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#3788 of 5064 Weird Question RL v TSX
Aug 01, 2008 (6:06 pm)
Sorry if this is not quite on topic but I am choosing between two cars and could use some advice. I am looking at certified used acuras. I have narrowed the selection down to two cars, quite different:
1) 2005 RL, loaded with NAV 39K miles. Outstanding condition (silver w. black interior) for $24880.
2) 2006 TSX also loaded w. NAV 30K miles. Again outstanding condition (black and black). price on this one $21 - 22K
Both have clean carfax reports.
I understand that the two cars are really different, but it either would be suitable for me. The dealer is urging me to go w. the RL saying it is a much better value and that it is much more car. I feel like either deal is pretty good. Does anyone have any input as to whether it truly is a no brainer? The other thing is that the dealer is presenting me with these cars at these prices because of a major error they committed and he claims that these deals (particularly the RL) is a great deal. Finally, the TL is not in the running because he does not have any certified ones with NAV and I really want NAV.
#3789 of 5064 Re: Weird Question RL v TSX [jmfdone]
Aug 01, 2008 (9:03 pm)
Well, the RL is a heck of a deal -- but is it too good a deal? You're likely getting it at or below their cost, but whenever a dealer says there is a "major error" it gets my guard up. Remember it costs a lot more to operate and maintain than a TSX does. My '06 TSX with 38K has cost only oil changes so far, and gets over 30mpg on the highway even here in Chicago. Your TSX deal seems much more fair. Check out prices for similar RL's in your area. If this one is way too low, there's likely to be a reason, so be careful.
#3790 of 5064 Re: 08 TSX with Navi and 08 TL with Navi [sethnaga]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 02, 2008 (3:52 am)
The two cars are similar deals... The TL deal might be a little better.. Both cars are being replaced with new models for '09...
Pick whichever one you like the best.. If you really like the TSX, buy it and save your $4000... Just because the TL is bigger and more powerful doesn't automatically make it "better".
Personally, I prefer smaller cars.. A great deal on a car you don't want is no bargain...
#3791 of 5064 Re: Weird Question RL v TSX [jmfdone]
Aug 02, 2008 (10:51 pm)
Take the newer cheaper car - if both satisfy your needs why would you pay more for a larger more expensive (and more expensive to maintain) car? Folks need to detach themselves from this "might as well" mentality.
#3792 of 5064 Re: 08 TSX with Navi and 08 TL with Navi [kyfdx]
Aug 03, 2008 (6:51 am)
Thanks. Went with the RL, mostly because its more family friendly and I have two kids w/ one more on the way. Excited. They are delivering the car tomorrow. I think once my kids are all out of car seats I will definitely give the TSX a try. Its a lot of fun to drive.
All in all think I got a good deal and look forward to the RL.
Thanks for the help.
#3793 of 5064 09 TSX w/ Tech pkg
Aug 06, 2008 (6:26 am)
Anyone getting any good deals in the NoVA area?
#3794 of 5064 Buying a 2008 Acura TSX (As of August 2008)
Aug 07, 2008 (6:49 pm)
I was wondering what should I be paying for the 2008 Acura TSX new without navigation? I know the MSRP is about $28,900.
I am considering on buying a new 2008 Acura TSX. There are only 3 left. What do you think I should be paying since it is last years model and that the 2009 TSX is already out.
Please help me out since this will be my first time buying a car. I have been doing some research but more info the better.
#3795 of 5064 Re: Buying a 2008 Acura TSX (As of August 2008) [ralphieralph]
Aug 08, 2008 (3:21 am)
Dealer invoice is $25,915, plus Acura is kicking $1,000 to their dealers to get rid of the 2008's. I'd start at $24,915 or a little less... I recently paid $1,250 below invoice for an '08 w/Nav. eMail a few dealers an offer for cars they have on their lot and see what happens. Good luck.
#3796 of 5064 Re: Buying a 2008 Acura TSX (As of August 2008) [ralphieralph]
Aug 08, 2008 (6:13 pm)
To you, the 08 will be new; but in the marketplace it's a year old & valued accordingly, In other works It's already depreciated 25% or so; so, if you want to trade, or it's totaled in an accident, you're going to recieve the value of a year old car.
I bought 300-400 cars & trucks a year for a large national business. We tried to do all of our buying in the 1st half of the model year because of the depreciation factor.
Every year the big 3 would offer us "fantastic" deals on year end models, but the economics just weren't there.
Thge only way you can make out buying a year old model is to keep it for a long time.
#3797 of 5064 Re: Buying a 2008 Acura TSX (As of August 2008) [bobgwtw]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 09, 2008 (3:04 am)
I don't know... If you can save $5000 by getting the '08 over the '09?
Yeah... if you want to trade it in next year, you might do worse... but, after 3 years, I think you might be better off..
Plus.. for 90% of buyers.. the amount of the car payment matters..
$5K = $100/mo..
But, I agree that the difference isn't as great as it seems, once you factor in resale value...
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