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Honda Fit Prices Paid and Buying Experiences

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  • ripwilsonripwilson Posts: 13
    >Grand Honda sold out of Fit after they advertised Fit >Sport Automatic at $15,500.

    $15,500 is approx $300 to $500 below invoice, which means the dealership is going into their holdback money.

    A car in demand like this is not going to be sold for $15,500.

    I believe what you posted, so don't take it personally. I just mean it is a typo or a hook to get people in the door. I see this all the time. I'll never forget the $199 per month lease payment on the new Chevy Blazer. It never existed. Just a hook to get you onto the showroom floor.

    Rip
  • jmurman42jmurman42 Posts: 675
    Whenever you see a price like that you HAVE to look for the fine print, which will ususally say something like, destination, dealer installed options, processing fee, tax and tags not included.

    Some ads will even go so far as to have verbage like this: price after $1,000 down payment.
  • ripwilsonripwilson Posts: 13
    "... so if you dont buy here many many many others will.."

    That is a terrible attitude. All through the years I have wanted a Harley Davidson, but never bought one because their institutional philosophy toward their customers is just like yours.

    I realize your attitude doesn't reflect that of Honda's, which is why they need to identify you and send you down the road, to perhaps...sell new Harleys.

    Rip
  • ripwilsonripwilson Posts: 13
    Thank you.

    Let's keep the threads on track.

    I came here to read about prices and experiences and I'm reading Fit vs. everything posts.

    It's like we're posting about who would win in a fight: Godzilla, Rodan, King Kong....

    Gheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh!
    Rip
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    A car in demand like this is not going to be sold for $15,500.

    I believe what you posted, so don't take it personally. I just mean it is a typo or a hook to get people in the door.


    I know from past experience that Grand Honda does indeed sell at the prices advertised.
    Illinois maintains strict oversight over vehicle sales and advertising. Illinois Attorney General both past and present has prosecuted for deceptive practices such as bait and switch and currently lending practices of some dealers are being investigated.
    As a result, dealers have to sell for advertised prices. Also, in IL the document fee is limited by law to $57.33.
    In some other states the document fee can be as high as $399 or higher.

    Bottom line, $15,500 for Fit Sport Automatic was a real price. The smoke and mirrors that is present in auto advertising is greatly diminished in Illinois due to legislative and enforcement.

    Most recent experience with Grand Honda is when a friend purchased a Ridgeline and I told him about the Grand Honda price he first went to other dealers and they said Grand Honda could not sell for that price, that they would be losing money. Well, a call to Grand Honda and the Ridgeline was in stock and the advertised price was honored with no additional accessories or maint agreements or enviromental protectection etc., and the Silver Ridge' is now regularly in the company parking lot.

    I don't take it personally. :)
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Whenever you see a price like that you HAVE to look for the fine print, which will ususally say something like, destination, dealer installed options, processing fee, tax and tags not included.

    Some ads will even go so far as to have verbage like this: price after $1,000 down payment.


    I agree. Read the ad, read the fine print, understand what is being sold, call the dealer and verify that they have in stock the vehicle at the price you want to buy before wasteful uses of time.

    New 2006 Honda Fit Sport Automatic $15,500
    No added accessories. ($57.33 doc fee, taxes, license fees not included)
    Destination was included.

    Note: As of last week, Grand Honda was out of stock of Fit and would not sell incoming Fit stock at same pricing as their original shipment.

    I am in no way associated with Grand Honda or any other dealership. My motto is to buy at the best price and buy local if possible.

    My point is that there are deals available on Fit, no one should pay over MSRP.
  • ripwilsonripwilson Posts: 13
    New 2006 Honda Fit Sport Automatic $15,500
    No added accessories. ($57.33 doc fee, taxes, license fees not included) Destination was included.


    That is the deal of a lifetime. Congrats to you.

    Enjoy that fine machine.
    Rip
  • jimmy5150jimmy5150 Posts: 30
    So one dealer in the US has been below MSRP and has admitted the price will be at MSRP with there next shippment.

    A month ago I was ready to trade my xB in, but after waiting 2 weeks with no opportunity to even test drive a Fit....I have cooled a bit on the purchase.....supply and demand may rule the market, but its safe to say there are a few other folks like myself who were ready for an impulse buy, but just didn't have the product in front of them to make the decision.
  • nordonordo Posts: 12
    I just signed the paper work for my new fit.
    Here was my deal.

