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I have the opportunity to buy a leftover new 2002, base model ie no AC for $14,000. This will be an upgrade for me from a 93 Civic 2 door hatchback, bottom end model ie also no AC, no Power windows/doorlocks, etc.

My big question really is, how good is this price?
 

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I had been looking for a used Insight for a bit, and knew I wanted to spend less than 15K for it. If you buy it untitled, you can have some tax incentives, but dont know if they're over after 2003 or not. I looked around for used ones and they ranged from 12K-14K for models 2000-2002) which had 35K-more on them. For ones in the NY Metro area, I found mine for under 11K and 27,000 miles. (With A/C, BTW) I bought mine this past weekend and LOVE it. Just going to upgrade the Stereo and Speakers.

I'd go for it, you have a nice warranty with it, and if its a CVT, then its more of a savings. I purchased a 5sp since I wanted to milk more mileage out of it. I dont have a long commute, but I travel a bit to see family and friends, and 15MPG on a SUV was too much for me.

Hope that helps. I Averaged 54MPG on a 200 mile weekend learning how to drive it, both in hilly and highway miles.

Michael
 

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I upgraded from a 93 civic hatchback too. :) 14k for a 2002 is a good price I think. I paid just over 13 for my 2001. You'll find the Insight feels pretty similar to the civic hatchback. But the addition of power steering and power windows and such is an improvement! My civic didn't even have the tapedeck or a clock!
 

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I say go for it, that's a pretty good price IMO. I got my 2001 CVT for 14988 before taxes and stuff last year in Sept. so what you have IMO is pretty decent.

I say if you CAN, see if you can talk the dealer down to 13,500 so you can spend the extra $$$ to buy the A/C kit. Or maybe you can get the dealer to give you free installation for A/C (928 on hparts).

Whatever your choice, 14,000 is still a excellent price esp for one that's new considering the Insight tends to depreciate a lot faster than most cars right off the lot.
 
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