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Has anyone had a recent experience purchasing a new Honda or Toyota who could
recommend dealers? I last bought a car 10 years ago and there were certain dealers I
swore I would never visit again. I am not too particular about color or fancy extras, just a
basic Accord or Camry at a good price.
I have been very pleased with the service at San Leandro Honda.
I normally wouldn't use a dealership for service but their
prices are competitive.They fixed my Odyssey for free when the
warranty had expired because they knew the trouble began
earlier and I did not have time to take the car in.
The person I bought my car from is not there anymore. But she
was so professional and not pushy at all. The people in
Oakland were really pushy. I tried the service at Oakland for a
while because it is closer to my home. I did not like the
people there at all. To me it is worth going to San Leandro to
work with friendly people.
We got our Honda through a broker. It was a wonderful
experience, especially since we didn't have to deal with the
sales people at a dealership.
The way that it works is that you pay a small fee ($200 or so),
tell the broker everything that you want and then they search for
the car that you want at the BEST price. Once they find it, you
go to their office in Sausalito and pick up the car. It was so
easy and pleasant.
The broker is called: Cartelligent and they have a website
The man we used is a friend of my sister and he owns the company.
His name is David.
I recently purchased a Honda CRV from Honda of El Cerrito
and was very pleased with their service. Like you, I hadn't
purchased a vehicle for 10 years. I feel the best price can be
gleaned by contacting them on-line. I utilized AAA internet
sales service where they send out your inquiry to all dealers
within so many miles of where you live. I received several
very prompt replies from various dealers and ended up
going with Honda of El Cerrito. They are no pressure and
adhere to that as a philosophy. A couple of months went by
before I finally bought the vehicle all the while being in touch
with the internet sales manager. I was surprised and
pleased at how well things went. Once I decided an a make
and model, they went out of their way to find one in a short
time since there wasn't one on the lot. Good luck.
We liked Honda of Oakland on ''auto row'' Broadway near 37th,
knowledgeable, not too pushy (well, they call you a lot to
follow up, as do all salespeople), good inventory. We found
Downtown Auto (Toyota) to be not so knowledgeable, we knew more
about the cars than the person who helped us, and we didn't have
a particularly pleasant time there. Good luck.
Hate Shopping for Cars
I bought a Honda at Honda of El Cerrito and found it to be fine. I
haven't regretted the price either. I looked around on the web at car
reviews and decided which models I was interested in, and learned the
usual prices. That was a peaceful, enjoyable afternoon. Then I went
to a car buying website (you may find this through AAA something, I
can't remember) and specify what you want. Dealers in the area tell
you what they have and will give you an ''out the door price.'' I got
bids from local dealers in Berkeley, El Cerrito, and so on, and went
to test drive similar cars at two different places. I found the
service and the car to be best at El Cerrito. The price they gave me
by email was exactly the price I paid. Because I bought the model
that was going out, and bought it late in the year, there was not the
perfect selection available--I took the color they had, and got
leather seats whether I wanted them or not! I knew all this because I
got all this straight with them beforehand by email and web
It turns out I love the seats.
We had a really great experience working with Jeffrey Bochenko at
Broadway AutoRow Honda. Mr. Bochenko was really great at taking
time to explain things to us, following up on our (many)
questions, and working with us on financing. I would go down
there and ask for him by name.
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