Insight II Prices Paid/ Buying Experience

Discussion in 'Honda Hybrids' started by greenrider, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Kacey Green

    Kacey Green Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations!
     
  2. greenrider

    greenrider Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!

    Since it's my wfe's car, you can say congratulations when I finally get to drive it somewhere :D
     
  3. msantos

    msantos Eco Accelerometrist

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    There you go Mike. Congrats on the new ride... and yes, please post some pics :D

    Cheers;

    MSantos
     
  4. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

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    You have to set your priorities. The day we got ours, I drove it from 12-3:30am after everyone had gone to bed.:D

     
  5. greenrider

    greenrider Well-Known Member

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    Here ya go! Already dirty, haven't had a chance to Rejex it yet.
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  6. greenrider

    greenrider Well-Known Member

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    FOr whatever reason, this isn't working...
     
  7. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

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    Very nice!

    By the way, you can't grab the Location URL -- you have to take the URL presented in the box underneath the photo when it is displayed. :)
     
  8. greenrider

    greenrider Well-Known Member

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    Ahhh...mucho gracias!
     
  9. greenrider

    greenrider Well-Known Member

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    Since she drives it to work everyday, she's been kind enough to let me drive it when we go out anywhere:woot:

    It's funny how many people are surprised when they realize we have 2 hybrids (God forbid). They can't seem to get why we would want a "bigger" car for "going places." I'm sure this will get revisited at the next gas price run-up.:D
     
  10. davejazz

    davejazz New Member

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    Hello, All!

    My first visit here so bear with while I learn how to post a message.

    I've had my Insight less than a week now.:bananajump: So far I'm rather pleased with the purchase! Like other posts I've seen here, I paid MSRP.

    My best mpg came during the ride home from the dealership on the Interstate where I was getting 49.9 mpg. That also includes some start-stop in town driving from the Interstate exit to home.

    My worst mpg came from a 1/3 mile trip from a convenience store to home. (18 mpg with the Eco mode off.)

    If you're interested, I have some images of the car at: http://gw.jaswaye.com/Insight.html I added a plug for the dealership at the end because I was so impressed by the great buying experience.

    At the moment I'm waiting for them to receive and install fog lights. I've included someone else's picture until then. I think they add a nice touch.
     
  11. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Welcome to CleanMPG!

    Be sure and read Beating the EPA to learn all the secrets.

    Congrats on your purchase and I believe you will be very happy with it if you're looking for great mileage.

    What kind of car did this replace?
     
  12. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Why are folks paying even close to MSRP for these cars?

    We could have got a Insight II for $388 above invoice at our dealer. But $5K off MSRP on a HCHII was a much better deal. :)

    Only paid $467 above invoice on my 06 Civic EX Sedan when they first came out. It was the first 8th gen Civic my dealer sold.

    I guess I'm confused why soooo many folks seem to get soaked when buy Honda's in other parts of the USA. I think I like my dealer better than the cars. :)
     
  13. greenrider

    greenrider Well-Known Member

    Probably because we live a little closer to civilization, where incomes, and demand, are higher. I don't know about OK, but when lived in the middle of nowhere in OH we didn't pay sticker for anything, no matter how new. Insights sell well in this metro area at least, and sticker is common for them. Perhaps demand is just lower in your area. I guess that's the price we pay for living in a higher demand area, but I take offense to the implication that those of us who paid more, rather than less, are somehow stupid "suckers."
     
  14. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Hold Up! I did not mean to offend anybody at all.

    The Tulsa dealers are known for thug sales pratices. So I steer clear of them. They will get close to my dealers pricing. But you have to play stupid car dealer games. My dealer use to have the OTD prices post on there website less there doc fee of $99.00. so you could purchase a car over the net in way less than a hour at a very good price. They are not priced now because some of the thug dealers got together and complained to Honda, thus getting them into some hot water.

    My basic car buying pratice is to get them cheap as I can. They are a money looser no matter what one pays. So hedge the bet. :)

    Now as far as us folks in the sticks. Cars, Homes, And construction has not stopped. Homes are still being built as are major projects like a Co-Gen Plant for a local Hospital. And it is the most Advanced Co-Gen Plant in the world. Our economy is doing much better than most here in the sticks.

    I've just never understood why folks pay MSRP or above on a car. Any Car. When I purchased my 06 Civic EX the Tulsa dealers were selling the same car for $2k or more above MSRP.

    Be Good
     
  15. greenrider

    greenrider Well-Known Member

    Allow me to clarify. When I say "sticks," I am referring to the smaller towns and semi0rural/rural areas (my hometown was 8K population). There were far fewer households with six-figure incomes and significant disposable income than there are here in the Chicago area, even now. Heck, some were able to live on the equivalent of what homeowners pay in property taxes in the higher-rent suburbs around here!

    We have our thug dealers too (Honda on Grand, anyone?), and they sound alot like the Tulsa-area dealers. Obviously, buying away from a metro area is the best bet if it is possible (that would be a half-day's drive to get to a dealer out of the immediate Chicago/Milwaukee metro area for me).

    I'm probably just a little sore still from paying close to sticker for mine :mad:( at least I got a free trunk tray and all weather mats). I have a moral problem with paying anywhere close to list price for a vehicle that obviously depreciates rapidly, but the lease on the Ridgeline was up May 5 and I really didn't have a choice. :eek: Oh well, at least the HCH II and now the Insight have both been good cars thus far...
     
  16. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Please,,, let me be clear. I did not mean to insult anybody.

    I just have a major problem with paying MSRP for cars / big ticket items. I sell pumps, chillers, boilers and there support systems. I do the engineering, sizing, sales, startup and warrenty on our products. And when a car dealer tells me they are doing me a favor. I can assure they have done no such thing.

    Even on our recent HCHII purchase. My sales person was very clear on the deal and broke it out for us. His bottom line was you get it all but $14 in hold back. I just laughed at him,,, come on man. Your not selling this car at a lose leader nor are you making me feel good at a,, I get it all but $14 bucks in hold back. Honda is tipping there hat at you. LMAO.

    But so it goes....

    peace
     
  17. greenrider

    greenrider Well-Known Member

    "doing me a favor..."

    HA!! I still laugh when a salesman tries to tell me that. Or my other favorite "you're killing me."

    No, I'll send you the payment book in your name, then I'll be killing you for the next few years...

    Honda indicated that incentives will be waning this year, so hopefully prices won't jump too much.
     
  18. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    I see you own a Insight and HCH. What is your gut and ass telling you about the cars? What is your mpg gut /butt meter telling you? What is your road tester inards screaming to you?

    I will be honest,, up front and fact. We went into our current car purchase looking hard at a InsightII with Navi. But I and the wife could not get over the smaller worse driving Fit compact if that means anything.

    Would you please grass root a write up for us on InsightII...... Reallly!!!! We know hat we drove and saw............ Give us you pro's and con's,,,,,,

    Thanks
    Jeff
     
  19. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jeff:

    ___Time to back you down a touch... The preview is in the Review section and Greenrider owns an excellent Insight-II, not an HCH-II.

    ___It has more utility by a long shot over anything but a Prius yet costs less as equipped regardless of MSRP or not. Most dealers are still trying to pull MSRP for their Insight-II's but as we all know, first off the truck pays the dearest and unfortunately GreenRider was stuck with a lease end.

    ___Fortunately, he owns an Insight-II that many here are pulling low to mid-60’s from them while moving faster than 40 mph and that is why someone would want to own one ;)

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  20. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    I will be honest, up front and fact. We went into our current car purchase looking hard at a InsightII with Navi. But I and the wife could not get over the smaller worse driving Fit compact if that means anything.
     
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