Great thread! Just read all of it. Can I ask how much you paid for your HRV? I bought mine at a Honda dealership as well (Honda certified) at the end of December and I did my research. Got a 2017 HRV EX-L for $22,300 CAD with 50,000kms on it. They wouldn't budge on the price though or maybe I didn't push hard enough. I was basically told you don't really negotiate with used car prices as consumers do their research and go to the dealerships with the lowest prices already (which is true in my case).
Also, I have a lot of nicks and scratches on mine. How hard was it to touch them up?
Thanks Richard. Not sure how my intro thread has turned into a history log for our HRV!
As I noted above, our used HRV is an undesirable barebones LX FWD that sat at the back of the Honda dealer lot for numerous months before we found it online. Much different than your EXL AWD HRV.
The low online price caught my attention and I researched HRV's before I cruised over to check it out.
It had low miles and a clean CARFAX. Kinda liked it, it was rough looking but in really good shape mechanically.
It also had a Hondacare bumper to bumper warranty purchased by the original owner.
Our other 3 vehicles are manual trans and we wanted an auto trans.
Made a low offer on the spot and they accepted. Out the door CAD$16,500/US$12,200.
I was surprised they accepted my offer. Didn't even give my wife a chance to check it out!
We weren't even shopping for a SUV/CUV at all since I don't like them at all.
We needed a winter car/ski rig, to keep our other 3 cars out of the winter snow and salt.
I am a Honda fan but only older Honda's and the only current Honda that appeals to me is the FK8 Civic Type R.
We have a modified Acura TSX 6spd MT (Honda Euro Accord) which is enthusiast car with a strong following.
2 other modified hot rods also!
As for paint scratches, wash the car by hand but no wax or polish yet. Go over the body with a fine tooth comb noting all the scratches and imperfections.
Honda parts dept for touch up paint. Patiently touch up all the chips and scratches. Leave it for few days before waxing.
If the car cleans up nicely and you plan to keep it, clear film paint protection is well worth it.
The HRV is far from a perfect vehicle but address a few issues and it's a good economy car.
Best of luck with yours!