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#2718 of 3848 Help with confused, ready to buy Element EX '08 (PLEASE)
Oct 01, 2008 (11:41 am)
First of all, I hope I'm posting this in the right place and apologize if I'm not. I'm freaking out because I'm so confused about several things and I'm literally planning on buying an Element in the next week or two.
I've read SO much on here, and today I went through the process of getting 3 price quotes on the EX AWD, manual. I've been researching everything about the vehicle on this site for several weeks, tho it may not seem like it.
1. I'm getting bombarded with e mails and phone calls from the 3 dealerships from whom I requested quotes and all of them keep making reference to my '4W Element', although I requested info. on the 'AWD'. IS there an AWD as stated and why aren't any of the salesmen addressing that instead of a 4WD?
2. This is going to sound so stupid, but I thought options (which aren't available from what I read) were the same thing as accesseries. I just went to the Honda website and saw a long list of them, so that has thrown me off. Would any Element owner recommend any interior accessories in particular, although I'm basically looking for practicality with a tad of snazzyness and a canine-mobile? (I.e., the arm rest with storage, etc.)
3. Could someone please explain what this salesperson means by this statement in the e mail: "Any pricing information that follows via email or on the phone is only valid through our Internet Department Manager".
4. Ditto on this question a different salesperson asked me in an e mail:
"Do you specifically and only have to have a 2008 Honda Element or would you consider a similar vehicle especially if I could save you several hundred dollars?" (What does he mean by that and why would he be asking me that question??). I don't know if this matters, but this is going to be a cash purchase.
Secondly, I really am sorry for my ignorance and the length of this post. I have looked this site over despite my questions. I'm a scared woman when it comes to buying new vehicles and would truly be grateful for any help. Thank you SO MUCH!
#2719 of 3848 Re: Help with confused, ready to buy Element EX '08 (PLEASE) [heyheyjude]
Oct 01, 2008 (1:15 pm)
First of all, I hope I'm posting this in the right place and apologize if I'm not.
Your post is fine, but it will probably get a better response if you post it here:
Honda Element Prices Paid and Buying Experience
The forum you posted it in is mainly for discussion of extended warranties. Good luck with your vehicle purchase!
#2720 of 3848 Re: Help with confused, ready to buy Element EX '08 (PLEASE) [jet10000]
Oct 01, 2008 (1:36 pm)
Jet, thank you so much for taking the time to reply and put me in the right direction; I really appreciate it!
#2721 of 3848 Re: How do I cancel my warranty? [jet10000]
Oct 01, 2008 (4:38 pm)
#2722 of 3848 EW for Odyssey
Oct 08, 2008 (6:43 pm)
Can anyone recommend a EW for a 2005 Odyssey with 46K miles. I didn't purchase the Honda Care initially, because I didn't intend to keep the vehicle beyond 3 years. Well the family is still loving he van and now I'm about to be without any coverage and would like a good reputable warranty. Went to a couple dealers in the are who are offering products costing $2K. But I'm not sure these companies truly offer nationwide service. I really don't understand why Honda doesn't offer plans for vehicles after the warranty expiration.
#2723 of 3848 Want to thank this board. Saved me money.
Oct 12, 2008 (10:17 am)
Just purchased a Ridgeline. After I got home, I realized the Honda Dealer sold me a Fidelity, not Honda Care policy. Was never disclosed. No thanks. In reading this board, I learned about the Satucci warranty. Went back, cancelled my Fidelity warranty, and after some haggling, offered the dealer $ 50 over the Satucci Price. Was able to combine it into my 2.9% 5 yr APR.
I know car warranties are generally a bad buy. My last Honda Care was, since my repair cost was only $150, over the 7 years. However, my EW paid off handsomely on my lemon VW Passat. It also paid off on my GM Malibu, when it had to be towed from my garage 2 weeks after the 3 year warranty expired. Bad starter. Then everything went bad. All cars can have problems. From the Toyota engine sludge issue, to the bad Honda Accord transmissions. I'll sleep well for the next 7 years. Bought my EW from my dealer, but the Satucci printout saved me a bunch. Thanks all.
#2724 of 3848 Aftermarket DVD
Oct 18, 2008 (4:08 pm)
Does an aftermarket DVD void your warranty on an 08EX-L. Dealer wasn't sure.
#2725 of 3848 Re: Aftermarket DVD [ekdal]
Oct 18, 2008 (6:00 pm)
ekdal wrote :
" Does an aftermarket DVD void your warranty on an 08EX-L. Dealer wasn't sure. "
No it would not void your HCEW. It just wouldn't be covered.
From the HCEW " What is not covered " :
WHAT IS NOT COVERED by Honda Care
Parts other than genuine HONDA or AMERICAN HONDA authorized parts.
#2726 of 3848 Re: Want to thank this board. Saved me money. [sliderule43]
Oct 18, 2008 (6:33 pm)
" I know car warranties are generally a bad buy. My last Honda Care was, since my repair cost was only $150, over the 7 years. However, my EW paid off handsomely on my lemon VW Passat. It also paid off on my GM Malibu, when it had to be towed from my garage 2 weeks after the 3 year warranty expired. Bad starter. Then everything went bad. All cars can have problems. From the Toyota engine sludge issue, to the bad Honda Accord transmissions. "
I'm glad you are pleased. Such a pleasant tone to this forum since we are back to helping people. Looks like your personal experience is 2:3 in favor of EW's. Honda's in general are well built. HCOA's experience are that for the majority nothing, or not enough will happen thereby earning them a profit. But if you happen to be in the minority (it happens) then it will suck if you didn't have one. The HCEW that made the most sense to me was the 120,000 mile 8 year version. Some cars will have no problems from 75-100,000 miles but many will experience problems over 100,000 miles.So if you have bought a Honda to run it into the ground, then the long HCEW makes sense imho. HCEW only sells to vehicles with mileage under 36,000 so if you flip your cars you probably are best to do without. But jet10000 has commented on getting better resale values offering it with HCEW. At the current online price of $10 a month for the Accord 4 cyl at 8/120 ( Never pay retail! ) it is cheap insurance as far as relative insurance values go.
Oct 29, 2008 (1:19 pm)
Now that i will agree with. Insurance is nothing more then a numbers game. You need more policy premiums coming in then you have claims going out.
Insurance/warranty's are a funny product. it is something the consumer pays for that they hope they never need, but are glad they did when they need it.