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Honda Element, Wagon, SUV
#287 of 750 My Honda Element
Dec 22, 2004 (10:14 am)
We bought our new 2004 Honda Element at Buerkley Honda in White Bear Lake Minnesota last week and I love it! We got the 2004 Element 5DR 4WD EXS, Fiji Blue Pearl with the front and side airbags. I just love this truck, sure beats the 2002 Dodge Caravan we got rid of! We paid $21,840.00 for ours but we got the 1.9% for 60 months! Can't beat that! The only down fall we have with it is that the AM stations do not come in very well, I called the dealer this morning and I guess the Element is not the only one that has this problem, the pilot has it too. I guess that is ok because it spares me from having to listen to the football games on long car rides with the Husband! Ha! Ha! anyone else around minnesota?
Dec 22, 2004 (4:32 pm)
Finally Honda release 2005 Element on their website, I'm still in the market between CR-V and Element, if I end up with the element I'm thinking to get the 2005 2WD EX Auto Magnesium Metallic. If anyone have bought any 2005 Element, please be kind to share your buying experience. What model, color, transmission, price and last but not least, why the element? Does anyone know why the discussion Element vs CR-V is for read only?
Dec 22, 2004 (5:54 pm)
I USED to live in minnesota till last january (girlfriend lived in Florida, not a bad change) but i was thinking if i can get a better deal on an element in MN i would drive it back down here to save some money. And even living in Fl i would STILL get AWD.
#290 of 750 Help Me!!!!too!!!![Sylvia]
Jan 04, 2005 (9:54 am)
Boy do I need help, how do I negotiate a price for 2005 Ex, I would like fog lights and the steps, Rallye Red, they will be coming in soon at my nearby dealership and I have no clue where to start to buy! I have a very old car for trade in...I would appreciate all the help I can get
#291 of 750 Re: Help Me!!!!too!!!![Sylvia] [rallyegirl]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jan 04, 2005 (10:50 am)
Well, Step 1 is to tell us where you live (or where you're shopping). The market is different from place to place.
Step 2 is to swing by our discussion called Real-World Trade-In Values, read the red lettering, and post the details about your trade-in vehicle to get an idea of what to expect.
Step 3, return here and we'll help you find what others are paying in your area, including incentives and rebates, and maybe some of our members can recommend a few good dealerships.
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#292 of 750 Re: Help Me!!!!too!!!![Sylvia] [rallyegirl]
Jan 04, 2005 (10:55 am)
Your best weapon is patience. You might want to wait until the 2005 Elements are in and you see people posting their experiences/prices here.
Don't forget to read "Confessions of a Car Salesman" (found on this website) if you are planning on going to a dealership. If you give it some more time, you can get Edmunds TMV as a basis for your negotiating. If you wait long enough, you should be able to see the carsdirect prices for new Elements, too. That's usually a very reasonable price.
Evaluate your current car with Edmunds and Kelly Blue Book (kbb.com), but don't expect to get that amount. You might want to try a CarMax, if there is one in your area, for a free appraisal, good for a week, on your car. You don't need to buy from them to sell to them, although you'll miss a tax break on your new car.
There's a lot of advice on Edmunds.com for buying a car. The more you learn about it the better.
EDIT: I wanted to add that there are places to buy genuine Honda accessories online. The dealer markups and high installation costs will make the options you want very expensive. Don't know if it's correct to post the website I use here, though, so I'll wait and see what a moderator has to say about it.
Many accessories are easy to install. For example: I bought wheel locks, mud guards, and the tray liner for my Odyssey - the dealer wanted to charge a LOT for installation of these things that litterally took just a few minutes. I mean, come on! Installation for the tray? It just drops in! Some are not so easy (like steps), but if you can handle it then you can save quite a bit.
#293 of 750 Re: Help Me!!!!too!!!![Sylvia] [rallyegirl] [kirstie_h]
Jan 05, 2005 (3:45 pm)
Thanks for the quick reply, I live in the Youngstown Ohio area, I have several dealerships near me, The Honda Store in Boardman ( just about next door, I could walk!also I lease a 2004 Civic there for my daughter) There is Shenengo Honda in the New Castle Pa area and Apostolakis in Cortland, Ohio. Youngstown is considered a depressed area, I thought I could get a great price. I have my financing already, in essence I will be paying cash. Does this help or hurt me? My trade in is only worth about 400 dollars, I told you it was old!! I have a friend who worked out a deal at Shenengo Honda, she got a great price and they agreed to give her free oil changes! I would appreciate all the help I can get!! Thanks!!
Jan 06, 2005 (2:10 am)
I bought an 05 ex awd with auto last tonight. I paid the invoice price of
$20584 + $300 for a total of $20884 and the dealer is installing the
following Honda accessories.at no extra charge............
1. Rocker Panel Trim
2. Fog Lamps
3. All Seasom Mats
4. Rear Cargo Tray
5. Armrest with Storage
6. Front Hood Deflector
7. Honda Security System
8. Rear Bumper Guard
9. Gas Cap Lock
10. Mud Flaps
11. Grey Leather Steering wheel cover
Dealer is charging $99 Doc Fee and including Black Pin Striping.
Color is the new red. Do you think I got a good deal ???
Jan 06, 2005 (3:11 am)
sounds great to me! Where are you located. I am in Mpls MN and plan to purchase soon.
Jan 06, 2005 (6:18 am)
That doesn't sound like a good deal... it sounds like a GREAT deal! That red color is really nice, and it sounds like you got some good extras and a very reasonable doc fee.
Don't forget to share your ownership experience with others in our regular Honda Element discussion.
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