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  • sreisssreiss Posts: 65
    I bought from Brewster Honda last fall. I found Danbury Honda unwilling to deal at all. Curtiss Ryan Honda in Shelton are also good, but I also found last fall that they were selling at MSRP only. I think that's pretty typical in this area for the CRV. At Brewster Honda, they have a pretty good 'internet sales' program and you can do a lot over e-mail. I used the Costco auto buying program, which pre-sets the markup over invoice. I don't think I got a phenomenal deal, but I definitely did better than what seemed to be prevailing price (MSRP only) in the general area, so I was happy.

    I personally would not consider the RAV4, but you may have a different opinion. I had the unfortunate experience of being hit in the tailgate recently, and when having it estimated/fixed, I got the comment 'good thing it's not a RAV4'. I guess the Honda is a lot better built, at least in terms of getting hit from behind.

    Anyway, Brewster Honda is about 5 minutes over the NYS line, so they are not far. Other than having to withstand the onslaught of the pitch to buy the extended warranty, it was painless. On the point of the warranty, you'll do much better by going to www.curryhondacare.com. It's the same warranty, and it's much less costly. You may also be able to use their pricing to discuss with the local dealer. Frankly, I bought the extended warranty for my Odyssey just prior to the 3yr factory warranty expiring, so there's not really a big hurry to get it.

    One other point-- NYS does not charge the 'conveyance fee' or whatever it's called that CT dealers do, so that saves about $150 right there. They took my trade, registered it in CT for me, charged me CT sales tax, etc. The whole thing couldn't have been smoother. Good luck.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Everywhere, USAPosts: 126,124
    You seem amazed the the Rav4 sells for $400 over cost, but the deal quoted on the CRV is only $670 over invoice. That seems like a small difference to me.

    They are marking up the warranty by quite a bit, though. You can buy it online from a dealer in Massachusetts for about $1000 for the 7yr/100K. I wouldn't switch to a different car or go very far to save $300 or less. If you seem as eager to buy in person as your postings here convey, then maybe that is hurting your bargaining position.

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • sreisssreiss Posts: 65
    I bought from Brewster Honda last fall. I found Danbury Honda unwilling to deal at all. Curtiss Ryan Honda in Shelton are also good, but I also found last fall that they were selling at MSRP only. I think that's pretty typical in this area for the CRV. At Brewster Honda, they have a pretty good 'internet sales' program and you can do a lot over e-mail. I used the Costco auto buying program, which pre-sets the markup over invoice. I don't think I got a phenomenal deal, but I definitely did better than what seemed to be prevailing price (MSRP only) in the general area, so I was happy.

    I personally would not consider the RAV4, but you may have a different opinion. I had the unfortunate experience of being hit in the tailgate recently, and when having it estimated/fixed, I got the comment 'good thing it's not a RAV4'. I guess the Honda is a lot better built, at least in terms of getting hit from behind.

    Anyway, Brewster Honda is about 5 minutes over the NYS line, so they are not far. Other than having to withstand the onslaught of the pitch to buy the extended warranty, it was painless. On the point of the warranty, you'll do much better by going to www.curryhondacare.com. It's the same warranty, and it's much less costly. You may also be able to use their pricing to discuss with the local dealer. Frankly, I bought the extended warranty for my Odyssey just prior to the 3yr factory warranty expiring, so there's not really a big hurry to get it.

