Last post on May 23, 2013 at 7:44 AM
You are in the Prices Paid - Buying & Leasing Experiences
What is this discussion about?
Acura MDX, Car Buying, SUV
#8724 of 12875 Re: Buying a 2006 MDX Touring CPO [airberd]
Sep 23, 2009 (10:08 am)
And in regards to your message earlier, you *could* buy from a private seller and just purchase the extended warranty from any Acura dealer. There is one dealer who sells the 4 yr/50K warranty online for about $1200. So that could be a viable option. You would be totally covered except for tires and brakes.
I was unable to find any private cars for sale during this 4 week period. I looked at classfieds and online sites. Zilch. Nothing.
#8725 of 12875 Re: Buying a 2006 MDX Touring CPO [airberd]
Sep 23, 2009 (10:25 am)
Glad you like the car! I'm looking in the Boston area, and have 6 dealers to play with. I'm not in a huge rush as the weather is gorgeous and I have a BMW convertible to drive until the snow flies, but I just can't carry much in the meantime.
To answer your question, there are a ton of '05/'06 MDX listed for sale on Craigslist. Some have higher mileage ('05 Touring w/NAV and RES - $16.9k but 93k miles), some older - but they are out there. In general, however, I am a little uneasy about spending this much with an unknown private seller.
Another wrinkle emerged as there is a private guy who offers a "concierge auto buying service" - basically, he will go tot he Honda credit auction with me, pick out a car, and go bid on it. He claims he can get a vehicle in your price range, which is cheaper than the dealers here are advertising... No CPO, however. Anyone go this route? have any luck?
I think the thing to do is just light the fuse with 203 dealers and feel my way to the bottom of the price range. Hopefully the end of the month/end of the quarter may help...
#8726 of 12875 Re: Buying a 2006 MDX Touring CPO [dinoeck]
Sep 23, 2009 (12:37 pm)
I had the same concerns with an unknown seller. Plus I wanted CPO. I knew that I can purchase the extended warranty on private sale car, but CPO just made life a little easier.
For an '06 car, I would try to stay within 40K miles, just so you have some of the original factory warranty left on the car. Also carefully look at the carfax to see when the car was put on service. Some 06 cars we saw were from december 05, effectively meaning that their factory warranty was almost over.
About the car auctions: one friend of mine bought a Mercedes that way. It worked for him. Another went with a subaru dealer to the auction and got his car that way.
I would look at cars.com, autotrader.com and autos.yahoo.com for the deals. its easy to search on those sites, esp cars.com
I ended up buying from NY. The other car where the dealer came down to 23799 and would not budge is in Open Road Acura in NJ. It was a black on black and was in a great condition. but alas, the price....
By the way, the auction price for this car is about 18-19K. If you go with the concierge service..
good luck with your search.
#8727 of 12875 Re: 2009 Base in MN [ndan]
Sep 23, 2009 (11:02 pm)
Well I just got home from the dealer after picking up my Acura. I got it right off the train with 3 miles on it from the salesman going to fill it up with gas. I ordered the roof racks and had to drive about 50 miles home from Colorado Springs where I bought it and notice no noise differential. Living in Denver, I felt it was worth it though because at the end of the day, roof racks are a big deal since most people use them for skis/snowboards and a variety of other things. I personally plan to get a bike/ski rack on my hitch but I know at the end of the day when I goto resell it, it will be a good thing to have. I will probably use them myself at one point or another. I really noticed no noise issues though.
I got out the door at $35,000 even on my base model MDX Bali Blue with Taupe interior. The breakdown of this price is as follows:
Traded in 2001 Acura 3.2 TL with 60,000 miles on it (cracked front bumper, minor tear in passenger seat leather, lots of little dings all over the car like minor hail damage)
Tax was 7.72% for Colorado+Denver taxes.
Accessories included were chrome side steps, roof racks/cross bars, tow package, body side moldings. (Approximate price $2200)
KBB lists my cars trade in value at around $6300 so I feel I did fairly well overall on this bargain. With trade ins you never know and maybe I could have done better after market, but I think I did well considering the exterior shape my car was in.
Looking at invoice of the MDX at about 38100, accessories around 2100, you end up with 40200 and when you consider tax is 7.72% and was out the door at $35,000 all fees included, I essentially got the car at 32350, so approximately 1500 below invoice at the end of the day? Denver taxes suck......and the next best dealer was getting me out the door at $37000 all inclusive.
I dealt with 3 dealerships in the Colorado area to reach this price and two of them had great experiences.
The only bad experience came at Mile High Acura. I went there and got an appraisal, after a quick 10 minute inspection was told they could give me $4000 for my trade in and might be able to do $4200 or $4300. Was also told they would not sell the new MDX for less than $38100+dealer fee of approximately $400. Was told all of this by one of the worst sales managers I have ever seen. I am in sales myself and the internet sales manager Tom Easaw has no idea how to interact with an educated consumer. I can see his technique working on someone who is committed to buying a certain vehicle and commited to buying from the closest dealership possible, but that's it. His manner came off as demeaning and lacked respect. When presented with the apparent reality and the true market value he responded that his dealership didn't work like that. Looking back it was all so humourous how this guy could be a manager. His sales representative Randy was very pleasant though and I can only imagine if Randy was a manager and Tom was unemployed, they might have gotten my business.
