I recently purchased a van from Muskegon Honda (Betten Honda) and want to share with you how I got a rock bottom price without having to haggle, something I hate doing!
Most people don’t realize that you can buy a car from any dealership at any location and your local dealership will still service your vehicle. In fact, service is big bucks for dealers with an average repair cost of $800 on older models. They want your service regardless of where you bought your car.
The first thing we did was figure out exactly what we wanted, color, model and financing. With that in mind, I called Fox Honda in Grand Rapids and talked with Paul Vanderhart. I explained to Paul that I didn’t want to haggle, that I am calling dealerships and seeking a quote for their best price.
I also explained that once I have these quotes, I would pick the best one and buy from them but that my emphasis would be to support my local dealer if the difference was only a couple of hundred dollars. I stressed that I was not going to spend time haggling back and forth. Paul said he’d have a quote for me in 20 minutes.
I then went to Muskegon Honda (Betten Honda in Muskegon) and met with Nick Stafford and explained my plan. Nick introduced me to Charley Nicosia (the manager) who said he would ‘open his books’ and give me invoice, which was 31,744.80 for a 2010 Honda Odyssey EX-L, that is ‘out the door’, title, tax and fees.
Paul from Fox Honda in Grand Rapids delivered as promised and sent this quote:
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My Name is Paul Vander Hart and I am the internet Sales Manager at Fox Honda. I received your inquiry, and would like to reply by saying thank you for the interest our dealership; I have 2 Odyssey EX L’s in stock as we discussed and I am sending this to review pricing with you; MSRP is $34,115.00
Fox Cash Price is: $32,214.31 plus fees
Fox Finance Price is $32,814.31 plus fees and please note special apr is available as low as 1.9% for up to 36 months and as low as 2.9% for up to 60 months
If I read that right, the total would be $34,472:
Doc Fee: $190
N Plate, Title and Transfer Fee: $100
Fox Honda didn’t even come close to Muskegon Honda (Betten) and was off by a total of $2,728!
Wow! Big difference – and Fox Honda said they were the biggest in the area and could beat any price.
Although I told Paul I wasn’t going to haggle over price, I just had to know if I was missing something so I shared the quote from Betten Honda in Muskegon. Paul came back with $100 under Betten’s price. Needless to say, the only thing I was missing was Fox Honda’s desire to make a killing on the sale of a new car!
This is my second Honda from Muskegon. My old 2000 Honda Odyssey is by far the best running vehicle we have ever owned and the service at Muskegon Honda has always been top notch with great staff. Muskegon Honda (the dealership we are use to) has been taken over by Betten Honda, but from my experience so far, we’re expecting the same level of service.
If you are in the market for a new Honda, visit the Honda dealership in Muskegon. For those considering buying a new Honda from Fox Honda in Grand Rapids, TAKE THE TIME to call Nick and ask for the best price (out the door) and possibly save yourself thousands – I did, a total of $2,728!
This review is not sponsored in any way by Honda, I don’t know any of the sales staff and neither of the dealerships I dealt with had any idea I was going to write about my experience; I wanted a dealership I could trust, not manipulate, into giving me an honest price, upfront, without tricks – Charley and Nick did just that!