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2013 and earlier-Honda Accord Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • saleemsaleem Posts: 114
    i heard is good for honda parts like these?
  • alamocityalamocity Posts: 680
    I've heard that the incentive has been extended until 30 Apr though as noted dealer does not have to share money with customer as well as special finance rates.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Then you have dirty mud flaps then you will constantly need to be cleaned.
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,601
    Just checked back in. Don't think I said anything negative about Honda, just something positive about another "H" car, which was off topic & I apologise for that.

    The Accord is a great car, no question about it, but there are other alternatives.
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,601
    Sorry we cannot discuss your statement about the Accord's "superior resale value". Too bad, as The Grad said, that the mid size comparison discussion was killed off because of the behavior of a few posters.
  • ldislerldisler Posts: 83
    I'd rather clean mud flaps then have to repair stone chips. :)
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Exactly my reasoning.
  • hitman80hitman80 Posts: 17
    I got the internet quote and its mentioned that Dealer/Lender fee, Dest fee, DMV, etc are not included but they didn't mention how much are they going to cost.

    Can we bargain from the internet quote??? :)
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,604
    "Can we bargain from the internet quote???"

    I hear this every day...people call me and ask me for my "best" price. When I give them a rock bottom number, they still ask for more.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,880
    Why not? Salespeople ask customers what they have to have for their trade, and then offer less..

    Are you saying you never went lower than your "best" price to make a deal? Do you always give your absolute lowest price on the first quote?

    If so, you are probably the only person on the planet that does that. It is all negotiation.. You want the most money for the car.... the buyer wants to pay the least... Nothing wrong with that.


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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,604
    It's just funny though.

    " I don't like to go back and forth or play games...just give me your bottom dollar"

    " O.K...I'll let you have that for 17,433"

    " Can't you do any better than that"?

    A few years ago, I told a story here. We had a area with a bunch of new Hondas all sale tagged. One of the lot attendants made a HUGE mistake and he tagged an EX Civic with a tag for an LX. We would have lost a lot of money.

    Sure enough, a customer spotted that car and made a beeline for it. I saw a MAJOR error had been made. After talking to my boss, I told the customer it was a horrible mistake but we would honor that price.

    I sat him down and wrote up the deal. Not good enough for him. He actually offered 500.00 less!

    I let him know we would honor that price NOW! If he left, I would correct the error. Well, he didn't believe me and left saying he needed to "research" the deal.

    I immediatly corrected the sale tag. An hour later, he was standing in front of me. " I'll take the car"

    " Great, here is the new price"

    It was hard not to laugh as he walked out shaking his head.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,880
    Yup.. some people wouldn't know a great price if it bit them...

    You have to do your research.. when you find a great deal, pounce on it!!

    But, always ask for a little less.... ;)


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  • hitman80hitman80 Posts: 17
    Thats bcoz salesperson never offers his best deal in the first time. If you do, you might be an exception.

    Your job is to make money on customers and on the other hand customers try to get the car for lowest price. I think there is nothing wrong in negotiating. If you are selling a car for $20k an avg and when the customer asks for initial gave him 22K and if the customer is ready to take it..will you tell him that he can bargain it to 20k or sell it for 22k?
  • jcash2dsjcash2ds Posts: 29
    It's just funny though.

    " I don't like to go back and forth or play games...just give me your bottom dollar"

    " O.K...I'll let you have that for 17,433"

    " Can't you do any better than that"?

    It's funny cuz you don't give him the absolute lowest price first time still cushion it with profit, however little it may be.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,604
    Gasp! What a dirty word!
  • jmdshortjmdshort Posts: 1
    w/ Fog Lights, Splash Guards, and Floor Mats...

    $ 26K out the door from Honda Carland in Roswell, GA. While I don't have the breakdown of my base price ($ 23,740), I am fairly certain that I got it for about $1K - $ 1,250 below invoice.

    Purchase was initially handled via fax, phone and email with several other local dealerships (thanks to Fighting Chance for teaching me that process) and then finalized with Carland.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    Have the incentives gone awy?
  • saleemsaleem Posts: 114
    Clearly dealers need to make profit-- they're a business. It's our job as buyers in a competitive market to try to get the best price we can, though.

