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#2621 of 2634 Honda Fit Sport Auto No Nav
May 20, 2012 (10:12 pm)
Okay here goes. I'm sure there were better deals to be had but they're more than 120 miles from where I live. Make sure when people tell you their low low prices they include fees and if the dealer was able to stick them for anything when they weren't looking.
2012 Honda Fit Sport Auto, No Nav:
Price with destination $18,200
Doc Scam Fee $399.50
Window Etching anti theft Scam Fee $229.00
Here's how the deal went. We came to my price of $18,200 pretty quick. I knew they would agree because they make it back in their bogus fees. I gave half down. I looked around before I went in and was expecting 2.90% at 60mo.
It's been my experience that once you've made the deal they make you sit around and wait for the all important finance person. My theory is they make you wait so you'll get tired and want to leave and will hurriedly sign the contract without much thought thinking the deal is done. I tell the salesperson I have severe ADHD and will get board and leave so we take to driving different Hondas while waiting. I like the Accord but it is far bigger than I need, the Civic is okay but I really like the hatchback of the Fit. I'd say just over an hour passed when his royal heinous finally summoned me.
Okay, so at this point I thought I was going to get the rip off etching fee removed but I was wrong. Finance dude was like, the fee is lagit blah blah blah. So we stare at each other for a bit. I think hmmm, he's not going to budge so since I'm spending the money I'll take $229 worth of accessories give or take a dollar or two. So I told him I'd like the nice winter floor mats and the cargo cover thing for my $229. He agrees and we move along. Here he attempts to sell me a litany of superfluous items, scotch guard, extended warranty, prepaid service, something.. I don't know I stopped listening to be honest.
I go over the contract and the fellow had 4.9% printed on the thing. I was like no way my credit is over 800. He says 4.9% is good and I said it's good if your credit is bad. He voids this contract and prints out max rate of 2.9%. I sign and was on my way.
And there you have it. It is what it is and was what it was. I know this was not the deal of the century but I wanted to show a whole deal end to end. Remember to go over that contract like crazy because that's what really matters and if they owe you something due after the sale be sure to get a "We Owe" because once the contract is signed their memory fades quickly.
Good luck to all!
#2622 of 2634 Re: Honda Fit Sport Auto No Nav [cantgetaname]
May 21, 2012 (5:55 pm)
cantgetaname: can you tell me if hands free phone can be had on the 2012 sport model, or do you have to have navigation? I suspect it is the latter, and another reason why Honda is behind them times when compared to Hyundai and the soon to be release Nissan Versa hatchback.
#2623 of 2634 Re: Honda Fit Sport Auto No Nav [maxx4me]
May 21, 2012 (8:26 pm)
You are correct, you must get navigation in order to get bluetooth.
#2624 of 2634 Hard time finding Fit
Jun 20, 2012 (12:33 pm)
Having a hard time finding a fit in north Texas. Found a used 2011. Drove it. Salesguy was in a hurry. Drove a Chevy Sonic. Won't fit my dog crate (have a big dog). So went to another dealership that had some 2012s (supposedly). decided I'd buy a base model 2012. But that's where it went downhill. don't set foot in a dealership I learned! then went online and got a good (hopefully ) quote for $16341 +TTR from the place that had the used one. They will have to find me one. includes add-ons. We'll see. here's my story on the bad experience (which I accidently posted under the good dealership)...
