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2013 and earlier-Honda CR-V Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • 2004 CR-V's are hard to come by in NY. The one I test drove was being picked up by it's owner. Supply appears to be constrained in this area of the country. So much for my target price of $500 over invoice. At least they didn't pour salt on the wound by sending me to the business manager for "special financing" or overpriced accessories. Paid $22,544 PLUS tax & tags. Ouch!
  • I had the same experience, having a hard time to make a good deal for a 2004 CRV. I used and found a good deal in Erie, Pa., but the tax rate here (8.25%) hurt. So, I found a 2003 EX one with 1400 miles on it through
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 4,098
    A dealer who would allow a customer to test drive a car that was already sold and prepped for a different customer is shady indeed. Once bought and paid for, it belongs to the person who paid the bucks - the dealer is just holding it for them and shouldn't have allowed a potential customer to test drive it.
  • kizhekizhe Posts: 242
    that's the SHAME!
  • Got my new satin silver CRV LX today. Sticker was 20,760.00. Got it for $19,120, with 2.9% Honda financing. Taylor's Honda in Athens Ohio - a first class dealership.
  • bharatbharat Posts: 1
    Help! I am Looking to buy a 2004 Honda EX CR-V automatic. Feedback needed in getting the BEST DEAL in Boston area. Any usefull information will be helpful.

  • bshelbshel Posts: 232
    I purchased my cr-v two weeks ago at $700 over invoice. I chose to add some accessories - side steps, cargo cover, sun visor, front mud flaps, cargo tray, wheel locks - which did increase my overall cost, but I negotiated those as well. I shopped 4-5 dealers within the area (Phil/South Jersey) to get this price. Some dealers did not have a Man. Trans on lot or coming in, and were firm about their selling price and it was MSRP, "as they would have to order the vehicle." Although the dealership wasn't my first choice in service, they had the Chianti Red arriving sooner than they originally told me, and I had to negotiate hard to get the price that was right for me.
  • amtbooksamtbooks Posts: 11
    I just got an offer from a deal via internet, is this a good deal? Are there any tricks involved in online quotes?:

    2004 Honda CR-V 4WD EX Auto
    Sale price: $20,831
    *Add $490 destination charge and $100 services fee.
  • bshelbshel Posts: 232
    That sounds like a very good offer!!!!

    I didn't buy mine through any internet prices I received, so are not aware of any possible tricks.

    Where do you live?
  • amtbooksamtbooks Posts: 11
    I live in Iowa, and the quote is from a Wisconsin dealer. Other dealers' quote are about $500-1000 higher than this one, is that too good to be true?
  • bshelbshel Posts: 232
    From what I've heard, the price can vary depending on the area - & maybe the inventory at a particular dealer also affects it. Around here, the inventory is pretty slim for CR-Vs.

    Since it is getting close to the end of the month, I think you have a great deal possible. You could even try to see if they throw in a few accessories, if you are interested in any of them.

    The great thing about getting it over the internet - you can print it out - isn't just a verbal. Do you have a preferred color - and do they have that on the lot?
  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    I just talked with my insurance company yesterday (USAA). They only service retired military and their families for insurance. BUT, they also have a credit union that is offering really good new and used auto loans. We just re-fied our CR-V and went from 4.9 to 3.9. It only cost us $18 in mailing fees and $15 in State of Michigan fees. It'll save us $8 a month and tons on back end interest.

    If you're looking for a new car loan or are stuck with a higher interest loan, check them out.
  • santoshsantosh Posts: 2
    I live in bay-area and in a market to buy a CRV-LX FWD.I got a quote at $17500.Is it a good price.Have anyone bought near or down this price.
  • bshelbshel Posts: 232
    Not sure which bay you are near, and assuming that price quote is for an Automatic LX 2wd, I'd grab it - that is invoice. Are they going to add destination on top of that? Or just tags, tax, title?
  • tcasboytcasboy Posts: 214
    icvci: You forgot about the ACTIVE DUTY military folks that USAA covers! They also have a subsidiary that insures dependents and former dependents, so if anyone in your family has ever been in the military you should give them a call and see if you are eligible for insurance through them. They are consistently rated as one of the top service providers in the insurance industry by several sources, notably Consumer Reports, and their rates are very competitive. My father (retired), 3 brothers (1 who was active duty for 5 years and 2 who never served), and myself (retired also) all use USAA for insurance on our cars. Very good company.
  • What dealer did you get your quote from? I also am interested to know if this quote includes destination as well. Did you trade in a vehicle as part of this deal? Also, is your CRV 2WD deal for one with or without side airbags? Thanks!
  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    Sorry about that. You're correct. They insure my cars and are about to insure my home. Great premiums and great service. My home owners is dropping about $300 a year. Auto is already $700 cheaper than anyone else will gve me.

