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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Test driving today

I am really intrigued by this car and am going on a test drive today. I asked the dealer to make sure the battery is charged up. What should I look for, try out, be aware of, etc? It seems like a great PHEV. Thanks!
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Read as much as you can on this and other forums. You will know much more than the salesman.
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Don't be afraid to push the car to it's limits on a test drive. You need to know how the car will respond in an emergency.

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what is the range of your daily commute? Do you have a charger at work?
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This is true - when I went was looking, I had more info on the car than the salespeople.

Most dealerships seem to provide minimal training to sales staff on the Clarity model.
Except for one dealer that seemed to know a lot more and was definitely pushed all 3 variants (FCV, BEV, PHEV) - I ended up buying the PHEV from them.

You are the best judge of the car after you read up on the car's pros, cons and financial sense.
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This dealer (Dick Brooks Honda in Greer, SC) seemed to know more about the car than I expected. I wouldn't say encyclopaedic, but pretty good...knew at least as much as I did and I have been reading, watching and researching for about 6 weeks. It helps that they have a model sitting inside the showroom on display.

I was surprised by the test drive. Really loved it. I thought it might feel stodgy (I currently have a BMW X1 i35 xdrive) but it drove better than I expected.

They are also discounting the car (they accidentally quoted me the wrong price due to a glitch in their accounting software and are honoring the bulk of it) and combined with the 7,500.00 tax credit I can get the 2918 touring model new for about 24,000.

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I have read a lot about the loss of power that sometimes happens. It seems like this mainly occurs at highway speeds when the battery is very low and the ICE needs to kick in. Is that a correct summary? I can certainly manage that but I have to admit I am a little spooked if the car is just going to lose power that I can't attribute a cause to.

We drove the car for 20 miles or so on surface roads and highway and it behaved exactly like we expected.
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I think the power loss was a software bug that's been fixed. My wife's 2018 Touring doesn't have this issue.

That's a really good price as well.

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I think the power loss was a software bug that's been fixed. My wife's 2018 Touring doesn't have this issue.

That's a really good price as well.
Great...I will also check with the dealership to make sure the SB's have been applied.
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they accidentally quoted me the wrong price due to a glitch in their accounting software and are honoring the bulk of it) and combined with the 7,500.00 tax credit I can get the 2918 touring model new for about 24,000.
That sounds like a sales gimmick because their offer is okay but not as good as people have been getting. People have been getting incredible deals on 2018's in Georgia and SC. I bought my 2018 Touring a few weeks ago in Gainesville, Georgia (two hours away from you) for $7,600 off of MSRP, in other words $29,800 NOT counting the federal tax credit. Your dealer is quoting 31,500 and they will likely charge $224 documentation/processing fee on top of that (pure profit) which is the SC cap, so really their price is 31,700. You could possibly save up to $2,000 just by driving two hours to Atlanta. If nothing else go to the website for an Atlanta area dealer, click new cars, find a Clarity Touring even if they don't have your color, ignore whatever price they have listed and instead click "Get Price" and enter your email (no phone number unless it's required). Do this for at least five different Atlanta area dealers including surrounding cities like Gainesville. Within a day you should have several quotes. Whatever the lowest quote go back to the dealer in Greer and tell them the price you can get in Atlanta and that you are thinking about driving out there to get the deal but you prefer to buy from them. Worst case they won't budge but most likely they will lower the price if they know you have a better offer two hours away.

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That sounds like a sales gimmick because their offer is okay but not as good as people have been getting. People have been getting incredible deals on 2018's in Georgia and SC. I bought my 2018 Touring a few weeks ago in Gainesville, Georgia (two hours away from you) for $7,600 off of MSRP, in other words $29,800 NOT counting the federal tax credit. Your dealer is quoting 31,500 and they will likely charge $224 documentation/processing fee on top of that (pure profit) which is the SC cap, so really their price is 31,700. You could possibly save up to $2,000 just by driving two hours to Atlanta. If nothing else go to the website for an Atlanta area dealer, click new cars, find a Clarity Touring even if they don't have your color, ignore whatever price they have listed and instead click "Get Price" and enter your email (no phone number unless it's required). Do this for at least five different Atlanta area dealers including surrounding cities like Gainesville. Within a day you should have several quotes. Whatever the lowest quote go back to the dealer in Greer and tell them the price you can get in Atlanta and that you are thinking about driving out there to get the deal but you prefer to buy from them. Worst case they won't budge but most likely they will lower the price if they know you have a better offer two hours away.
The dealer in Greer quoted me $28,690...I might have gotten my number wrong as I was estimated tax and tags. But I will certainly look around more if deals are to be had.
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