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Honda Fit Prices Paid and Buying Experiences

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  • I was wondering about the same thing.
    I have White Sport and was told that mud guards do not
    go on Sport model. Does anybody know if Honda will ever
    offer ones for Sport model?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,762
    I knew the So. Calif market was horrible but I didn't realize it was THAT bad!

    200.00 over invoice? At that price, we would happily take ten truckloads!

    "Did I do well"

    I'm sure someone will come along and tell you they paid less!
  • racerskiracerski Posts: 17
    I ordered my Lunar Mist MT Base Model Jan 27, 2007 and haven’t even gotten the start build date. Dealer says the wait is 6 – 8 weeks from the start build date. I don’t make the wait but I would like to have the car by May of this year. Do you know why it took so long?? Was it color or MT or just because the Fit is in such demand?

    I’m about to pull the order and find it with some phone calls.

    Any response to this would be helpful.

    Thanks
  • I put my deposit down on a Vivid Blue Pearl Fit Sport AT on January 3rd and it arrived 2 days ago! I love it, I smile every time I get in to drive it. Like others have said I am finding things to get at the store just so I can drive it. The only thing that bugs me is the road noise on bad roads and it seems we have a lot of them, no bother though, just turn up the radio. We had financing already arranged and although the dealership was extremely busy the day I went we were in and out in an hour after the test drive. Price paid was $17495 and the only extras I got were a cargo mat and all weather mats. Even though I've only had it for 2 days I wouldn't get rid of it for anything! :blush:
  • dntidweldntidwel Posts: 2
    After reading some good positive reviews and looking at Edmunds pricing, I went to the dealership in Decatur Alabama and made and offer of 16,500 out the door for a fit sport; they offered 17,700 plus t&l. I moved up to 17K out the door and stood firm. I ended up walking and the sales mgr called me 3 days later. He acted like I was trying to shut the doors of the dealership. I paid 17k for the sport and picked it up that afternoon. I went to WalMart later and bought some floor mats. I haven't put many miles but I would like have daytime running lights; does anyone know of any way to get this accomplished? I would also like and arm rest and a dead pedal. But, all in all, I am very satisfied up to now, I am 6" 1" and 270 pounds and have adequate room.
  • check out fitfreak.net for tons of ideas for our honda fits,also zeta products makes a dead pedal...
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,762
    I love these "out the door" offers.

    We have zero control over taxes and license fees but some people seem to think we do.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,389
    Evidently, you've never been hit with a $399 document fee or $199 dealer prep fee in the F&I office..

    There are hundreds of reasons to make an OTD offer.. the buyers aren't worried about what the state is taking.... they are worried about the dealership..

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,762
    That is because we charge 35.00 for doc fees.

    399.00 is ridculous.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,389
    Amazingly.. not every one buys from your dealership.. ;)

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,762
    Imagine that!

    There are those who DO and those who SHOULD! :)
  • fittmanfittman Posts: 7
    After waiting since November, when I finally managed a test drive in an auto (didn't care for it) I stated that I just WOULD not "settle" for what cars the dealer had coming (especially since this is my first new car purchase!!), I'm getting my VBP Sport 5MT!! I have A VIN, and will pick it up on Monday!!! Drive out price: MSRP $15,765, Documentation $199, 7% Tax $1, 117.48, Title/Tag $41.00, Total $17,122.48. Plus, got a set of all season floor mats! Approximately 52hrs:30mins and counting!!!
    AND I bought an oem cargo tray for $55, free shipping!!! YeeHaa!!!!!
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Where in So Cal? My fiancee is interested in them but a local dealer - Pacific Honda of San Diego - wants $700 over MSRP. I about died laughing.

    She still hasn't driven one but oddly she's enamored with the Fit and the Audi A3. I know, apples to oranges. Regardless, whatever we get, I'm not paying more than a few hundred over MSRP. Actually, we'll get a used A3 as they depreciate so fast it makes no sense to buy one new. I'm seeing 30k 2006 A3s going for 22k on Vortex. Yikes.
  • nthomasnthomas Posts: 40
    I bought my Fit a couple weeks ago. We took it in to Victory Honda to get the air bag computer reprogrammed this morning. While we were there, I looked to see if they had any Fits in stock. They had 2 Sports- one blue and one white. I checked the prices, and the blue was marked at almost $18,000, the white at almost $19,000 (I think one might have been an auto, one a manual...not positive, though). There was the actual sticker price, plus a charge for wheel locks and a "Market Adjustment". I don't know if they could be talked down from that price or not....just wanted to pass on the info.

