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hello all,

i've been following the price of a 1-yr old i-ctdi sport/es for a while now and can see a significant drop. so much so i went to see one and i love the inside as much as the outside. i'd like to part-ex my existing car in but before i do i was looking for some advice/guidance.

i'm not a petrolhead so i'm not looking for the kind of advice that might include details of bhp and torque. i'm keen on things like it not having a rear windscreen wiper - all the hatches i've driven before have them so i wouldn't know what it's like without one.

and i see there's an ipod connector - is it as straightforward as plugging it in. and does it have bluetooth?

i will ask these questions in the salesroom but just wanted to know real life examples.

thanks in advance. will now go through the other threads and see what's out there
 

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Welcome to the madness
 

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Welcome to the place :D

The rear wiper issue is totally personal. As you all my hatchbacks had wipers and I thought I wouldn't be able to live without one - but to be honest it doesn't bother me.

From what I hear it isn't so straightforward but take a look at the link Wheelchair posted.

I am sure you will be fine with the civic. Some things you will love and some you won't, like with every car.
 

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Hello and welcome to the best forum.
I echo what HappyMan said Re: the rear wiper or lack of it. I use Rain X on mine and it rarely needs cleaning.
 

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thanks for your replies so far. have just been digging around the threads.

prices have dropped big time recently for the particular car i'm after. is this to do with the downturn or just end of year stuff? if i hold on for another month or so any ideas if prices will go down even further?

interesting reading about the deal clinchers that can be done in the salesrooms, e.g. full tank of fuel, rear car parking sensors if they don't come already.

i'm going to be well-prepared for when i actually come face to face with mr honda.

thanks all!
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another thing - what are the main differences between sport/se and es. from the looks of things i can't afford ex but the costs of a sport and se/es seem to be near each other.

cheers, me.
 

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Honda are laying off their production workers cause they have stock piles of cars building up so improved new car discounts are extremely likely thus pulling down second hand values; if you can wait prices are likely to drop when the new reg is released in March. It's a simple case of supply & demand - right now supply is outstripping demand so prices continue to drop. As far as I know the only car manufacturers that aren't suffering badly from the recession is Hyunday & Kia.
 

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thanks chrisx and everyone else.

can someone take a look at Ryland Honda - Used Cars and choose civic for me please?

there's an 07 es alabaster model there for £9995. i'd really like to go for that but can also easily wait until march 09. i'm in no rush to get of my current car as it's doing its job finely right now.

could these prices go even lower???
 

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what credit crunch, eh?

well i think i'm already settled on buying one. i haven't driven yet and have a major hang-up about the no rear windscreen wiper thing but sounds like i'll have to deal with it - i'll have plenty of opportunity in south wales.

so then...insurance. i'm guessing it's a step up from a peugeot 206 hdi but does the immobiliser and alarm help much?

why can't it be march 09 already?!?

cheers wheely.
 

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I find the small panel beneath the spoiler stays quite clean and is easy to see out of.

My insurance is free so I can't help you there.
 

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and what's with this "no spare wheel" thing? is that true or a wind-up? might give me more boot space but shirley a spare wheel is mandatory???
 

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No spare wheel unless you pay extra. You get a compressor and some gunk to fill the tyre. It does give room for a big false floor in the boot that is pretty large.
 

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Personally I would refrain from buying from a dealer if your looking to purchase a car that is still within the manufacturers warranty cover period as you'll pay a grand or more than you would if purchased privately - you might get an EX privately for the same money.

The automotive industry is on it's knees (I know cause I work within it), prices will continue to drop but ultimately it comes down to how long your willing to wait.
 

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cheers chrisx. i suppose i've been looking at the dealerships 'cos i could part-ex my current car in. after getting some good info and advice from members on this forum i'll take a step back and perhaps wait until end of february and see what deals i can get then.

i'm in no rush so i'll check out private sales. i'm not that handy with cars so i wouldn't know what to look for when buying private so that £1000 might give me peace of mind in the long run.

once again, thanks for your advice. me.
 
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