    PS Thanks for serving. (I didn't.) My father-in-laws did though.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 4,098
    What I like about them is that they don't cancel your policy after an accident. Some companies do.
  • garygglgaryggl Posts: 12
    First, thanks to all of the folks who shared their buying experiences. It really helped me determine my target price as well as how I should approach the dealers.

    I started out by test driving comparable vehicles and ignoring the salespeople when asked, "What would it take to get your business today?" I simply took notes on each vehicle and determined that the CR-V was the best suited for my needs. I also figured out what options that I wanted and set my price range before I took the next step.

    I waited until the last weekend before the end of the month, fired up the computer at 8am, and used Edmund's internet quote service. I already knew that I had four Honda dealerships within easy driving distance and that there should be some competition. I requested in my e-mail that I wanted an itemized price breakout with a final Out-the-Door price. I also stated in my e-mail that the dealers who followed my instructions to the letter along with having the lowest OTD price would contacted for round 2. One dealer didn't follow instructions - "I will beat your best price" is an old school sales game that I would not tolerate - these folks let the other dealers do the hard work and then try to bid just slightly lower at the end - not honest in my book. Round two was just a series of e-mails between myself and the three final dealerships to ensure that each quote was comparable and get any final questions answered.

    I had other things going on this day, so at 2pm I sent an e-mail to the three dealers for their "best and final offer" by 5pm, and said that I would buy my vehicle that day at 6pm. Two out of three held to their original prices; however, the third came in $320 under invoice and I bought my CR-V that day. The price breakout was as follows: $21,000 (CR-V plus freight); $299 Appearance Package (pin stripes, mud flaps, locking lugs, etc.); $664.17 (State & County Taxes); $39.50 (Tags). OTD Grand Total: $22,002.67.

    The internet auctioning was far better than dealing directly with the salespeople. I could look over everything at my pace and make the next move when I wanted to. A great experience and that red Honda sure looks good in the driveway!
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    The Motley Fools (financial advisor group) use a very similar method. It'll get you the best price, but the winner is often the dealer who happens to have what you want in stock. If that's all you want, do it.

    On the other hand, it doesn't give you a great impression of what the dealer will be like if there's a problem with your vehicle, or if you plan on having it serviced at the dealer.

    Anyway... Congrats on your new CR-V!
  • garygglgaryggl Posts: 12
    Sigh... I already knew that three out of five dealers had the CR-V on the lot... like I said, I did my homework. Hendricks Honda has a great service reputation and I feel totally comfortable with their operation. However, since I do have two other Honda dealerships nearby, I can always pick and choose my servicing dealer.

    Life in my Honda is grand!
  • garygglgaryggl Posts: 12
    Yes, you either love' em or hate' em. However, I want to know who has the best price on a 7 year/75K $0 deductible extended warranty on a CR-V. I tried doing a search on this site, but most of the hits are irrelevant.

    Any good leads???
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    You might try the Extended Warranties discussion.

    tidester, host
  • deedee Posts: 1
    I am totally new in this game. Please help me get a good deal on either a Honda CRV LX or Honda Civic EX in the Austin/Dallas Texas areas. I have been offered 18800 for the CRV- is that good??
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Check out the Tips & Advice articles while waiting for responses.

    Steve, Host
  • garygglgaryggl Posts: 12
    tidster: I did an extended warranty search and nothing came up. When I bought my Odyssey, I found e-mails that listed up to 10 dealerships as well as the quoted prices for extended warranties. I'm just trying to cut down on some time. Any help is appreciated.
  • tommydtommyd Posts: 10
    This is the quote I received via Internet for a FWD 2004 LX. Question: Good deal, or what?

    $ 19,490.00.......Retail Price
    $ 18,398.00.......Your Special Internet Price
    $ 19,319.49.......Your Total Out the Door Price
    NOTE: Your Total Out-the-Door Price includes:
    Freight charges
    Applicable Virginia tax, title and license fees
    Dealer processing fees
    Your Price also includes the DEALER NAME Value Package which includes:
    Door Edge Guards
    Wheel Well Guards
    Pin Stripes
    Mud Flaps
    Floor Mats (where applicable)
    Wheel Locks (where applicable)
    Colors available:Mojave Mist, Chianti Red, Satin Silver
  • beebee13beebee13 Posts: 38
    Does anyone know if there is one in the works???
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Did you buy a CR-V or a Pilot??

    tidester, host
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    I dumped it - two identical posts I can tolerate but more is spam :-)

    Steve, Host
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