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#20566 of 32215 2008 Accord Sedan EX-L
May 27, 2008 (5:20 am)
I've been watching this board for quite some time and as I began to see pricing for the 4 Cyl EX-L's drop below $24,000 I thought it was time to act.
I sent emails to about 20 dealers in a 200 mile radius. That in itself was an interesting process, as the majority of the dealers did not reply to my request. What I told them in the email was that I was seeking a 2008 Accord Sedan, EX-L, 4 Cyl, AT, no Nav and that I would be purchasing in the next three days.
Of the 20 requests, I received 6 replies with the information I was seeking (quote). I did have two phone calls, including one that said she had already emailed the quote, which never arrived. I left her a message asking her to send it again or call me back and she did neither.
I ended up back at the dealer 15 miles from home where I had purchased my 2006 Pilot, Phil Bachman Honda in Kingsport, TN. The Internet Manager there made the process extremely easy. We were able to purchase the 2008 EX-L for $23,988, which I thought was a pretty good price based on what I am seeing and especially getting it from a dealer who has provided me with outstanding service on my Pilot.
If anyone is within several hours drive of Kingsport, TN I would urge you to contact the internet manager at Phil Bachman Honda, as he is the most professional, low key Internet sales rep I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with.
The Accord is AWESOME. Silver with Black interior, it is a beauty and drives like a dream. When I drove it home my 21 year old son said "dang, I thought you got a BMW 5 series!"
I told him, no, for the price of the BMW, you could get two and a half Accords."
I am very pleased with my purchase and I would like to thank all the folks on this board who posted their pricing that allowed me to get a very good deal on the Accord.
#20567 of 32215 Re: 2008 Accord Sedan EX-L [mseenviro]
May 27, 2008 (5:32 am)
It was interesting to see that you didn't get very good response to your E-Mails to the internet managers. I'm having the same problem. So far, I've gotten the automated response that they received my request but nothing else. I'm hoping it is because of the holiday week-end. If I don't hear from them today, I'll really be concerned. I'm happy things worked out for you; enjoy your new car!
#20568 of 32215 Re: EX-L V6 [pricerite]
May 27, 2008 (5:36 am)
Thanks much for the info pricerite.
The sale price for a EX-L - V6 is 26,187.99 and the OTD price is 27,663.54. This is the FIRST quote I recieved from this specific dealer. How low you think I can go with this? Hmmm?
#20570 of 32215 Re: 2008 Accord Sedan EX-L [mseenviro]
May 27, 2008 (6:11 am)
The price - is that the OTD price including taxes. Like you, I have been watching this board closely for the same model and in April, some people were getting it for under $23,000 plus taxes.
#20571 of 32215 Re: 2008 Accord Sedan EX-L [twotonetommy]
May 27, 2008 (6:24 am)
The lowest I've seen is $23,500 from some Atlanta dealerships. For the extra $500 it was worth it to me to get it local. I probably could have squeezed a little more blood out of the turnip, but they made it so easy for me that I went with it. I have bought other cars from this dealer and I like how they treat me. First three oil changes for free sweetened the deal.
The price included the car and the $595 delivery, but did not include tax and a $299 doc fee.
#20572 of 32215 Re: 2008 Accord Sedan EX-L [christinam1]
May 27, 2008 (6:33 am)
It is interesting that there was a general lack of responsiveness from dealers. I tried to demonstrate that I was more than a tire kicker, knowing the exact model I was looking for, telling them that I was already approved through Honda finance, and that I would be purchasing within the next seven days.
Amazing the lack of responsiveness from most dealers. Several called but all they wanted was to get me in the door. The internet manager was on vacation at one local dealer, so we just walked up. They gave us the old war horse sales guy who really knew his stuff about the car. During the test ride he said "I've been selling cars for 25 years."
To make lite of it I said "well I've been buying them for 20". His response "well, I've sold a bunch more than you've bought"
Later during the negotations, he told me "I have to make money on this sale" and when I told him I had done my homework and knew what the pricing was he said "well, that information online may help you, but all it does is hurt me". He then pulled out the four square sales form. I laughed out loud and said "you can't be serious?" Needless to say we didn't buy from him.
I'm a global sales manager of a consulting firm. We receive several inquiries every day from companies seeking information or costs of our services. I have a full time employee who's primary job is to jump all over these requests and respond promptly and to provide the customer EXACTLY what they ask for, if it's information, then give them information, if it's a quote, then give them a quote. While our method isn't perfect, we close about 40% of these types of inquiries since we went to this system, up from 10% prior to doing it this way. I think car dealers would be well advised to do this. The ones that are doing this or move to the ability to also handle sales this way will do better than the ones stuck in the old back and forth, four square negotating tactics from 1978.
#20573 of 32215 Re: Quotes re'd for 08 Accord EX i4 sedan Blue Pearl [levtom]
May 27, 2008 (6:41 am)
They should still give you 0.9 or 2.9% financing. It's American Honda Finace's deal, not the dealership's. Just tell them you saw it on Honda.com and it doesn't say that it can't be combined with a low price. I got about $1400 below invoice on my car with 2.9% financing.
May 27, 2008 (7:14 am)
$23,700 OTD price on an EX 4 cylinder - is this a good deal?
#20575 of 32215 Re: 2008 Accord Sedan EX-L [mseenviro]
May 27, 2008 (8:01 am)
FYI post #19939 talks about some pricing below $23,000 in March (not including dest) for an exl 4cyl with auto.
$22.528 + $635 Freight + $195 Appearance Package + TTL
Pretty sweet deal.
Another claims a price of $22,175