    Vivid Blue, 5sp Man, Sport

    Accessories Included:

    16" HFP WHEELS

    Steering Wheel Cover (BLUE)
    08U98-SLN-100B

    All Season Floor Mats
    08P13-SLN-100

    Meter Panel Trim (BLUE)
    08Z03-SLN-100B

    Switch Panel Trim (BLUE)
    08Z03-SLN-100E

    Cargo Cover
    08Z07-SLN-110

    Cargo Tray
    08U45-SLN-100

    (3)Honda Oil Filters w/Washer
    15400-PLM-A02

    (1) Air Cleaner
    17220-PWA-J10

    I traded in a 2001 Civic EX 5sp in good shape with about 70,000mi and will get a loan for $8950.
    The $8950 will be my out the door with all of the above when my Fit gets here.
    Can’t Wait!!
    Anyone know of any at their local dealers that may be willing to trade in Oklahoma?
  • purduealum91purduealum91 Posts: 223
    As a resident of Hellinois, I regularly peruse their adds. I know people that have purchased from them AT THE ADVERTISED PRICES.

    Congrats to those that were able to get one at $15,500
  • ripwilsonripwilson Posts: 13
    Just to illustrate the difference between Honda and Toyota regarding customer assistance with availability / locating:

    Last week I searched high and low, trying to locate a Toyota Yaris liftback, color Absolutely Red, auto trans, with All Weather Guard and Convenience packages. Couldn't find one after days of calling multiple dealerships.

    I finally went to Toyota's website and clicked the 'Contact Us' hyperlink. Found the toll-free national number and called. Spoke with a guy there, explaining my situation, telling him I would drive anywhere within the region to buy this vehicle.

    He absolutely would not help me locate a vehicle. Found out from a local dealer's new car sales manager that corporate will not do this as it may show favoritism toward high-volume dealerships who, by statistics, would probably have the car. So Toyota literally chose to lose the sale instead of referring the customer to the dealership who had the vehicle.

    Honda: Getting a little impatient with my local dealer, thinking he was hesitating to pull the trigger on a trade.

    Called Honda national customer service located in Southern California. Spoke with a guy, explaining my situation. Told him what I was looking for. He queried the database and gave me the names of the five nearest dealerships (and their telephone numbers) that held the vehicles matching the query.

    Called all of them. All the Fits in question sold within the last couple of days. Turns out my local dealer was truthful. There are none for which to trade.

    The national customer service rep made an attempt to turn me into a Honda owner, and my local dealer was being honest with me about the trade info.

    Kudos to Honda. And goodbye to Toyota.
    Rip
  • jrlncjrlnc Posts: 48
    I had an eerily similar experience.

    Read my post on the "New Honda Fit Owners..." thread:

    My Experience

    The bottom line is that I was ready to buy a Yaris from the Toyota dealer. Their slowness to find the car with my preferences is what led me to look at Honda just out of curiosity. I was not even interested in Honda at all at that point.

    I test drove a Fit on a Friday, loved the car and wanted to make a deal on it. Unfortunately that dealer wanted $1200 OVER MSRP. On Sunday I put in a quote request at Honda's website. They turned my request over immediately to another local dealer. On Monday I was contacted by Honda dealer #2's internet salesman, internet sales manager, and dealership manager. They confirmed all my preferences and options and gave me a firm written quote. I thought that I'd be waiting about 2-3 weeks. They said they would have to trade with another dealership and would let me know when they located a blue Fit Sport m/t. They called me Thursday to get my credit card deposit to secure a vehicle they had located. Friday afternoon they called to say the car came in and they were washing and prepping it (state inspection and mechanical checklist). I picked it up Saturday morning. They worked a 3-way trade with 2 other dealerships to get my car. The vehicle was $397 over MSRP, but included floormats ($99) which I wanted anyway so $298 extra for pinstripes, paint sealant, 1st oil change. I figured I'd pay MSRP anyway, so not bad. I especially appreciated that they worked a 3-way trade to get it. I credit this experience both to Honda's responsiveness and this dealer. They worked their [non-permissible content removed] off and deserved the sale. Kudos to Honda and this dealership. Too bad Toyota - and I was a former Toyota owner too.
  • ramoramo Posts: 66
    Ordered a DX on April 6. Thanks to crimsona on this forum, who knew that Fits were arriving 3rd wk. in May in Canada. We motored to dealer yesterday on a whim, in time to see a huge shipment of TWO Fits getting first wash after arrival. One LX was sold, the other had been, but order was cancelled due to illness. So, do we buy the one LX, $2000.00 more than the DX, or wait for the DX which we were told may or may not be produced anytime soon? Even that choice was a bit of work since the dealer had to consult with the sales person who had ordered the DX for us. That person was not available yesterday. Another salesperson helped us out and we bought the LX at MSRP less trade. Overall service would have been vastly improved with no cost to Honda, if I had been given approximate dates of expected deliveries and an option to purchase an LX if there was a problem with DX production before dropping in, magically, on the right date. Thanks again CRIMSONA! I am satisfied with value for my buck, just wish the transaction had gone more smoothly. For me, buying new is stressful, especially when I am acutely aware of the cost of new vs. used. This car will be with us for a long time as I am more than satisfied with the design. Really happy that my hubby and I could agree so readily on this car. Bye, Tercel you have been dependable and reasonable.
  • crimsonacrimsona Posts: 153
    Congrats on the purchase (and one hell of a voodoo lucky charm ritual). After the May batch, as far as I know, the next is early July - yikes. I'm still waiting for mine, should be arriving these 2 weeks :(
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    Honda sold 250,000 Fits in their first year of release in Japan. Honda is only releasing about 40,000 Fits to the US this year. I would say they could easily push 200,000 if they could get them on dealer lots in the USA which they couldn't if they wanted to. It's a global car and Honda in no way has the capacity as they have to split demand across the world, and they're also trying to free up factory space for the high demand Civic Hybrid.

