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I had a puzzling experience today, maybe someone here can shed some light on it. I joined this forum to research my next new car, and it has been very helpful. I decided to order a 2019 AWD CR-V Touring. I wanted most of the nicer options, like the 19" wheels. I'm a AAA member, they offer a no-hassle pricing deal and sent me to one of our local dealers, Norm Reeves Honda. With checkbook in hand, I went to the dealer and was told Honda doesn't do orders, but they could find me what I want. Then, after a lot of "Let me check this with my boss", I was told they can't help me, AWD is only in northern areas, they couldn't get anything with AWD. There's nothing on the website about that, so I don't know what to think now. It's like they suddenly decided they didn't want to sell me a car. Can I only buy FWD in the LA area? Or does buying through AAA make me unprofitable? This was not a Helpful Honda day...
 

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My recently acquired '07 CR-V AWD came from there, though I bought it here. So I'd say find a different dealer, one willing to be of service. They may just not like to do those AAA deals (not enough profit, maybe?) and are intentionally running you off. Call around first to save time, and don't tell the other dealers about the AAA deal part until after they find you a car.

My car came from Weir Canyon Honda in Anaheim, if that helps.
 

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When I was shopping my '06, I wanted a manual trans.

One dealer said there were none around. (Yeah, right :Darn:) I bought from another dealer.


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So, I agree, try another dealer. In this day & age, a few emails to several dealers within a certain radius will find you a car equipped the way you want. If you got a price quote from the AAA buying service, see if the other dealers will match (or hopefully BEAT) that price.

If worse comes to worse, you CAN order a Honda to your specs...it just takes MONTHS.....
 

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If worse comes to worse, you CAN order a Honda to your specs...it just takes MONTHS.....

Cool! I want mine with a manual transmission! I wonder how many months that will take? Just kidding. But not really. You know what I mean.
 

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After being turned away by the dealer, I decided to email Corporate. I asked if what I'd been told was true, and added that it certainly wasn't "Helpful". The next day, everything changed! I was connected to their head AAA guy, who found me an '18 AWD Touring in Black, new. It was in Cerritos, he'd have it for me Sunday. Sunday came and they sold it out from under me. An hour later and he found another one in Ontario. This one I bought. I got a little extra off for it being an '18 instead of a '19, but at least they finally came through for me, and couldn't have been more helpful. I think it helped to ask questions farther up the food chain!
 

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That's a nice story, but we'll need to see pictures as proof. Seriously, nice outcome. Sometimes I forget that on any given day, just because my coffee was tasty does not mean the rest of the world is not filled with homicidal maniacs. Not that I care, but some of the side effects, like the whining, and the passive aggressive behavior, can be annoying when it interferes with everyday living. Anyway, so is this one also black?
 

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Yes, it's black. I liked the dark blue, but can't have that with a dark interior, so it's black and black. Wanted to order a bunch of options, but when I found out they weren't factory installed I lost interest. I'll add anything it needs later. I guess the dealer installed the anti-theft system, it tracks the car so you can always see where it is, if stolen. But it's not Lo-Jack. We go back on Wednesday to activate it. We'll see how that turns out. For now, I'm just trying to get used to all the features and control layout. This forum has been GREAT with all the help and information!
 

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I like the black too, but it's just not a good idea down here in central Texas. Too hot. No black exteriors or interiors. There are people here who will do it, but not twice. I feel for you, trying to figure out all that new stuff. I'm still trying to figure out how to set the clock on my radio. Anyways, have fun with it. Give us your driving impressions and observations, and pictures. Don't forget the pictures. Did I mention pictures?
 

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Just keep looking, we held out for awd found one local and we live in the Palm Springs area!
Also the color (silver) that we wanted.

Les, onroad
 
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