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Hello everyone, new member here (great site BTW). I've been looking for a Black on Black EX-L with Nav and found one that has 383 miles on it currently but is coming from another dealership that's 150 miles away; so it will be delivered with 533 miles. I'm having a hard time accepting this for a "new" car. I did find two with less mileage but the out the door prices on each are about $900-$1000 more. For some reason all we have around my area are EX-Ls without the Nav.

I'd like to get some opinions on whether anyone thinks the 533 is excessive for a new car. The dealer did say the warranty will be pushed to 36,600 to account for the mileage.

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Not sure where you are but if the 533 miles bothers you why not expand your search? Try some dealerships farther out, e-mail their internet department and let them give you a price. To get there, fly on a cheap ticket and make a trip out of it. Let yourself put the first 500 miles on it.

I did this a few times when I lived in South Florida. Called dealers in Atlanta, told them they had one shot and really saved some money. Drove the 600 miles home and made a nice trip out of it.

As a disclaimer, I worked for an airline and fly for free. But the money I saved would have more than paid for a couple of cheap tickets, the gas, and maybe a few stops at Burger King on the way. And, we got to take the car on a nice trip to boot.

To answer your question, although not yet titled and technically new, I would not be comfortable buying one with milage unless under 100. Too many nuts possibly beating hell out of the car would bother me, especially Dealer people or someone using it as a loaner. May as well buy a rental car.

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The dealership considers the car as new until they sell it. It is possible that it was used as the test drive vehicle and that's why it has so many miles. A lot of dealerships only use one test drive vehicle to not add mileage to all the cars. I put about 15 miles on the CT I test drove and it already had 66 miles on it, but I walked out with the showroom CT which only had 8 miles on it. IMO if that's the case and they're giving you a good deal then go for it, but ask why the mileage is so high (just in case is wasn't a tester) and ask them to put the car on a flat bed tow truck to not add 150 miles to it...
 

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My CT had over 300 on her when I picked it up too. The Dealer got it from another dealer and the Owner of the dealership drove it around too. I got a great deal on it too, 500 below dealer invoice and they thru in a nose mask. I did drive about 200 miles round trip to pick it up. The ones with Nav seem to be hard to find. I was worried at first but after adding about 8000 mile myself I am OK with it. You can also ask the dealer to have the car transported and not driven to your dealership. They will do that too, they might complain a little but if your willing to walk then they will do it. The dealers are getting some good incentives form Honda too.
 

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The 150 miles from the sister dealership doen't really worry me since those miles are essentially "accounted for". It's the other 383 that has me wondering. I really can't beat the deal though, out the door for $33K. I sent out a blast email with my offer to the internet managers for around 7-9 dealerships within 100 miles and these guys came in with the closest to match. My guess is this EX-L has been on their lot for longer than their sales manager would like so they are motivated to move the car. It's been tough finding the EX-L with Nav. I had to settle on Black because the Metallic Grey (w/black int.) was no where to be found in the state.

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In 2007 I bought a Mazda. I had test driven a couple of different trim levels (both in white), liked the car and decided to buy. At the last second, I decided I wanted it in black (which they also had). I signed the papers and drove the black one home. That is when I first looked at the black car's mileage and found out it had 600 miles on it. I had never thought about checking the mileage on the car. I felt I had no recourse to change a signed and sealed contract. I have never had a problem with the car.
 

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the 150 miles from the sister dealership doen't really worry me since those miles are essentially "accounted for". It's the other 383 that has me wondering. I really can't beat the deal though, out the door for $33k. I sent out a blast email with my offer to the internet managers for around 7-9 dealerships within 100 miles and these guys came in with the closest to match. My guess is this ex-l has been on their lot for longer than their sales manager would like so they are motivated to move the car. It's been tough finding the ex-l with nav. I had to settle on black because the metallic grey (w/black int.) was no where to be found in the state.

Appreciate the opinions. Thx

go for it!
 

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Not sure where you are but if the 533 miles bothers you why not expand your search? Try some dealerships farther out, e-mail their internet department and let them give you a price. To get there, fly on a cheap ticket and make a trip out of it. Let yourself put the first 500 miles on it.

I did this a few times when I lived in South Florida. Called dealers in Atlanta, told them they had one shot and really saved some money. Drove the 600 miles home and made a nice trip out of it.

As a disclaimer, I worked for an airline and fly for free. But the money I saved would have more than paid for a couple of cheap tickets, the gas, and maybe a few stops at Burger King on the way. And, we got to take the car on a nice trip to boot.

To answer your question, although not yet titled and technically new, I would not be comfortable buying one with milage unless under 100. Too many nuts possibly beating hell out of the car would bother me, especially Dealer people or someone using it as a loaner. May as well buy a rental car.

