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#405 of 750 Re: Honda Elements at Invoice
Jul 30, 2005 (11:07 pm)
To my friends at Edmunds.com,
Today (7/30/2005), I went to a Honda dealership in Massachusetts (a big one in Norwood) and bought my new 2005 Honda Element EX AWD model with automatic transmission. After the negociation, my final price was $20,200 + state sales tax (at 5%) + $198 doc fee + $65 some fee. For your information, the list price (MSRP) of the 2005 Element EX AWD w/ auto trans is $22,240. It has just about every thing usesful.
I didn't get any free floor mat or other freebies, though. I did get the 3.9%, 60 months auto loan rate from Honda. Honda offers this rate till Sept 1st.
Now please tell me did I pay too much on the doc fee? How much should it be? I told the dealer I could get the any necessory doc from the government next Monday. So I could save this fee. But, he insisted that it must be done at their dealership. I knew it was a way they to make extra money on me, but I was too tired and just paid them. Thanks for listening.
p.s. on the way home (about 25 miles distance), my first driving impression of this vehicle is good.
However, the front windsheld bins did have blocked some front view (having a blind spot in the front each side). So be careful about this problem, and see if you can get used to it when you consider buying the Element.
#406 of 750 2005 Element EX AT 4WD
Aug 01, 2005 (12:13 pm)
Bought one this weekend at Rock Honda in Fontana, CA for $19,992.00 plus T&L.
No pressure, just nice people. good selection for clearance sale, but get internet
#407 of 750 Re: Bought 2005 Element EX AWD Manual in Omaha [rollon37]
Aug 01, 2005 (1:03 pm)
I did not get ANY options other than the security system. I did get them to give me the carpet floor mats as part of my trade-in deal. I plan to acquire accessories from generous family members over several upcoming holidays (birthdays, graduate school graduation, and the regular holidays in December). That helped to save a bundle. Don't forget that an automatic transmission lists at about $800 more than manual - so now I am thinking you are getting a far better deal than what I got! Part of what I ran into is that there isn't that big of a demand for them in my area. Less volume = less room to negotiate.
Good luck! I love driving it!
#408 of 750 Re: 2005 Element LX AWD Manual [kah4]
Aug 01, 2005 (3:14 pm)
I bought my 2005 EX AWD Automatic at a local dealership in Mesa, Arizona by going through the Sam's Club buying service. My vehicle is Nighthawk Black Pearl and had no options other than what came standard (i.e. no floormats, mud guards, etc..) I paid 19,700 including destination plus a standard $290 documentation fee plus taxes and tags.
#409 of 750 2005 Magnesium EX AWD Auto in SoCal
Aug 02, 2005 (3:32 pm)
i just got mine over the weekend at Norm Reeves Honda in Cerritos. they gave me a pretty good deal (the best i've seen yet) - $19540 + TL, which is about $2700 below msrp. it took a little bit of negotiating, but it was worth it. make sure you get quotes from ALL of your local dealers! this helps your negotiation a whole lot. this website was very helpful for me, and i hope it is for you as well. good luck!! so far, i killed a tank of gas and i got about 18 mpg. not great, but could be worse i guess. be wary of this car's mpg!! other than that, i love it!
#410 of 750 Re: Honda Elements at Invoice [bug_mobile]
Aug 03, 2005 (9:59 am)
I'm looking for the best deal on an Element in either Mass, New Hampshire, or Vermont- which dealer did you use and where is he? Does anyone else have an invoice-or-better deal? If so, where?
#411 of 750 Re: Honda Elements at Invoice [hili]
Aug 07, 2005 (7:25 am)
As I posted before I got (new) 2004 Element from Lorenz Honda in Greenfield, MA (close to VT and NH) about a month ago. I paid below invoice b/c it was 2004 and got a VERY generous trade allowance (I had shopped around). All-in-all I got a great deal and had a superior buying experience.
There is a larger volume dealership in Northampton (Lia) but I couldn't even get a dealer to take enough time to let me test drive when I went in. They were having a sale and were very busy on the day I was there, but even so . . .
I believe that their sale is over now, though.
#412 of 750 Mid-Atlantic Pricing, anyone?
Aug 08, 2005 (7:42 pm)
Hi all- great forum, thanks for all the info. I'm in the market for a new EX AWD, preferably in Cargo Khaki (will also consider black or magnesium). Some of you have posted prices that are really rock bottom- good job negotiating! Can you please offer some advice for negotiating the deal? What -exactly- did you say/do to get these deals? Did you also have a trade in vehicle or something? I'm located in Western PA, and "will travel for a good deal"- anyone willing to post their best deals with Dealership name for me? I'm a recently-graduated-former-student who has more time than money, a brand new job, and is looking for a great deal with cheap financing. I'd love to be able to walk into a dealer and say "My friend .... got their E here for ...$, I want the same deal!".
Thanks in advance!
#413 of 750 Re: Mid-Atlantic Pricing, anyone? [diego4]
Aug 10, 2005 (9:55 am)
Hey all! I'm in Pittsburgh. So, diego4, I have been hunting for the same model as you have although, different colors. I have a quote right now of around 21,000. from one dealership (I belive it was Honda Village), but I think it could be had for less. Let me know what you come up with, and I'll keep hunting around too.
#414 of 750 Best price on Element LX in the San Francisco/bay area?
Aug 10, 2005 (10:14 am)
Just started looking for the 2005 Element LX model in the bay area. What's the best price anyone has gotten? Should I wait for the 2006 model? Thanks for all responses.