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Honda Element, Wagon, SUV
#301 of 750 Re: Going today to see my Baby E [rallyegirl]
Jan 10, 2005 (9:34 am)
According to the hondanews.com website, the list price is 20,325 for EX automatic. Even with '04's on the lot, you should be able to do better than that.
According to the website where I buy Honda accessories:
- 330 for the side steps
- 242 fog light kit
Those prices are not for 2005 though, and doesn't include installation. Still, add six hundred and lets say it's an even 21,500 maximum, including destination charge. I have no doubt you should be able to go under 20500, and if you play your cards right, a lot less than that, even. Subtract your trade in, add taxes and so forth, I think 22K should be fine... of course, I'm not a dealer and I don't know what they are charging.
Your best bet at this point is to call several dealers with your selection. Don't let them talk you into something else (they'd rather sell you one they have or have already ordered than order a new one). Get the prices (including installation and so forth for your accessories), and definitely call several places as well as looking for online prices.
I have to tell you, I have an Odyssey and an Element, and while the Ody has a lot more going for it for creature comforts, I enjoy the Element a lot more. I was just like you - I didn't like it at first but it grew on me. That's one way to know you'll like it for a long time... things that seem great right off the bat tend to lose their quality over time (look at the PT Cruiser now... not such a big deal, afterall). Things that you grow to like tend to stay that way for a long time.
And just like you, I'm WAAYYY outside the demographic for this car! That red color looks VERY cool. I'm excited for you and I don't even have my tags yet!
I have to keep saying this; read "Confessions of a Car Salesman" available on Edmunds website, and definitely shop around online to get a good idea of what you want (unfortunately some places, like carsdirect, don't give you the accessories as options), and definitely call around.
You will be your own worst enemy if you are too excited to think clearly when you buy the car.
#302 of 750 Re: Going today to see my Baby E [gfxguy]
Jan 10, 2005 (4:32 pm)
Thanks for the great advise, I gave an offer of 21,800, that is tax (1350.00) and all. Including the fog lights only. I knew that the steps were going to really cost me at the dealership so I thought I would purchase online and have them put on for a fraction of the cost. The dealership that is near me gave me a terrible offer and that made we really come down to earth. I called the other dealers that I was in contact with thru the internet and one topped the others deal. All in all, I haven't signed anything but I did give a deposit so they could get my red 4wd from another dealer. So what do you think, 21,800? Total with fogs?
#303 of 750 Re: Going today to see my Baby E [rallyegirl]
Jan 11, 2005 (12:27 pm)
Tags + Tax + Title + Destination for 21,800 for an EX 4WD with fog lights...
I don't know... I like waiting until I can find prices online, and so far carsdirect only has 2004. I paid 18.8 + tax for a 2WD EX with no fog lights, but that was 2004. I know I didn't get the greatest deal possible, but I was happy.
So, adding on the 4WD and the foglights and the fact that it's 2005 (and includes the tax), it sounds like a good deal to me!
#304 of 750 Anyone see published invoice prices yet?
Jan 14, 2005 (8:52 am)
I haven't found 05 E invoice prices yet on Edmund's or Carsdirect.
Has anyone seen them yet?
#305 of 750 Re: Anyone see published invoice prices yet? [carglow]
Jan 14, 2005 (10:31 am)
This is from Edmunds:
Official: 2005 INVOICE Pricing
2wd lx 5 spd $16640.88
2wd lx 4 spd auto $17378.80
2wd ex 5 spd (side airbags) $18554.86
2wd ex 4 spd auto (side airbags) $19292.78
4wd lx 5 spd $17932.24
4wd lx 4 spd auto $18670.16
4wd ex 5 spd (side airbags) $19846.22
4wd ex 4 spd auto ( side airbags) $20584.14
I had these as soon as they hit the page, I did my shopping already, my Rallye Red is coming next week!
#306 of 750 Re: Anyone see published invoice prices yet? [rallyegirl]
Jan 16, 2005 (1:45 am)
Thanks. Where did you find that?
I still don't see it on Edmunds.
#307 of 750 Edmunds Doesn't show Element at all
Jan 16, 2005 (1:36 pm)
i noticed that edmunds doesn't have any reference to element whatsoever maybe because they're waiting for 2005 or something. also carsdirect.com won't let you get a quote on an element either, same with edmunds.
also dealers have told me they won't get many 2005's until feb or later as they still have a few 2004's, tho some have nothing and can't get any inventory either.
on the west coast are the dealers in oregon or la area cheaper. i was looking to go to oregon because they are closer to my home in seattle.
#308 of 750 Re: Edmunds Doesn't show Element at all [mickjazz]
Jan 16, 2005 (6:54 pm)
Edmunds removed the 2004 element pricing a few days ago- there is still no 2005 pricing.
We ordered our 2005 red element ex awd auto for 20,007 + 400 dealer fee. total w/ tax/tag etc. out the door is 21,900, and that is w/ floormats only.
We live in S. Fl and have to wait until late feb to take delivery- there are NO awd red ones available yet. Plus the dealers in W. Palm Beach would not go under inviuce so we are getting it from Tampa to save $630.
#309 of 750 Brandfon Honda
Jan 17, 2005 (9:30 am)
Anyone know or has hd experience with Brandfon Honda in Brandford CT? CarsDirect pointed me in that direction for an 04' EX 4wd at 19,200. There are not many Honda dealers around here and need some feedback.
#310 of 750 Re: Going today to see my Baby E [rallyegirl]
Jan 19, 2005 (10:05 pm)
I think you got a very good deal pricewise.
if it is an ex awd auto. which has an invoice of 20,584 + 515 for dest charges. before tax etc you would have to pay 21,099 at invoice. without the fog lamps
today i was offered an ex 4wd auto from a las vegas dealer for 21,084 plus 693 in 'dealer fees' which are not taxes or title xfer.
it would seem to me you got the car for 1150 under invoice + dest.