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What is the Most Stolen Car in Pennsylvania?

The most stolen car in Pennsylvania and throughout most of the United States is the 1997 Honda Accord. This is a very popular vehicle featuring valuable parts and lacking only one thing: security features. This makes it the prime vehicle for car thieves.

In 2016, CBS Philly reported the most stolen cars in PA were:

  • 1997 Honda Accord, with 544 thefts
  • 1998 Honda Civic, with 539 thefts
  • Ford Pick-Up (Full Size), with 303 thefts
  • 2014 Toyota Camry, with 269 thefts
  • 2015 Nissan Altima, with 261 thefts

These were followed up by various Impala, Carolla, Chevy Silverados, Cherokees and Malibu vehicles.

If you’ve never been in a 1997 Accord, rest assured they are a great car. Moist come with the VTEC 2.2, a peppy little motor which is great on gas and good for 300,000 miles. Even in 2017, plenty of people are still buying these cars for fuel efficient cars to take to work and back home or for their teenagers. The tie rods break on them every 100,000 miles and they need a maintenance every 100k, but other than that, some O2 sensors and a battery now and again, you just fuel them up, change the oil once in a while and drive.

Once jacked and stripped, thieves can get $100 just for an airbag on eBay!

Try to avoid getting run over by one when the thief makes their get away- one lawyer in Philly points out that drivers of stolen cars are technically uninsured drivers.

Of course, not all stolen Hondas are stripped, some are just thrown into a river. Chcek out this cray cray story about a couple who found their car 23 years later (and covered in clams).

Trade in my Car for a 2018 Honda Civic

The 2018 Honda Civic has finally made its debut and car shoppers couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s sportier than ever before thanks to its shorter overhangs, new silhouette, and aggressive front fascia.

If you opt for the entry-level LX model or mid-range EX, you can expect a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine that can be paired with a six-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission. On the EX-T, EX-L, and Touring models, you’ll be able to choose the 1.5 liter direct injected turbo engine. Regardless of which model and engine you select, you’ll enjoy a powerful, fun-to-drive compact vehicle.

Inside of the Civic, you’ll find a wide array of exciting standard and available features like automatic climate control, a multi-angle rearview camera, a power moonroof, remote engine start, fog lights, heated front seats, an 8-way power driver’s seat.

In addition, the all-new Civic is equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies to ensure that you and your passengers are protected every time you’re on the road. The Honda Sensing suite includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and the Lane Keeping Assist System.

Ride Home in the 2018 Civic Today

If you’re interested in the cutting-edge Civic, it is in your best interest to head on over to Lejeune Honda Cars and trade in your current vehicle. By doing so, you’ll receive its full market value and be able to comfortably upgrade to the 2018 Civic. You may want to consider alternatives such as a Ford Fiesta or Ford Focus. You may be able to save a little more money by looking at some of the Ford and Chevy lines as they have been able to cut their prices to not only compete with Honda but beat them on prices.

Labor Day Civic and Accord Sales in Eastern North Carolina

In 2017, Honda dealerships throughout the state of North Carolina are doing their best to get you on their lots or into their showrooms. Whether you are looking to buy a Civic or Accord, there are going to be ways to save money over the Labor Day weekend. Note that not every dealership is going to have the same sales and deals so we suggest you shop around. The first place you should start is Lejeune Honda. They always have some of the lowest prices. We are not sure why, but they are the dealership that always sticks out when it comes to these major holiday sales and deals.

If you are looking to save on a new or used Honda there are plenty of places to do your research online. Sadly, you will likely find that your head starts spinning. The best thing you can do is actually pick up the phone and call a dealership to see what they are offering. If you don’t want the dealership to know your phone number you can always get a Google Voice number for one day and use it on your iPhone, Android or even through your laptop or tablet. This is a great way to make certain dealerships are not calling you back every single day.

Labor Day weekend is a great weekend to buy a car as this is one of the last major sales before the new model vehicles come in. Most dealerships know they will be getting the 2018 models in the near future and they are looking to blowout the 2017 models. This means you could save quite a bit of money on a vehicle that is basically brand new. If there is going to be a body change on a Honda vehicle for 2018 and you are in the market to get a vehicle now, you are going to be able to save quite a bit of cash.

