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You are in the Honda Fit
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Honda Fit, Hatchback, Wagon
#9 of 2635 Re: Purchase strategy [dewaltdakota]
Jan 19, 2006 (3:22 pm)
I just want to make sure I get one that was made in Japan, and not one from the initial startup of Fit building in the US.
Amen to that - Give me 4th year proven Japanese production over all new US product any day!
#10 of 2635 Re: Purchase strategy [jonniedee]
Jan 19, 2006 (4:06 pm)
I was referring to the fact that a credit card charge can be disputed if you have a difficult time getting the Dealer to cut a check. Third party pressure helps. Yeah they want the money to hold a place.
#11 of 2635 Re: Purchase strategy [jmurman42]
Jan 19, 2006 (9:47 pm)
jmurman42, it seems you are working at a Honda Dealership, than perhaps you can explain how would one get/order, say a Base model with MT and some of the features that are available on the Sport, like cruse-control, remote entry and fog lights. Does anyone know what options will be offered? I might consider placing an order with a deposit if I got what I wanted. Any suggestions, thanks
#12 of 2635 Re: Purchase strategy [3dman]
Jan 20, 2006 (2:32 pm)
I Manage the Internet Dept for our dealership, so here's my take on this. please keep in mind we have not seen any accessories or the exact trims of the FIT.
Keyless Remote and Foglights should be available as accessories. I say should with some hesitation. Cruise Control...I couldn't say one way or the other. That being said, it will be hard for the dealer to have your accessories by the time you FIT arrives, especially on a new vehicle. It usually takes a couple of months before all of the accessories have filled the pipleline so to speak.
Do you plan on doing a Pre-Order with a dealership or waiting until the units start hitting the ground?
Jan 21, 2006 (2:35 am)
Given that, as you indicated, it would take a few months before I could custom order a unit, I am pretty much decided to pre-order if I could only find a Dealer in the Sacramneto area that would agree to a refundable deposit. Iíve been looking to buy a hatchback since last summer, but was not sold on anything until I came across the Jazz/Fit. I drive long distances and definitely want cruise control, so I'd go for the Sport model.
Jan 21, 2006 (7:10 am)
3dman...here is how I would handle your situation. I would find a dealer close to you where I could speak with the Internet Manager face to face. I would explain that I wanted to place an order now for a later delivery. Order your exact color, and clearly spell out when you want to take delivery and have a Buyers Order printed showing what you'll pay. Our Buyers Orders on pre-orders where we dont know the MSRP say something to this effect "Customer pays MSRP, which is indicated on the Monroni Label"
Give them your deposit and go about your life until the build date for your FIT, re-contact the Internet Manager to see if you are on schedule.
Ordering for a later date isn't rocket science for any dealer, just make sure it's spelled out.
Hope this helps.
#15 of 2635 ordering the Fit
Jan 19, 2006 (7:36 pm)
Well, I will be placing my deposit tomorrow.
I talked to my dealer today and he said that 3 would be arriving in April and 8 per month after that.
Regarding the "compromise my negotiating position" as bostonjazz originally pointed out, is all a question of what you want.
If you are looking at the small car category in general, and you really have no idea what you want exactly, then wait until it arrives and you can test drive it along with the other models in the category. Upside is that you haven't compromised negotiating capability, and you have a chance to see what else is around. Downside is you will have a limited selection of vehicles, and you might have to settle for "not the perfect Fit" or otherwise go on a waiting list. With 8 cars per month per dealership, it's not hopeless, but that could mean a lengthy delay.
If you are looking at getting the Fit, and you know all about it and that you really want it, then I would suggest putting down a deposit. I really want to make sure I get a manual in base trim line. I have found that manuals are not exactly "popular" in the US, so getting your hands on what you want could be slightly difficult. Upside to the deposit is that you are already in line for what you want. Downside is that you can't test drive (if you don't know already what a Fit/Jazz is like in person) and you have pretty much kissed any chance of negotiating away since the dealer knows you want it.
It's all a matter of priorities.
Apologies to fiticeland! You were correct about the Lunar Mist interior. Anyway, these are the exterior/interior colors. Some of you may know already, but all kinds of information is flying around the Internet, so I thought some clarification could be useful.
Beige interior: Taffeta White, Lunar Mist, Milano Red
Black interior: Storm Silver, Nighthawk Black, Vivid Blue
Beige interior: Taffeta White
Black interior: Taffeta White, Storm Silver, Nighthawk Black, Vivid Blue, Milano Red, Blaze Orange
#16 of 2635 Re: ordering the Fit [hungarian83]
Jan 19, 2006 (7:45 pm)
What size of a deposit are they looking for these days?
#17 of 2635 Re: ordering the Fit [dewaltdakota]
Jan 19, 2006 (8:25 pm)
The two Dealers I've talked to were asking for $500.00 and you can cancel and receive your money back for any reason.
In the 70's I bought a then newly introduced Honda Accord for list price. I think it was $3495.00 plus tax and Lic. Within weeks Dealers were selling them for 15% over list and or loading them with every Dealer installed option there was. People were on wait lists even at the inflated prices. I wanted to get another one and add a turbo. I waited six months to get another one. When it was ready I was able to sell the one I had for $3,800 just because people couldn't get them. I think it was about 8 months old by the time I got the second car. God, what a ball it was. I used to drive from LA to Mammoth Lakes ski area and did I surprise some cars, including one cop that was at the head of a line of cars that I tried to pass all of them at one time.
It also happened with the 240Z and many others over the years. If you are really interested in getting the car, I would suggest that you get on a list (or more than one) with the written agreement that you can cancel for any reason and you can buy the car at MSRP. You will also want the doc fees spelled out, taxes and any other fees. You are then in a good position.
1, You can test drive and walk for any reason and get your money back.
2, You can offer less if you want and you will walk if your not happy and get your $ back.
3, With a couple of deposits down you can get the first one that arrives or play one off against the other.
It doesn't weaken your position it strengthens it. I predict that there will be a lot of people that will want your position.
#18 of 2635 Re: ordering the Fit [hungarian83]
Jan 20, 2006 (6:11 am)
I drove a 1.3 in Nassau 3 years ago and I all can say is that I was pissed I couldn't get this car in the U.S.
You will not regret buying this car if your expectations are for a versital, spunky fun to drive, bigger than it is inside than out - Honda.
By the way I'm #2 in line at my dealer and it took $200 NON REFUNDABLE to reserve an early delivery....