16,465 or is it $16,375 (incl. tax)?

    And, based on a 7.25% tax, is $249 a month really "outrageous" or "an error, too good to be true", as some dealers here were trying to tell me?

    What do you think?
  • Hey Car_man, here's the deal i have on the table now. My '05 Civic EX Coupe AT has a payoff of $14,800. I have a dealer who would pay it off (I got the car for $15,700 4 months has 3k miles). Then they would put me in an '06 Civic LX Sedan AT for $262 42 month lease. Zero down...roughly $400 to start which includes 1st payment, paperwork and plates. The money factor seems a bit high at .00303 so I will try to get that down. The residual quoted was 55% with net cap cost of I believe $400 over invoice according to the salesguy. What do you think? Is this a good deal? My wife says its better for me to lease cause i'm always wanting to get new cars :-) Plus we have an Odyssey that we plan to buyout and keep.
  • Dear CAR_MAN,

    I am in Ohio, near Cleveland. I was givien a lease quote for 42 months on an EX coupe (2006) for $290/mo. Thats with nothing down. I calculated my own lease and came up with $267. Can you tell me what the residual is on this car?
    2006 EX coupe 42/mo 1200 per month no navigation

    Thank you so much! :)
  • CarMAN,

    2006 Honda Civic LX, 4 Door, automatic, no other options. I am in Indianapolis, Indiana. For a 36 month lease the best deal I have found is $297.94, this price includes all taxes and nothing down. For a 42 month lease the best deal has been $278.95. Any thoughts on these deals? And should I be able to get a better deal? My credit is excellent. Thank you for your help.
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