Also note that most dealerships, Lejeune Honda included, are going to offer some very good financing offers if you are willing to lease. Even if you plan to purchase your vehicle, you should be able to get a low interest rate if your credit score is even decent. You do not have to have a perfect credit score to get a low interest rate on a new car purchase in September or October 2017. If you have any questions as it relates to buying a Honda Accord or Honda Civic on Labor Day weekend do not hesitate to comment below.

Can I Negotiate to Drop a Dealer Admin Processing Fee?

If you have been to a Honda dealership to buy a new or used car in the last few months, you have likely be quoted a price for a vehicle. Whether it is an Accord, Civic, Odyssey or CR-V you must understand that this is simply the price for the vehicle and not the price you are going to pay. When all is said and done, you are going to end up paying a lot more unless you negotiate other fees such as the dealer admin processing fee, title, tag and taxes. You may have a quote for a Honda Accord at $21,000 and find that you are being charged for $23,500 when you finish up the paperwork. How is this possible?

Remember that the price of the car is simply the price of the car. This does not include all the added fees, warranties, insurance, etc. You will find the dealership will try to sell you GAP insurance, tire insurance, warranty packages and even extra oil changes. You never know what they will try to throw at you to get the price higher. Instead of falling for this, we suggest getting a walk away price in which you will walk out the door at a specific price. If you want to walk away at $21,000 you are going to have to negotiate that.

If you are a great negotiator you will be able to get the dealer admin processing fee waived or dropped. Your goal should be to get this fee to $0. A dealer admin fee of $500 or more is beyond ridiculous. Sadly, most car buyers won’t even notice this because they are so happy to drive away in a brand new Honda Civic or Accord. Try not to get too excited about your new vehicle and recognize that you can save quite a bit of money by getting the Honda dealer to drop the admin fee.

Look at the total amount you are going to have to pay and start negotiating from there. They will be fine with dropping the price of the car because they know they can get money out of you elsewhere including a bigger down payment or a higher interest rate on the car.

Should a Dealer Admin Processing Fee Be $649?

Recently, someone asked us about dealer admin fees. Please understand that these fees are quite variable. In fact, you can talk the dealer completely out of he fees if you are a good negotiator. In essence, these are just fees that are tacked on to the total cost of a vehicle. This is just a way for the dealership to make a little bit more money. If you want to save money on a vehicle purchase, negotiate a “walk out price” in which you see a price that you can walk out the door at.

If you want a Honda Civic at $17,500 you need to tell them you want to walk out the door at that price. If you don’t you will find you end up paying close to $19,000 with the fees, taxes, tag and title. They will also try to sell you on GAP insurance, wheel insurance, warranty packages and some type of oil change package. When all is said and done, you may look at a price that is around $20,000.

This is why it is so very effective to search around for the best Honda prices in your area. You can often negotiate a walking out price via email or over the telephone. If you give them your telephone number, they are going to call you all the time. We suggest doing all the business through email as you will then be able to make demands or simply walk away.

If you find your local Honda dealership is trying to charge you $649 admin fees you should quickly talk them out of this. Not only are you going to have to pay these fees, but they will add it to the financing at whatever interest rate you are being charged. If you have bad credit and are being charged a 10% interest rate, you will pay the 10% on that $649 as well unless you pay it the day you buy the car.

What admin processing fees have you seen when shopping for a new or used Honda? Should you buy a car on Craigslist or from a private owner to completely avoid these admin fees?

Does Honda Have a First Time Car Buyers Discount Program?

The answer is yes, but only at specific dealerships. You will need to scour your state to find out which Honda dealerships offer a first time car buyers discount program. You can do some quick Google searching or you can call up some of your local dealerships to see if they can knock off some money on the purchase or help with the financing. Financing is a huge part of the process for first time car buyers as most of them do not have the best credit or they haven’t built up credit.

Getting a 720 credit score or better can take years and possibly decades for some recent college grads; especially if they have taken out high interest rate credit cards. Allow Honda to help you with the financing through their first time car buyers discount program. You will find there are a number of great ways to save money. If you can get a low interest rate and you are just starting your first real job, it is a good decision to take this low financing now.

