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Recent Transaction Prices

Purchased Vehicle City State Dealer MSRP Paid Savings Satisfaction
Aug 28, 2018 2017 Honda CR-V Hamilton NJ Hamilton Honda (2018 model) $26,645 9.98%
Dec 27, 2017 2017 Honda CR-V Huntington NY Huntington honda $29,075 7.82%
Dec 20, 2017 2017 Honda CR-V Danvers MA Honda north $25,000 6.00%
Dec 16, 2017 2017 Honda CR-V Santa Ana CA Freeway Honda $30,325 11.29%
Dec 16, 2017 2017 Honda CR-V Valencia CA Valencia Honda $27,735 16.35%
Nov 13, 2017 2017 Honda CR-V Charlotte NC Hendrick Honda $34,995 11.42%
Nov 3, 2017 2017 Honda CR-V Gardena CA Honda DCH Gardena $27,735 11.08%
Oct 29, 2017 2017 Honda CR-V North Richland Hills TX Huggins Honda $30,235 12.22%
Oct 21, 2017 2017 Honda CR-V Bangor ME Darlings Honda $28,095 7.75%
Oct 8, 2017 2017 Honda CR-V Tampa FL Tampa Honda $32,000 12.50%
Sep 5, 2017 2017 Honda CR-V Brandon FL Brandon Honda $33,000 18.18%
Jul 30, 2017 2017 Honda CR-V Cerritos CA Norm Reeves Superstore $27,735 8.10%

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Tips from Honda CR-V Buyers

Freeway Honda
Santa Ana, CA
Compared between a couple dealerships, price-warred. End of year sale.

Pros: Nice little touches like bottled water. Never felt super antagonistic, which it did at another dealership.

Cons: Most of the dealers felt like, well, car dealers. Car buying is just not a pleasant experience in general. There was add-on equipment we didn’t really need, including one that they suddenly wanted to charge us for after the deal was made but they offered to remove (which we did).

Purchased 2017 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) on Dec 16, 2017

Norm Reeves Superstore
Cerritos, CA
Used internet sales manager. Jeff Lee was quite helpful.

Pros: The sales manager personally drove to another store to pick up the color of the car that I wanted...

Cons: nothing bad, just the financing manager pushing extra warranty service

Purchased 2017 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) on Jul 30, 2017

Pacific Honda
San Diego, CA
These guys were great!

Pros: No mandatory add-ons or packages. Much nicer than most Honda salesmen who acted like they were doing us a favor to sell us a CR-V.

Cons: We called ahead to ask they have a car ready for a test drive, but still had to wait a while after we got there.

Purchased 2017 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) on May 15, 2017

Sheehy Honda
Alexandria, VA
Best experience I've had.

Pros: No waiting. Low pressure. Does not advertise "internet prices" that they include rebates they know vast majority of customers will not qualify

Cons: The location isn't great, but that's not a big deal. They have to jam a lot of stuff in a fairly small footprint.

Purchased 2016 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT) on Jul 31, 2016

Jenkins Honda of Leesburg
Leesburg, FL
Very dissatisfied

Pros: NONE

Cons: Very High Pressure. Nasty sales personal. And con artists. And they slipped a $800 maintenance contract to the added price of the vehicle. They lead me to believe it was free. NO WAY !!!!!!!

Purchased 2016 Honda CR-V SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT) on Feb 26, 2016

Scott Robinson
Torrance, CA
Terribly long waiting. They tried multiple times to raise price AFTER agreeing to a price. They said they will beat another dealer's price I gave... but ended up paying $439 more (it was too late, it was the last day i could buy a car)

Pros: Close to home.

Cons: I was told they will beat my competitor price i gave ... and i waited and waited. Ended up being higher than the competitor price. So i was leaving, but was told they can get it lower or match competitor price. More waiting. Repeat until it is too late and im at the last hours of the time that i had to purchase at higher price.

Purchased 2016 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT) on Feb 11, 2013

Honda of Oxnard
Oxnard, CA
Negotiated mostly via email with just about every dealership within 100 miles. Used Truecar & Edmunds and other sites to solicit quotes. I received much better quotes from other dealerships, but they were for colors I didn't want or they included options that I didn't want/need. Jim Williams at Honda of Oxnard was extremely easy to work with and gave me a good price early on in the process. No funny business at all...very straight-forward the entire time and easy to work with.

Pros: No-pressure sales tactics. Good people across the board, including the Finance Manager. They made their pitch for additional options (ext. warranty, paint protection, etc.), which they have to do, but they were not pushy about it at all.

