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Hello,

I see that some folks are getting $1,000-2,000 off of msrp for a RTL-T or RTL-E. Any recommended dealers willing to do that from the start, without the dreaded whole day back and forth?

I've seen the "what did you pay thread?", but the thread is just all over the place. I'm not looking for someone to negotiate for me, but I'm just trying to avoid wasting time with dealers who won't budge from charging msrp or over.

I’m in Austin TX, but willing travel a bit. Feel free to PM as well.

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Whenever buying a car/truck I always test drive, talk prices for about 10 to 20 minutes, and than tell them I need to think about it and get ready to go, they of course try to do the 'what can I do to get you to buy today', I'll give them a couple of minutes to come down more, but I always walk away and go home. They want the sale, always act interested and that you will be a buyer at a specific price but that you have your limits. I have always thought it over that night and if I believe they will come to a reasonable price I will come back the next day. Sometimes they will call you - than you really got them. This works better at the end of the month when they are trying to hit their numbers, the problem with all this is right now, the Ridgeline is rare and very few sitting around (unless you live near that dealer in LA who has 5 billion of them).

If they meet your price that day, great, but going home has worked for me, including buying this Ridgeline, I came in with my numbers, handed the paper to the sales guy, he brought it back to the manager, and we had a deal. 41000 plus trade in .. bla bla bla which was like 1200 off msrp (RTL-E). If you are fair and they want your business it shouldn't be a problem, of course some dealerships want your business more than others. I find the bigger dealerships are better because they deal in volume and want you to be a regular - especially with the servicing aspect.

I have found if a dealer believes they will be servicing your vehicle also, they work with you, a lot of them make more money in the garage than on the showroom floor.
 

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I'm in San Antonio but work in Austin. All the dealers "say" they are getting msrp but I've heard of deals in SA. I'm in no hurry to buy but when I do I'll have a number in my head and email all the dealers around. Either they take it or don't. Same as if I walk in. Either they hit the number or they don't. Can't be afraid to walk and wait them out. Lots of dealerships in your market area...someone wants your money! I had good luck with Gunn Honda in SA. someone got a little off from Fernandez Honda. I would not give San Marcos Honda a penny...they would literally have to give me the truck for me to do business with them. Good luck in your quest.
 

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$2000 off msrp is about what I'm aiming for also. I was excited when I came across Streater Smith in Conroe giving discounts of $2k+ off all their Ridgelines. Long story short, they told me they aren't responsible to prices listed on third party sites. Whoops, I'm think we're going to have to wait or luck out.
 

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If you were in the Chicagoland area, I'd suggest Ed Napleton Honda in Oak Lawn IL. They dropped 2K off of MSRP on the RTL model for me. I just showed them an internet price from Cars.com that was driveable and they made it happen in under 5 minutes. I did not have a trade.
 

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$2000 off msrp is about what I'm aiming for also. I was excited when I came across Streater Smith in Conroe giving discounts of $2k+ off all their Ridgelines. Long story short, they told me they aren't responsible to prices listed on third party sites. Whoops, I'm think we're going to have to wait or luck out.
don't they post the prices as a dealership to the third part sites?
 

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don't they post the prices as a dealership to the third part sites?

I'm not certain tbh. I thought about calling Autotrader to inquire about how they get their prices, but laziness got the best of me. Even if they get it from the dealers, I highly doubt the deal would honor it. They'll just claim it was a mistake, typo, etc.
 

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You guys didn't buy one from Gilman in San Antonio last night did you? They said they had a Red one in stock last night. We started that way from Austin this morning. When we called en-route, they said it was sold. Sigh!
 

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I bought my BE from Round Rock Honda. Liked my sales guy well enough - Ron Baldwin. He was the only one of the local dealerships that actually called me back when they got something on the lot to test drive (a BE). Initially I was going to get an RTL-E, but getting a color I liked seemed like it was going to be a PITA, and there were a number of BEs around central texas that I figured they'd be willing to deal on. Told him exactly what I was willing to pay, went in so they could look at my trade. Agreed pretty quickly. They did throw a curve after we agreed on price in that the BE they had had the IBX paint protector on it for $299. I balked, and they essentially gave it to me for free. They did have dealer inventory tax added in with sales tax, which irked me a little, but I kinda glossed over that number assuming it was just sales tax. It didn't get broken out till financing.

THe dallas/irving place seemed willing to make a deal on a BE they had as well.

As far as other local dealerships:
First Texas Honda wasn't willing to deal; they claim no haggle, but that's only if you're willing to agree to pay a lot more for the car and/or accept a lot less for your trade (their initial "no-haggle" on my trade was 2k which they bumped up to 3.2k after I balked, carmax offered 3k, and I ended up trading for 3.2k at Round Rock Honda w/ no hassle). First Texas also wouldn't budge on MSRP for the BE sitting on their lot which had a tailgate that wasn't working right (stuck when trying to drop down) - they had just gotten it a few days back. Ultimately they just wasted my time and I think would yours too. My salesman was pretty condescending as well so I had no desire to even try to make a deal with them.

Howdy Honda didn't have BE on their lot, but sucked in general at getting back to me. Their internet manager sent a lot of "checking in on how you're doing" emails, but then never responded when I replied saying I was ready to buy. They also never contacted me when something came on their lot that I might be interested in even though I asked my "point of contact" to do so. Wasn't impressed with them at all so never bothered even visiting them.

Of course, this is all for a BE. Mileage on RTL-E may vary...
 

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You guys didn't buy one from Gilman in San Antonio last night did you? They said they had a Red one in stock last night. We started that way from Austin this morning. When we called en-route, they said it was sold. Sigh!
Nope not me. That's about 2 miles from my house but I didn't have time to go see it. The red is one of my front runners. Silver and white are my other 2. Sorry you missed it. Gunn Honda had a red one a few days ago but I don't know what trim it was.
 

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You guys didn't buy one from Gilman in San Antonio last night did you? They said they had a Red one in stock last night. We started that way from Austin this morning. When we called en-route, they said it was sold. Sigh!
Ha, Not me, but the exact trim/color combo I'm looking for is there so I may be in very soon. Depends if they're willing to deal at all.
 

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Hello,

I see that some folks are getting $1,000-2,000 off of msrp for a RTL-T or RTL-E. Any recommended dealers willing to do that from the start, without the dreaded whole day back and forth?

I've seen the "what did you pay thread?", but the thread is just all over the place. I'm not looking for someone to negotiate for me, but I'm just trying to avoid wasting time with dealers who won't budge from charging msrp or over.

I’m in Austin TX, but willing travel a bit. Feel free to PM as well.

Thanks
I was intrigued by your post (already bought an RTL-E) and went the Consumer Reports website to see if they are offering no haggle deals. Their buying service is apparently free to non-subscribers. I put in your zip code (or one of them) and RTL-E. They state, "Due to limited availability or high demand, the TrueCar Estimate is above the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $42,270." That's interesting. But the next step is to input your details, which they say they will keep confidential, and you will then get some sort of quote. Worth a try. Let us know if you do.

Consumer Reports | Build & Buy Car Buying Service
 

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Hello,

I see that some folks are getting $1,000-2,000 off of msrp for a RTL-T or RTL-E. Any recommended dealers willing to do that from the start, without the dreaded whole day back and forth?...

I?m in Austin TX, but willing travel a bit. Feel free to PM as well.

Thanks
Jigaloo, I just received an email from Streater Smith Honda around Conroe that they'll take $750 off msrp. I don't think it's a stretch to believe they'll come off another $250.
 
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