    I did some searching around before I bought my Fit, and I got my Black automatic Sport for under $18,000, and that included all fees, cargo cover, floor mats and cargo mat (purchased from Tamaroff Honda in Southfield). We didn't have the best experience with their sales department, but still, I felt I got a fair price.

    I also know that LaFontaine Honda in Dearborn had 2 Auto Fits in stock yesterday, one white and one blue. I talked to them before I purchased mine, and they were willing to sell for MSRP. So if anyone in Michigan is looking for one, there's a few around. Do some checking and see what kind of deal you can get. For some reason there doesn't seem to be as much of a shortage here as there is in some other places.
  • :confuse: We have to buy a car quickly (our car was in an accident and it's not worth fixing, basically) and I love teh Fit--however, all dealerships around us have none in stock or a bit of a wait...except one, who got two sports in stock (orange and red). They just got them the other night, and we put a small deposit on the red one.

    I do want to negotiate on the price, since it is quite a bit higher than what I see posted here, but how can I do that considering the wait and the fact we need a car ASAP? Any advice is appreciated. Here are the price details we have been quoted--we have not started negtiating yet as I want to get all the financing in order beforehand.

    $16,565 + $495(Pro-Pack) includes Rear Bumper Applique, wheel locks and cargo tray = $17,060 +

    $1194.20( 7% TAX) +

    PA New Tag Fee is $177.95 includes a $55 Documentary Fee( fee charged for doing ALL paperwork) =

    $18,432.15 TOTAL.
  • anahita61anahita61 Posts: 110
    I've had my heart set on a Silver Sport MT, but was told I'd probably need to order it, and then I was having trouble getting outside financing, so I temporarily gave up. One of the dealers I was dealing with went ahead and found the car for me and had it delivered, exact except no cargo cover as I'd said I wanted - it has no extra options on it and I test drove it today. I think it was just my mood, but I wasn't immediately in love with it, and when we sat to negotiate I hedged and ended up leaving. Their doc fee is $599 and I couldn't get past it.

    They wanted the MSRP: $15,765 plus approx. tax of $958, the $599 doc fee and $21 for tag/registration. They finally raised the offer for my trade-in to $500, which knocked the price for car down to $15,265, and lowered the tax, making the out the door total, with the outrageous doc fee they say they simply cannot waive, to $16,801. Compared to what other people here say they are paying, I'm thinking this is actually pretty good, and if they haven't sold it by tomorrow I should go back and get it. Right? Should I be figuring in the price of the trade-in, or should I fight that doc fee until they lower it or waive it, on top of the trade-in? Is $16,801 about the best I can do? (I tried to at least get them to throw in floor mats, but they wouldn't do it - is there anything else I should see if they can throw in?)
  • take it looks like a cool deal
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    Take the deal but keep your old car.

    $500 for anything that runs at all is insanely low. You can get it to pass smog and sell almost any running car that isn't literally full of bullet holes and rusting out in a dozen places for $1000 on Craigslist or in the local paper. If your car is newer than ten years old, it's worth probably $1500-$2000 if you sell it yourself. Their upping the offer to $500 is an insult. What is it, a 1985 Buick Century? Shoot, even an old running Buick could sell for $500 in 24 hours to some local college kid.

    Plus, the doc fee - they're gouging you, plain and simple. Just on principle, I'd say no. The DMV charges them something like $35-$40 for registration. This violates the #1 rule of buying a car. Sell your old car yourself or keep it as a second backup car if it's paid off. Never trade anything in as you'll be eating at least $1000 or more AND it gives the dealer tons of wiggle-room to mess with the numbers.

