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Honda Fit, Hatchback, Wagon
#2383 of 2634 Proud new owner of 2009 Honda Fit Manual Base!
Sep 06, 2009 (7:53 am)
$15,250 +ttl+keyless and alarm=$375
The dealer was smithtown Honda on long island.
I opted for the keyless entry b/c I have a had of keying my car when I get into it. So far, I logged 100+ miles on my fit and I love it! So very glad that I got this car. It is more sporty than I even first thought, and seems to slip through the air with little or no noise. I am looking to get an aftermarket air box (the air box that is used stock looks VERY restrictive) and floor mats. The difference between the auto and manual was night and day. No comparison. If you want more pick-up get the manual. It was difficult to find the manual in the colors I wanted, but fortunately this dealer had one in BLUE/GRAY!
The process was completely painless, except that they forgot to install the keyless (getting this done next week).
I am so happy with this car so far, and will report back after the break-in period.
AVG MPG=34....higher than EPA estimates (wonderful!)
#2384 of 2634 Dealership Worries of a New Car Buyer
Sep 16, 2009 (9:16 am)
My husband and I have been in the market for a New 2009 Honda Fit Sport 5AT in Blue Snesation Pearl. After jumping from dealership to dealership looking for best deal and who would have the car, we settled on one place. They didn't have the car but said they could order it from one of their sister stores and have it to us by the follwing Friday. We spoke of price and upon agreeing to the numbers, they had us sign an order form and leave a deposit. That was 9-4-09.
The following Tuesday (9-8-09) we received a call from the dealership to say none of their sister stores had the color we were looking for and the car would have to be ordered from the factory. They told us that would take another 5-7 business days from then and we should expect a call from them either Monday/Tuesday, when car arrived. He mentioned we would discuss purchase/financing options when the car arrived and explained about qualifying for this or that, etc...
My husband called the dealership on Monday to see of any news and the salesman said the car is in transport and they would hope to receive it by Tuesday. I don't care for the word "hope" coming from my salesman when he has promised to deliver the car we want. Whatever the case, my husband said we should just relax and see if we get a call Tuesday.
Tuesday has come and gone. It is now Wednesday and we have heard no news. I don't feel too comfortable with being told a different estimated delivery time every time we call.
1) This is my first time buying a new car and I really don't feel too great about putting in an order for something and not having a solid date as was previously inclined when we first sat down with the salesman. What's the protocol for cars being ordered from factory? How long does it take and am I just being unreasonably impatient? Can't they track it through the Vin #, which was already provided to us?
2) We did drop a deposit and sign an order but no purchase/ financing information was presented or agreed upon. We just signed an order for for the specific model and made cash deposit. Will we have issues getting a refund on our deposit should we choose to pull back from working with this dealership? According to the document I have a copy of, we are not binded and are eligible for the refund because nobody has presented nor signed anything regarding the financing or actual purchase.
3) What's a good price for this particular car? We live in New York City.
Any clarification to better understanding this new world I'm in would be gratefully appreciated!!!
#2385 of 2634 Still Being Bugged by Dealership Two Months After Using Cash For Clunkers
Sep 16, 2009 (9:39 am)
I wish I had never used the damned program. Not only was it a worry from the dealer who wanted to hold me responsible for whether they got paid by the government or not, but two months after the deal was sealed, after I was reassured by their General Manager that everything was done, the accounting department keeps asking the salesman to call me back to have info from my insurance company faxed to them--this is info I've already provided. They can't get their paperwork straight. I've had to tell them to go talk to their General Manager and to STOP pestering me. The Fit works and looks great. Love driving it. I'm getting 40 mpg on the interstates, and 33 in small town driving. Average is around 37, sometimes 38 mpg. But the dealer, Wesley Chapel Honda, in Florida, is most inefficient and incapable of straight paper work and completion of the stuff THEY have to do with the government.
#2386 of 2634 Re: Got refund on sales tax for $4500 CFC voucher [hmowner]
Sep 16, 2009 (9:40 am)
About what I got for a final price here in Florida.
#2387 of 2634 Re: Dealership Worries of a New Car Buyer [mystery2980]
Sep 16, 2009 (11:40 am)
These are my rules:
1. Unless you are buying some super exotic car that is produced in limited quantities, never, ever leave a deposit on a car. Its not necessary. Either they have it on the lot for sale or they don't . Its black or white. When I was shopping I sat at the phone and called dealers near me for color and options. Wst dealer did not have it and would not tell me who has it. 2nd dealer did not have it but gave me the names of the 3 dealers that did beause I told him on the phone that I never buy cars from dealers that don't have possession becuase you need to inspect the vehicle to make sure it has not been scratched up, mileage, and condition even if listed new.
2. You can never get the best deal from a dealer that does not have possession of the car. The incentive to give you a deal is to get a unit off their lot, not get a unit off another dealer's lot. This is why I only do business with the dealer that has the unit.
