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#1993 of 5064 Frustrated in Minnesota!
Oct 13, 2005 (1:49 pm)
I am absolutely in love with the 2005 TSX, but there are only 3 Acura dealerships here in MN and none of them seem at all interested in selling this car at a fair price. The "best" quote I got for the TXS without navigation and with no "dealer-installed" options was $26585 (inclusive of destination charge). I tried to get the two other dealerships in a bidding war by disclosing that "best" price and asking if they could beat it. Both dealerships promptly called back to tell me that not only couldn't they beat it, they couldn't even match it (though one dealership rather underhandedly tried to imply that the other guys would try to foist some hail-damaged cars off on me).
I love this car and I want it so badly but I'm getting fed a line about how they just can't keep the 2005's on the lot anymore since they're preparing for the 2006's and, of course, EVERYONE wants the 2005 now (eye rolling). You'd assume that now would be the BEST time to buy, considering that they are preparing for the '06 models.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Am I crazy to believe that $26585 is too much to pay for the '05 model with no additional frills & no navigation system?
#1994 of 5064 Re: Frustrated in Minnesota! [tracijo67]
Oct 13, 2005 (3:48 pm)
If you want a better price you have to be willing to travel. See if they'll match some out of town dealer.
#1995 of 5064 Re: Frustrated in Minnesota! [tracijo67]
Oct 13, 2005 (4:40 pm)
If I was you....I would look around in the Chicago area.....more dealerships equal better bids equal saving money....now having said that...invoice on the non-navi is around $25,300 (including dest) so you have to out way the savings with the traveling and inconvience....I grew up in your neck of the woods and I know Chicago is not a real far distance....consider it a road trip....not sure if you have a trade or not....but a plane ticket from minneapolis to chicago is not all that much...
I would go to the Acura webpage....send out internet quote requests to all of the dealers between you and chicago and just see what happens? What can it hurt?
That way you can get some prices and see if it is worth going through allot to save some money.....for me...I went 135 miles away from my home and saved $1300 bucks! But for me....there is no way I would pay that much for an 05 TSX....unless I really, really wanted it....then the answer is simple...you have no choice but to pay the price close tohome and call it a day....either way...good luck!
#1996 of 5064 Re: Frustrated in Minnesota! [tracijo67]
Oct 13, 2005 (4:46 pm)
also check out post #1983 in this forum....he just bought in the Chicago area...
#1997 of 5064 Re: Frustrated in Minnesota! [tracijo67]
Oct 14, 2005 (6:42 am)
Biker makes a good suggestion. Expand your scope and try to pit dealers against each other in a bidding war. I travelled 300 miles to get my TSX, because this dealer was willing to deal when no local dealer would, and it was a very pleasant experience.
Completed the whole deal over the phone with the internet manager.
You could also send out emails to various dealers stating what you are looking for and what you're willing to pay, then let competition take over. With the '06's on the way, somebody will come up with the goods.
#1998 of 5064 Things to consider if you're going to go out-of-state to buy ...
Oct 14, 2005 (5:32 pm)
I am a huge believer in the (non-)negotiation strategy of telling multiple dealers what you want, and letting them compete for your business.
But (and it's a big BUT) you have to compare the TOTAL cost of buying from one deal to the next. $500 off at a dealer 500 miles away might not be "cheaper" when you factor in the cost of travel to/from, especially if you value your time and adjust for the hassle factor, too.
And it is worth remembering as well that some dealerships have service departments that treat their sales customers better than non-sales customers.
Oct 17, 2005 (3:24 pm)
Highly doubtful, since that would mean the car would need to cost under $25K before tax -- good luck, though.