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Honda Element, Wagon, SUV
#442 of 750 Lucky to get $500 below invoice?
Dec 09, 2005 (9:15 pm)
I paid $20,084 for my 2005 Element EX AWD Auto on July 20 2005 and got 2.9% for 48 months thru American Honda Credit at Immke Honda in Columbus Ohio...w/no accessories, first oil change free!! The entire process took 2 hours and was painless. I was ready to buy that day, and had test-driven a couple of times. I chose a satin silver metallic with blue panels, and of course the interior in two-tone also, light gray and blue....wow! Just wish I had picked the 5-speed tran for more control, acceleration, and fun!!!
#443 of 750 $18,200 This is a long post
Dec 10, 2005 (8:44 am)
Cars interested in Element, Yaris, Aveo, Mini, Focus, Corolla, Accent, Sportage. In that order.
Holman Honda: I really wanted a Honda Element especially the new unicolor version. It is such a beautiful vehicle and so multifunctional. I went to a Honda dealer and in my opinion the salesman was kind/gentle but were not assertive. He however didnt seem to think I could afford it. Maybe because the dealer sells Bentleys etc. as well as Hondas. I look rather young. I am 33, BF with 2 graduate degrees and work in local government. It was a weird feeling. I guess salesman get so many people "just looking" ..they don't take you seriously. Also when I explained I had my own financing but I felt my buying power was limited due to the interest rate..he didn't even bother to ask me if I wanted to try to receive financing through Honda. He was like o.k. Price of Element non negotiable.
Test drove HONDA CIVIC at this dealer: Test drive inadequate but car NICE NICE. Price non nogotiable.
I called around. Looked at many models to fit my needs. I don't like sedans but was going to settle. I really liked hatchbacks. My favorite styling: Chevy Aveo and Toyota Yaris (not available yet).
CHEVY AVEO (automatic): Nice feel. Salesman new and didn't anything about them. Stated he just came over from selling Nissans. He made this statement two or three times so I believe he misses selling Nissans. I went around 8 in the evening. Showroom was empty. Nice ride. Good room. Rather quiet. They wanted $13555 (includes tax tag and title). I felt this was too much for a car without power locks etc. Also the only manual was in Clearwater. Finance manager said rather rudely: "Without a deal we are not bringing a car for a test drive". I understood but didn't like his tone.
The Aveo kinda makes me uncomfortable with the cheapy feeling doors too. The styling is gorgeous but the quality of the materials is not sufficient for a $13,000 investment. Too expensive for so little.
COROLLA: The Corolla speaks for itself but it didn't make my heart thump. So many in Florida. Salesman at Toyota of Hollywood very very responsive. At least he called me several times and seemed like he was remotely interested in selling a car. Never met the guy but he was extremely nice!
FORD FOCUS: The air conditioning in this vehicle is loud enough to wake the dead. The initial salesman were dreary and very dull and didn't know the product. Was told he only answers the phones doesn't know the product. Second salesman seasoned. The product manager was very aggressive but the salesman I was assigned to didnt seem like he could care one way or the other. $14500 plus tax. Um no, not for a base model Ford Focus ZX3. Ride quiet. New car smell toxic. Price to expensive for a car with no power locks and a loud air conditioning unit.
MINI BMW: Set up an appointment to buy the MINI but the dealer in Miami was kinda distant because he apparently was dealing with a problem customer in the store while we were talking on our cell phones. Refused to budge on price. MSRP only no negotiation with Base Model Mini. Did more research on Edmunds: car is too fragile for everyday commuting. Dealer in Fort Lauderdale laughed me out of the showroom. I did show up riding my scooter but still. Fort Lauderdale dealer told me they would sell me a 2002 for $17000 plus tax tag and title. Ummm no. The poor car looked abused. Salesman gave me a book and said "call me when you get more money".
CORAL SPRINGS HONDA DEALER: Refused to give out the door price stated "Why would I give you the out the door price and you go somewhere else". I didn't bother to argue.
KIA SPORTAGE on Sunrise(salesman rather cocky and didnt even offer me a test drive). Tried to sell me a Sorrento. I crossed the Sportage off the list. The first time I went to this dealer-the salesman was eating chicken and refused to stop eating to show me a vehicle. Unwisely, I went back and still received the "whatever lady" attitude.
RICK CASE HONDA ....Weston, Florida
He recognized I was serious and ready to commit and kept pace!
Please email me if you want the salesman names.
Customer service SUPERB!!!
2005 Burnt Orange (21 miles on the odomoter) LX 2WD 5-speed
18200 (THAT INCLUDES TAX TITLE AND FEES)!
