For A Few Dollars More

For A Few Dollars More is a 1965 spaghetti western, starring Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef. It has to do with bounty hunters who are after a thief. My version of For A Few Dollars More has to do with car shopping. Gas prices are going up, up, up and so is the mileage on my SUV, so it’s time to shop online.

Let’s start with an economic model as a replacement consideration, the Honda Civic, and use the Build and Price a Honda feature. (I love this feature on their web site.) The basic 2011 Honda Civic DX model (sedan) has a “suggested starting price” of $15,805. I chose the automatic transmission, that bumps it up to $16,605. Next, I chose the color (silver or blue, that’s pretty basic) and only one accessory (also very basic): fog lights. That’s $16,932 before $750 in destination charges, ending at $17,682.

Now let’s see what the top Civic costs, same model (the sedan), for a few dollars more. The EX-L starts at $23,955. That has leather inside and the navigation system. Eight colors to choose from, no extra charge. Moon roof visor $139 and fog lights $327. That’s $24,421 plus $750 in destination charges equals $25,171.

Well, for the price of the top-of-the-line Honda Civic EX-L, I can consider a 2011 Honda Accord, right? The Accord LX sedan starts at $21,180. The automatic transmission makes it $21,980. Eight colors to choose from, no charge, then on to accessories. What, no fog lights? Fog lights are not standard and not an option. I’m not happy with this at all. Price + destination = $22,730. That’s less than the Civic EX-L. Without fog lights, it’s not looking good for this model.

Top Honda Accord: EX-L V-6 with satellite navigation, “suggested starting price” (a few dollars more) at $31,630. Fog lights are standard (Yes!) and the moon roof visor is $129. (Did I get that right? The moon roof visor for this model is cheaper than the moon roof visor for the Honda Civic? Yes, I got that right. Strange.) Summary price (with destination charges) is $32,509.

Well, for the price of a top-of-the-line Honda Accord, I can consider a 2011 Honda Pilot, right? The Pilot LX 2-WD model starts at $28,045. Add fog lights ($432) and destination charge ($780), and that is $29,257, only $4,086 more than the Civic EX-L and $3,252 less than the Honda Accord EX-L V-6.

The top-of-the-line 2011 Pilot? It’s the Touring Model for $38,795 (2-WD version). Add the moon roof visor at $154, destination charges of $780 and you end up with $39,729. That’s definitely a few dollars more.

I don’t think I’ll make it into a car dealership anytime soon. I think I’ll just stay home and watch the movie For A Few Dollars More again. It’s cheaper that way.



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