Cons: a little far from where I live...but it was worth the trip.

Purchased 2011 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr w/Navi EX-L on Oct 23, 2011

Crown Honda
Pinellas park, FL
Worked with an internet sales specialist and my wife and I are very pleased with the service we received.

Pros: Friendly staff and we never felt like they were trying to hustle us in any way.

Cons: Total transaction took about 4 hours and we didn't get offered any type of beverage or snack throughout the entire process. I would consider this a very minor complaint however.

Purchased 2010 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX-L on Mar 11, 2010

Carr's Honda
Chicago, IL
I spent half a day negotiating deal via email with Ludovic. After I was happy with the price, I came in and they kept their word.

Pros: Good price; Fast email communication; Fast singing;

Cons: Their finance guy wasn't able to pull the good rate, so make sure you come in with your own financing. Also, this is not one of those "fancy" high-tech honda dealership, but who cares if their price is the best.

Purchased 2009 Honda CR-V EX 4WD 5-Spd AT on Sep 12, 2009

Valley Honda
Monroeville, PA
Everything was done over the Internet. I got three quotes and Valley was the lowest.

Pros: They were very accomadating. They didn't have my color, but found it in one day. Outside financing wasn't available until Friday, so they held my personal check until I arrived with the Credit Union check.

Cons: They wouldn't give me any discount on wind deflectors for the windows. The dealership wanted $221, installed. I bought them at J. C. Whitney.com for $55.

Purchased 2009 Honda CR-V EX-L 4WD 5-Spd AT on Jul 30, 2009

Madison Honda
Madison, NJ
They didn't have the color I wanted but are in the process of getting it from another store. Hastle free experience - no BS no ectra stuff forced on me.

Pros: Courteous & knowledgeable staff - not a highway type store. Great service department - this is my 4th Honda purchase from them.

Cons: Not a lot of inventory on display - they are space constrained but have lots of inventory stored off site. Can't see all the trim levels and colors.

Purchased 2009 Honda CR-V LX 4WD 5-Spd AT on Apr 28, 2009

Criswell Honda
Germantown, MD
Criswell is an excellent dealer. Have purchased vehicles from them before. They do not provide lowest quote by e-mail. The do promise to beat any competetor price. Experience shows they will. I may have been able to lower the price a bit further, but with the trade-in, I didn't want to argue over a few hundred dollars. I have also used Criswell for service which has been first rate as well. That also entered into my decision to purchase from Criswell.

Pros: Sales people are knowledgeable and show respect for customer. I detected no games. Clean, modern show room and service area. U=Even the finance guy was unusually pleasent. As an added service, they put new plates on the vehicle at the showroom. I have never seen this before.

Cons: The $100 doc fee.

Purchased 2009 Honda CR-V EX-L 4WD 5-Spd AT w/ Navigation System on Mar 28, 2009

Boch Honda
Norwood, MA
I researched for months. Negotiated in person and by email with several dealers. Worked out the ultimate price by email with Boch Honda then went to the dealer and test drove the particular car slated for me (I had test driven one at another dealer previously). The fact that it is end of season inventory clearance of course helped. The salesman I dealt with in person was Jim Travers and he is the polar opposite of a stereotypical salesperson- a true delight. He explained in great deal the various features of the car and was not miffed in the least when I took time to read the fine print. I then met with the manager who finalized the paperwork and the accessories person. I would not recommend walking into a dealership without doing your homework particularly this one as it is big and busy. Prepare to spend a few hours there even if the price is already worked out in advance. Check out AAA rates before agreeing to Honda financing, they may be better.

Pros: Ability to negotiate by email; also the fact that they pay cash for their cars and thus can offer better deals than some other dealers, and definitely Jim Travers.

Cons: A little disorganized due to size. When I was there a few months earlier, the car I wanted was sold and out the door because nobody set aside the title while I was talking to the salesman. It worked out fine in the end. Also, the person I dealt with by email was off for two days and I had to resort to phone calls for further info as she did not have someone monitor her emails during that time period. I think that whether you like this dealer depends on your encounters with specific people and since it is so big, I can only say that Jim Travers, Emily (the accessory person) and Karyn (the manager) were good people with whom to deal.

