I just returned home from test driving the 06 Insight I wrote about yesterday. It only has 12 miles showing & I love the new small.
I told them what I would need for my 01 Insight CVT with 69,000 miles.
After some negotionations they agreed to my figures. I will think it over & decide by Mon.
If I get this car my wife wants to trade in her 04 Civic Hybrid in for an 06. They will have an Opal Silver Blue Metallic one in by Dec 31st.
The 06 Civic Hybrid brochere says at speeds under 35 mph & light throttle it runs on batteries only. It also says 50mpg in town & 50 mpg highway. That's better than our 04 but these figures hard to get.
We will see who gets a new hybrid Mon.
Dave in Kansas
For 2005 it is a $2000 deduction for hybrids. For 2006 it is a variable tax credit, but does not apply to the Insight with a manual, only the CVT. A deduction means you can lower your taxable income by $2000, so if you're in a 15% bracket that will save you $300 in taxes, in a 28% bracket it will save you $560. Also the deduction will lower your income for state taxes as well. For 2006 you get a credit, which lowers your federal tax bill dollar for dollar.
So a $1000 credit is 2 to 3 times better than a $2000 deduction.
Today was an exciting & at the same time sad day. I traded in my 2001 bue Insight today for a shinny new silver 2006. (Both can be seen in the link below.)
I will miss my 01 & will always remember what a great car it has been. I have not had one problem with it in the 17.000 miles since I bought it. It is already sold to a nice College student who has looked for several years for the right Insight. I hope to see it around town in the future.
Both cars have the CVT and are almost identical. The 06 does have a CD player with 4 speakers with a much better sound. The interior is a lighter color & the headrest have a peek hole. Dave in Kansas
Just out of curiosity is the Honda dealer, where you bought the new 06 Insight paying you to advertise for them. I'm referring to the stupid dealer sticker they placed on the back window. I hate when the dealers assume that they can just add that without asking the customer. I also hate having the dealers name on my license plate brackets. Ask them to kick in some advertising money to have their name on your car.
For anyone that is interested there are a total of 9 2006 Insights at GILMAN Honda in Houston according to their website. 6 are manuals and 3 are CVT's. They also list 3 2005's which are all CVT's. And no I don't work for them or know anyone who does. Just trying to help.
Hi Big D: I just phoned Gillman Honda in Houston (713) 776-4800, and the sales manager told me their web site has a big mistake; they actually have NO Insights in stock, but hope to get ONE in a month or so.............I told him it would be nice to remove that page, as not to deceive folks or get their hopes up.......Billy