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Been reading about the HR-V for a couple of weeks. I have a 2005 CRV EX-AWD just turned 100K and love it. Previously had 1999 Subaru Outback and after 5 years and 75K had overheating problems. Planning to sell my CRV to younger son and replace it with the HR-V. Family had 1988 prelude and a 1986 civic hatchback. Older son works for Honda.
 

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Been reading about the HR-V for a couple of weeks. I have a 2005 CRV EX-AWD just turned 100K and love it. Previously had 1999 Subaru Outback and after 5 years and 75K had overheating problems. Planning to sell my CRV to younger son and replace it with the HR-V. Family had 1988 prelude and a 1986 civic hatchback. Older son works for Honda.
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Yes he does get an employee discount. But I have bought my last few cars from an auto broker so I will see where I get the best deal.
 

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Son works for a local honda dealer. An auto broker works with any dealer. You tell him exactly what you want. Colors options etc. he then locates it. I have saved thousands on the cars I bought from him. He does all financing and extended warranties. He has no cars so you have to test drive and know exactly what you are looking for. Both times he had my car within a few days.
 

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My parents have used a broker in the Bay Area and really enjoyed the experience. The company they used is called Cartelligent and I plan on using them for my HR-V purchase.
 

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My parents have used a broker in the Bay Area and really enjoyed the experience. The company they used is called Cartelligent and I plan on using them for my HR-V purchase.
Did your parents compare the internet price with the broker price to see what they were saving?
I am curious who pays the broker when you are getting a lower price. Is the dealer just grateful that a buyer has been brought in and gives the buyer and the broker a break?


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You pay the broker a fee and they do all the shopping to find you the best deal. You then have to approve the deal. I'm not sure if they compared with internet prices, but I do know they saved a few thousand dollars over the best price they could find on their own when they've used the service in the past.

Before I go with a broker I'll see what the best deal I can get is, and if they can beat it with the fee included then I'll go that route. The other nice thing is that they shop the trade in for you to see who will give you the best price for it (since the dealer you get your new car from doesn't have to be the same as the one you trade in to), and they find the best financing for you. As NYGal said, you basically just tell them what you want, and they do all the hard work. They're especially good at finding "hard to find" models / trim levels / options.
 

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You pay the broker a fee and they do all the shopping to find you the best deal. You then have to approve the deal. I'm not sure if they compared with internet prices, but I do know they saved a few thousand dollars over the best price they could find on their own when they've used the service in the past.

Before I go with a broker I'll see what the best deal I can get is, and if they can beat it with the fee included then I'll go that route. The other nice thing is that they shop the trade in for you to see who will give you the best price for it (since the dealer you get your new car from doesn't have to be the same as the one you trade in to), and they find the best financing for you. As NYGal said, you basically just tell them what you want, and they do all the hard work. They're especially good at finding "hard to find" models / trim levels / options.
Does that mean you can wait until a broker finds a good deal before you pay him?....and you can decline without paying him anything?
 

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I think it depends on the service you use. The ones I've seen have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, but how far that goes I'm not quite sure.
 

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When I purchased thru broker he told me actual cost but no money paid until car was delivered. It took a few days for him to locate my cars. my CRV took an extra day or two because it was during New Years holiday.
 

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When I purchased thru broker he told me actual cost but no money paid until car was delivered. It took a few days for him to locate my cars. my CRV took an extra day or two because it was during New Years holiday.
I must not be getting this. Locating a car myself is pretty easy. I can do an internet search of inventory and get quotes from many dealers. There is always at least one quote that comes in lower than others. Internet and fleet pricing is good.
This might be because I am looking for base models and am not looking for certain options. Perhaps how a car is optioned is where a broker becomes most helpful?


I will be looking into brokers when it comes time to buy, but unless they actually save money for me, I am not sure they would be that helpful in my case. Low price is all I need.
 
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