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I'm NOT talking about trading in or selling the Pilot but what you had before the Pilot and how you "disposed" of it. With our Pilot due to arrive within the week I'm in a quandry as to what to do with my '96 Acura Integra GS-R. :confused: It's in MINT condition and I hate to get rid of it but with a baby on the way we need more room.

I've been trying to sell it myself for about a month and the used car market seems to be saturated with cars and I'm having trouble. I'm down to only a few hundred bucks above trade-in plus the sales tax affect (in WI the sales tax is calculated AFTER the trade in dollars are subtracted).

I don't feel I'm getting a decent deal from the Honda dealer on the trade in but can't seem to sell it myself.

Do you feel you've gotten a good deal on a trade in to a Honda dealer???

Cheese :D
 

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Unfortunate reality is you will have no bargaining power at this point in time (as others will be lined up behind you waiting to outright purchase Pilot). We traded in '99 4Runner. Given deals & financing on new cars right now, tough to sell a high valued used one. We had no luck selling ourselves (3 weeks trying, new model coming out in a couple mo.s), and ended up trading (Mass has same deal on paying sales tax on difference which helped). Thought dealer was on the low side (Vaseline not included). Later saw them advertise it for $2900 more they gave us in trade. Felt a little better, figure they probably knocked at least a grand off advertised price, and they do have to warrantee it.
Got Pilot at MSRP with no add-ons. Kept thinking of last line from Edmunds article mentioning buyers to be very happy if to pay sticker and expect to wait in long lines.
Good luck Cheesehead. Anything can be rationalized. It is tough to part with an Integra. I used to have one... lots of fun.
 

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I sold my 96 Tacoma out right for the KBB Private Party Retail. (Actually $100 over it.) It was well kept and had great mileage. I did get quite a few time wasters offering ridiculous things like trade-in value but I also got two offers which were within $500 of it right up until I sold it.

If you have it paid off I'd probably try to sell it outright but remember to count the hassle and tax benefits. Sometimes it's better to just let it go and not deal with the pain. This was actually the first time I decided to go through the sale process. Heading into summer won't the Integra be in a little more demand in the younger generation arena? Does it have high miles and do you have the records ready to show the people? It is a coupe right? I can't believe you're having trouble getting rid of a GS-R, they are such great cars.

One other point, you mention they family is on the way, do you want to worry over a couple of dollars on a car or get the new car and room in the house ready for the big day. I took the latter 5 years ago when I was in that situation and haven't regretted trading in that '95 Accord Coupe since. I really don't regret it now that I picked up my Pilot.
 

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One would think I would have no problem selling it but I am. It's a '96 Integra GS-R coupe wearing Cypress Green exterior with Sandstone cloth interior. With 82,200 miles it has a lot of life left in it. With all the maintenenace records and a Viper alarm it is in mint condition inside and out, no scratches, dents, squeaks, rattles......a diamond in the rough in my opinion.

I've advertised like crazy and have only gotten 2 inquiry calls.

The dealer is offering $8,300 which with the tax affect gives me a net trade in of $8,715. I've been trying to sell it for over a month and have been steadily lowering the price but to no avail. I'm getting to the point where trading it in would save my sanity as I'm quite depressed that it hasn't sold.

We're so looking forward to out Pilot arriving and this experience is casting a sour note on it. I know once the Pilot arrives there will be no turing back but at this point I'm simply frustrated.

Cheese :(
 

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All things being equal the dealer is still going to run your Integra for over $10K. Get him to throw in free mudguards or an Air Deflector to ease your pain. They are relatively cheap and considering they are already charging MSRP they should do it.
 

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Thanks for checking Tim.

I got the Pilot at MSRP and a load of options at cost including the hitch package, cargo cover, rear flaps, and more so I guess I'm doing all right with the dealer.

Thanks for your input.

Cheese :D
 

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Used car sales falling off cliff

I know three families in the car business [all have GM only dealerships...:( no vehicles I want/need] and I happened to see two of them this weekend socially.

While the GM financing deals have really helped new car sales, they are awash in clean used cas that nobody can afford to buy. Banks & finance companies have to charge higher interest on used vehicles, as there is a a higher default ratio and faster depreciation... MANY banks won't even do loans for vehicles over 5 years old.

Add to these factors the shifts in "tastes" and it really is not hard to see why dealers are low balling their offers for trade-ins.

That said, every vehicle while find a buyer-- the trick is matching 'em up. The specifics of your Integra GS-R MIGHT be an excellent fit for a college student. Have you tried putting up something around Marquette, Milwauke College of Engineering or UW Madison???

Seems to me a value minded student might be able to come up with $10k...
 

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Thanks for all the advise but my beloved Integra was sold today. :(

The gentleman that bought it is going to put a monstous wing on the back, 20" wheels with 30 series tires :20: :20: , and neon lights underneath it :eek: .

Anyone consider doing some of the mods to their Pilot? :11:
 

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I was ...

considering doing the same thing ... 20" wheels and an enormous wing ...

PrG
 

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REALLY......we'll definitely have to see some pics of those mods ;)
 

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we decided to trade in our '00 VW Passat Wagon instead of selling it mainly because we are lazy and didn't want the hassle. its was a fine car, but the market for them didn't seem great, and we felt the longer we waited the longer it would be until we could enjoy our new pilot. fortunately, i did OK on the trade in, hitting my numbers (based on an average between kelly blue book and edmunds tmv) for the most part.
 

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Right now we have a 95 Maxima and and 94 Mazda 626. We were going to trade in the Maxima but they were only going to give us $2200 for it and for that price we decided to keep it. (I found on on the web with major front end damage for $4300 - it did have 25K less miles but still...) We're going to head to CarMax to see what they'll give us for each of them and then decided which one to sell or just keep all 3. :4:
 

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Sell it yourself Cheese!

I cannot believe no one is calling you on that vehicle!

I sold my 1994 Integra GS-R and could not get people to leave me alone!

Are you listing just in Appleton or Milwaukee as well? Every call I received was from a young kid who I'm sure wanted to "chop" it and install those really loud mufflers and whatever else onto it.

I only had 74,000 on mine. Dealer wanted to give me $5,600 (it was in mint condition). I sold it the day after it was in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel for $7,800.

Try down here. I'll bet it goes within a week. I was getting calls from West Bend as well. Much closer to you!!!
 

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Thanks for the advise bengelking but it did sell (check pg 1 of the posts). That's exaclty where it's headed......to the chop shop for some major modifications :( . O well. I got well over trade in so I'm happy. It was mint also (with 83,000 miles) but I had never put anything into it. The only thing I ever changed was the battery aside from routine oil changes, plugs, etc.. Original brakes, original everything. GREAT CAR :D
 

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Original brakes?

How did you get away with that???!!!

My first set of brakes were replaced at the 30k check-up! Dealer told me that they used really "soft" brakes in '94 that were much quieter, but wore down quicker. I had them replaced with the "louder/harder" ones and they lasted 50k. Believe me, I use the engine to brake much more than the brake pedal!

I was fortunate to sell mine to a "non-chopper" so I know it's in good hands. I would have hated to see it get chopped, but hey - $ in hand is a sweet thing:D
 

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The 83,000 was mostly highway miles and even though I didn't baby them I didn't abuse them either. There was still a ton of pad left on them. They apparently switched pads between 94 and 96. The same couldn't be said for the tires of which it was ready for the 4th set. At least the person that bought mine lives 90 miles away so I won't see the "beautification" of my baby.

My guess is that the Pilot brakes won't get me to 83,000 with the mass of weight that has to be stopped. We'll see!
 
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