Good luck.
+1. I'm old fashioned that way -- I like to put the first 1k on no matter what.
For me that deal wouldn't work, and won't take anything with more than 25 miles on it. JMHO.

How did the car get 383 miles on it?
This is exactly what I'd worry about! As to how they got on there: who knows for sure. Personally I'd be very skeptical.

We recently bought a new Ford Fiesta (Marg's new little bomb) and love it.

But to find one without any miles was hard since supply from Mexico faultered from the get go in the spring.
We persisted and found something suitable since we knew the 'new' Fiestas coming in were used as demos/runabouts/ and anything else they needed them for.:mad:
I'm sorry but the line about having a warranty or extending it just doesn't do it for me. I believe that a car's first 1k miles is most important and has direct baring on its longevity. FFT & JMHO.

Colin.
 

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Well, I'm going to see it this evening so we'll see what the explanation is and take it from there. I've already walked on one deal (wouldn't budge on price) so I'd have no problem doing it again. Taking my wife and brother in-law for a 2nd set of eyes and go over it with a fine tooth comb. Plus I've already seen 6 on the lots with the paint chips around the tail light assembly and the spoiler which everyone here is well aware of.
 

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This is the first new car purchase I've ever made. For the depreciation hit, I'm glad to be putting mile 8+ on it myself ;-$

Never had a problem with the 7+ that I bought used in the past (only one of which was a Honda).
 

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Well, I pulled the trigger and I am now the proud owner of a black on black EX-L with Nav. In the end, I couldn't beat the price. The dealer understood my reservations but was pretty clear the car was a primary test drive vehicle and had never been given out for an overnight test drive etc. They also left in the trunk tray, all weather mats, and splash guards that the car came with from the other dearlership for free. In all $33,300 out the door so I feel pretty good about the deal and absolutely love the car. It has 483 miles not including what I added joy riding last night.

Thanks for everyone's insight.
 

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Well, I pulled the trigger and I am now the proud owner of a black on black EX-L with Nav. In the end, I couldn't beat the price. The dealer understood my reservations but was pretty clear the car was a primary test drive vehicle and had never been given out for an overnight test drive etc. They also left in the trunk tray, all weather mats, and splash guards that the car came with from the other dearlership for free. In all $33,300 out the door so I feel pretty good about the deal and absolutely love the car. It has 483 miles not including what I added joy riding last night.

Thanks for everyone's insight.

Best wishes for you and the new ride. I have the same setup in gray. Once you get your feet wet tell us what you think.
 

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Hello everyone, new member here (great site BTW). I've been looking for a Black on Black EX-L with Nav and found one that has 383 miles on it currently but is coming from another dealership that's 150 miles away; so it will be delivered with 533 miles. I'm having a hard time accepting this for a "new" car. I did find two with less mileage but the out the door prices on each are about $900-$1000 more. For some reason all we have around my area are EX-Ls without the Nav.

I'd like to get some opinions on whether anyone thinks the 533 is excessive for a new car. The dealer did say the warranty will be pushed to 36,600 to account for the mileage.

Thanks in advance
Mine came with 250 miles for delivery from another dealer. Yes, it bugged me and wondered how the (paid driver) driver drove it considering break-in speeds and such. That being said, who cares after you own it for a few K miles? "Time heals all wounds."
 

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Well, I pulled the trigger and I am now the proud owner of a black on black EX-L with Nav. In the end, I couldn't beat the price. The dealer understood my reservations but was pretty clear the car was a primary test drive vehicle and had never been given out for an overnight test drive etc. They also left in the trunk tray, all weather mats, and splash guards that the car came with from the other dearlership for free. In all $33,300 out the door so I feel pretty good about the deal and absolutely love the car. It has 483 miles not including what I added joy riding last night.

Thanks for everyone's insight.
Congrats, Rodrir.......enjoy the new ride. She's a beauty...



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Hello everyone, new member here (great site BTW). I've been looking for a Black on Black EX-L with Nav and found one that has 383 miles on it currently but is coming from another dealership that's 150 miles away; so it will be delivered with 533 miles. I'm having a hard time accepting this for a "new" car. I did find two with less mileage but the out the door prices on each are about $900-$1000 more. For some reason all we have around my area are EX-Ls without the Nav.

I'd like to get some opinions on whether anyone thinks the 533 is excessive for a new car. The dealer did say the warranty will be pushed to 36,600 to account for the mileage.

Thanks in advance

The only reservation I would have is not knowing how those 533 miles were put on the car, i.e., were they "hard" miles, with a lot of heavy acceleration, or steady highway? The owners manual says the break-in period is 600 miles, and they advise you not to accelerate fast or brake hard. Not knowing how it was test-driven upty-ump times would bother me.

That being said...good luck!
 
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