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Great Deals on 2012 Honda Civics

November 1, 2012

A leaked report this week reveals that Honda dealers will be desperately trying to sell off all remaining 2012 Civics by November 29th. That's the date when the refreshed 2013 Civic is expected to go on sale, making it difficult for dealers to sell the remaining 2012 models.  

The 2012 model was an all-new design, but received widespread criticism for its lackluster dynamics and interior quality.  In fact, Consumer Reports removed the Civic from its Recommended list and placed it on the "cars to avoid" list.  

Despite the criticism, Civic sales have been strong, with over 21,000 sold last month.  However, there are nearly 40,000 units left on dealer lots, and it's going to be difficult for dealers to get rid of all of them before the end of November.

The 2013 Civic will come with dramatic improvements, so if dealers still have remaining 2012 models on the lots, they will have a difficult time selling them.  This presents a great opportunity to get a great deal on the 2012 models (assuming you don't mind the drawbacks).  

My recommendation is to try to wait towards the end of the month for the best deals.  As the November 29 deadline approaches, dealers will be more willing to negotiate, and Honda may even throw in extra incentives.   The best deals will be after November 29th when the 2013 model actually arrives, but by then, the inventory will be limited and you may not get the colors or options you desire.  

If you do buy the 2012 model, I only recommend you do so if you're willing to keep the vehicle for at least 6 years.  The 2013 model will have drastic improvements, so the used car market may consider it a "redesigned" model down the road.

Use the CarWoo Deal Finder to negotiate the best deals on the 2012 Honda Civic.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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