NO HASSLE. I made the offer on the elevator as Bob and I were getting ready to seal the deal on a white 2 door Honda Civic LX. The test drive on the 2 door Honda Civic LX was AWESOME. I said "You know if you had a Honda Element at 18000 out the door, I would love it.". He said "really?". Went in showroom, came back 30 seconds later and said we have one and it is a manual wanna look".
This guy is good!
I also received:
5 year roadside assistance -FREE
10 year warranty-FREE
A cute little emergency bag
Additionally, the salesman noted my financing and offered to see if they could provide better financing. THEY DID!
VERY VERY VERY VERY NICE! Lots of fun, personality. Actually took the time and SHOWED ME THE CAR...EVERYTHING IN THE ELEMENT! TAUGHT ME HOW TO REMOVE THE SEATS. THIS IS BEFORE I BOUGHT IT. I cannot gush enough about how excited this guy was about his product. Fast paced too. I love this because I am Type A.
PS: I did arrive at all the dealers driving my scooter so maybe this is why the attitudes were like whatever.
THANKS FOR READING!!! I hope this helps. Everyone's comments helped me make a decision. THANK YOU!
Dec 10, 2005 (8:54 am)
Please excuse all grammatical and syntax errors! I really do know the correct tense to use (i.e. singular and plural). No excuse but I am typing so fast and didn't proof!
1993 Hyundai Excel hatchback- second best buying experience. Dealership closed. Paid $6000 out the door!
Car awesome 125,000 when traded in. I LOVE THIS CAR!!!
Used 1998 Mazda Protoge: Blah!
Used 1998: Toyota Tacoma: Absolutely no room in this vehicle. What an uncomfortable ride. But functionality superb. Dangerous too!
Used 2000 Acura Integra: Too expensive to maintain.
1989: Toyota Tercel--NEVER PURCHASE VIA PRIVATE SALE!!!
1999 Kia Sephia: What a loud vehicle. It is too noisy! Gas mileage blah! Functional and cheap.
#445 of 750 05 leftover?
Dec 15, 2005 (12:38 pm)
I just want to gather some realistic figures with me to come up with a reasonable price point to negotiate for the 05 EX AWD auto. How much discount should be good for the leftover? I am still kind of undecided between Element and Nissan Xterra. I like them both equally and the Nissan has a 2k rebate going on now. Thanks.
#446 of 750 Re: Prices In Seattle area [nwdriver]
Dec 20, 2005 (9:54 pm)
for a 2006 EX-P AWD Element before tax, DMV, and $45.00 doc fee was $20,614.00
Dec 21, 2005 (1:23 pm)
Just bought Honda Element LX 2WD AT for $17,862 out of the door from Sheehy Honda in North VA. led.
The only dealer added option was mudd guards. Opted for remote entry for $200 instal
#448 of 750 Re: Prices In Seattle area [meganb]
Dec 26, 2005 (6:30 pm)
Meganb, when and where did you buy? Was it an automatic? Invoice for ex-p auto awd is $21,178. The best response i have received is invoice plus $500.
Your help is much appreciated!!
#449 of 750 Re: Nothing to do with price....BUT.... [andyman1970]
Dec 27, 2005 (1:15 am)
I am thinking of buying either an Element or a CRV. First of all, what would be the price/financing difference buying Dec 30 or Jan 30th? When are dealerships in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Florida expected to take inventory for their own taxes? I would like to wait until the end of Jan, but would deals be much better in Dec or early Jan?
Can you recommend a good Honda dealership around Denver, Colorado? Salesperson? Why?
Also, does anyone have any opinions to which car is better and why? I am very interested in the Element, but I found myself reaching for the steering wheel when I adjusted the seat for my legs. Is it just me? Long legs…not long enough arms? I really liked the vehicle and was disappointed about no telescoping steering wheel. Suggestions?
What are the differences/updates/improvements between the 2005 and 2006 Elements? Prices differences? What is the invoice price for an automatic Element EX AWD?
How much should I pay for the document fees? What is Colorado’s tax on these?
Can someone please explain “end-of-year holdback?”
Lastly, do you think that I could qualify for the Honda 2.9% APR financing rate with a FICO score of 670? If not, what rate would be likely?
Dec 27, 2005 (10:47 am)
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#451 of 750 POSITIVE CA DEALERSHIP EXPERIENCE ANYONE?
Dec 27, 2005 (4:59 pm)
Oh I am NOT looking forward to this! Has anyone had a good experience with Power honda in either Costa Mesa or Valencia? CarsDirect or Autoland? I want to go through my credit union and basically want to internet shop for my 05 or 06 E AWD AT EX.
I went to Dealerrater.com and that website sort of helped but no-one seems to be satisfied with ANY CA Honda dealership! Arrgghhh...as I said...I am NOT looking forward to this.