: Where are all the used Ridgelines??
04-13-2011, 10:00 PM
I've been contemplating buying a used Ridgeline, preferably a 2009 or 2010 model. Used Ridgelines for sale, even at Honda dealers, are rarer than hens teeth. I'd like a 2009 or newer just to upgrade at least 6 years newer than what I'm driving now (2003), and that I understand 2009 model started using a different transmission for better gas mileage. Is the different transmission worth it, or should I be considering 2008 models as well, not that there are alot of them for sale either. Seem to be mainly 2006 and 2007 models local to me (SE Michigan). Will there be an influx of lease returns coming up with 2008 and 2009 models where I should hold off a year or so? I've still got to pay off the wifes new/used 2007 Ody, which turned me on to Honda's quality and features.
04-13-2011, 10:08 PM
If Honda decides what they're doing with the next gen model, you may see an influx of 1st gen. I imagine that a few owners, myself included, are in limbo.
04-13-2011, 10:23 PM
Guess I should have put this in the shopping and test driving forum, my bad.
04-14-2011, 12:38 AM
Hello and welcome to the ROC, robotoid.
Given that the great majority of Ridgeline owners' relationship to their truck would have a description that includes the phrase "from my cold dead hands", it's no wonder that you cannot find a recent model for sale used. Hardly anyone wants to part with them.
It's the same situation with other high-satisfaction vehicles like the Toyota 4Runner, or at least it was about 10 years ago when I was shopping for one. In three weeks of looking in for-sale publications for all of eastern Ontario (covering a population of about 2 million), I found exactly one for sale. It was no bargain, either.
Late-model vehicles with high rates of owner satisfaction will typically only become available due due an involuntary loss of vehicle -- financial hardship, relocation -- or maybe it's been dumped due to an undocumented collision. Of the few that become available, many will be scooped up by the auction system and moved around to where it's harder to trace history, such as by coming here to Canada. When the Canadian dollar is up like it is now, most of the few used Ridgelines for sale will be from the U.S. So, we've got your trucks. Sorry about that.
According to this thread (http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39048), any major update to the Ridgeline has been postponed for another year.
If you are planning to tow more than about 3000 lbs or just like to drive aggressively, the engine/transmission update with the 2009 model will be worth it. It also seems to get better mileage for some owners, though I haven't been watching the mileage threads closely enough to take note of owner' model years.
04-14-2011, 05:53 AM
My 2 cents....
Honda didn't make a whole lot of 09-10' Ridgelines in the first place. I have never seen either year for sale in my neck of the woods but there are a few earlier model years available. I can't imagine you will ever see a whole lot of them for sale because they simply don't exist.
I bought a used 07' RTX about 3 months ago for what I think is a very fair price. ($15k out the door) This is my 2nd Ridgeline. I didn't trade in my 06'. I have it too. :)
04-14-2011, 07:00 AM
When I got mine I went past two other dealerships because the one I shopped at had a 2009/18k miles, and a new 2011 (same color, same trim). I could not make the numbers work in my head to go with the 2009, it would only save me about $5000 and cost me 2 years of factory warranty and 18k miles.
If you are on the fence on the same issue then you might not want to waste too many cycles looking for the used one.
04-14-2011, 07:06 AM
2 pages of used Ridgelines on Seattle's Craiglist
04-14-2011, 09:14 AM
2 pages of used Ridgelines on Seattle's Craiglist
lol, that's probably 5-6 trucks reposted 10 times :)
I noticed the same thing when I first started looking at the Ridgeline. I couldn't find any used, and all the used ones I could find were priced so high that I didn't see the value in buying used.
It took me a year to find my '06 (right vehicle, right price, etc), which I finally found last July .
It seemed like the price of an '06 actually went up during that period. I think "cash for clunkers" took a lot of vehicles off the market, which affected prices.
04-14-2011, 06:21 PM
Same here, we looked and an 08 used and it was only $3000 less then a new 2011.
04-14-2011, 07:56 PM
Robotoid, welcome to the ROC!
You could try TruckTrader.com, or Autotrader.com, people have even been known to sell their vehicles on Ebay, in the MOTORS section. Good luck in your search!
04-15-2011, 09:17 AM
Between 50 and 75 in the Madison/Milwaukee WI area. About 10-15 of those are 2009 and newer.
Just be patient and you will find what you want.
04-15-2011, 10:18 AM
When I was looking for mine I used www.pickuptrucks.com.
Register and put in the specs you are looking for. The RL's sell so fast you have to check it 3 or 4 times a day and call dealers quickly when you see something you are interested in.
04-15-2011, 07:49 PM
there are lots in canada at my dealer.
04-16-2011, 04:43 AM
The person that bought mine recent forum member.... it's being shipped over to and island off the coast of.... Russia! :)
So I'm happy to know my 2010 found a good home.
04-19-2011, 02:43 PM
Here's a nice one in Boulder, Colorado. A lot of miles, but in great shape and the dual DVD players are good.