Many investment gurus state that you should take any financing under 5% you can get. The other extra money you earn can go towards your investments or paying off other high interest rate debts such as credit cards or high interest student loans.

What state are you in? Do you know of any first time car buyers programs at Honda? Comment below with your location and we can help you find the best deal in your area.

Best Honda Military Discounts in 2017

Honda dealerships often have a number of different discounts and specials. We all know they love their Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day specials. What about military discounts? There are quite a few Honda dealerships that are in the heart of “military towns” and cater to those in the Army, Navy, Coast Guard or Marines. So, how much money can you save with a Honda military discount and what is the best offer?

It is important to note that almost all Honda dealerships cannot disclose their “military discount” on their website. At different times throughout the year they may state you get $1000 or $500 more on your trade in or you can get $750 off a new car, but those are changing on a monthly basis. In fact, they may change on a daily basis depending on what incentives Honda is offering them.

Before you assume that your local dealership has the best military discount, it is best to pick up the phone and call. If you don’t do this, you are only guessing at how much money you can save. Also note that you may want to discuss other deals as well. You could get $500 over cost or could get the administration fee waived by doing some negotiating.

Don’t let a Honda dealership or salesman tell you that they are getting you the best possible military deal only to find out they are hitting you with other fees and are pushing GAP insurance and other types of warranties. If you get hit with these types of fees, you might as well through the military discount out the window.

If you are looking to save money on a new or used Honda Accord or Honda Civic purchase with a military discount, comment below and we can help you find what you are looking for. There is no reason to overpay for a Honda when there are so many dealerships throughout the United States.

2017 Summerbration Event Honda Civic and Accord TV Sales Commercial

Over the months of July, August and September 2017 many TV viewers will see the commercial for the Summerbration Event at Honda dealerships. To get the lowest prices for a Honda Accord or Honda Civic remember to look for options at all Honda dealerships and not just the one closest to you. In fact, you may find that driving to a Honda dealership not in your backyard could save you thousands of dollars. A dealership that continues to offer the best deals and most affordable financing is Lejeune Honda in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Every single month Honda is pushing sales, deals and rebates. Fortunately, if you do your research, you will not have to pay full or sticker price for a CR-V, Accord or Civic. During the Summerbration Honda sales event there will be huge markdowns for the Honda Accord, Honda Civic and other popular models. The event will begin on July 17th and will conclude around Labor Day weekend (September 4th). If you are looking for the best deals during the summer months of 2017, now is the time to look at a Honda vehicle.

When searching for these types of sales and deals, most car buyers are looking for affordable financing. This will likely be the thing that most TV viewers remember about the Honda Summerbration commercial. Financing will be extremely low. Some dealerships may get you in a brand new Accord or Civic for 1.9% or less. Remember that your credit score and credit history will often dictate the financing rate.

Some of the prices you may see are:

  • 2017 Honda Civic EX for $115/month – 36 month lease
  • 2017 Honda Civic CVT LX for $159/month – 36 month lease
  • 2017 Honda Civic LX for $179/month – 36 month lease
  • 2017 Honda CR-V LX for $299/month – 36 month lease

Some commercials will also state there is a “one minute preapproval”.  You may even hear the “Red, White and Blue Sale and [hometown] Honda”.

Are you finding low prices at your local Honda dealership? Have you called or researched other dealerships as well?

 

Should I Buy a Used Honda on Craigslist in Jacksonville, NC?

Every single year, millions of car buyers look to Craigslist to find a used car for sale by owner. While many people save money, others have to deal with the headache of trying to find a safe location, picking out a reliable vehicle and coming up with the money to pay for the vehicle. Remember, most people selling used cars on Craigslist will want cash. No checks and definitely no loans. For this reason, some may think of other options to buy a used car in Jacksonville, NC.

Note that there is not a specific Jacksonville, NC Craigslist website. It is actually Onslow.Craigslist.org. That said, almost all the listings are for Jacksonville or in the Camp Lejeune area. You will be able to find a number of different Honda Accords, Civics, Odysseys and other vehicles at a low price. That said, you have to ask yourself if you are willing to take a chance on a vehicle that has no warranty nor has it been looked over by a certified Honda specialist.

