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#30184 of 32216 2013 Honda Accord Sport CVT...
Jul 23, 2013 (6:48 pm)
This forum helped me get a pretty good deal on an Accord Sport CVT. I thought of waiting for 2014 but if you read my other posts, you will know why I couldn't and one more important thing was I just couldn't swing anymore than what I paid for this model. So here are all the details...
Dealership: ROPER HONDA
Location: Joplin, MO
Dealership Experience: POOR to BAD
Model: 2013 Honda Accord Sport CVT
Color: Black on black
Price: $22,499 (but will be paying tax on $22,800, yes I know...I will get to it later)
Payment type: Financed 1.9% APR
What's included: Application fee, destination and handling, warranty forever, trunk tray, floor mats, splash guards, wheel locks and free oil change.
I just want to share my delivery experience on the day I bought the car...
Went to the dealership at around noon yesterday and after greet and meet, asked the salesman if the car has been detailed yet so that I could inspect it before I sign the papers. I was informed that they will not be detailing the car as I rejected the last car that was detailed but had a scratch on the hood. It was sketchy as if they were trying to hide any blemish on the car and I asked if I could get my $500 deposit back and then the sales guy offered to wipe down the car with a towel for me but couldn't get it detailed as the order came from the higher management. I saw the car previous day and it had hundreds of bugs on it and asked how I could inspect it with all those bugs? He said he just couldn't get it detailed. I wanted to walk out but didn't, as I didn't want to go thru all this experience from another dealer.
I was losing it and just didn't want my first brand new car buying experience to be bad so signed the papers and I was surprised to see that the sale price was $22,800. I asked him to change it to $22,499 but was told that the tax on it would be less than a dinner at "long horns"... I just gave up and went out to take a look at the car. It didn't have the wheel locks on it, so when I asked the salesman he went inside and got me wheel locks in retail packaging and I asked him if they were going to install it and I was told that they will have to charge me for it???? The deal was dealer installed accessories! Once behind the driving wheel, I noticed the tank was more than a half empty. What happened to that full tank of gas when you buy a brand new car?
So overall, the buying experience was really bad. I would never buy another car from them again. But on the flip side the car is amazing. We love it! I just wish the buying experience was better.
So what I learnt from this experience and what everyone looking to buy a car should know,
1. Never put down a deposit, even if they had to bring the car from a dealership.
2. Never trust anything what the salesman says.
3. Make sure you pay tax only on the actual amount you pay.
4. Make sure all the accessories are installed before you sign the papers.
5. Get quotes from multiple dealers, as Brian says at the end of the month, and get it on paper before you drive to that dealership.
Good Luck and drive safe!
#30185 of 32216 Re: 2013 Honda Accord Sport CVT... [rsvr]
Jul 23, 2013 (8:06 pm)
I am at a loss for words - with all the excellent advice available on this forum, I am flabbergasted that you took delivery of this vehicle after receiving such shoddy treatment from such an unprofessional organization. I hope all goes well for you - hopefully you were able to wash your car to see if everything was ok.
Jul 23, 2013 (8:40 pm)
I have been lurking for a while. I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on the following deal:
2013 Honda Accord Sport (MT)
$21,350 (selling price, includes $500 flex cash)
$179 (service fee)
$174 (reg/new plates)
$1114 (WI 5.1% sales tax)
$22,817 (Out the door)
The deal includes trunk tray, wheel locks, and mud guards.
Should I pull the trigger, or try for a better deal on the last day of the month?
#30187 of 32216 Re: Accord Sport (MT) [couponmark]
Jul 24, 2013 (4:01 am)
It's a pretty good deal. I would go for it.
#30188 of 32216 Re: 2013 Honda Accord Sport CVT... [gmanusmc]
Jul 24, 2013 (4:05 am)
They did detail the car as I was signing the papers. I couldn't find any blemish or scratch this time. It looked pretty good.
Thanks for your concern.
#30189 of 32216 Re: 2013 Honda Accord Sport CVT... [gmanusmc]
Jul 24, 2013 (6:00 am)
This forum has been a source of valuable information for me since I joined less than a month ago.
I've had my fair share of not so great dealer experiences in the past few weeks. I am hoping that my purchase experience would be a good one.
Jul 24, 2013 (6:24 am)
I won't say that everyone will have the same experience, however it is always a good idea to check dealer ratings in your area, start by doing a google search "dealer rater".
Good luck, Julian
#30191 of 32216 Re: Dealer Ratings [juliankrye]
Jul 24, 2013 (6:47 am)
You are correct. I have checked out dealer ratings for reviews on Honda dealerships in my area. Most have very good ratings, but I am usually interested in reading the bad reviews.
At the end of the day, it is all about the sales person, manager, finance guy and any other staff you deal with on the day of the transaction.
I had to cross out 3 dealerships earlier on in my car search process due to the way I was treated in person and on the phone. They all had good dealer ratings.
#30192 of 32216 Re: Dealer Ratings [juliankrye]
Jul 24, 2013 (6:53 am)
Unfortunately, since anyone can post to dealerrater.com, it has become useless.
It was helpful years ago, but then the dealers caught on.
1. Years ago, I checked the ratings for a Hyundai dealer whose ads seemed to indicate they were almost giving cars aways. Sure enough, the ratings were terrible since people were greatly disappointed after visiting the dealer but not any more. Despite the same ads, the ratings are now fantastic.
2. At the Honda dealer closest to me, there is one salesman whose customers have had the same exact experience multiple times, just the name and dates are different. He doesn't even take time to re-word it.
3. My all time favorite. Some Ford dealer must have hired some marketing firm to post negative reviews for competitors. They must have gotten an old list of dealers. I saw a negative review last year for the Ford dealer that was down the block from me, except it burned down around ten years ago!
Undoubtedly, some of the positive reviews are true, but I take them with a grain of salt too. Many truly have good experiences but it is because they were easy marks for the salesman. I'd make sure you car was detailed to the max if I was making a big fat profit. The fact that rsvr didn't have a good experience is probably indicative of him getting a good deal.
#30193 of 32216 Leasing Advice - First time car buyer/leased
Jul 24, 2013 (7:25 am)
I've been reading this forum for awhile, but have finally reached the need to post. I'm shopping for my first car and want some feedback and where I might further negotiate and other questions to ask about the best deal I've been quoted on a 12K, 36 month lease for a 2013 Accord LX:
1) Capitalized Cost: $21,033.30
2) Cap-cost reduction: $0
3) Money Factor: 0.00075
4) Residual Value: $13,729.30
5) Total due at signing $0
6) Monthly lease payment including Local County tax: $228