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There are two dealerships within 5 miles of my home in Michigan. As recently as 2 or 3 months ago, as you all know, almost as soon as a single Ody arrived on the lot, it was gone within a few days. Today, I drove by both dealers. One, in Novi, had 4 sitting right there. The other had 3. I stopped to take a look at these three. None were sold. All were EXs without NAV or RES. Two of them had the dreaded 'dealer-installed options' sticker next to the factory sticker showing what overinflated trinket the dealer had tacked on at 5 times the going price. One had a wood dash (looked really great by the way, I think the added wood dash plus leather would go a long way towards comforting those of us that wish Acura would sell a version of the Ody), and the other had added remote keyless entry). My impression is that within a few months every dealer is going to have several Odys on the lot at any given time.
 

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I think you may be right. We have received emails and phone calls from a few dealers who say they can get into an Ody right away.

Now let's see if they'll bend on the price!
 

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The same is true in Northeast Ohio. My theory is that Honda sends more to dealerships that are close to the plant in Ontario. Think about it. Closer shipping points cost less money. The areas that seem to have longer wait times and paying MSRP or above are farther away form Alliston, Ontario.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Think about it. Closer shipping points cost less money.</font>
Nope. Shipping costs are fixed within the lower 48 states regardless of distance.

Hello, unions. Hello, Teamsters.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Remington:
the other had added remote keyless entry</font>
Different from the EX's standard remote keyless entry?
 

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I would agree...supply seems to be greater. We ordered a 2002 GG EX-L RES and expected a two month wait. The dealer didn't even offer to speculate when it would arrive. It arrived 5 days later.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by adam1991:
Nope. Shipping costs are fixed within the lower 48 states regardless of distance.

Hello, unions. Hello, Teamsters.
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I agree. Even if the costs were variable, they are not large enough to impact supply.

We've seen where it takes a few days to get a vehicle 1,500 miles and a few weeks to get one a few hundred miles. Maybe going rail most of the way might actually be cheaper than shorter truck hauls.

IMHO, because of the high volume of vehicles required to compete, the mfgrs have to be market driven. They can't have their distribution controlled by a relatively small cost like transportation.

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Maugham

[This message has been edited by Maugham (edited 03-01-2002).]
 
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