    One other point-- NYS does not charge the 'conveyance fee' or whatever it's called that CT dealers do, so that saves about $150 right there. They took my trade, registered it in CT for me, charged me CT sales tax, etc. The whole thing couldn't have been smoother. Good luck.
  • wenwen Posts: 42
    Thanks "sreiss" for the reply. You really saved me quite a bit of running around as I too got "bad vibes" while dealing prices with Fair Honda, Danbury. To me, they appeared quite arrogent, probably because they have more buyers coming in than they can get vehicles to sell. I totally agree about the RAV4, especially when it comes to rear end collisions. For the record, I am NOT trying to get the "best price" on a new CR-V, but I am mainly looking for a "trusted dealer" in the unfortunate event I ever have to get the vehicle serviced due to a big recall or just a minor "new car tweak". I have actually had TWO "bad experiences" at Curtiss-Ryan (I lived in Shelton for 18 years) and believe it or not, RETURNED a brand new '90 Honda to them after two days, for a full refund. Turns out they SWAPPED trunk lids from another new Accord as the one I waited two months to come in, arrived with a damaged trunk. Can you imagine the feeling I had when I got it home, put the key in the trunk, and it didn't turn. After opening it up from the inside latch I saw the "primer outline" of the original trunk screws next to the newly installed hinge screws. Man was I furious and back to the Dealer the Accord went. I hammered into the owner and finally after mentioning my Lawyer and "fraud" charges, got a 100% refund. I then went to New Haven (Brandfon) and bought my Accord EX Coupe.
    Anyway....... I got an EMAIL quote from Brewster Honda yesterday, called them when I got home, and put a "deposit" on a CR-V that is due around July 10th. I am driving over there this Sunday. What really is hurtin' me is that I am trying to SELL my 2000 Acura 3.2TL with photo ads (Bargain News), etc. and for a vehicle that's really in "immaculate" condition, I'm getting NO bites... none at all. As far as trade-in, man what an insult when I get only $13K - $14K. If you saw it you would drool.......... it's like almost "perfect" !! Excellently maintaned with lots of T.L.C. and many new parts (tires, brakes, rotors, battery, etc.) and extra goodies like full size spare on alloy, etc.
  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    I have an opportunity to buy a clean 2002 LX AWD with just under 17K miles. Since it is an early production "Gen II" vehicle, I'm concerned that I might be buying a car full of problems that Honda worked out as they got more production under their belt. Anyone out there with good or bad experiences with an early '02? All info appreciated!
  • sreisssreiss Posts: 65
    Glad it worked out. On the point of Danbury Honda, I agree I haven't had good buying experiences there. I do use them for service, though, and have been happy over the years. Good luck with it-- SAR
  • dondadadondada Posts: 15
    "trusted dealer". That's an oxymoron isn't it? Anyway I'm glad you were able to find a deal to your liking. got a 5spd MT from Fair Honda last fall and at that time they were the only ones willing to negotiate. Got a real sweet deal too. Just goes to show how the "environment" can change in a few months.
    Good luck with your purchase.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Honda typically holds a year end clearance sale in August. It allows them to clean out most of the 2004 models before the 2005s arrive. You might want to try just before the sale is over. During the sale, there will be more people competing for the dealer inventory.
  • mydestinymydestiny Posts: 6
    I posted before about our price paid for our 2004 CRV purchased right before new years. I have over 5,000 miles on it...and we were rear ended yesterday...I am sad, its my baby.

    The tire on back I feel protected it well. Right bumper damage, tire dented the door some (still opens and closes right) (leather cover scraped up bad)...my exhaust is red from the perfect circle it put in his front end. My family of 5 was in there, we are all ok, little sore...but thankful it wasnt worse but we took a strong hit.

    I know one thing, my rental had better be an SUV because it could have been a lot worse had we been in something smaller. I had an anciet 89 civic hatchback before this one and I bet my kids would have been injured if we would have been in it.

    I didnt know what board to post on, sorry for the OT, but it may help someone who considers buying. I just know other CRV lovers would understand how I feel today. Needing the comfort.
  • edunnettedunnett Posts: 553
    Any recommendations on dealers in Bay Area that have great service departments and/or non-deceptive sales practives? Any opinion of San Leandro Honda? -elissa
  • steve999steve999 Posts: 9
    Ok, we are looking at the CRV and wondering if putting 2 car seats and 1 booster seat in the back will work. Or should we get at van? We are also looking at the Mazda MPV van, Honda's van is out of our budget. I can get the MPV for $19,200.

    I have gotten a price on a 04 LX 2WD Auto for $18,000 plus TT&F not sure if dest charge is included in that or not.

    Also, I found a web site that has Honda's Ext warranty and prices seemed good. So do a search on their warranty and check it out.
  • edunnettedunnett Posts: 553
    Wow, I'm very glad to hear you and your family are well. As my husband is in the market for a CR-V, I'm glad to hear that it's fairly good on the safety front and that Honda has improved the rear bumper crumpling of the CR-V. A few years ago, you might have been uninjured but you would have been lacking a rear window:

    Video of 5mph rear bumper crash on CR-V
    http://www.progressive.com/video/02CRVLSP.mpg

    If you have trouble with the movies, check out the crash test results in the category of small SUVs, this actually solidified my own decision to purchase Subaru Foresters, but the CR-V has definitely made some strides:
    http://www.iihs.org/news_releases/2002/pr070202.htm
  • bshelbshel Posts: 232
    Steve, the 2 car seats and 1 booster do fit. I've done that. Another CR-V owner has 3 car seats in her 2004.
  • mydestinymydestiny Posts: 6
    Thank you for posting that, looked like my CRV in the video, alarming, wow. I think my car took the hit on the right side of the tire mostly, that is where most of the damage is, and its lower. Will see how much damage was done next week.

