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#21143 of 30589 2008 Honda Oddyssey EXL or +res
Dec 18, 2008 (9:14 am)
I am new to this forum and am looking for some good advice! We are in the market for an Odyssey and do not want to have to pay more than we have to. We have scoured dealers on the internet and locally to get the prices offered on this forum but noone seems to budge!
They almost kick us out the door or do not email us anymore! Is this a tactic or are they really not interested in selling to us at 25000 for exl and 26300 for RES?
End of the year is here, the colors are very few and they still won't budge.....what gives! Should I wait or just give them the extra $600 they want? Help!
PS this is in the Cincinnati area.
#21144 of 30589 Re: 2008 Honda Oddyssey EXL or +res [cincyody]
Dec 18, 2008 (9:34 am)
Cincy - What I would do is do a search in this forum to see what others are paying or at least getting offered.
It could also be a geographic thing. I know in Phoenix, the dealers were not as quick to negotiate as they are on the east and west coast for 08 EX-L.
Try that for starters...
#21145 of 30589 Re: PreOwned Odyssey [tampa2]
Dec 18, 2008 (9:42 am)
Thanks for the response. Did you purchase both of your Odysseys new?
#21146 of 30589 Re: Certified Pre-owned Odyssey [willenj1]
Dec 18, 2008 (10:10 am)
My only advice if you're looking at the older touring where PAX wasn't optional is to NOT get it. They made PAX optional later on the touring because it's a TERRIBLY EXPENSIVE thing to maintain. $1500 to replace tires (almost twice as frequently as normal, too) is what you can expect instead of $500-600 for a nice set of regular tires that last twice as long. You can't downgrade a PAX unit, either, so you're stuck with the expense over the life of the van. It's one reason the used Touring Odysseys with PAX are so cheap many places - the word is out on how lame PAX really is.
#21147 of 30589 Re: 2008 Honda Oddyssey EXL or +res [cincyody]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Dec 18, 2008 (10:13 am)
In my experience, the lowest prices are at Performance on Rt 4..
Might take some time and gnashing of teeth, but they usually will have the best price...
#21148 of 30589 Re: Certified Pre-owned Odyssey [hondaphan]
Dec 18, 2008 (11:23 am)
Thanks for the advice! I will not go anywhere near a Honda with the PAX system. After reading your post, I checked another blog and it was nothing but bad news about that system.
#21149 of 30589 Re: 2008 Honda Oddyssey EXL or +res [kyfdx]
Dec 18, 2008 (2:39 pm)
Thanks for fast response! I actually went to Performance Honda and they told me not to waste my time! I came in there with an offer of 25000 for the EXL and wanted a good price on my trade in. I did not think that was too much to ask, but I do not think they were impressessed when I pulled out the "folder" that had NADA and KBB prices. I also had prices paid around the country that verified my offer. Anyway I think they were either laughing at my offer or thought I would comeup on it.
#21150 of 30589 Re: 2008 Honda Oddyssey EXL or +res [cincyody]
Dec 18, 2008 (2:45 pm)
Seriously, the email rodeo is the best method to get a price near the rock-bottom. Look up all the dealers within a hundred miles or two, email ALL of them, and pick the best one. In fact, I set up an email JUST for my honda shopping "hondaodyssey2008quest" at a free provider (gmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc), and used a name not exactly like my own until I picked the quote I wanted to pursue. Wasting your time in person before you have a hard quote you like is just that - a waste. Also, a trade-in muddies the waters. You're probably going to get your best deal selling the trade-in car on your own.
#21151 of 30589 Re: 2008 Honda Oddyssey EXL or +res [hondaphan]
Dec 18, 2008 (3:14 pm)
I know the trade in is killing us on the purchase but thought we could get a great price before the end of the end of the year and the financing at 1.9% is a teaser.
I did a lot of price shopping on the internet and that has not gotten me very far or should I say close to my price! They just do not want to budge much.
Were you able to negotiate via email any better? I tried to pull the "I will come pick it up today for that price" and "I will give you all high marks on a review"
I still had no luck and they stopped emailing me! I actually purchased the CRV for a lower than internet priced as a walk in customer. I thought I would do the same but I think they try to pull your chain more.
One internet dealer actually raised the quoted price on me!
#21152 of 30589 Re: 2008 Honda Oddyssey EXL or +res [cincyody]
Dec 18, 2008 (7:10 pm)
First, I'd leave the trade off the table.
Second, email ALL the dealers (whether they show stock or not on autotrader.com) with your specific request and the mention of the 100% score on the satisfaction survey to the dealer you close the deal with. That's IT - don't make it too wordy, and don't tell them about your aunt sally's love of red cars. Overly chatty turns off some people. The dealer I eventually went with didn't even have stock on the one I wanted, but they had the best quote, even AFTER doing a dealer trade to bring in the one we wanted, so zero 2008 stock should not stop your initial email to any dealer in range.
From what you get back, start paring down the possibilities. Almost 50% of my initial emails went unanswered. No biggie, I didn't need them if they didn't need a sale. I had plenty of quotes to choose from. I WAITED a couple days and the really competent ones emailed ME to see how they fared. From there, it was just small details and the deal was done with a final quote. I walked into the store, did the honda financing deal, signed the sales contract and was out of there in about 70 minutes total (most of which was waiting on the financing part to be approved). About as close to a 100% internet deal as you can get, I think.