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Most dealers WILL NOT even order it for me- they just tell me they don't deal with the insight and wanna push me to the Civic hybrid.

Nothing against the civic Hybrid- it's a beaut. BUT I WANT AN INSIGHT!

Anyone work for a dealership or know someone that does? I am pulling my hair out from dealerships giving me the run around.

HELP!

I finally get my down payment and finances together to buy one- and nobody wants to sell me one! WTFF!
 

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Try autotrader.com. Few if any are listed in CA but there are many available across the country.
 

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I think Honda West in Las Vegas has 2 CVT's on the lot. They told me a few months back they it would take 6 months to get a 5 speed if I ordered one. Worth looking into.
 

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Yes Cattygurl,

I know the feelng! I had to wait a few days over 8 months, but finally bought my Insight on Feb. 3, 2006.

I didn't put any money down, but left my name and contact info with lots of different Honda dealers in SoCal. Finally, I got "the call" and now am a Very Happy Insight owner/driver.

And yes, 8 months is a long time to wait in the automotive "Buy Now" times in which we live . . . but in the end, it's worth the wait!

Best Regs,
Rick
2006 CVT
 

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Keep an eye on eBay ...

In the past, along with Insight owners, dealers have listed NEW as well as used Insights there.

It's how I got mine!

Best of luck on the search!!!

Fred
 

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Let your fingers do the "walking" (start calling dealers until you find one that will, and don't waste yout time with one that won't).


See another members difficult time in getting one here:

http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/sea ... 9&start=75

Out of state should be an option and could make a nice weekend road trip. Or you could also opt for the additional cost of transportation. The selling dealer should be able to help you in this regard too.

HTH! (and DON'T give up) :)
 

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I can be really frustrating. Hang in there. It took me almost two years to get my used one, but I found that my local dealers were willing to order me a new one.

What part of the country are you in? Somebody here will probably know a good dealer in your area?
 

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My source in Japan told us that Honda is going to discontinue the Insight production in June, 2006.
haven't heard that one before :lol:
 

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I FOUND ONE IN ARIZONA!

They're going to FedEx me the paperwork. It's Showcase Honda in Phoenix, AZ... anyone here familiar with the dealership?

No deal is done until the car rolls off the lot with me in the driver's seat, BUT... I am so excited. I'm going to see my friend in AZ, so I thought I would call to see if anyone had one there- and BINGO! Now, I only have to buy a 1 way ticket :D

I am so...excited!

On the other hand, I'm just worried that the deal won't go through properly.
Now, the dealership will not let the car go for MSRP. What the hell... I don't know if I'm being played...
 

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Check with the motor vehicle agent/department in your resident state, on any particulars needed to make the transaction once you get back home. There have been some issues from state to state. A search of IC forums will dig up the old threads. Could save some headaches. This is however,not an Insight specific situation.

Best wishes :!:

Randall

I see what I can find and repost.

(Repost/Edit)Here's the thread I was thinking of and my post from it. The discussion there had turned to bringing a vehicle across the border from Canada, but there may still be issues from state to state.


http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3827&highlight=tag+agent

bpapa9013:

Word of advise on the interest in a vehicle from across the border:

Search the forum for some other threads on the subject, there may be issues with warranties, as well as licensing concerns. Check with your state motor vehicle registration authority as to what you need to bring in should you acquire such a vehicle. I would go so far as to get copies of the paper work if possible and visit with them and nail them down on the specifics. The better half was the local tag agent for some time, and I've heard lots of war stories on this subject. Even state to state can be a mess. Military personnel buying vehicles overseas is another nightmare.

Just a thought and good luck.

Randall
 

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Thank you guys.

I'm kinda feeling like the dealership is taking me for a ride as they refuse to sell the car at MSRP. I don't want all the "tire gage monier, paint sealant, etc" they were wanting to charge- they wanted 1700 bucks for window tinting !!! :evil: :x :roll:

I think I'm going to have to be firm and express EXACTLY what I want. I dunno, they're telling me because of the gas prices, the hybrid civic and insight are selling like hotcakes in Phoenix, AZ and they can't afford to let the car go at MSRP.

Any other suggestions regarding buying cars that I need to look for (for example, what fees- i.e. document fees- are optional and which are mandatory? I'm getting more and more nervous.
 

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Sounds like they are trying to shaft you.