Purchased 2008 Honda CR-V EX 4WD 5-Spd AT on Aug 21, 2008

hardin honda
Anaheim, CA
i emailed every dealership around me first, for the best offer they can give me with the model i am looking for. The dealerships who do not reply with any kind of quotes do not even make it to my list of "dealerships to visit". the quicker they reply, the better. you'll sense that they are on top of things when they do that. I went to consumerreports.org to see the bottom-line price for the car i am interested in, so I know how much the dealers are holding back. this gives me the negotiating power that i need to get the price to go down. i also get my own financing so they cannot haggle me with their rates, thus allowing me to negotiate like a cash buyer. once I get the best reply, i once again make sure that the destination charge is included, and once I have that final email, i print it out, and bring it to the dealership, so everything is documented.

Pros: they were very helpful with the entire transaction. my agent explained everything in great detail, and was contacting me even after the sale to make sure i am completely satisfied with the purchase and the car.

Cons: they tried to trick me with my trade-in, so i ended up selling it somewhere else to get what i want.

Purchased 2008 Honda CR-V EX 5-Spd AT on Apr 24, 2008

Wilde Honda
Waukesha, WI
I got the information on what the dealer pays for the car from Consumer Reports - including any rebates (holdback) the dealer gets from the manufacturer. Dealer cost for 2008 Honda CRV EX-L 4WD w Nav - $26036 (incl $850 holdback).

Pros: Pleasant, no haggle experience. Polite and knowledgeable sales person. Very good buying experience.

Cons: Disliked Honda's policy of trying to sell additional/extended warranties, protection packages, service bundles etc. Had to run the gauntlet and stay firm while enduring polite, but hard sell tactics.

Purchased 2008 Honda CR-V EX-L 4WD 5-Spd AT w/ Navigation System on Mar 17, 2008

Darlings Honda
Bangor, ME
Salesperson was very decent.

Pros: Had the color of our choice.

Cons: Sales manager was repulsive. I almost felt like calling off the deal because of him. Trying to sell warranties and coatings, again and again. Gave us a way higher APR, which will be changed into a much lower value by us in a local bank, soon.

Purchased 2017 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) on Oct 21, 2017

Russell Honda
Sherwood, AR
Great dealership. Their prices are consistently at or below the edmunds/truecar "best price". They don't charge a doc fee or any of that crap. Only a $3 title fee that the state requires them to charge.

Pros: No haggle. The "internet price" is at or near invoice price.

Cons: I would skip the extended warranty. They put a little pressure to get it but you can get the exact same hondacare warranty online for half the price. Just google it, you'll find it. I did.

Purchased 2017 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) on Jun 26, 2017

Napleton River Oaks Honda
Lansing, IL
Dealer is OK. Any quote you receive from them, get it in writing. Tough to negotiate with them and they play all usual games, but I felt they are good people. There was no special Honda financing but did get a decent APR for the loan.

Pros: Dealer is OK and I will try to buy again in the future if I need another Honda Car.

Cons: Most of the dealer added options are very high at this dealership, but a few of them are indeed cheaper. For example, body side molding is cheaper

Purchased 2017 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) on May 13, 2017

Jenkins Honda of Leesburg
Leesburg, FL
Very dissatisfied

Pros: NONE

Cons: Very High Pressure. Nasty sales personal. And con artists. And they slipped a $800 maintenance contract to the added price of the vehicle. They lead me to believe it was free. NO WAY !!!!!!! Also, the contract went from 36 months to 39. What a rip ,off. These people are very decievieg.

Purchased 2016 Honda CR-V SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT) on Feb 26, 2016

Valley Hi Honda
Victorville, CA
I was very satisfied with my purchase. I received 15+ different offers and had to counter numerous times to get to my final purchase price. Knowing exactly what I wanted and reading all the sections on realcartip's website saved me both time and money.

Pros: Everyone was friendly, knowledgeable, and not aggressive. What they quoted me online was exactly what I paid when I arrived at the dealer. They did offer me add-ons, but when I declined them they didn't push any further.

Cons: The finance department took about an hour to process paperwork before we could sign anything.

Purchased 2013 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5A) on Mar 27, 2013

Frank Leta Honda
O Fallon, MO
The dealer did not have the car in stock when I bought. It was on a truck. Then, the color I wanted wasn't on the truck, so they switched me to another color

Pros: Price - they gave me a good deal on the trade in and I already had a good price on the vehicle from shopping lots of dealers.

Cons: I got the run around on the color of the car and by then I was just tired - so I didn't get exactly what I had hoped for.

Purchased 2011 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX on Dec 13, 2011

Rosen Honda
Gurnee, IL
Pleasant Experience. The least amount of time I spent buying a car. I had received quotes over the internet. So, there was not much to discuss, except some options.

Pros: Did the "Need to talk Manager" only once, and the deal was done. Saved me a lot of aggravation.

