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Honda Ridgeline Lease Questions



  • Hi Car_man,
    I too would like to know if the $1000 incentive can be applied to a lease.

    Is the MF and residual the same for 12K and 15K miles/yr?

    I have negotiated a purchase price of $27,383 for a RTL w/o SR (after rebate), according to my calculations the monthly lease s/b $301 w/o tax. The MSRP is $32,040, money factor .00084 & residual 56%...36 month...12,000 miles/ yr.
    Is $301/ month # correct?

    The lease calculator on the Honda website says $327, why is there a difference?

    Thanks in advance
  • I hear mention that the rate system is based upon credit score and the best rates are available to top tier credit scores. What's the cut off for the best rates? My score is 743. Does that make it?
  • dmjjpydmjjpy Posts: 11
    Can I ask where you got that quote for $27383?? I'm in Seattle and I can't find a dealer that will budge under invoice! :cry: :cry:
  • I live in Maryland and the local dealer's internet sales person quoted $27,383 right from the start.
  • Hi dmjjpy. What the dealer told you is correct. The $1,000 dealer cash that Honda is currently providing on the Ridgeline is not compatible with its special lease program. Dealer invoice is a very good price for a lease of a Ridgeline. For additional feedback on how much you should pay for one, visit the following discussion: "Honda Ridgeline SUT: Prices Paid & Buying Experience".

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  • You're very welcome, pferullo. If you were to lease a 2006 Honda Ridgeline RT-L without the moonroof option through Honda Finance right now for 36 months with 12,000 miles per year, its buy rate lease money factor and residual value should be .00084 and 56%, respectively. I'd be happy to estimate what this truck's lease payment should be for you, however in order for me to do so I need you to provide me with an approximate selling price for the one that you want.

    I am not 100% positive, but I do not believe that Honda Finance charges any sort of lease disposition aka turn in fee.

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  • You're absolutely right, granite_stater. Any time a vehicle has an option that reduces its residual value, it really adds insult to injury. Not only do you have to pay for the option, but you have to pay for more depreciation as well.

    15,000 miles per year is the highest mileage allowance that Honda finance leases vehicles with. If you need to drive more than that, 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.

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  • Unfortunately, psailj, the $1,000 dealer cash that Honda is currently providing on the Ridgeline is not compatible with its special lease program. Vehicles' lease money factors are the same, regardless of how many miles per year you are allowed to drive them, but their residual values change. Specifically, Honda Finance's 36 month residual values are 2% higher for vehicles leased with 12,000 miles per year than they are for vehicles leased with 15,000. I just double checked your calculations and I also came up with $301 per month for this truck. I'm not sure why the lease calculator on Honda's site told you a higher payment. Perhaps the latest lease program information is not being fed into it, or it includes a security deposit waiver.

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  • Hi fullwave2. I forget the exact score that one needs to have to qualify for Honda Finance's "Super Preferred" credit tier, but I believe that it is something like 730. With your score, I don't think that you will have any trouble qualifying for Honda Finance's best rates.

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  • Thanks Car Man. Now just have to see how the Ridgeline does against WAF. For those that don't know what WAF is, it's "Wife Acceptance Factor". :)
  • Car Man - Is the Honda Lease Calculator off on their website? Just for arguments sake, I checked a 36 month lease on the RTS using a sale price of 28,600.00 and got $376 a month. A big difference from what I'm seeing with your calculations. That would appear they're not adjusting for any current special rates. What are you showing? Thanks.
  • The selling price is $29,300. Thanks again.
  • Has anyone else been running into this $595 Bank Acquisition Fee? I've been told by two dealerships in CT that Honda chages this fee on all leases. They add it to the net capitalized cost to calculate the lease and it adds about $16 per month on a 36 month lease.
  • I'm currently negotiating a lease on the RTL w/o MR and there's been no mention of a bank acquisition fee. Don't think that will be necessary if Honda Lease is going to carry it. Could it be an issue with credit score requiring them to shop the lease to other bank sources? Don't know.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 119,685
    The $595 acquisition fee is charged on every Honda Finance lease.. They can roll it into the cap cost (my preference), or you can pay it upfront..

    Virtually every leasing company or bank has this fee.