When buying a used Honda from Lejeune Honda you can be rest assured that you are getting a vehicle that has been looked at by not only a mechanic but an expert. This will allow you to sleep easier at night knowing that your used car is not going to break down just a few days or weeks after you buy it.

One of the biggest concerns when buying on Craigslist is safety. Are you willing to drive to the home of someone that you don’t know? Are you willing to do this with thousands of dollars in cash in your pocket? Almost all buyers are adamant that you pay for your vehicle with cash on the spot. Also remember that you will be taking the car for a test drive with them in their home area. If you are any bit concerned about your safety, you will not want to get in the vehicle with someone you do not know.

For this reason, it might be a wise choice to go to the Lejeune Honda used car lot and know that you are in good hands and safe. You will be able to test drive any of the vehicles without worrying about someone trying to take advantage of you or taking you to areas in which you are not comfortable.

While Craigslist is a great place to find low prices and determine how much you want to pay for a used vehicle, if safety and service are a concern of yours, it is best to go to Lejeune Honda and pick out a used vehicle that suits your needs. You will also find that Lejeune Honda is willing to work to find the exact vehicle you are looking for and you won’t have to settle for the wrong color or the wrong year.

Honda Civic Prices on Craigslist Jacksonville, NC

Here are some prices for used Honda Civics in and around Jacksonville, NC:

  • 2009 Honda Civic $3100
  • 1994 honda civic 5speed $1200
  • 99 Honda Civic $2000
  • 2008 Honda Civic $4800
  • 2001 HONDA ACCORD EX V6 LEATHER SUNROOF WARRANTY INCLUDED $3299
  • 2002 Honda Civic Ex $2800
  • 2001 Honda Civix EX $1700

Note that there are a few dealerships and bad credit finance companies attempting to sell Honda Civics on Craigslist in Jacksonville, NC. Always be aware of the fact that anything too good to be true probably is. If you see a 2015 Honda Civic for $5000 there is going to be something wrong with the vehicle. This is why we suggest going to Lejeune Honda to check out their used car selection before using Craigslist. You will get a much better experience and you will not have to worry about your safety in any way.

4th of July Honda Car Sales and Deals

For a great deal on a 2017 Honda Civic, Accord, or Odyssey, you should check out the 4th of July Honda sale at Lejeune Honda Cars. By doing so, you can enjoy a quality Honda vehicle at an unbelievable price. Let’s dive deeper into the specifics of some of the impressive Honda vehicles you can expect to find at the sale:

2017 Honda Civic

Available as a sedan, coupe, or hatchback in a variety of trim levels, the 2017 Civic can be customized to meet your budget and lifestyle needs. Even the entry-level LX model comes with a generous assortment of features including automatic climate control, LED daytime running lights and taillights, and a four-speaker audio system with USB ports. The Civic also earned a 5-star overall safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration so that you could feel confident every time you get behind the wheel.

2017 Honda Accord

Known for its spacious interior and functionality, the 2017 Honda Accord is a great vehicle. The sedan version offers 103.2 cubic feet of passenger volume and 15.8 cubic feet of cargo volume. If you prefer the two-door coupe, you’ll be able to choose from the powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6 engine. With the Accord hybrid, you can significantly save on fuel thanks to incredible fuel economy ratings of 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.

2017 Honda Odyssey

For a technologically advanced and safe minivan, the 2017 Honda Odyssey is the very best choice. It can comfortably fit 7 or 8 passengers and features 3 rows of seats, making it a good option if you have a family or find yourself constantly driving around many passengers. Dual-zone air conditioning, folding rear seats, an 8-inch infotainment system, and Bluetooth connectivity are just several of the standard features available on the Odyssey.

Whether you’re interested in the Civic, Accord, Odyssey, or another Honda it is in your best interest to visit Lejeune Honda Cars to take advantage of the 4th of July Honda sales and deals. Driving home in a new Honda is the perfect way to celebrate America’s independence.

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