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#68 of 87 Honda Fixed Problem on 12 Year old Car at No Charge!
Apr 16, 2009 (8:11 am)
On a different topic, I had an interesting experience with my 1991 Accord. 91 may have been the only year where they had the seatbelts that opened when the car door opened, and automatically slid over and closed on you when you got in and closed the door. Well, my seatbelt mechanism broke, meaning I couldn't use the driver's side seatbelt. This happened in about 2003, when the car was 12 years old. I took it to the local dealer in Naples, FL, who wanted $800 to repair it. I called Honda's HQ customer service and they said there was no charge to repair it. (Obviously they were thinking ahead about the liability they could possibly have on their hands if there was an accident and I had a no seat belt as it was faulty.)
Got this all squared away with the local service manager, who was contacted by HQ. When I went to pick it up, the service manager was not around and the staff insisted they had to charge me the $800!!! I had to stand there for an hour and a half before they admitted it was no charge and gave me my keys!!! Terrible experience....
Anyway, it was pretty cool that they would do the right thing and fix a problem at no charge on a 12 year old car!
#69 of 87 Re: Honda Fixed Problem on 12 Year old Car at No Charge! [rgrafer]
Apr 16, 2009 (10:46 am)
I believe the seatbelts have a lifetime warranty, likely for the lawsuit reason you cited.
#70 of 87 Re: Honda Fixed Problem on 12 Year old Car at No Charge! [thegraduate]
Apr 16, 2009 (2:59 pm)
Which is the reason automakers stopped making cars with automatic seatbelts. It's still costing them. I never liked the automatic belts anyway. They were often in the way.
#71 of 87 Paying for certification or not
Jul 15, 2009 (5:56 am)
I am buying my 2006 Honda Accord as the lease is ending. Is it worth the extra thousand dollars to have it certified?? I don't know if it pays or not. I would get the lower financing rate and a warranty, but somehow I feel it is not necessary. Does anyone have any advice?
#72 of 87 Re: Paying for certification or not [cpbnyc]
Jul 15, 2009 (2:41 pm)
It's nice that they are giving you a choice. I guess it depends on how many miles the warranty would be for, and if you think it would actually save you some $$ on repair bills during that time. It's a crap shoot really, IMO. I bought the 100k mile extended warranty for my first Accord back in 91, and never used it ("$600 wasted). So I didn't buy the extended warranty for the next Accord.
#73 of 87 Re: Paying for certification or not [cpbnyc]
Jul 15, 2009 (2:56 pm)
If your buying the same Accord that you leased, you do have a big advantage of knowing the history of the car. Did you treat the car right? Get regular oil changes? Car have little or no problems so far?
If so, I would probably pass on the warranty.
#77 of 87 2006 Honda Accord
Jul 30, 2009 (2:14 pm)
Greetings! At a local dealer we have found a 2006 Honda Accord SE, auto, 4DR, approx. 26K. Nice car, but noticed the brakes are a bit touchy. Is this typical for Honda's? We have not owned one before. Dealer is asking $13,900 and we're looking for some things to negotiate on. Thanks for the input!