The other dealership I dealt with but did not purchase from was Courtesy Acura in Littleton. I have nothing but good things to say about them including Jeff, their internet manager, and Pat, their salesman. They had be out the door at $37,000 (taxes, dealer fee, trade in factored in) which was partly my fault because I used Tom's information above as a starting point and had not done enough internet research when I went to them. I would have done the deal that day had they had the car I wanted on the lot, but was told I would need to wait up to 3 weeks for the vehicle. Anyway, as far as the Denver area dealers go, if you're looking to buy n Acura, head to Courtesy Acura in Littleton and talk to Pat...STAY AWAY FROM MILE HIGH UNTIL TOM EASAW IS GONE, MY EXPERIENCE WITH HIM WAS AWFUL!
While waiting for Courtesy to call me back with a date on my car, I decided to respond to an e-mail I got from Pikes Peak Acura down in Colorado Springs. I had a figure set in my head of $31500 difference+tax and after about 15 minutes of negotiating with their sales manager Leif, we agreed on $35,000 all inclusive out the door with $10,000 down on my credit card (which means $200 in my pocket with schwab credit card) and the remaining $25,000 financed at 1.9% for 36 months. The car I wanted wasn't on the lot at the time we agreed, but they told me it was in Michigan and on a train on its way down here. It arrived this morning and they had it all geared up with my options by 6pm and ready for me to pick up. The closing was pretty slow even though I had an appointment and I ended up waiting 30 minutes longer than I should have had to, but my experience was generally positive.
I'll probably have all my service done at Courtesy Acura due to my positive experience there and desire to prevent Mile High from getting any of my business and have told my friends who have Acuras to head there as well.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it
#8728 of 12875 Re: mdx tech in virginia / maryland [kryless]
Sep 23, 2009 (11:09 pm)
Try Piazza Acura in Southeast PA. 3 minutes across the DE border. I got my old TL serviced there and have heard good things about the sales dept.
#8729 of 12875 Re: 2009 Base in MN [mtgoanchorman]
Sep 24, 2009 (7:55 am)
Was your OTD of $35,000 including the trade? Could you please share how much you paid for just the MDX excluding the trade & TTL.
#8730 of 12875 Re: 2009 Base in MN [mtgoanchorman]
Sep 24, 2009 (7:59 am)
Congratulations...I am going to pick up mine today..will let you know how it goes. Finance manager trying to push this tire warranty, paint protection...Any opinions on if they are worth it..?
#8731 of 12875 Re: 2009 Base in MN [pragy]
Sep 24, 2009 (2:56 pm)
There is no way to say exactly what I paid for just the MDX. It was all negotiated as one transaction even though it was 3 separate.
You can break it down however you like though.
I traded in my 2001 TL with 60,000 miles.
I had them put on chrome side steps, side molding, tow package, roof racks/crossbars.
My sales tax rate was 7.72%.
I financed $25,000 of the vehicle at 1.9% for 3 years.
There were a few other fees that were all wrapped into the price.
I paid $10,000 on my credit card so got $200 cash back there from Schwab.
End of the day, when all was said and done, I paid $35,000.56.
#8732 of 12875 Has anybody purchased 2009 MDX with tech and Tech+ent Package in San Jose?
Sep 24, 2009 (3:05 pm)
I am interested in buying the 2009 MDX with either Tech or Tech +ent package and wondering if anyone has recently bought MDX with any of these configs. If so and if you don't mind please let me know how much you paid OTD (breakdown would be really helpful) and the name of the dealership.
Would really appreciate the help.
Sep 24, 2009 (6:04 pm)
setting: major metro area
Lease coming due on my American car. I always got great rates with employee discount from big 3 automaker. now lease rates suck. Why should i pay $100 per month more for the same car, when demand is down and the economy sucks?? No point in leasing AFAIK. Not investment advice.
first was interested in 2010 lexus rx. local dealer horrible quote. went to regional area dealer 1 hr away, test drove rx, didn't like several things, and quote was horrible and bad tactics that were laughable like asking me to sign offer sheets before they were "presented" to the manager. good cop bad cop goodbye! thanks for the test drive lol. Also interior seemed cheaper quality vs even a couple years ago, but I may be wrong.
further research: MDX becomes interesting to me. Test drove a base. Liked it. Test drove a friend's TL w/TECH: reaaaaalllly liked the nav/radio and really wanted backup camera for safety with kids espec w/MDX. Decided must have TECH if buy MDX. Although loooooved TL, TL a little too sporty and tight a suspension, and liked the extra room in MDX. Decided to buy MDX (can drive for 8 years, then son can drive it...amortize over 15 years...great deal lol!!!)
multiple dealers inquired. all want me to come in before giving real quotes. all give BS highball quotes even after I inform about my knowledge of others on this blog, invoice, incentives, holdback, incentive interest etc. No one wants to play ball. Maybe they can't drop price cuz not mgrs?
contacted mgr in neighboring state dealership (75 min drive).
offerred 39750 + TTL, back and forth until i accepted 40100 + 250 fee + TTL.
I ask them to deliver car to my house to sign papers after test drive, then i test drove the car, and signed and bought the car.
I think I got an ok deal, but not the greatest deal. But whatever, at least the dealership that was easy to deal with and gave me minimal BS got my business and we closed deal quickly.
The other dealers wanted me to drive in (up to an hour for many of them), get hooked on the car, and then sit in the pressure cooker of the dealership. Their offers sucked.
I suck at negotiating BTW