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Honda Civic Help!!

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Honda Civic Help!!

Hey Everyone!
I am looking at buying a used Honda Civic in the upcoming weeks but I am undecided if I should go with the 2010 (4door) or 2012 (4door) style. I like the EX-L model and also the EX on the 2012. I have seen some decent pricing on the 2012 models, only a couple grand difference between the 2 years (willing to pay a bit more for a 2012 as its newer). But I know they totally redid the Civic for 2013, I know I can't afford brand new so need to decide on the 2010 or 2012.

Just looking for some advice and opinions!

Thanks
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If your going to fork over that much money for a used civic around the 2010-2012....i'd learn to drive stick and go with the SI.....I'd say a regular model is fine for you.but....eventually you may want more"oompfff" or power. That or save money and get an even older civic.
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ljames wrote:
Jan 24th, 2013 12:14 am
Hey Everyone!
I am looking at buying a used Honda Civic in the upcoming weeks but I am undecided if I should go with the 2010 (4door) or 2012 (4door) style. I like the EX-L model and also the EX on the 2012. I have seen some decent pricing on the 2012 models, only a couple grand difference between the 2 years (willing to pay a bit more for a 2012 as its newer). But I know they totally redid the Civic for 2013, I know I can't afford brand new so need to decide on the 2010 or 2012.

Just looking for some advice and opinions!

Thanks
It all really depends on the price points between the various options.....given the ' top shelf ' resale value Hondas command, sometimes buying a new(er) 2012 represents a better value proposition than buying a used 2010.

Sharing some of the specific pricing you're looking at would help.
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How will you be paying for it? If you have to finance, sometimes it's better to skip the almost-new and just buy new so you can take advantage of the lower financing rates. And if you're paying cash, there's a $2500 incentive on new 2012 Civics, so that's worth considering too.
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Jan 24th, 2013 2:22 am
If your going to fork over that much money for a used civic around the 2010-2012....i'd learn to drive stick and go with the SI.....I'd say a regular model is fine for you.but....eventually you may want more"oompfff" or power. That or save money and get an even older civic.
Civic Si costs more initially, and uses premium gasoline. The higher cost is not worth it unless you *need* the extra power.

If you want a little zip in your Civic, learn to drive stick and get a used manual transmission Civic.
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I would need to go for the Automatic. I would be looking at about 16-17,000 for a 2012 EX and about 19-21,000 for a 2012 EX-L. The EX-L includes the leather and Navi system.. However, if I were to go with the 2010 EX-L would be about the same price as the 2012 EX...
Does anything think the resale value will go down alot on a 2012 model since they have now changed it for 2013?! I would be keeping the car for awhile, 5-6 years or so... That is why I am considering paying a bit more for the leather and Navi model...
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I don't know specifics, but if the features and power is the same then definitely go for the 2010. You'll have an extra 3k in the bank and an equally good car.
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stonyboys wrote:
Jan 24th, 2013 7:42 pm
I don't know specifics, but if the features and power is the same then definitely go for the 2010. You'll have an extra 3k in the bank and an equally good car.
The 2012 has better fuel economy, better safety features, and Bluetooth + USB support with a nice screen, but the EX-L has a nicer interior.

For $3k more, I'd definitely get the 2012 EX-L over the 2010 EX-L. The $3-4k difference between a 2012 EX (which is what I own) and 2012 EX-L isn't worth it to me, but I suppose some people might find it worthwhile.
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ljames wrote:
Jan 24th, 2013 5:14 pm
I would need to go for the Automatic. I would be looking at about 16-17,000 for a 2012 EX and about 19-21,000 for a 2012 EX-L. The EX-L includes the leather and Navi system.. However, if I were to go with the 2010 EX-L would be about the same price as the 2012 EX...
Does anything think the resale value will go down alot on a 2012 model since they have now changed it for 2013?! I would be keeping the car for awhile, 5-6 years or so... That is why I am considering paying a bit more for the leather and Navi model...
Well, but the time you go to sell it 5-6 years from mow, for this segment, NAV is likely going to be as common in vehicles as Bluetooth or back up cameras are today...a bit of advantage on resale I suppose.

And as a previous owner of 3 Honda vehicles - 2 with leather, one without...with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I'd definitely opt for leather ...all day long.

I also think there must be some other spec differences between the EX and EXL trim lines to warrant the premium for the higher trim as well...making the higher trim worthwhile....so, I'd go for the newest EXL if it were me.
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