    That's my take on the supply and demand issue. I would be happy to pay MSRP if you can find one. We love our Fit Sport.
  • dawsonmpdawsonmp Posts: 12
    Got my Silver Fit Sport 5 spd. on April 27th. The more I drive it the more I like it. My only complaints are that I wish it had a dead pedal for my left foot and I can't see the radio display in the bright sun. A 6 spd. would be nice too for 70+ driving. The May Car & Driver rated 7 similar cars and Fit was number one. I paid $15,720 plus tax and tags and a $99 processing fee. The salesman let me use his 10% discount to buy the all weather mats. They didn't give me anything but didn't inflate the price either
  • jrlncjrlnc Posts: 48
    Congratulations dawsonmp on your new silver beauty. :) Please post pictures when you can. I consider that you got a good deal since I've been seeing others go for MSRP and up. I paid MSRP plus $298 in unwanted options because of lack of availability of the Fit Sport 5 sp in blue in my area. (I could have gotten Red or Silver at MSRP, but preferred Blue as first choice)
    Since I picked up my car last Saturday, It's generated lots of positive comments and interested lookers.
    Because Honda is advertising but not importing many of this model, I expect there will be plenty of support to keep the prices up. The Fit seems to be the favorite of several reviewers and magazines.
  • tonkstonks Posts: 12
    Late last year it became apparent that it would soon be time to replace my 1993 Honda Civic del sol, which had served me faithfully for seven years (it had previously belonged to a family member).

    After the del sol, the prospect of driving anything else seemed a bit boring. And I really wanted something small nose-to-trunk like the del sol, which makes even current-model Civics seem huge in comparison. I was half-heartedly considering a Jeep Wrangler when I learned that the Fit would debut in the States this year.

    Woo hoo! A car, by Honda, the same length and width as the del sol. Good gas mileage estimates, lots of nice standard features and (gasp) back seats! It looked good on paper, but the engine was smaller than the del sol's and the car was a couple hundred pounds heavier, so I thought I might be disappointed in the test drive.

    I cleared my schedule on the last weekend in April for car shopping.

    After miserable customer-service experiences with two Chicagoland Honda dealers (that's another story), I was ready to give up on the Fit. I called a third local dealer (O'Hare Honda) on a lark and asked if they had the Storm Silver Sport MT in stock. Yes. Could I test-drive it? Yes.

    It was a sloppy, rainy day, which was a great way to test the foul-weather handling. After handily beating out a highway-speed semi while merging, I was sold. From the del sol, it usually took me quite awhile to get accustomed to a different car, especially other manuals. But the Fit drove exceptionally well in the test.

    I paid sticker ($15,720) plus $441 in options (all-season mats and Apple iTunes Music Link) plus documentary service fee ($57), Illinois taxes and title ($1309), for a total of $17,527.

    After three weeks I still love it and lament every missed opportunity to drive it (i.e. the days my colleague drives the carpool).
  • bigmike91bigmike91 Posts: 18
    I would like to thank everyone for posting their information here; is has been a big help to me, and I'm sure many others feel the same. I think it is safe to say that no one is going to buy a Honda Fit for much less than MSRP anytime soon; there are simply more buyers than available vehicles right now.
  • earthearth Posts: 76
    Late last year it became apparent that it would soon be time to replace my 1993 Honda Civic del sol, which had served me faithfully for seven years (it had previously belonged to a family member).

    After the del sol, the prospect of driving anything else seemed a bit boring. And I really wanted something small nose-to-trunk like the del sol, which makes even current-model Civics seem huge in comparison. I was half-heartedly considering a Jeep Wrangler when I learned that the Fit would debut in the States this year.

    Woo hoo! A car, by Honda, the same length and width as the del sol. Good gas mileage estimates, lots of nice standard features and (gasp) back seats! It looked good on paper, but the engine was smaller than the del sol's and the car was a couple hundred pounds heavier, so I thought I might be disappointed in the test drive.

    I cleared my schedule on the last weekend in April for car shopping.

