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Anyone know if Costco pricing might be available at launch? I've heard good things about that program.
 

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I have not heard either. I have used AARP's program. It is similar to USAA and Costco. It these programs a few months to included the new Tacoma when it came out. I expect the same for the RL.
 

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When I bought my 2009 RTL navi I made the initial contact through Costco. At the dealer the "internet sales manager" handed me a Costco discount list, listing all the models and the various discounts. For the Ridge it was invoice less $500. I had done my homework and knew that invoice is roughly 90% of list, so on a sticker of $37K even, the Costco price was right at $33K. This was January '09 (Obama's Inauguration Day no less) and nobody was buying cars.

I handed the list back and told him "oh no, you can do way better than that." A few minutes later we settled at $2K below Costco price. The world may be different this time around.
 

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MY 08 RTL won't be traded in. It will have about 275,000 miles at that point. Private sale for sure as I have all the receipts and a lot of extra stuff that no dealer would give me a penny for.
 

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So who generally has the best Honda deals between Costco, AARP and USAA? Anyone priced the new Pilot between the three?
 

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So who generally has the best Honda deals between Costco, AARP and USAA? Anyone priced the new Pilot between the three?
Hmmm? Good question. I'm a member of all three and I know USAA uses TrueCar with a discount. My wife just bought a new Mazda through USAA before Christmas.
 

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Hmmm? Good question. I'm a member of all three and I know USAA uses TrueCar with a discount. My wife just bought a new Mazda through USAA before Christmas.
You should run a loaded Pilot through all three and see what you come up with.....I bet a lot of us would like to know!

My wife has AARP, I have a USAA account that I haven't used in a decade or so, and we've been talking about joining Costco, although the nearest one is over an hour away.
 

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You should run a loaded Pilot through all three and see what you come up with.....I bet a lot of us would like to know!

My wife has AARP, I have a USAA account that I haven't used in a decade or so, and we've been talking about joining Costco, although the nearest one is over an hour away.
I second that as we recently talked about signing up at Costco.
 

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As a general rule (isn't there always at least one?) Costco plans can be beaten by at least 2000 to 2500. We know because we recently purchased a few 2016 CRV Touring models and Costco came in about last in all the bids we compared. To make the comparison "fair-enuf", we used friends and family to stage a "single car buyer" experience and these spent the good portion of 2 days to shop online and in-person, also using Truecar as a launching point for comparison.

One of our test buyers purchased a 2016 CRV Touring at almost 2900 below the "best" Truecar price (and this was about 1900 below what Costco quoted) from a large local Honda dealer. While it was a true case of end-of-month and end-of-sales-quarter pricing, these deals can be "had" by anyone who is patient and accepts a little guidance from those who understand how the field is played.

In our case, am afraid to even tell just how low you can go with the dealers especially when buying multiple cars, a case to be made for having a group of friends, family, fellow enthusiasts, to create a "group buy" for cars ;)
 

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Great discussion! The problem I have seen, granted it was a few years back, is that when a dealer knows they have a reasonably hot commodity they will not reduce the price very much. In my area, I have even seen one case, specifically my daughter buying a CRV, where they tacked on an additional $500 to the price because they knew it was a hot commodity. I suspect that if I want to purchase a new RL I will have to wait at least a year or purchase in another part of the US?
 

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I think the Costco auto buying program is much like CUABs... it's for those who don't want to play the game. And that's fine, as long as you're willing to leave cash on the table.

I found the same thing years ago when I tried my credit union's auto buying program (CUAB). I beat it quite handily before even beginning negotiations.

My wife doesn't care for the buying/negotiating process. I find it rather fun and challenging. ;)

I guess the same could be said for buying a used car from Carmax. No negotiations. But I suppose they do provide some value for the higher prices you pay there in that the cars seem to be gone over pretty well and I think there is a reasonable warranty.
 

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Great discussion! The problem I have seen, granted it was a few years back, is that when a dealer knows they have a reasonably hot commodity they will not reduce the price very much. In my area, I have even seen one case, specifically my daughter buying a CRV, where they tacked on an additional $500 to the price because they knew it was a hot commodity. I suspect that if I want to purchase a new RL I will have to wait at least a year or purchase in another part of the US?
This is quite true for hot selling cars,the RL was a different story
however because it wasn't a big seller especially around late 08 early 09 when gas prices were absurd. Anyone thinking they're gonna get a killer deal on a Pilot is in for a rude awakening.
 

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I think the Costco auto buying program is much like CUABs... it's for those who don't want to play the game. And that's fine, as long as you're willing to leave cash on the table.

I found the same thing years ago when I tried my credit union's auto buying program (CUAB). I beat it quite handily before even beginning negotiations.