I just got my 2003 Insight CVT with 21k miles on it after just 3 weeks of searching. Hybrid sales are picking up, but the Insight is still not the easiest car fro dealers to move because of it's two seat configuration and dimunitive size.

Many people have a need for a back seat and the Civic and Toyota Prius sell much better.

I'd pass on the dealer you described as they sound very untrustworthy and shifty. Keep an eye on autotrader.com and ebay for new or CPO Insights. Mine is CPO and I bought the extended Honda Bumper to Bumper warranty with it as well.

You may want to check out a pre-owned model from evrentals. http://www.evrental.com/resale.html

I think they are in or around LA.

Good luck and try not to get too discouraged. I went from driving a 300+hp Audi A8 to my Insight and haven't looked back! Of course, the Alpine stereo and Polk speakers help. :)
 

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I had a similar exp to trying to buy my insight too. The problem is most of the sales people either don't know enought about the car or aren't patient enough to wait for a car to get in to get their cut of your cash.

You'll have more luck talking directly to the fleet sales manager of a local dealership most insights are sold to fleet anyways I found out. At least that's what I ended up doing after sales guys had me running around from dealership to dealership trying to show of anything they had on the lot. I ended up talking directly to a fleet sales manager and he was more than willing to take my deposit and give me an estimate when the car would arrive. It took about 8 weeks for the car to be delivered and everything went find they didn't try to screw me at all on the price I ended up paying msrp. The dealership I got mine from was wesloh honda in orange county.

I love my insight!
 

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My experience is that you, too, have to show patience. I gave my local dealer a $500 deposit the minute they asked for it, just to show good faith. They don't want to go through all the hassle of ordering a car just to have it show up and then have no customer any more.

Also, if you go in with an attitude that they pick up on of "troublesome customer" then they will shy away right off. For example, if you buy the Insight and there's a problem with X, whatever it might be, there is going to be a delay just to get the parts. (For example, suppose one of the rear wheel skirts is broken for some reason.) They don't want to have to worry that you're going to become a big problem for them when things move slowly...

I suppose it also helps somewhat to be a nerdy engineer type... :)
 

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I FOUND ONE IN ARIZONA!

On the other hand, I'm just worried that the deal won't go through properly.
Now, the dealership will not let the car go for MSRP. What the hell... I don't know if I'm being played...
If you have concerns in that regard, write a letter to the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Arizona. Ask him/her if there is anything they know which you should before you do business with the firm.

You may think this strange but every so often the response proves to be "enlightening" to say the least.

.... besides, a 39 cent stamp is very cheap "insurance"

Hope this helps

Fred
 

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cattygurl said:
Thank you guys.

I'm kinda feeling like the dealership is taking me for a ride as they refuse to sell the car at MSRP. I don't want all the "tire gage monier, paint sealant, etc" they were wanting to charge- they wanted 1700 bucks for window tinting !!! :evil: :x :roll:

I think I'm going to have to be firm and express EXACTLY what I want. I dunno, they're telling me because of the gas prices, the hybrid civic and insight are selling like hotcakes in Phoenix, AZ and they can't afford to let the car go at MSRP.

Any other suggestions regarding buying cars that I need to look for (for example, what fees- i.e. document fees- are optional and which are mandatory? I'm getting more and more nervous.
I feel for you. Here is what I would do. Call and ask for the Sales Manager. Explain to it that you want to buy a stock Honda Insight with no dealer add-ons, and that you want to pay MSRP, which you feel is plenty generous (and it is). Explain that you are ready to buy right now but be very firm that you don't want any addons. Ask him if it's a deal.

Do not be rude, but be firm.

If he won't do it, then call Honda North America and explain to them that you are trying to buy one of their cars, but their dealer wants to force you to buy extras that you do not desire. The manufacturer, although not able to control the sale, can often exert pressure on a dealership, because this dealer behavior does reflect poorly on Honda. You might remind Honda how poorly it is reflecting on them.

See if they will contact the dealer on your behalf.

In the end, be ready to walk if they insist on being short-sighted fools as is their natural inclination. I'd advise strongly against folding, because then that just rewards their crappy behavior and makes it harder for the next sap :)

I had to go through then when I bought my TDI Beetle back when the cars were very hot with waiting lists.
 

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Re: Sounds like they are trying to shaft you.

spacebug said:
I'd pass on the dealer you described as they sound very untrustworthy and shifty.
If you use those criteria to rule out dealers, you are going to have a very hard time buying a new car.
 
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