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Old 20 Jun 2004, 02:10 pm
Ram Kunda
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Default 2004 TL appearance package

All,

I just bought a 2004 TL with navi yesterday for $34695,
plus tax and fees.

The finance person tried to sell me extended warranty,
tire insurance, appearance package, and service package.
I declined all of them.

The extended warranty extends to 7 years and 84000
miles. The cost was $2000.

The tire insurance was $285 and I did not pay attention
what it covers.

The appearance package is to protect the paint, leather,
and carpet from drying, fading, etc. It costs $1000 and
is called "Perma Plate". The finance person claimed the
paint on 2004 Acura TL is lead-free, hence prone to
stains (bird droppings, tree sap, etc). The only way to
protect it is by getting this package. Hard to believe.

The service package was $485 and it covers all the
service costs during the warranty period.

My question to the group: is the appearance package
worth getting? Is it important? Did I do the right thing
by declining it. Of course, she claimed I can always
buy it next week or soon as long as the car does not
have any stains.

Thanks for your advice.
ram


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Old 20 Jun 2004, 03:21 pm
Sid Schweiger
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Default Re: 2004 TL appearance package

Every article I've ever seen on the subject of dealer "packs" says they are a
waste of money. If you take reasonable care of the car, keep it clean and do
the maintenance on time, there should be no need for any of the dealer-pushed
(-shoved?) extras.
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Old 20 Jun 2004, 04:55 pm
Dennis
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Default Re: 2004 TL appearance package

Just took delivery, 2 weeks ago, on that same car for $33,300 at Montclair
Acura in New Jersey & I didn't take any of the extras

"Ram Kunda" <ramkunda@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> All,
>
> I just bought a 2004 TL with navi yesterday for $34695,
> plus tax and fees.
>



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Old 20 Jun 2004, 07:11 pm
kbstreet
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Default Re: 2004 TL appearance package

I took the extended warrenty, but for 7/100,000. The only reason I did is
because I got it for $ 1515 instead of $ 1850 & they lowered the interest
rate by .25 %.

I kinda like the piece of mind after the initial warrenty runs out. It was
worth it on my '95 Accord years ago & saved me about $ 250 on my '03 Odyssey
a couple days ago.

I agree that all the other add-ons are rip offs. Whose ever seen a stain on
a car from bird droppings, anyway???

"Dennis" <stang4sale@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Just took delivery, 2 weeks ago, on that same car for $33,300 at
> Montclair
> Acura in New Jersey & I didn't take any of the extras
>
> "Ram Kunda" <ramkunda@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:cilBc.85909$Sw.61988@attbi_s51...
>> All,
>>
>> I just bought a 2004 TL with navi yesterday for $34695,
>> plus tax and fees.
>>

>
>



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Old 20 Jun 2004, 07:28 pm
Dan Drake
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On Sun, 20 Jun 2004 19:11:38 -0500, "kbstreet" <kbstreet@comcast.net>
wrote:

>I took the extended warrenty, but for 7/100,000. The only reason I did is
>because I got it for $ 1515 instead of $ 1850 & they lowered the interest
>rate by .25 %.


Little known fact: You don't need to actually buy the extended
warranty until just before the manufacturer's warranty expires. Why
give the insurance company a free loan of your money for 3 or 4 years
while the manufacturer's warranty is in effect? Plus, you have that
time to decide whether or not you really need to buy it. In the past
few years, I bought an extended warranty on a Chevy at the last minute
for $1,800 and made out like a bandit on it. I passed on an extended
warranty on my wife's 1994 Miata, and I'm still not regretting it.

Don't buy an extended warranty on a new car. You wouldn't do it on a
VCR or a fridge. A new car is no different. Unless you want to get
ripped off, that is.
--
Dan Drake
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Old 20 Jun 2004, 08:35 pm
Lee Florack
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Default Re: 2004 TL appearance package

On Sun, 20 Jun 2004 19:11:38 -0500, "kbstreet"
<kbstreet@comcast.net> wrote:

>I agree that all the other add-ons are rip offs. Whose ever seen a stain on
>a car from bird droppings, anyway???


I have. If you let it sit on the paint long enough -- actually,
not very long -- it WILL stain the paint. I've had to use polish
on several spots to get rid of the stain..
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Old 21 Jun 2004, 06:43 pm
tomk
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Default Re: 2004 TL appearance package

A. get the extended warranty later.
B. tire insurance on those 17s is not a bad investment.
i went through 3@ $250 each in just over a year.
potholes and a nail.
C. appearance pack only if they do it routinely. if its a
one time thing then why wouldn't all the cars have it
from the factory?
D. the service pack is a bargain. just oil changes alone
makes it worth it. then if you get the extended warranty
that could save thousands. just read the fine print



"Ram Kunda" <ramkunda@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:cilBc.85909$Sw.61988@attbi_s51...
> All,
>
> I just bought a 2004 TL with navi yesterday for $34695,
> plus tax and fees.
>
> The finance person tried to sell me extended warranty,
> tire insurance, appearance package, and service package.
> I declined all of them.
>
> The extended warranty extends to 7 years and 84000
> miles. The cost was $2000.
>
> The tire insurance was $285 and I did not pay attention
> what it covers.
>
> The appearance package is to protect the paint, leather,
> and carpet from drying, fading, etc. It costs $1000 and
> is called "Perma Plate". The finance person claimed the
> paint on 2004 Acura TL is lead-free, hence prone to
> stains (bird droppings, tree sap, etc). The only way to
> protect it is by getting this package. Hard to believe.
>
> The service package was $485 and it covers all the
> service costs during the warranty period.
>
> My question to the group: is the appearance package
> worth getting? Is it important? Did I do the right thing
> by declining it. Of course, she claimed I can always
> buy it next week or soon as long as the car does not
> have any stains.
>
> Thanks for your advice.
> ram
>
>



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