    Anyway, my question is this. Dealers *seem* to make very little per car sold. A couple hundred bucks on keen buyers, maybe 1,500 on dumb customers right now. Maybe when the 03-07 accord was newer they were getting more, but still, this doesnt pay for the salary of ALLLL those salesmen and support staff, the building, etc. So is the actual sale of the car really a "loss-leader" for keeping them for service etc? I guess money is made on extended warranties and the fee-room.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,880
    How about the servicing of those 300,000 Accord they sell every year?

    I don't think too many car dealers are losing money.. ;)


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  • To date, I've never taken my cars (have bought 2 new Accords over the last 7 years) to the dealer's service center for anything....everything is way overpriced compared to Firestone (and Pep Boys, when I rarely go there)....especially oil changes which are on average 1/2 the cost elsewhere.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    I try to do at least 1 oil change with my local dealer to at least have something in the computer just in case I have some warranty issues down the line. In the late afternoon, they also run oil change specials which come very close to the "cheaper" places, so I'd rather have a genuine Honda filter in there if at all possible. And my Civic also uses 5W-20 oil I think and wonder if every store carries that grade, as most cars seem to use 10W-20.

    The Sandman :)
  • I asked this 'question' to the dealer w/ respect to the long as I do oil changes/servicing and have proof of this (statements)...and especially at places that keep their own electronic records (Firestone), no issue will be raised for getting servicing @ the Honda Dealer. I wonder how much of the 'Cost to Own' figure is based on dealer servicing. At the most, one can save 50% off the 'cost to own' figure...the little things add up over time.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,604
    Except the really cheap customer will only use the dealer for warranty work. Once the car is out of warranty we will never see it again unless their cut-rate shop isn't capable of diagnosing a difficult problem. Then they will bring it to us.

    Some of these chain stores and quickie lube places butcher the cars too. They use cheap oil filters, overtighten oil pan bolts and strip the threads out. They sometimes put in too much or too little oil too.

    Funny, the other shops usually aren't that less expensive.

    So, we don't see all of those 300,000 Accords.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,604
    Just save your receipts.

    A lot of dealers have adjusted their prices on things like brake jobs and oil changes. You just think you are saving a lot of money.

    And a question...

    If you were looking at two used cars, the make doesn't matter. One car had heen totally dealer maintained and the seller had a folder full of records. The other car had been to K-Mart, Wal, Mart, Firestone etc for all of it's service, would one of these cars be more appealing to you?

    Also, the "chains" love to "up-sell". They are quick to push other items and repairs that may or not be needed.
  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 2,878
    My dealer charges something like $20 for an oil and filter change + checking stuff and filling the washer fluid. It's about the same price as Jiffy Lube, and I have a little more confidence that the Honda dealer is doing it all right. Plus, they have all the records in case something goes wrong. The one thing to watch out for is that the dealer tends to want to sell you more preventative maintenance than Honda itself recommends. But, as long as you ask them to just do what's in the manual, I think it's worth it to take it to the dealer. I know a lot of people don't agree...

    I have a question. If you get a new Accord with navigation, and then buy the extended warranty from Honda, is the navi system covered by the extended warranty?
  • jbl8jbl8 Posts: 40
    I want to buy a Accord SE V6, dealer give me quote of $20615 including dest. I would like to trade-in my 2002 Accord LX with 72K miles, but got quote of $7000. According to Edmunds, the average value is about $8600. Did I miss something? Please chime in!

    By the way, if Honda dealers do not make money or little money (like $100 per car etc), why the dealership is getting better and bigger every year. We are preconditioned to the MSRP and Invoice, and really have not idea the fair price - which should be dealer cost + margin (10%, 25%, whatever it may be)

  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Dealers off low trade in values. It benefits them financially.
    If they give you less money for your trade, then that's more profit for them.
    So, you need to negotiate and shop around or sell it to a private party or to CarMax.
  • saleemsaleem Posts: 114
    That seems like a low figure on the tradein. Is 8600 the trade-in value? Maybe you should get the best price w/o the trade-in, or shop it around. try selling it privately? craigslist?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,604
    In an attempt to keep Cost of Ownership numbers looking good, the maintenance reccommended by Honda reflects the MINIMUM a person should do. Some people, including myself, like to take better care of their cars than that.

    And, yes, your NAVI sustem should be covered.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,604
    The Edmunds numbers are a rough guide. Any reconditioning needed would be a deduction.

    You can always sell it yourself if you think you can get more but ddepending on where you live, you could lose a sizable sales tax credit by doing so.
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