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Honda Pilot, Car Leasing, SUV
Oct 02, 2009 (6:21 am)
After extending the lease on my 2006 Pilot twice in hopes that Honda will come out with a good program; I finally gave up and looked elsewhere. i loved the Pilot and wanted to get another one but like carman has said the money factor and lack of support made it an impossible to lease it at a sane price. I shopped around and saw the Highlander, Various GMC trucks, jeep, Pathfinder and Mazda CX9.
the best value in terms of price, support and build quality was the CX9. Mazda is giving a great factor 0.00059 and good support. I was able to get a loaded car for far less than what you would pay for a base LX Pilot. Mazda is blowing out the 2009 models. You need to check out the CX-9.
#2566 of 3563 Re: MAZDA CX9 [rallystar1]
Oct 02, 2009 (8:35 pm)
Did you lease or buy your CX-9? And was it the GT? If you got a great deal please post the numbers.
#2567 of 3563 Re: MAZDA CX9 [AXM23]
Oct 03, 2009 (5:47 am)
I leased the vehicle. It was the Touring, not GT. The MSRP was $33865. After Mazda lease cash back and nego with the dealer; the final cost was $27000 & change. I put down $3000 and with the money factor .00059 the monthly comes to $368 & change. The car is loaded and is AWD. The AWD models have a better residual set than the FWD so eventhough the price on the FWD is lesser the lease works better on the AWD. If you are looking to buy; you will get a even better price as Mazda is offering nice cash back. The price the dealer gave with out any nego on the purchase of Touring AWD was $24000 & change. You can easily shave off another $1000 off that.
#2568 of 3563 2005 Honda Pilot EX Lease Return Concerns
Oct 29, 2009 (5:55 pm)
I have a 2005 Honda Pilot EX that I leased at the end of 2004 for 30 months.
At the end of the lease I extended it for another 2 years which actually goes month by month. I am having financial case flow problems where the lease payment of $360.00 per month is difficult to pay. Im thinking of turning in the Pilot to the Honda dealer and ending the lease.
I have some questions concerns so that I dont get blindsighted with extra charges.
1. First problem is that Im over around 20,000 miles. I know they will charge me for this.
2. I installed an aftermarket DVD/Nav system. SHould I pull this out and install the stock system? Also there is an overhead screen that might leave marks if I take it down........should I leave it?
3. Small crack in the windshield.........should I get one of those windshield repair companies to fix it?
Not sure if the damage deductible will cover any of this.
Also just wondering if I bought a lesser price used car from them if they would be able to absorb some of the possible charges into the sale of a used car?
I would appreciate any help or advice on this. I have never had to turn in a lease car before so not sure what to expect.
#2569 of 3563 Re: 2005 Honda Pilot EX Lease Return Concerns [jet757f]
Oct 29, 2009 (6:33 pm)
1. You will get charged, I think 0.20/mile. The mileage is prorated for your extension. You can negotiate a bit on the final price they give you. I have done it and got it reduced by $200.
2. Remove the after market DVD/screen. The car should be in OEM condition. Honda will charge you for removing the DVD and restoring it to original condition.Small scuffs and marks are OK.
3. If the crack is too small leave it. Get the inspection done and then see how much the total comes up to. Honda gives you up to $1500 towards wear and tear, so if the total minor repairs total to less than 1500 you dont have to pay anything.
see the buy out on the Pilot, it might be cheaper to just buy it out. If not anything could be worked out with a dealer He will just rool over what you own on this car for mileage on to the used car loan.
Best of luck.
#2570 of 3563 Re: 2005 Honda Pilot EX Lease Return Concerns [rallystar1]
Oct 29, 2009 (7:04 pm)
Thanks for the info.
My big concern with the overhead screen is that there may be holes where they mounted it. Not sure if some plastic plugs will cover them.
#2571 of 3563 Its November,time for the new deals
Nov 02, 2009 (7:58 am)
Honda present deals on the 09 Pilots end today or tomorrow, and I had a sales rep tell me his district manager stated do not expect any lease deals till November. Well November here and no deals..............not a good sign,
#2572 of 3563 Re: 2005 Honda Pilot EX Lease Return Concerns [jet757f]
Nov 02, 2009 (5:25 pm)
Ok I need some more advice on this lease return before I take it back to the dealer.
I did look under the overhead screen and there are mount holes and a square cutout for the wires into the headliner. So Im planning on just leaving the overhead screen there when I return it to the dealer. I dont think that I have a choice.
Anyone have any ideas on how they will handle this?
#2573 of 3563 Re: 2005 Honda Pilot EX Lease Return Concerns [jet757f]
Nov 03, 2009 (8:35 am)
They might not notice it if folded up. Just leave it -- can't figure they would charge you to remove it. Makes more sense to leave it in place. Affects nothing in the truck. Let us know what happens.
#2574 of 3563 Re: 2005 Honda Pilot EX Lease Return Concerns [jayrider]
Nov 03, 2009 (9:31 pm)
Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with the Honda lease return inspection company called SGS. I think it stands for Society General Services.
I just found out that they do the inspection.
I went to the Honda dealer where this will be returned and the Sales Manager seemed to indicate to me that if I left upgrade equipment that it will not be a problem. As he mentioned the inspection company has no idea which equipment was on the Pilot when I leased it. So I guess I will leave the overhead screen and see what happens.