    Rule #2 is to get financing set up beforehand if you can. Walk in, negotiate with the fleet manager(bypass the salesdroids if they give you any BS), and get out in an hour or two.
  • anahita61anahita61 Posts: 110
    Thanks for the input, plekto. First of all, I was unable to obtain financing on my own, and I tried several lenders for the past month and a half at least. I have a matter of public record in my history, and no loan history (I paid cash for my car 22 years ago), so most lenders were unable to help me without a co-signer, and that was not going to happen.

    My trade-in was a 1984 Tercel, one that just broke down in January. I did pay to get it repaired so I could drive it while I shopped for a new car - it does run pretty well... right now. The blue book value on that car is barely over $100, and it spits oil. I'm certain it needs a new fuel pump, and a new timing belt, and the a/c doesn't work, and the sun roof is rusted through and now has a piece of old shower curtain taped over it on the outside. Trust me on this, $500 was a great price!

    I went for it! Of course the finance manager tried to gouge me on a bundle of extended service plans and warranties, but I refused. He seemed peeved that I did so too - overall, the finance portion of the sale was very unpleasant. However, I got the car for the $15,765 MSRP, plus that ridiculous doc. fee they said they could not waive. I hated it, but they had the car, and it's a manual, and I knew I wanted it. Plus... I see what everyone else is paying, and I think I did pretty darn good. :)

    By the way... I drove it away yesterday, leaving my old Toyota behind (that was hard, after 22 years!), and I LOVE MY NEW FIT!!!!!! :)) :D
  • chatis2,

    I'm currently interested in purchasing a Honda Fit Sport Automatic as well. Since I live in So Cal as well could you tell me which dealer you visited to get the price?

    Thanks!
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    Nice to hear. I guess you *did* have an old piece of junk, then ;) 1984 Tercel... wow - that's a seriously nasty heap. Lol.

    Glad it worked out, though - compared to an old Tercel, the Fit must feel like it's from a different century.
  • anahita61anahita61 Posts: 110
    If I were a mechanic, or if I knew one I trusted, who would be willing to work on the car, and I trusted him/her, I could have kept that car forever, I know, but the most I ever did was change the oil on it. Without a good mechanic relationship, it was not cost effective to keep the Tercel. Everything on the Fit is nice and new, but it will need maintenance too, and one day it will also be old.

    Old Toyotas can keep going and going and going, and mine went along pretty well for 22 years (it was a year old when I bought it, so really it was 23 years old), but I got tired of spending money to fix it when it needed it, especially since I went to mechanics that routinely ended up overcharging me - the one mechanic who didn't grew tired of working on it. I think he just wanted me to get rid of it.

    I'm very happy with my Fit. It's got 100 miles on it as of today. ;)
  • fitluverfitluver Posts: 198
    I ordered my Lunar Mist MT Base Model Jan 27, 2007 and haven’t even gotten the start build date. Dealer says the wait is 6 – 8 weeks from the start build date. I don’t make the wait but I would like to have the car by May of this year. Do you know why it took so long?? Was it color or MT or just because the Fit is in such demand?

    I’m about to pull the order and find it with some phone calls.

    Any response to this would be helpful.

    Thanks

    Would a late response help?

    I waited much longer than that for a MT. It is a very individual thing. My thoughts are, what have you got to lose by making some phone calls? Are you willing to consider another color? I really wanted the blue but if I had to get one in a hurry, I might have gone for something less.

    Just my thoughts.

    Calls are free and autotrader.com is great.
  • fitluverfitluver Posts: 198
    By the way... I drove it away yesterday, leaving my old Toyota behind (that was hard, after 22 years!), and I LOVE MY NEW FIT!!!!!!

    I mostly hated my old car. It didnt leak oil, it had a leaky radiator and I hated it with a passion. I bought it used and put too much money into it.

    It feels so incredibly good to be rid of it.

    And it is incredibly liberating to now be planning road trips, travel further away than the safe hour distance that AAA would tow the old one, freedom from parking over top of a collapsed cardboard box (catching my drippings.)

