How to buy a Civic Type R/is an Si good enough?


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I've been looking at buying a new car and have been very interested in the Civic Type R. The price looked good, the speed looked good, and it had most of the bells and whistles I was looking for in the convenience/safety department (2020 model).

Trouble is I asked a local dealer (I live in New Mexico so very few dealers) about the procedure for getting one and was told that they would need to order one and I couldn't even reserve one without agreeing to $4,000 of optional extras on the car (I assume there's additional dealer fees after that, but I didn't ask further).

I went to cargurus and it looks like there are some 2019's that are selling within 400 miles for MSRP (at least that's what's on their site), but I can't find any 2020 models for sale. Based on my research it looks like the average dealer markup is around $4K anyway, so the fact that they're willing to at least give me some "extras" for the money is a "good deal".
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1- do not go back to that dealer
2- 2020's may still be in transit
3- do not pay over MSRP, no need to
4- if you have to drive a few hours to get a good deal do it.
5 - once you get your car at or below MSRP go back to dealer #1 and rub it in his face.

If the dealer is a few hrs away find a car rental near dealer. The salesman will help you drop off the rental. I've done this myself. We are at the point that R's can be found at below sticker so don't be afraid to walk away from a mark up.


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If you like the hatchback, styling, and can afford the price/maintenance of a Type-R then go for it. Otherwise, an Si would be a great daily driver that can probably be found for somewhere around $15k less than a Type-R and comes with a little more comfort/convenience features, but obviously less performance.


Customer Service oriented (most of the time) :-)
Never make an "emotional" decision on a car.
Purchase what you can afford.
Never buy a vehicle that is over MSRP when NEW.
Never buy a used vehicle that is at the previous MSRP when used.
Every vehicle depreciates; so let the rest of the market absorb the loss - but don't be one of them.


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Never buy a used vehicle that is at the previous MSRP when used.
This may not be possible on many collectable cars. For example, I would love to say I can buy a 240Z for under original MSRP, but unless it is in the junk yard, this is not possible.