The manager and salesman lied. They lied in person and on the phone about the car and price. Mis-led me about the car. High pressure sales tactics. Left feeling victimized ... Started off bad when I called on my way there and the mgr lied to me about the stock they had on the lot. Said "Yes, they had some." They had ONE. When I got there I was walked around the ENTIRE lot searching for this car. Finally said, no, I'm going to wait by my truck til you find the car. Then suddenly he found it. Then salesman mis-led me about the car being a base model. He pointed out the extra features (I didn't know they were extra at the time) such as window tinting and wheel locks. Never mentioned they were an add-on. He saw me write down the price on the window. Never told me that wasn't the price. Tried to get me to buy that night. All kinds of questions. Pressured me to give more info than I wanted. Wanted me to leave a deposit as it was the "only one". Next day, after doing my research, I called in with an offer and said I didn't want to waste our time. Would he ck on the offer? He came back to the phone and said that was "good"... we could deal. He asked again if I wanted to leave a deposit. I said no, if they accepted that price I'd buy that night. So when I got there after work, suddenly on paper the price was WAY higher than the sticker price (about $1000) with the dealer add-ons. This is a cheap car anyways and I did not want the extras. He kept arguing with me about the price - wouldn't accept the offer he had accepted on the phone. Actually had the gall to say he never said they would accept that offer. At one point he took the rate sheet to the mgr and came back with a changed sheet - looked suspicious to me. They had taken off the options but upped the base price of the car. Here's the deal, the salesman KNEW there were options on the car (as he had pointed them out to me the day before) ... so why would he let me think that was the base price? Just to get me back into the dealership so they could pressure me some more. I was confused about their financing offer (wouldn't confirm to a rate) and they kept pressuring me about how much I had said I wanted to spend and this was in that range. How it was the only one. I upped my price by several hundred dollars, told them that was my last offer - then the mgr came over, shook my hand, and said, sorry we can't make a deal. What a total WASTE of time! Actually if they hadn't lied and mis-led me I might have bought the car for the extra but didn't trust them. Worse experience ever.
#2625 of 2634 Help me on price? 2012 Honda Fit Sport Auto.
Aug 24, 2012 (2:00 pm)
Hi...can someone tell me if I am getting a fair deal here in South Florida on a 2012 Honda Fit Sport Automatic for $19,800.00 out the door tax included with the following add ons:
wheel locks, pin striping, floor mats, door edge protectors, cargo tray and cargo cover. Tax here in Florida is 6%. Just want to know if I am getting a decent deal. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, J.
#2626 of 2634 Honda Fit in DFW?!
Sep 04, 2012 (7:42 am)
Anyone bought a Honda Fit in Dallas area... what was the price out the door? Also wanted to know if there are any discounts on 2012 models, since the new ones are out.
#2627 of 2634 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Oct 03, 2012 (9:16 am)
A reporter would like to speak to a small car buyer/shopper. If you've recently purchased a small car or are shopping for a small car, please send your daytime contact info to PRedmunds.com no later than 1 p.m. PT/ 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, October 3.
#2628 of 2634 HONDA FIT BASE AUTO PRICE
Oct 04, 2012 (8:41 pm)
What is the lowest price I can get on a 2012 Honda Fit Base Auto with no options in CA?
What is the lowest price I can get on a 2013 Honda Fit Base Auto with no options in CA?
#2629 of 2634 Re: HONDA FIT BASE AUTO PRICE [buyer57]
Oct 08, 2012 (10:09 pm)
I used Consumer Reports to get the actual price. This report costs $14. When you get the price report you can, at the same time, ask dealers to quote their lowest and send it to you.
I received 4 replies from Bay Area Honda dealers within 24 hours. Lowest price was from Vallejo for a 2012 Honda Fit Base, no options. All prices from local dealers were within $200 of the lowest. These 2012 are almost gone, although as of Sunday there were 4 Silver Honda Fit Base models in San Leandro, but they didn't participate in the Consumer Reports thing.
Today I bought a Silver Honda Fit base model at Avery Greene, in San Leandro. The purchase price as "guaranteed" with a Consumer Reports coupon was 16,152, plus tax and license, total cost, with a SF address (slightly higher taxes) 17,800 bucks and change. The Consumer Reports route will give you a bar coded coupon you take to the dealer and I don't know if they will take this post to offer you the price.
My experience today, buying the car, would make me avoid Honda in El Cerrito as they totally attempted to up sale me into Sport, didn't have base models to sell and generally reminded me of the the "bad ol' days" of dealers. No trust there, although I suppose you'd be wise to be skeptical of all dealers.
#2630 of 2634 new Fit owner?
by steve_ HOST
Oct 11, 2012 (1:51 pm)
A reporter is looking to talk with new owners of micro or subcompact cars (i.e. Chevy Spark, Scion iQ, Honda Fit, Mazda 2, Fiat 500, etc.) to learn how the experience has changed how they think about what they need in a car, and how they use their cars. If you fit this description, please respond to predmunds.com with your preferred contact information by Friday, October 19, 2012.