Cons: Though I wanted the car for 03/25, they wanted me to take it home the same day - due to some internal accounting reasons. That was a little inconvenient, because I had not prepared for it.

Purchased 2011 Honda CR-V 4WD 5dr EX-L on Mar 5, 2011

Crest Honda
Nashville, TN
Salesperson was straightforward and easy to work with. Dealer only gave us such a good price after we countereed with a low offer quote we had from a competitor. Orignal price was surprisingly high. Had large selection of cars. Did not seem to pressure us any.

Pros: Wanted to match competitor's price. Offers good customer service.

Cons: Original offer price was very high and once we coutered with a competitor's offer, they came down to meet it.

Purchased 2010 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX on Dec 14, 2009

Carr's Honda
Chicago, IL
We got a good deal but the experience was a bit odd.

Pros: The sales manager was straight and treated us well. Quick and painless negotiation. He was honest with us about the deal and we got what we wanted.

Cons: The finance guy was a jerk. We had our own financing thank goodness.

Purchased 2009 Honda CR-V LX 4WD 5-Spd AT on Aug 8, 2009

Flow Honda
Winston-Salem, NC
They had a good selections of vehicles and allows my wife to come by several times, so she could make up her mind what vehicle she wanted.

Pros: Good selection of cars. Stable dealership.

Cons: We were waiting the the cash for clunkers and had all our paper work done ahead of schedule. When the program started, we were waiting to find out what time to come by. At 2:00, my wife called to find out what the problem was. The salesman said there was a meeting that morning and Honda was on hold He said it be Monday or Tuesday before we could purchase the vehicle. The problem is that it was not mention to us until my wife had to make the call. Also we had problems starting the XM subscription. We had to make several calls and finally go over to have them look at it. I don't know what the final problem was, but after going there, they were able to fix it.

Purchased 2009 Honda CR-V EX-L 5-Spd AT on Jul 28, 2009

Boch Honda
Norwood, MA
Not a very friendly dealership. I happened to land there because of my friend. I have bought about 6 cars so far and this experience wasn't a good one overall. Dealer plays all kinds of tricks to trap you in and they didn't give the deal work sheet even after the deal was made and financing done through dealer.

Pros: They have good inventory compared to other smaller dealers.

Cons: Very cheap game and didn't respect the buyer or customer. Once deal was done waited for 2 hours to go to the finance department for the loan process. Not just me, couple of other customers too.

Purchased 2009 Honda CR-V EX-L 5-Spd AT w/ Navigation System on Mar 29, 2009

Zimmerman Cars
Rock Island, IL
Enjoyed working with them. Went to a few other Honda dealers and they didn't give us much respect, so it was great to finally be taken seriously about wanting to buy a new car. Had a good selection, let us test drive the car on our own.

Pros: Friendly. Didn't waste our time. Willing to listen and appease our concerns. Very thorough in making sure we understood all of the features of the new car before we left.

Cons: None

Purchased 2009 Honda CR-V EX-L 4WD 5-Spd AT on Nov 29, 2008

Honda Marysville
Marysville, OH
Excellent dealership experience

Pros: Honest, did what they said they would. Did most everything over the net. Offered Honda Extended Warranty for $795; still considering it at that price.

Cons: Protectant package for over $500, but not high pressure; refused it.

Purchased 2008 Honda CR-V EX-L 4WD 5-Spd AT on Aug 12, 2008

Hennessy Honda
Woodstock, GA
Definitely price around on the Internet first and be willing to drive a little bit further for a better deal. Mostly, be able to say "no" at any time and be willing to walk out the door. I had intended to buy from a dealership that I had purchased from

Pros: Customer service. Felt like the salesman was honest from the outset. He was great about returning calls and e-mails even when he was out with a strained back.

Cons: It just took a bit longer than I thought it should to work out a trade deal with another dealership. One week, fine. Three weeks seems crazy. Fortunately, it gave me enough time to sell my first car since they were low-balling me on the trade-in like a

Purchased 2008 Honda CR-V EX-L 4WD 5-Spd AT w/ Navigation System on Apr 15, 2008

Los Angeles, CA
bit messy (we waited for our car to come, they drove another one, and than forgot about us), but were not pushy and open to propositions

Pros: we dealt with then first by mail, since we knew what we want and did our homework...they were very quick to reply, very pro

Cons: a bit unorganized when it came to trying car out (was there, now it is not, where is it, 45 min to bring it, etc.)

Purchased 2008 Honda CR-V LX 5-Spd AT on Jan 4, 2008

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