Thanks, I felt comfortable with the salesperson I dealt with. He gave me their lowest price over the phone before I even came in, so it helped in knowing if I could fit a new car in my budget and there were no games to play with the price. They actually discount it a little over a thousand dollars so it's cheaper than some dealers are charging for an '06 with miles!
One thing I noticed was the car I'm looking at has 500 miles on it. Is that high or normal for a car that's on the lot? Also, when I took it on the interstate the 5th gear, the car's an automatic, didn't kick in until about 80mph. Seems kind of high for normal interstate driving. The salesperson told me it kicked in around 70-75. Anyone own the new civic and know if their 5th gear is around 80?
500 miles is not terribly unusual for a new car. It's a bit high, but not enough to worry about. Therein comes the sizable discount. Depending on acceleration, fifth gear will kick in at different speeds. Under normal driving, our Accord will go into fifth as early as 50 MPH, but when accelerating onto the interstate, it may not kick in until 80. Our one gripe with our Camry is that it downshifts from fifth to fourth a lot on the interstate when going up even the slightest incline. The Accord will too, but not as much.
Just got an 07 Civic LX. 1500 down + tax + rustproof + 4 yr additional warranty = 375 $ per month for 4 year leasing.
Looks good, but for me personally too light wheel steering, no free play at all and too light a car. My next one will be a full size sedan.
I bought an '07 Civic EX with a 5 speed in May. There was a $300 "documentation fee," same as a dealer fee. I guess they needed $300 worth of paper to print out all the crap for me to sign.
My car had 14 miles on it, but it had only been on the lot a couple of weeks and had never been test-driven. 500 seems on the high end, but if it's been test-driven a lot, that's probably normal.
This comment is probably too late to be useful to the original poster, but I thought I'd throw my two cents in.
I got an 07 LX manual back in march. lease $1000 down $250/mth 3yrs 36k miles. spent five hours negotiating (no credit 1st time buyer) I love this car... might try the SI next.
If you're paying cash for the car, haggle the price and don't pay those stupid dealership fees.
If you're financing, there isn't much you can do to get around it.