3. Like in personal relations, in business if they lie to you once, they will lie to you again and again. Get you deposit back becuase they failed to deliver the car on time. Even if they do deliver you will have problems with them before and after the sale. They are not being above board. Call another dealer and if they don't have the unit, have them do a Locator Seach to find out which dealer near u has one and go there.
4.You are trying to buy a FIT at a bad time. The 2009 supply is depleated due to cash for clunkers and and Japan's cut in production due to the economy in 2009 and the 2010's have not arrived yet.
5. The FIT is a great car and when u get one u will enjoy it. I traded my Mercedes in for it and have not looked back.
#2388 of 2634 Re: Dealership Worries of a New Car Buyer [carattorney]
Sep 16, 2009 (12:10 pm)
Thank you very much for the detailed and extremely helpful advice! I appreciate the speedy reply. I just got off the phone with my hubby before even seeing this and told him about feeling like we should pull out of this deal and just try somewhere else. Glad to know my instincts weren't just me being a nervous first time car buyer. Too bad they didn't kick in when we were first there. Well, now we are better informed and I have you to thank. THANKS!
#2389 of 2634 Re: Dealership Worries of a New Car Buyer [carattorney]
Sep 16, 2009 (2:55 pm)
My one rule...Never get an attorney involved uness you don't really want to buy a car!
We do dealer trades all of the time and we ALWAYS get a deposit and nobody ever complains about doing this except ion one recent case. A deposit shows us you are serious. It takes time and money to do a dealer trade.
On incoming cars that are in short supply,. a deposit will put that customer's name on that car. If they refuse to leave a deposit there is a very good chance the car will get sold to someone else before it arrives.
You can absoultly get the same deal on a car we have to do a swap for. The net result will be the same to the store! You can certainly inspect the car and reject if if there is a problem. In 14 years, I've never had a problem.
" Have them do a locator search and go buy it there"
Do you REALLY think a store will tell you where it is so you can buy it there and they can lose the sale? Sure they will! ...NOT!
I agree with the lying part. IF the store (or anyone) lies to you once you can't believe them in the future.
#2390 of 2634 2009 Sport MT w/custom leather
Sep 17, 2009 (3:31 pm)
I picked up my new Fit last week and am thrilled. I didn't want the "dealer-added-options" that were listed on the sticker (Data Dots, DiamonFusion, window tint protection ?, paint and fabric sealer/protection, carpet floor mats, etc.). Soooo, I wound up with:
'09 Silver Storm Sport MT - no navigation, but with
rear bumper applique
all previously mentioned dealer add-ons
Then, I added black custom leather interior for $1,700 (yeah, I'm sure the dealer made a nice profit on that, but it is gorgeous!).
#2391 of 2634 Motorcars Cleveland Heights and a Good Fit
Sep 27, 2009 (10:48 am)
My ancient Nissan was taking on water, so at 28 I decided it might be time to purchase my first new car. I did a lot of research on the Toyota Matrix and put in queries at several dealerships. Early Monday morning, I got a call from a local dealership stating that they did not have any Matrixs in stock, but wondering if I had considered a Honda Fit. "No thanks," I said, for I was convinced the Matrix was the car for me. I went to several dealerships that day, some aggressive and some demure. I test drove the manual Matrix. I felt like an old lady recently stuck in the body of a 23 year old body builder; overly muscled, awkward, sweaty and rather imposing. It was clostrophobic. I couldn't see. Plus the the stick in the Matrix is not in the traditional shifting position. I was unimpressed and rather disappointed. Something just wasn't right with this car. It didn't fit me.
I decided to check out the local dealership that had called me earlier that day. I went in to Motorcars Honda-Toyota of Cleveland Heights. Ray Dennis, who had called me was very kind, approachable, highly respectful and honest. He showed me a glitzy sporty something or other that didn't fit me. He let me drive a Mini Cooper which was lovely, but a little too small. Then he put me in the Fit. Now this was an automatic, but as soon as I got in, I realized we had found the right car for me. Ray informed me that the manual in the Fit was a fun car to drive. It featured everything I wanted.
Ray and the team set about finding me a Sport Fit 5-speed. They found an orange one out of state and brought it in.
I come from a Car-Ignorant family. Ray and the team walked me through the financing process and helped me get everything I needed to ensure I would get the longest life possible out of my car. They were never pushy. They let me consider what I was doing. I am so thankful to them for their time and patience in explaining everything. I have owned the car for a month and can't believe it's really mine.
Their service department is excellent as well. I love my Platinum Auto-Rewards Membership. (Who wouldn't like the option of 5 car washes a day and tires for life!)
I am extremely pleased with my experience and would recommend Heights Motorcars to everyone.
#2392 of 2634 Austin, TX Fit Sport Manual
Oct 01, 2009 (9:10 am)
Just paid the following for a Fit Sport manual in Austin, TX with no extras:
Price including destionation fee: $16650 + TTL. I probably could have gotten around $16500, but the color I wanted wasn't available so the car had to be located at another dealership.
I love the car so far!