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Old 02-17-2012, 09:00 PM
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Hey guys. i just recently bought a 2000 SH 5sp from an older guy that had it for a summer 'fun car'. it is completely stock and has 81,000 km's (50,000 miles) on it. it is immaculate and he brought it to the local honda dealership whether he needed to or not. He provided the scheduled maintenance book along with all original documents including the original bill of sale which was $41g's. So, i have every service record that's been done. I wanted to maintain the service history so i recently brought it to my local honda dealership because i had the "shock knock" issue (which i was able to diagnose thanks to this forum). They quoted me $450.00 to fix it. I have a good buddy who is a licensed mechanic who fixes my cars whenever i need it. He ended up fixing it for 100 bucks (cash of course). So, if i let my buddy continue to fix it as needed, i will lose the service history records if down the road i sell. On the other side i don't want to overpay at the dealership just to get a service history receipt.
I understand that service records are important because it is definitely a way to verify the mileage (which is why i jumped all over this car when it was for sale)
sorry, kind of long winded, any thoughts? thanks for your time.
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Don't overpay just to have a dealership service report. The car is old no matter what now. Stay with your friend and just have him write you the repair orders so you can continue to have all the records.
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Just have ur friend do the work but keep the receits for the parts u buy...
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yea, thats the way i was leaning.......money talks. the dealerships really pour it to you. thanks!
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Don't overpay just to have a dealership service report. The car is old no matter what now. Stay with your friend and just have him write you the repair orders so you can continue to have all the records.

Pretty much exactly what I was thinking
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Not to get off track but I hope that was a type-o for the sales price on the original bill of sales. $41,000 is almost twice msrp.
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Re: dealership vs good friend mechanic

MSRP was 41K i call BS!!!! The SH was around 23k-26k at best depending on options so unless he got ripped off he's just BS-ing you. I highly doubt the dealers fee's and tax was around 15k! Even with a warranty thats WAY TO HIGH! cajunoutkast is right! its at least twice the MSRP!
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Re: dealership vs good friend mechanic

Don't think much was done to the car if it's only 50k, about that time to change the timing belt, especially if its original. As long as you have records, no buyer can complain. After 200k miles, who cares right? Take care of your prelude, it's had a great start .
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Re: dealership vs good friend mechanic

lol, 41k (canadian dollars) no bs, legit from honda dealership. yes, 26k (US funds) was the MRSP at that time. however, MRSP in canada was 31,900, this was due to the exchange rate , so dealerships adjusted the sticker price accordingly. Plus in Ontario, there were two types of taxes which totalled 15 percent. Add $2500 in options, freight, etc, etc, etc = $40,880. ridiculous i know.......
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Re: dealership vs good friend mechanic

With my experience with Honda dealerships I wouldn't touch them! when I was doing the timing belt they had no idea about the balancer shaft retainer even on the h23, and absolutely no idea that the auto-tensioner fails or on how to do a manual tensioner conversion.

If you know your friend is thorough go through him, if he isn't sure how to do something he will search it and do it properly rather than think his godly on hondas because he works at a dealership and just attempt it.

Preludes are uncommon here so dealerships are pretty much useless imo, sorry If I offend anyone...I'm sure there are some good Honda mechanics around just not in my experience.
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Re: dealership vs good friend mechanic

Isnt it great when u find steals like that? I found my lude recently with 68,000 miles on it. It belong to a older lady as well
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Re: dealership vs good friend mechanic

When I went to buy a new car, I was a little bit anxious about trying to find a dealership I could trust that was going to give me a reliable car. I was not sure how honest car dealers are and how much they can assist me. Luckily, I found a dealership in Austin to help me locate the perfect Honda. I am glad I went there and glad that I could walk away with a great new car. At Honda Austin TX, you will locate the ideal dealership to help you. It can help you find the best vehicle for the best price. They ave competitive lenders, great financing options, and all with rates you won't be able to turn down.
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