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I wish Honda would start taking deposits so I could get my hands on one of the first HR-Vs that hit town. I did call my dealer and ask when they are going to take deposits. They put my name at the top of the list, and I should be the first to get a deposit down, thus maybe the first HR-V to drive off the lot. Hoping anyway!

Has anyone else tried to put down money yet?
 

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Not yet, I'm going to wait for some of the big review companies (like Consumer Reports, Edmunds, etc.) to at least do some first impressions or full test drives before I put any money down. Hopefully those tester vehicles will be out soon.
 

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We're ready for an EX-L, assuming the price is within the range expected ... but we'll wait for the "right" color.

After reading and youtube watching various Vezel reviews, I don't expect (m)any performance/usability issues.
 

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Not yet, I'm going to wait for some of the big review companies (like Consumer Reports, Edmunds, etc.) to at least do some first impressions or full test drives before I put any money down. Hopefully those tester vehicles will be out soon.
Not sure about Consumer reports, but I think other review sites will probably have cars sooner than the dealers will for reviews. I am OK with hearing their impressions before I can see one myself.
I am a little more cautious about putting deposits down until I actually sit in one , or drive it.
 

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One concern I have about dealers is adding all kinds of dealer extras to cars that I neither need nor want. I find this process a major annoyance. I hope it won't be difficult to get clean cars from them.
 

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One concern I have about dealers is adding all kinds of dealer extras to cars that I neither need nor want. I find this process a major annoyance. I hope it won't be difficult to get clean cars from them.
I just tell them to take that stuff off, because I'm not paying for it. If they want tomakea sale they will take it off
 

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I just tell them to take that stuff off, because I'm not paying for it. If they want tomakea sale they will take it off
True, but some of that stuff is stuck on like door edge guards. I think in the beginning they will have enough demand that they won't worry that much about a missed sale.


On the other hand, I could ask for a clean one in a color I want and wait for it to arrive. I think that would be my best bet.
 

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I have a great dealer that I've worked with before that doesn't add on any of that, and they are a one price dealer. I know the relative price based on what they charge for other Hondas. I'm not worried about the price of the base car. I expect it to be around the same as a Civic.
 

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I have a great dealer that I've worked with before that doesn't add on any of that, and they are a one price dealer. I know the relative price based on what they charge for other Hondas. I'm not worried about the price of the base car. I expect it to be around the same as a Civic.
Are they one of the higher volume dealers around or what??
I know dealers like that have it good enough that charging more does more harm than good for them.
 

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Are they one of the higher volume dealers around or what??
I know dealers like that have it good enough that charging more does more harm than good for them.
They do a fairly good volume, but have a lengthy presence here in Denver with more than one brand in their stable.
 

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I have a great dealer that I've worked with before that doesn't add on any of that, and they are a one price dealer. I know the relative price based on what they charge for other Hondas. I'm not worried about the price of the base car. I expect it to be around the same as a Civic.
Unfortunately I have never bought a Honda, so I don't know if the dealers in Phoenix are as good as your Denver dealer.
 

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I wish it could be like the last car I bought, a 2004 Scion xB. They had set fair pricing and what you got was good deal of standard features. I did it all on the Scion website and then I chose the dealer from there. I do remember that when I went to the dealer in California (it was before it was on sale in AZ), they tried to sell me some extras. But a simple "no" and I was on my way.
 

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OK....I just did a test quote request for 3 Honda dealers through the "Build Your Own" on the Honda website for a Fit. It will give me an idea how they work.
 

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Don't forget about sites like Truecar and Edmunds. They will get you up front pricing. Plus many dealerships will email you a quote. You just need to read the fine print because lots of times they will build in all the discounts - recent grad, veteran etc. - which may or may not apply
 

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Don't forget about sites like Truecar and Edmunds. They will get you up front pricing. Plus many dealerships will email you a quote. You just need to read the fine print because lots of times they will build in all the discounts - recent grad, veteran etc. - which may or may not apply
Good advice. I have dabbled on those sites before. I will again when the CR-V actually comes out.
 

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Unfortunately I have never bought a Honda, so I don't know if the dealers in Phoenix are as good as your Denver dealer.
Once you rally decide which model you want, go through the Internet site for your local dealers. You can request a quote from multiple dealers, and then just buy from the lowest price quoted over email.

I help d my daughter get a Mazda 3 earlier this year and used this method. She saved $3K vs. the best price a local dealer was willing to put in front of us when dealing direct. The Internet reps always give the lowest price.
 

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My dealer doesn't generally put extras on cars. They are a high volume dealer in MA. I am worried about dickering much on the price since I want the car like yesterday - but it's going to be less than the CRV anyway.. Does anyone know when we can get them? If CR and Edmunds has to get them first - do we have a way to know if they have? I guess they say early Spring. I want one now! I have an old CRV that's been awesome! We are a Honda family!
 

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Once you rally decide which model you want, go through the Internet site for your local dealers. You can request a quote from multiple dealers, and then just buy from the lowest price quoted over email.

I help d my daughter get a Mazda 3 earlier this year and used this method. She saved $3K vs. the best price a local dealer was willing to put in front of us when dealing direct. The Internet reps always give the lowest price.

That's my plan. I have found internet pricing to be the best in the past. I may just have to wait a bit longer to get a "clean" car when a new shipment comes in.
 

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My dealer doesn't generally put extras on cars. They are a high volume dealer in MA. I am worried about dickering much on the price since I want the car like yesterday - but it's going to be less than the CRV anyway.. Does anyone know when we can get them? If CR and Edmunds has to get them first - do we have a way to know if they have? I guess they say early Spring. I want one now! I have an old CRV that's been awesome! We are a Honda family!
I don't think it takes Edmunds long to put out an article on a new vehicle. I am always hearing about different reviewers getting "pre-production" cars sometimes. They are forgiving of faults they may find at that point saying the production cars should have those worked out. So they must be getting them pretty early on.
 
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