    After miserable customer-service experiences with two Chicagoland Honda dealers (that's another story), I was ready to give up on the Fit. I called a third local dealer (O'Hare Honda) on a lark and asked if they had the Storm Silver Sport MT in stock. Yes. Could I test-drive it? Yes.

    It was a sloppy, rainy day, which was a great way to test the foul-weather handling. After handily beating out a highway-speed semi while merging, I was sold. From the del sol, it usually took me quite awhile to get accustomed to a different car, especially other manuals. But the Fit drove exceptionally well in the test.

    I paid sticker ($15,720) plus $441 in options (all-season mats and Apple iTunes Music Link) plus documentary service fee ($57), Illinois taxes and title ($1309), for a total of $17,527.

    After three weeks I still love it and lament every missed opportunity to drive it (i.e. the days my colleague drives the carpool).
    ------------------

    Edited to read better : I paid sticker ($15,720) plus $441 in options (all-season mats and Apple iTunes Music Link) plus documentary service fee ($57), Illinois taxes and title ($1309), for a total of $17,527.
  • edt1edt1 Posts: 3
    Listed MSRP on my Sport AT was 15970. Invoice, according to Edmunds is 15297. I paid 15531 plus 550 for delivery plus 140 for processing the plates and title by the dealership. Am pleased with the deal since it was only about 250 over invoice. :blush:
  • edt1edt1 Posts: 3
    Wear your sunglasses when buying the Blaze Orange. It's worth the wait, though, if you have to have that color. The dealer told me that it might take a month or two to get my Sport AT in Blaze Orange. Five days later he said my car was in. Love it :)
  • bamacarbamacar Posts: 749
    What dealer did you get it from?
  • bigmike91bigmike91 Posts: 18
    If one dealer got six Fits in at the same time, maybe that means that there will be more Fits available across the country in the near future (at least I hope so). This is a nice little car, but if I buy one I would like to get it for at least a couple of hundred dollars less than MSRP. I don't mean any offense to people who have already bought one, but I'm not interested in paying more than MSRP for a car.
  • hungarian83hungarian83 Posts: 678
    I had to drive between San Diego and Orange county twice this past weekend and on the way I saw 7 Honda transporters with 3 or 4 Fits on each of them. Most of them were Sport models, but there were a few base models as well. They are out there! :)

    My dealer (to whom I paid MSRP...not a cent over) is now charging several hundred over MSRP. :P
  • goboilers1goboilers1 Posts: 2
    After much researching and test driving of different cars, my girlfriend decided the Honda Fit was best for her. I helped my her locate a Fit yesterday, and she's very happy and excited about her purchase. She wanted the Sport trim with AT in either the silver or blue color. We live in the Triangle area of NC (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) and had no luck finding one - waiting times ranged from 3-8 weeks for the next available. So, I called just about every Honda dealer in NC. Half of those did not have any Fits available, and the ones that did had the Base trim and/or MT. One had a Sport MT and was asking $17,500! Thankfully, I found one in Greenville, NC (about 1.5 hrs away) that was a Blue Fit Sport with AT. The initial price they gave me when I called was $16,908. I countered with the dealer invoice price of $15,970. They wouldn't bite and mentioned the high demand for the car. I gave them a final offer of $16,520 (MSRP) which they accepted. We drove down there to pick it up and she ended up paying $17,353 after taxes, tags, and doc fees. Floor mats were not included nor available at the dealer. Customer service at the Greenville Honda dealership was superb! She's very satisfied with the car. Our only concern thus far is the low ground clearance. She's already scraped the front end underbody while leaving a gas station's driveway, but now realizes she'll have to be more careful and mindful (her previous car was a Chevy Blazer). We're looking forward to our 1500-mile roundtrip to Indiana for Memorial Weekend in this fuel-efficient car.
  • johnnyvjjohnnyvj Posts: 112
    "Wear your sunglasses when buying the Blaze Orange. It's worth the wait, though, if you have to have that color. The dealer told me that it might take a month or two to get my Sport AT in Blaze Orange. Five days later he said my car was in. Love it."

    Can you post pics, bwhicks? Interested in how the Blaze Orange looks like just sittin' in someone's driveway, i.e. under less than ideal lighting, etc.
  • fitcoupefitcoupe Posts: 9
    Johnnyvj,
    I now have 60 images on my Blaze orange Sport Fit, many
    regular in-usage shots in driveway, outside my 4th floor office window, etc.

    Also added shots of all-weather floor mats (only 1 clip attaching
    front right mat, otherwise gravity-attached), parked
    next to 1) 1987 grey civic, 2) silver Element, 3) orange 2002 BMW, and 4) Silver Toyota xB

    Will cross post this in the fit pics thread.
  • johnnyvjjohnnyvj Posts: 112
    Many thanks, fitcoupe! :D
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