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A few weeks ago, I set up a saved search on Cars.com to email me whenever a used 2017 Ridgeline showed up in their listings within any distance from my ZIP code. As of this post, there are 14 currently listed - most of those at Honda dealers. However, a significant number of the few dozen I've seen come and go over the last several weeks have been at Chevrolet dealerships. Frequently, a free CARFAX or AutoCheck report becomes available days after the listings appears. Based on these reports, it appears there have been several individuals buy 2017 Ridgelines then trade them in at Chevrolet dealerships.

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What you are mostly seeing here are the demos that Honda would not let the dealers sell for 120 days.
I spoke with one sales manager who said his dealership's owner was going to drive theirs and was going to add several thousand dollars of accessories.

Before the link died I noticed several selling were higher than MSRP even with 1500 or so miles on 'em, probably because the dealer added stuff. RTL Es have become extremely rare and future allotments are being sold weeks before delivery.
 

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I have found lots of BS loss leaders on cars.com, you inquire about a Ridgeline, they will try to talk you into the Chevy, not that fancy a sales tactic, but what I have seen quite more of is Honda dealers advertising RLs they do not have on cars.com and then spamming you endlessly. In both cases, it's "we no longer have that, but..."
 

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What you are mostly seeing here are the demos that Honda would not let the dealers sell for 120 days.
I spoke with one sales manager who said his dealership's owner was going to drive theirs and was going to add several thousand dollars of accessories.

Before the link died I noticed several selling were higher than MSRP even with 1500 or so miles on 'em, probably because the dealer added stuff. RTL Es have become extremely rare and future allotments are being sold weeks before delivery.
Hmmm. I realize CARFAX is from perfect and reporting requirements vary based on location, but the evidence in the CARFAX reports seems to indicate that most of these vehicles were purchased by individuals and traded in a short time later based on clues such as:

"Registered as personal vehicle"
"Lien reported"
"New owner"
"Vehicle sold"
"Service contract issued"
Being offered for sale at a different dealer than the original dealer
Vehicle registered in a city far away from the city where the dealer is located

These types of entries typically don't appear on new, unsold, or demo vehicles.
 

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Link working again and all but one of the fourteen trucks (all they show) currently listed are at Honda dealers and most are above MSRP.
 

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Maybe Honda gave away some of their demo Ridgelines after the big San Antonio event, "selling" them for a dollar to high rollers, etc. New owners play with them for a while, but have already had their heart set on a "real" truck (whatever that is), and trade it in on a luxury GMC truck or SUV...

Or maybe new owners had their tailgates fail, and threw their hands up in disgust, and decided to buy a "reliable" truck (whatever that is) from their local Chevy dealer...

I wonder how many used EcoBoost trucks showed up shortly after their debut when new owners drove them through the rain?
 

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Before the link died I noticed several selling were higher than MSRP even with 1500 or so miles on 'em, probably because the dealer added stuff. RTL Es have become extremely rare and future allotments are being sold weeks before delivery.

I really like my E but if there's a sucker - I mean consumer - that just can't wait and wants to offer more than MSRP I'd sell in a heartbeat. I love to make money.
 

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I really like my E but if there's a sucker - I mean consumer - that just can't wait and wants to offer more than MSRP I'd sell in a heartbeat. I love to make money.
I'd sell mine AT MSRP then I'd go buy back the CR-V I traded in for it, which is currently being advertised for less than what I sold it to the dealer for and still make a couple grand.
 

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I really like my E but if there's a sucker - I mean consumer - that just can't wait and wants to offer more than MSRP I'd sell in a heartbeat. I love to make money.
As one internet car sales specialist once told me: "There's a sucker for every seat."
You seriously may be able to do that in early December as many dealers are not going to get many more top trims until January, if then.
 

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1) Buyers remorse - Some purchased thier RLs sight unseen
2) Something happened to those 10 demos in Texas. Maybe sold at auction. I wouldn't put it past Chevy to make it appear as if people traded in their RLs for a Chevy. They have been attacking Ford's aluminum bed pretty hard.
 

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1) Buyers remorse - Some purchased thier RLs sight unseen
2) Something happened to those 10 demos in Texas. Maybe sold at auction. I wouldn't put it past Chevy to make it appear as if people traded in their RLs for a Chevy. They have been attacking Ford's aluminum bed pretty hard.
Are you referring to the 69 Ridgelines that were used at the Camp Ridgeline Contest? It is believed those were pre-production units that were either scrapped, sacrificed for crash testing, and/or disassembled for evaluation and were never sold to the public.
 

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I'd sell mine AT MSRP then I'd go buy back the CR-V I traded in for it, which is currently being advertised for less than what I sold it to the dealer for and still make a couple grand.
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People always have their reasons for trading. Maybe they bit off more than they could chew with payments, maybe the novelty of having a truck wore off quicker than they expected. Dealers will always try to make trading your car in sound appealing, especially if they want your high demand vehicle. My dad tells me that his local toyota dealership will try and buy his FJ Cruiser from him EVERY TIME he takes it in to get serviced. He loves it and and has no desire to sell it, but that doesn't stop them from making enticing offers each time they see him. The first offer they made was $3k more than what he purchased it for.
 

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I've tried the link on the first page multiple times, from multiple PC's & my iPad, Never Works!

Maybe Z should just post the search parameters...
 
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