    To the person who asked about the car seats...I would have to say depending on the size of the seat. We have an 04 and Il laws required boosters for children up to 8yr a week AFTER buying the CRV. That put my almost 8yr old 70 child back in a booster and caused problems. I have one car seat and two boosters now...and it is a tight fit. Lots of whining from the booster kids 6 and 7 about buckling, and often have to help...these are just the lower boosters not back support, nothing fancy. If you are just unstrapping one child from the booster it may fit just fine if you place the booster child by a door. They do fit but not exactly comfortly...and it wont be until my CRV is back from the shop that I will get a professional car seat instalation. No need to go for a van if CRV doesnt work out. We had a ford expedition while mine were little and all 3 car seats fit perfect, roomy larger SUV, and honestly..I didnt look at the Pilot but I have heard good things about it...as a family car.

    If you are seriously considering, maybe during a test drive, take the seats and drive it to a police safety inspection point, let a trained person tell you if they fit right and safe.
  • I live in NH but bought my Lx awd Crv in Mass..since the dealership in Nh wouldn't come down on the price 20,050...ended up paying 19120.00 with 4.09% (from Honda finance)...I didn't go for the warranty which was 900 bucks for 7yr/100k..but was told if i got the warranty and didn't use it after 7yrs I could get my money back for the warranty..I think I did a pretty good Deal? And I think it help that for future brother-in-law works for the dealership!!
  • wenwen Posts: 42
    I would NEVER buy ANY vehicle without a genuine FACTORY EXTENDED warranty. You actually have up to two years/24K miles from date of purchase of new Honda to purchase one from any Honda dealer. In September 1999 I purchased a brand new 2000 Acura 3.2TL and purchased the genuine Acura/Honda exteneded 7 year/100K for around $900 from the dealer at the same time I purchased the TL. Acura has a 4 year/50K standard warranty, and my extended coverage just kicked in last September '03 and is good until September '06 -or- 100K miles. I just sold this Acura TL privately for $18K (only 38,600 miles) as the "trade-in" value and the prices Honda dealers offered me (as trade) was utterly disgusting (under $14K). Anyway, I called Acura/Honda and they told me I could get a $332 REFUND on my "unused" (pro-rated) Acura extended warranty -or- for $50 I could "transfer" it to the new owners. I opted to pay the $50 and include this extended warranty as another selling feature (in addition to new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires, new brakes & rotors, new battery, full size spare on alloy, etc.) What I am saying is that you WILL NOT get anywhere near what you paid for the warranty, BUT..... it is well worth having it for "piece of mind". As a Service Manager (small, hick town, family run, Chrysler-Plymouth) I see 90% of the "big problems" (A.C. evaporator, steering rack, fuel pump, ball joints) happen only 6K miles AFTER warranty expires, and Chrysler does NOT believe in "good will" fixes like Acura/Honda does.
    BUY THE EXTENDED WARRANTY !!!!!!!!!!!
  • mwrussellmwrussell Posts: 5
    04 CRV EX w/AT with mud flaps for $21.7 plus TTL. This is below the edmunds price for my city and well below the carsdirect price. That doesn't mean that I am done haggling though :)
  • hgfythgfyt Posts: 2
    Thank edmund!!! I bought LX-2WD with side bags $17900 + $149 (mud flips) + TTL Saturday from Lanier Honda in Mall of Georgia, professional salesman. I believe the 2004 clearance is under way, catch the period, guys!
  • guillermoguillermo Posts: 2
    I am also about to purchase an CR-V LX, but I need the advise from the experts. One dealer
    in MD is offering me $18,612 plus destination ($490), Taxes and Tags, this price includes processing fee for a 4WD LX CR-V, is this a good offer? or do you think I could go lower than this? Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    G.
  • bshelbshel Posts: 232
    is this an Auto or MT? Counteroffer with have them adding on some accessories. Cargo tray, cargo cover, moonroof visor, you pick.
  • guillermoguillermo Posts: 2
    This is for an Automatic, another dealer offered me one with
    side air bags for $230. I also checked Grand Honda, and they
    offered me $18900 including destination charges. That price
    seems pretty good, but not low enough to fly up to Chicago.
  • bshelbshel Posts: 232
    Be sure to tell your local dealer about another dealer's price at 18,900 incl destination. They should meet that price and with adding TTL - you are out the door. Watch the paperwork to make sure they don't hit you with unreasonable document fees. Sounds like you've got a good deal! Enjoy.
  • is this just another way of adding $100 dealer profit to the sale, after pricing has been set?

