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03
Jul

Best Used Car Value in Honda May Actually be in Acura Vehicles

Pre-Owned Honda and Acura vehicles have always been on the best quality list, as excellent used cars……And now more than ever.

With the recent bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler; many consumers are refusing to purchase a domestic vehicle for obvious reasons. The refusal to “buy American” comes from concerns that warranty problems may not be covered by the manufacturer and that the quality of the domestic vehicle is sub-par to the foreign vehicles that are also assembled here in the U.S. Other notable concerns stem from the  closure of over 700 Chrysler dealers and over 1700 GM dealers, across America.  Consumers recognize that with less dealership support; there could be future problems in obtaining factory parts, as well as professional vehicle repair and maintenance.

In addition to these concerns, many consumers are now in a slowing economy that the U.S. has not seen in over 25 years. Once again, it is fashionable to clip coupons, and to stretch that dollar as far as it will go. When a friend or relative pulls up in a brand new car; it isn’t envy that the street smart consumer feels….it is sadness for the rapid new car depreciation that their friend is experiencing, while they are grinning from ear-to-ear about their new car purchase.  With that said; many of the savvy used car shoppers are seeing a great value in used Acura vehicles.

In 1986, long before Toyota introduced the Lexus line, and before Nissan introduced the Infinity brand;  Honda Motor Company introduced a higher level product and branded it with the Acura name. Acura was to be marketed completely separate from the Honda line; even though they were both designed and manufactured by American Honda Motor Company. When introduced, there were only two makes; the Acura Legend and the Acura Integra. Twenty three years later;  American Honda Motor Company is offering a few additional choices in the Acura line-up. The Acura TSX and the Acura TL are the most popular sedan models, but there is also the Acura RL, which many identify as the “flagship” of Acura. There are the Acura SUV models, which include the Acura MDX and the Acura RDX…..Currently, the least expensive entry-level Acura model is the Acura TSX which retails for just under $30,000.

As with all vehicles; Acura vehicles are not immune to new car depreciation and they do depreciate considerably during the initial 24 to 36 months of ownership. However, the smart shopper has recognized that Acura vehicles are quality vehicles and they have also learned to use that initial depreciation to their advantage. After-all, these vehicles are very expensive when they are brand new and American Honda has to build a quality product that justifies that initial MSRP!!!

The standard factory warranty: American Honda Motor Manufacturing has placed a standard 48 month/ 50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty on all of their Acura vehicles and also, starting in 2006 they included a 72 month / 70,000 mile power-train warranty. This warranty comes standard with the vehicle and it does not matter if you are the original owner of the vehicle or the 5th owner; if the vehicle is still under the original warranty periods, then it is covered under the original factory warranty terms and conditions.

Fuel Efficiency: Paying $4.00 and $5.00 for a gallon of gas last year left an impression on the American driver, and they are not likely to forget it anytime soon. The question of, “does it come in any other colors?” has been replaced with more important  questions about maintenance costs, and, “what about gas mileage?” .  Honda vehicles have always been associated with dependability as well as fuel efficiency; and the Acura line is no exception. Wisely, American Honda has never produced a production V8, V10, or V12 engine for their North American vehicles. Instead, they obtained all of the power needed from multi-valve 4 cylinder and V6 engines. These engines produce exceptional horsepower and torque, but during constant highway driving, at consistent speeds of around 70 MPH, you will find the Acura RL reaching 26 to 27 MPG ( miles per gallon ), the Acura TL will be around 30 miles per gallon, and even the Acura MDX will be in the low 20s to the gallon. While these vehicles do require 91 octane fuel to obtain this fuel efficiency; the trade-off of paying an extra $.25 per gallon is worth it.

Dependability: As mentioned earlier, Honda has always been recognized as building a product that was dependable. It  started when those first Honda motorcycles took to streets in the early 60s’. Then, in the late 70’s and through the 80’s; while the domestic car manufacturers refused to build something better,  American Honda earned a major market share with the Civic and the Accord. Today, that dependability is still consistent. Here at Accurate, a vast majority of our service department’s customers own later model Honda and Acura vehicles that have over 100,000 miles on them and they perform flawlessly.

Standard Equipment: If you don’t want factory leather interior, a factory sunroof, factory 4-wheel disc brakes, and factory alloy wheels; then don’t buy an Acura used car. All of the equipment listed above comes standard with all Acura used cars…. with exception to a few Acura RSX units that originally had factory cloth seats.

A Great Example is pictured below: Yesterday, we sold this 2005 Acura RL. It is still posted in the sold section of the website and the link to it is: http://www.accuratecars.com/car_listing/497.php

When new, this Acura RL originally had a sticker price of $49,670.00. With 28,915 miles on it, we sold this unit for $25,900. That’s 52.14% of the original MSRP!!!!!

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