I've had a hectic time getting my Insight, but I finally drove it home 8 days ago.
I actually looked at getting one two years ago, but it wasn't really possible due to the fact that I had to have a "family" car at the time.
I recently got a town & country for a sweet deal, so I decided to entertain trading in my Malibu LS for a new insight.
I decided to start at the Dealership chain I bought the chevy from. The sales guy was a real prick, and let me know he really wasn't all that interested in locating a car without a 2k down payment! I laughed at him, and explained that I've purchased a car before and I'll be doing so again at a different dealership.
No, we won't order or location the Insight you want, but we will be glad to sell our 2002 red insight for 18.5k.
I decided to take the car for a test drive, but the car would not start.
Two technicians and an hour later, they still can't get it to start.
I didn't want the red one anyway, and they made me a pathetic offer on my car.
We don't sell ANYTHING under MSRP, go away.
heh, well not exactly. They gave me a better offer on my car, and actually spent a few days trying to locate the car I wanted. (03 silver 5 manual, w/ac)
the salesman said we could probably get the deal done for around 21k, including my negative equity which is about where I wanted to be.
After about a week of letting them try to "find my car", I called back to find out the salesman quit.
The manager offered me the blue automatic on his lot, but wouldn't budge off of MSRP!
At this time, I decided to start looking on the internet for my car and I made an inquiry on some website.
About an hour later I receive an e-mail from a salesguy that works at the first dealership I talked to!
I really didn't want to go back to them, but I told him what I was looking for and he seemed eager to help me locate my car.
A freakin MONTH later the guy sends me an e-mail telling me a truck just entered the lot with my car!
I spend the week hagling over the phone, and via e-mail and then I finally stop by the dealership to talk some numbers.
He tries some of the usual dealer tactics
(Here's the payment we can get you into....Can you give me a down payment to show your serious?...Here, drive the car home and we'll work the deal later....and so on...)
After 3 trips I gave them my offer, and got the car.
03 Silver 5speed Insight w/ac: 17,500
negative equity: 4,000
I drove away in my car before they even got around to removing the plastic.
oh, and driving away from the lot was the first time I had driven an insight, hehe.