    Do all dealers charge for "documentation"...or is this just another negotiable item on the sheet?

    What's anyone's experience with this?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Everywhere, USAPosts: 126,124
    Yes..it is just a way to add profit.. Since it is an uneven number like that, some of the charges included may be legitimate, such as temporary tags, title fees, etc.. When they spring these after a price has been agreed upon, I usually tell them no, that if they want to charge that, then they have to lower my price by the same amount. However, if it is very low (under $50), I have just let it go. At some point, its not worth worrying about.

    regards,
    kyfdx

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    Edmunds Moderator

  • Thanks...exactly what I thought. Just found out one of my sellers thinks $199 is reasonable...another thinks $275. These guys are really funny.
  • hunnybhunnyb Posts: 4
    I was happy with the price I received at Autowest in Fremont last year. Got about 4 East Bay email quotes through Edmunds. Autowest gave me the best price (see post #131 May 2003). No frills, no fuss. The price I given by the Fleet Mgr/Internet Sales was straight forward - no deceptive tactics. It was the finance guy who tried to offer the extras but to no avail of my "no's."

      Since this dealership is not convenient for me for service, I have my dealer-necessary service and repairs done at Jim Doten's Honda in Berkeley. I haven't had problems with Doten's service dept. since 1994. They couldn't match the vehicle sales price which is why I didn't buy from them, but I've kept them for service. The fact that most of the service techs and writers have been there longer than I have been a customer should speak something about keeping good employees.

       Remember, you don't have be tied to the sales dealership for your car servicing. - "hunnyb"
  • I've been researching CR-V's for a long time now and am presently in the market for a new car....won't go into details.

    I test drove a CR-V EX today (2004) but was really wanting to get the 2WD LX. The salesguy should have let me test drive a LX, but I don't think he had any available to test drive at that time. Anyhow, I just wonder if the 2WD LX drives differently than the EX?

    Also, the sticker price for the LX that I want is $20,850 and the salesguy gave me the impression that they wouldn't come down much from that price. I think it includes the destination charge as well. And it doesn't have side airbags either.

    This is the only Honda dealer in town and there is no competition for miles....so I'm afraid I won't be getting a good deal on this SUV. I checked KBB and they estimated a price of $19,100.

    Any thoughts or advice?

    Thanks!!
  • bshelbshel Posts: 232
    sharona, I would go ahead and get price quotes from the farther away competition anyway. Fax/email requests - to get a bidding war going. I think you can work them off that 20850 for the LX. The salesperson needs to try to do the best he can and you are the one paying the money, so you are in control. Have the sales manager come in on the conversation if need be. Do yr research, be prepared, they should work with you on making the deal. Good luck.
  • Bshel, I'm a Sam's Club member and they have an auto buying program and the dealership is participating. So I filled out an online request last night and am waiting to see what deal he is going to give me. The contact person is actually the sales manager whom I was introduced to yesterday and he was also trying to sell me on the car. I believe the CR-V LX is without options and no side airbags. How do you find out what the invoice price is? It appears that there are a few people who have bought LX's at quite a bit below the $20,580 sticker price...some even as low as mid $17,000's? I won't be dealing in cash...in fact, I have to either finance through Honda or go through other financing.

    Does anyone know what the going rate is right now through Honda finance? Sam's club has an auto finance at 4.19% for 60 mos but someone on this forum mentioned that dealerships don't like to take checks from outside financing?

    Oh what a headache!!

    Additionally, I do have a "trade-in"....1994 Honda Accord LX with 120,000 miles and a compressor that needs to be repaired....it's making a rattling noise. I'm thinking that it's going to be a goose egg trade-in....boo hoo.

    What to do, what to do?
  • Used a referal from Costco to contact the dealer sales person. Negotiated a better price, once I pointed out the Costco "no haggle" deal wasn't competitive.

    My final #'s look like this for a cash sale, no trade-in.

    20,730 CR-V EX
       490 Dest & Handling
    21,220 Total Cost

      1,273.20 NJ Sales Tax
        189.00 documentation
         86.70 DMV

    22,768.90 out the door price

    Planet Honda/Union, NJ

    A good shopping experience for me. Negoitated everything on the phone, no surprises when I went in to complete the transaction, and pick up the CR-V. Nice people to deal with. I'd buy from them again.

    Thanks to the Edmunds site and members of this forum, for helping me to get prepared for shopping!
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