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New Fit - Getting Closer

I posted previously about my son waiting for a new Fit to arrive. On December 7, the salesman said it would be here in "a week or less." One finally arrived, and he called yesterday afternoon, while plumbers were replacing my well, and expected me to rush right in to get it. By evening, he had sent the details, so now there's the visit to the bank and the call to the insurance company. I'm hoping Monday will see a new Fit in the driveway.
 
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If you want to quibble over the wheel locks you can buy the OEM ones for about $35 on eBay.
 
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Old 01-05-2019, 11:21 AM
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If you want to quibble over the wheel locks you can buy the OEM ones for about $35 on eBay.
I guess my response didn't make the trip. Let's try again.

Quibbling would be a waste of time. When I get the car, I'll buy new lug nuts, but not from the dealer.
 
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I'll be interested in your comparison to the pre-facelift version. Good luck.
 
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Go for it!!!!!
 
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:55 AM
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If you want to quibble over the wheel locks you can buy the OEM ones for about $35 on eBay.
I have no interest in wheel locks. Looking online, I see it would cost about $175 to replace the locks the dealer is installing with standard Honda wheel nuts. I'll have to shop online for non-Honda parts. When I asked about those wheel locks, he said they all arrive like that. On the sales agreement, they are listed under dealer installed options - $113.00.



Much lower prices from Autozone. $40 - $50.

https://www.autozone.com/drivetrain/wheel-nut
 

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The dealer emailed the sales agreement to me at 4:36 Friday afternoon, and he wanted me to get the car at 9:00 the next morning. Then the sales manager called Saturday morning and was not very pleasant about me having to get insurance and money. I said I'd be glad to get the car that very day, provided they didn't expect me to pay for it. Registration would also be a problem since they would need proof of insurance, which is not available Friday night. Then he began referring to the loaner car as a rental! I told him it was a no-charge loaner, and he finally relented and called it a loaner.

I doubt I will every buy a new car again. Dealers just lie, lie, and lie some more. There should be a special place in hell for car dealers. I've been buying new cars since 1965, and I've never been given the runaround and lied to so much as by the Honda dealers in the northeast.

Here's a web site from a local dealer - six 2019 Honda Fits. It's all a lie. I've contacted every dealer in the northeast in the past month. They want my name, address, phone number, and email address. Then they want me to come in "to discuss it." They never say they have anything available when I do a Chat or a phone call. They have to check; they're not sure; they're getting more in tomorrow; the inventory guy is out to lunch, etc.

https://www.friendlyhonda.net/new-inventory/index.htm?search=fit&gclid=Cj0KCQiA68bhBRCKARIsABY UGiciEDe3JLsLmzIwy-JsKGoh2PgbWIGTHyJ-MSC96UFovAIM_op21EAaAm2tEALw_wcB

EDIT: I just did a Chat with that dealer. I got no answer about availability of the six cars they show online, but I was asked my name, etc., so someone could get back to me. At least they're consistent. They either don't answer the question or they lie,
 

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I'll be interested in your comparison to the pre-facelift version. Good luck.
So that's 2019 vs 2015?
 
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They don't all come that way as I said specifically no accessories on my 2015 after they gave me the catalog to look at. I bought the oem wheel locks on eBay for about $35 shipped.
 
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They don't all come that way as I said specifically no accessories on my 2015 after they gave me the catalog to look at. I bought the oem wheel locks on eBay for about $35 shipped.
The salesman said they all come like that, and salesmen never tell a lie.

The sales agreement has the locks listed under Dealer Installed Options. I'll buy regular chrome nuts from AutoZone, so it will be costing me almost $200 to get the standard Fit.
 
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So that's 2019 vs 2015?
That's correct. Is it really quieter? Can you really customize the door opening sequence? That sort of thing.
 
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by SilverEX15 View Post
The dealer emailed the sales agreement to me at 4:36 Friday afternoon, and he wanted me to get the car at 9:00 the next morning. Then the sales manager called Saturday morning and was not very pleasant about me having to get insurance and money. I said I'd be glad to get the car that very day, provided they didn't expect me to pay for it. Registration would also be a problem since they would need proof of insurance, which is not available Friday night. Then he began referring to the loaner car as a rental! I told him it was a no-charge loaner, and he finally relented and called it a loaner.
Why would they be upset if you plan to buy the car and you need to get the documents in order?
 
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planning on going with after market wheels in the future? I scored McGard 84457 lugs/locks for $10





at the time of posting, I do see Gorilla 71631NBC for $12.42

 
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Originally Posted by SilverEX15 View Post
The salesman said they all come like that, and salesmen never tell a lie.

The sales agreement has the locks listed under Dealer Installed Options. I'll buy regular chrome nuts from AutoZone, so it will be costing me almost $200 to get the standard Fit.
Why would you spend that much extra just to not have wheel locks? I'd tell them to keep their wheel locks and just bring a set of your own with you. Easy enough to put them on after you buy the vehicle
 
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:08 PM
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Why would they be upset if you plan to buy the car and you need to get the documents in order?
Good question. For one thing, they want the loaner back. We they gave it to us, they said we'd have the new car in a week or less. They also want $21,000. Getting the insurance information and the sales agreement is what's holding things up. He emailed the sales agreement to me Friday evening, so not much was going to happen over the weekend. I'm through with new cars, especially Hondas.
 
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Got it!!! "A week or less" turned into just over a month. The dealer was desperate to get that Civic loaner back because it is the only loaner car they have. Sure, it is. Lia Honda took over Kingston Honda, and they built a new facility large enough to house a small town. Still, they can have only one loaner?

Anyway, while my son was at work, I drove the loaner to the dealer and picked up his car. For some reason, the deposit wasn't listed on the sales form. When I was getting the check form the bank, the woman asked if I had given the dealer a deposit, since none was listed on the form. I told her to reduce the check by $500. Unfortunately, that was just "an oversight" by the dealer, and the total was actually correct. After a brief "discussion," with the dealer wanting another $500, I told him to remove those $113 wheel locks, and I'd pay the difference. As it turned out, there was only one lock per wheel - for $113! Now we have the standard lug nuts and a new Fit.

Someone asked about the differences between the 2015 and the 2019. After driving it about three miles, I can say it's a bit quieter, and I like the electronics. It has all that accident avoidance technology, and you can plug a phone into a certain USB port, and it will download everything from the phone so you can do more than you could do with previous Fits. It also came with three months of XM, which my son won't use at all, but I would appreciate. My Fit has a separate XM radio with a lifetime subscription (since 2009), and I'm not about to start paying them monthly. The dash display for "Info" is different, too, and I'll have to get used to that. One surprise is the very small Owner's Manual. It's about 1/3 the thickness of the 2015 manual. I haven't read it yet, but I hope it has enough information. I'll also try to download it so I'll have it on my computer.

The Civic loaner averaged 35.55 MPG for the 1,529 miles we drove it. Impressive.
 
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Finally!!!
 
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Finally!!!
It's funny how all my anger faded away as I drove the car from the dealer. Still, I will never buy another car from a Lia dealer.
 

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