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Honda Insight, Hybrid Cars, Coupe, Hatchback
#145 of 187 Cost details of my purchase...
Feb 08, 2003 (1:12 am)
I'm a new soon-to-be member of the Insight family. I'm in Vancouver, BC, and have just purchased a 2000 5spd w/AC from a dealer in Ontario. The dealer is shipping it out to me next week. I'll have my VIN in a few days... It was a trade into Image Honda in Hamilton, Ontario, with only 23,000 KM on the odometer. Paid $17,800 CDN with 60 month Honda Canada financing at 7.4%.
The identical car is available used in Vancouver now (at Regency Honda), however it has 72,000 KM on it, and looks rough (mangled alloys, broken skirt, cracked tail light, and it was the 'burger bus' for the dealer, so the cargo area is completely stained). After viewing the car once when it was priced at $16,800 CDN, then asked to come back again when they'd reduced it to $14,900 CDN. Was about to put my offer in when the salesman said that, since they had just reduced it, there was NO WAY any offer below list price would be entertained... (all I wanted was new, cleaner, floor mats...). That blew me out the door.
Now the amazingly great staff at Carter Honda in Vancouver have graciously offered to accept my car shipment from Image Honda, handle all my documents for me, clean it, and have offered the services of their 'Insight' technician to spend a couple hours going over all the details on delivery.
This is my 5th honda product, and the service just keeps getting better. With my last Honda purchase, a new 1998 Accord from West City Motors in Belleville, Ontario, my salesperson Karla had a box of home-made cookies she'd made herself waiting in the back seat at delivery....
I realize, factoring in the US exchange rate, that perhaps I've given average to high dollars for the car. But I also feel better knowing that perhaps the little extra commission was enjoyed by the salesperson, and some extra profit has helped operations at the dealership.
It's good 'Car-ma'....
#147 of 187 Current pricing on an new Insight
Feb 17, 2003 (9:18 pm)
Today, I test drove an Insight. I LOVED IT! It had 242 miles on it. They have a 'sale' price of $19,400 USD. I expect prices should be low on these with all the new models coming out next year from Ford (Escape), Honda (RAV4), and others. Does anyone have suggestions for a reasonably good price in Southern California? I read the posting for a person buying used in Canada at around $10,000 with 20 or 30k Km.
Feb 19, 2003 (10:51 pm)
Hey there, got mine (a 2000 Insight with 23,000 KM) for $17,700 CDN ($11,700 USD). It's a silver 5spd with A/C, purchased in Ontario, Canada, and they're shipping it to Vancouver, BC. I missed the very last new, unregistered 2000 model by a couple weeks. It was a red 5spd with A/C, sold in Edmonton, AB for $19,000 CDN ($12,600 USD).
It sounds like your sale price is pretty close to list. Search online, and don't be afraid to buy one out-of-state. CA has a high demand and short supply. I believe there was one dealer in Lousianna selling then for $5000 under list; shipping should be under $1000...
#149 of 187 How Fast can you go on the highway ?
Jun 24, 2003 (1:32 pm)
Can an Insight substain 80-85 miles per hour ?
If not what is an expected highway speed on fairly flat smooth highway. with one person ? with two?
#150 of 187 What is the current pricing on a new Insight?
Jun 24, 2003 (1:52 pm)
What should a person pay for a new Insight? 5-speed with air. A $1,000 discount is not very good anymore is it?
Jul 08, 2003 (11:37 am)
No one discusses Insight any more?
Jul 09, 2003 (5:01 pm)
A journalist is looking for a person who is in the market to buy a hybrid vehicle. If you care to be interviewed, please respond with your daytime contact information to jfallonedmunds.com by Friday, July 11.
Jul 29, 2003 (8:00 am)
Is a 2003 Isight worth buying? What should the price be? It seems as the new 2004 Prius will elcipse the Honda Hybreds. Honda salesmen don't even carry the insight at lagre dealerships. The Insight and this board appear to be dead.
Oct 16, 2003 (4:49 am)
A major magazine is looking to interview someone who considered buying a Prius or a Honda Civic hybrid, but decided it wasn't worth the extra $3,000 to $4,000 price premium over the regular gasoline versions of the Corolla or Civic.
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