What he said^^^^^dealers are all about running things as cheaply as possible. I bet they got that truck for a lower price than they could've acquired a Ridgeline, so that may explain why.
Worst I ever saw was a Dodge dealer using a Tacoma as their parts truck. Absolutely no excuse there.
Very good point. My Honda dealership that uses the Odyssey as a parts truck that I was talking about earlier also owns the Audi dealership down the street. The Odyssey serves as a parts truck for that Audi dealership as well as an employee shuttle because there is limited on-site parking at that location.My Honda Dealer group ownership also has a Chevy Dealership.
They purchased the Honda Dealership back in 1994 just after I got my 3rd Honda there. But the original family Ownership was an old Pontiac Dealership that started to also sell Honda back in the 70s then only sold Honda as the brand grew. The original small Honda service repair shop from 70s was still owned so they remodeled it in the late 90s & reopened it. I remember them saying at that time they were one of two Honda Dealerships to have two separate repair shops. But a Chevy truck just like that is parts truck for my Dealership since they have a separate Chevy Dealer as well.
That's one reason the Ranger was so popular, especially for smaller businesses. Relatively cheap to keep and just big enough to get the job done. A very useful parts and jobber's truck.Domestic pickups are MUCH less expensive to purchase than the imports. We buy them at work VERY far below 'invoice' or any other price. That alone makes them the obvious choice. The additional space in the full-size bed, for any larger parts them _may_ occasionally haul, is just a bonus.
Yes they are. My friend's work just issued him a loaded 4 Door 4x4 Colorado w/ leather. I haven't got too ride if it yet but I will, a lot. Well use it for hunting like a 4 Wheeler. I'll know by the end of hunting season how durable this truck is. It will be off-road every weekend.That's one reason the Ranger was so popular, especially for smaller businesses. Relatively cheap to keep and just big enough to get the job done. A very useful parts and jobber's truck.
Now I see a lot of Colorados in use, by city & county departments as well.
Don't get too many of us wrong, we love our Ridgelines. Dated or not, it is a great utility that does what it was designed for, and sometimes even more. As such it gets a good deal of support this forum (and appropriate criticism as well) if not as well from Honda.Give dealer some credit, Honda quit making their truck for 2015 and maybe
2016. Dealers run new and than sell as certified.
I like mine, owned since March 2015 (certified). Had 860lbs stone in bed
last week, didn't seem to phase it. Previous Dodge Dakota had some issues
with same load.