My wife doesn't care for the buying/negotiating process. I find it rather fun and challenging. ;)

I guess the same could be said for buying a used car from Carmax. No negotiations. But I suppose they do provide some value for the higher prices you pay there in that the cars seem to be gone over pretty well and I think there is a reasonable warranty.
I don't mind haggling, but the reason I am looking into buying options like Costco and USAA is that I don't expect dealers to deal on the RL2 during the first year on the market. If it turns out to be a hot-selling vehicle with limited supplies, the buying clubs might get you a better deal.
 

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I did my shopping at my keyboard at home (with a couple of phone calls here & there to identify eMail addresses). This was back in 2005, and I just outlined what I wanted for my RL, and sent it out to the on-line sales managers at about a dozen dealers within decent range.
I got back about 5 with competetive offers. Worked those down to 3 pretty quickly, and found two were willing to slug it out to get my business. Worked out well in the end.... I don't know how much things have changed in that industry in the last 10 years.

Regarding MSRP mark-ups, I bought 2 different vehicles (1985 Voyager mini-van, and 1982 Camaro Z28 with stick) that were 'hot commodities' at the time. In both of these cases most of the dealers marked up price over MSRP; but eventually i was able to find a place that had enough inventory flowing that they did not need to mark-up (I bought Voyager at end of year when '86s were just starting to trickle in). Those are tough times to get a good price on a car (newish model that's selling hot).

EDIT: By "on-line", I mean that I used eMail to communicate / negotiate.
 

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I did my shopping at my keyboard at home (with a couple of phone calls here & there to identify eMail addresses). This was back in 2005, and I just outlined what I wanted for my RL, and sent it out to the on-line sales managers at about a dozen dealers within decent range.
I got back about 5 with competetive offers. Worked those down to 3 pretty quickly, and found two were willing to slug it out to get my business. Worked out well in the end.... I don't know how much things have changed in that industry in the last 10 years.

Regarding MSRP mark-ups, I bought 2 different vehicles (1985 Voyager mini-van, and 1982 Camaro Z28 with stick) that were 'hot commodities' at the time. In both of these cases most of the dealers marked up price over MSRP; but eventually i was able to find a place that had enough inventory flowing that they did not need to mark-up (I bought Voyager at end of year when '86s were just starting to trickle in). Those are tough times to get a good price on a car (newish model that's selling hot).
This ^.. Easy and all in writing..no hassle..online sales guys from what i could tell sell 5 x the cars in house sales does..dont think they liked him..and if online isnt good enough then use gmail without name and haggle at dealer to try and beat it...be specific in your request otd price same car color options
 

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Costco pricing on the new Pilot was not available for a couple of months after availability.


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Package details
Exclusive Costco Package Features

The exclusive Costco package is available on 2016 Silverado 1500 Short Box Crew Cab LTZ models.

CUSTOMIZABLE OPTIONS

Make the Silverado your own by selecting the options that fit your lifestyle.

2-wheel or 4-wheel drive
Your choice of color:
Exterior options

Standard: Red Hot, Silver Ice, Slate Gray, Summit White, Black and Tungsten
Premium: Autumn Bronze ($395), Deep Ocean ($395), Siren Red ($495) and Iridescent Pearl ($995)
Interior options

Jet Black, Dark Ash/Jet Black or Cocoa/Dune leather-appointed interior color
EXTERIOR

Designed with Costco members in mind, the exclusive Costco package includes:

22-inch exclusive chrome 6-spoke design*
Black Chevrolet bowtie emblems, front and rear
Chrome bumpers (front and rear) with CornerStep
Cargo box LED lighting
Chrome door handles and mirror caps
Chrome tubular 6-inch rectangular assist steps
Chrome exhaust tips and recovery hooks1
Power sunroof
Remote Keyless Entry
Remote vehicle start
Spray-on bedliner
LED projector-beam headlamps with LED signature daytime running lights and turn signals, plus chrome bezels
Tri-fold hard Tonneau cover
INTERIOR

10-way power driver and front passenger seats adjusters with power recline
Full-feature driver and passenger bucket seats
60/40 folding rear bench 3-passenger seat
Bluetooth® for phone2
Chevrolet MyLink™3 with Navigation and 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility4
Driver Information Center with 4.2-inch diagonal color display
Enhanced Driver Alert Package
Forward Collision Alert
Lane Keep Assist
IntelliBeam headlamps
Safety Alert Seat
Dual-zone automatic climate control
LTZ Plus Package
OnStar® with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot5
Rear underseat storage and composite storage bin
Rear Vision Camera with dynamic guide lines
All-weather floor mats
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with three-month trial6
PERFORMANCE

Customer Option: 2WD or 4WD

5.3L EcoTec3® V8 with Active Fuel Management™
6-speed automatic transmission
 

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