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  • ssg22ssg22 Posts: 1
    I just read your posting on I test drove a honda ridgeline rtl today. They gave me a price of 26,700 and said they would lower the cap cost as much as they can. The lease associate said the price was 1000 below invoice. I checked the invoice price on edmunds and it was 1600 below what edmunds had listed. Your monthly payment calculation would be very helpfull. I appreciate it. ssg
  • Where are you located to get $1600 below invoice?
  • I'm currently shopping for deals on RTL (w/out SR). I read in this forum that there's special lease program going on now (0.00084 money factor, 56% residual). When is this program good 'til?

    I just received a lease quote from a local dealer and here's the breakdown:
    $1248.67 (regular drive-off?)
    36 months, 12k miles/year
    $340.15 + tax
    residual $17922.80

    shouldn't the residual be $17942 (56% of MSRP $32040)?
    The dealer hasn't provided me with a selling price, yet.

    How does this quote look?
  • The selling price for this lease quote is $27998.
  • $0 down sign & drive, lease for $359. 36 month term. $0 total due at delivery (includes $0 down pymt. $0 first month pymt., taxes, tags & $379 doc. fees.) 12k mi/yr allowance. On approved credit. Residual: $16,385 Money factor .00094 On a scale from 1 to 10 is this a good lease? gmd
  • You're welcome, fullwave. I like the "WAF" factor that you mentioned... well I don't actually like it because I have to deal with it myself, I mean the expression is funny ;) .

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  • Hi everyone. Honda is scheduled to publish its new March lease program today. I should have an opportunity to take a look over within the next day or two. I would appreciate it if those of you who still have questions for me about leasing one post a note for me in this discussion later on this week. I'll be happy to answer any questions that you have on the new program then. Thanks.

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  • mrjjgittesmrjjgittes Posts: 156
    I'd be interested in your analysis of the new program.thanks
  • Hi CarMan..I would appreciate your advice. I want to lease a Black RTL w/ NAV in Texas and was quoted the following. Quoted ,in writing, internet discount $30,674 (includes $550 destination fee). Trade In ('03 Accord EX) after payoff value of $6,062. Dealer quoting me 36m/12K @ $268-277/mo. Does this sound like a solid deal? Per Edmunds..purchase price of vehicle would be $1K under invoice (including $550 destination fee). Thanks for your help! :)
  • According to a visit to my local Honda dealer yesterday, Honda has dropped the money factor from 0.00084/0.00094 to 0.00047 (with security deposit) or 0.00057 (no security deposit) but they've also reduced the residual values, at least on the RTL w/ nav. It's now 52%. This drops the zero down, no security deposit payments by about $20 a month (36/12,000) on a RTL w/nav. Toyota still has a fantastic deal on a Tundra lease (money factor of 0.00025 and a residual value of 63%) and I'm probably leaning that way unless Honda loosens up their lease terms. I can get a comparably equiped Tundra with V-8 for about $67/month less. I really like the Ridgeline, but the Tundra is no slouch and money talks to me.
  • Hi hooligan36. $1,000 under dealer invoice is a good price for this truck. I would be happy to use Honda's current lease program to estimate what your lease payment should be like on the Ridgeline that you are interested in right now, however in order for me to do so I need you to provide me with its full MSRP. For now, I can tell you that if you want to trade your current vehicle in, you would be better off if you had the dealer you are working with cut you a check for it rather than using the proceeds from your deal as a down payment on your lease. 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 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 Ridgeline would be exactly the same, regardless of whether you had put several thousand dollars down, or had made absolutely no down payment at all.

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  • Right now I am trying to decide to purchase or lease the honda ridgeline. That 268 price sounds great. can you get that zero down if you dont have a trade in. I was going to stop leasing but at that price under 300 mth, that would save me some money at an estimate of 650 mth for purchasing for 60 mths.

    If anyone can help me to see the forest from the trees, i would appreciate it.
  • dbest1adbest1a Posts: 3
    Yeah 268 a month if your Tier 1 ... otherwise they try to jack your price up ... Then you have to haggle more for the thing.
    I know I am not paying more than 400.. cause if it works out to more than that I am going to finance a 04 or 05 truck..
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    so you want to pay $268 per month with zero down and no trade in?

    yea that would be nice, but...

    I don't think you understand that hooligan36 is achieving that payment by trading in a car that has maybe $6k+ in equity.

    am I missing something here - that doesn't sound like a good way to lease a vehicle to me - there's too much $$ being put down up front.
  • miller14miller14 Posts: 9
    Hi CarMan! I am interested in leasing a 2006 RTL without sunroof and navigation. I would like to lease it for 36 months with 15K miles a year. Could you please tell me the residual and money factor on this vehicle right now. Thanks!
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