    Ahhh....a liberating ride.
  • racerskiracerski Posts: 17
    Thanks for your thoughts. Read on

    Well I decided those 6 weeks to wait for a lunar mist base Fit was far too long and decided to do an internet pull on all Honda Dealers within a 100 mile radius of my home. It worked; at about the 19 caller (40 miles from my home in NYC) a Honda Dealer had my car in the inventory. The Lunar Mist Base MT for 14,445 plus tax and License fees. The same deal my ordinal order from my neighbor Honda dealer except he thru in the mud guards. To make a long story short I got my wife the car exactly the way she wanted it in a few days after making my phone calls. My original dealer was not a happy camper when I asked for my $500 deposit back. Give me a break, enough in enough, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

    I wanted very much to buy from the same sales man I purchased my Pilot a year ago with a price $1000 below invoice. After all, I am paying MSRP for the Fit where I pick the car up makes no difference. I felt like a moron after the dealer told me I would get an e-mail from them within a week giving me the start built date. I didn’t get a phone call from the guy in five weeks. I have since found out the car was never ordered and he was waiting to get one in but would try to sell be a different color in a base model. I wanted the car for the spring March time frame not the end of the summer.

    The car was build in Japan on January 27, 2007 and arrived at the dealer March 2.

    I purchased the mats and mud guards on line with shipping for $100 and just ordered a set of wheels that will make the car awesome. The color was worth waiting for since me never did see it in person, and felt a little uneasy about the look in pictures, but it way nicer in person. The hub caps are Okay but really didn’t give the car the look I wanted especially when I saw a picture of the jazz with the wheels I wanted. My Honda Pilot is in the garage and we are having a great time driving the fit. Pure fun, and a car that has everything we wanted in a small car.

    Good luck to all those looking for the Fit. Get the car you want with the color you want.
  • racerskiracerski Posts: 17
    The name of the dealers I finally purchased my Honda fit was Huntington Honda in Long Island New York 40 miles from New York City where I live. Supposedly they are the 4th largest Honda dealer in the US. I believe it, since they were the only dealer that had 6 Fits in stock with two Lunar Mists, one AT and one MT. Most dealers had one or two with many not having any in stock. Since I looked at all the cars within the class of the fit I will rate them as the best. The salesman was not pushy and very nice and accommodating with personnel e-mail where I could send him messages. The others dealers only had one e-mail address for the dealership. When I picked up the car they had roses for my wife and a big red bow on the rear view mirror. Since the car was for her birthday present it went over very big.
  • its good to know some honda dealers still care about the customer and not just the bottom line.........
  • fitrnfitrn Posts: 47
    I placed an order for a Nighthawk Black AT Sport on Feb 20 for $16,245.00 from a local dealership. It was due in on Mar 20 but seems it left Japan around that time and is due by the first week of April. :surprise: The dealership charges $75 prep fee preprinted on the deposit sales receipt. They have assured me no dealer add ons will be thrown on. I must say I googled Fits for 100 miles and not a single dealership had one on the lot. Last week I tried again and two fits were found, 1 blue woth lots fo "sprty stuff" as I was told for $18,500 AT Sport.. and another dealership was asking $17,500 AT sport. I have done my hoemwork with Edmunds and Im obsessed!! I have prearranged financing so the dealership can't toss in some extra fees... Im on edge! :P :shades:
  • fitrnfitrn Posts: 47
    so sorry for my spelling it's been a looooooooooonnnnnnnnnngg day! :sick:
  • racerskiracerski Posts: 17
    Getting this car is like a test of endurance and determination to get the one you want. I was so determined to get this car I would have gone farther than 100 miles to get this Fit.

    Did you get an actual start build date?? Did you get the VIN number along with the actual start build date? I was told by my first dealer that I would get a VIN number so I could track where the car in transit. The one I got was build January 27, 2007 and was at the dealer March 2 the day I called the 19 dealers to find a Lunar Mist MT Fit. I purchased it March 3. This car is in such demand I can’t believe how lucky I am to get the color and the Manual Trans I wanted at MSRP. Totals were $14,445.00 plus sales tax $1,246.00 printed on the sales slip $12.50 waste tire management fee and $45.00 for processing license and registration total out the door $15,758.50. We are very happy with the deal and having a great time.
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