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I put down my deposit about 3 months ago for an Apex Blue Pearl A-Spec with ebony interior. I understood there would be a wait time but its getting ridiculous now as I see my exact car going to plenty of other dealers within a 250 mile range of mine.

With that said, I could deal with the lead time a little easier if my salesman wouldn't keep telling me it's coming off the production line in the next couple of days and should be here within 2 weeks. He's been telling me that numerous times over the last month so at this point I know he's just BS'ing me. I'd check out a different dealer but that would just put me at the back of the line elsewhere most likely so I just need to wait I guess.

My wife did decide to take the bull by the horns yesterday and told him very directly to stop lying to us about when it will be done, he tried to dance his way around it but she didn't let him...lol.

So now it appears we might be getting the heated steering wheel and I'm going to ask if they can paint the brake calipers red for me for our troubles.
 

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I can see them adding in the heated steering wheel; but, the painted red calipers would be a harder sell. You don't want a tech to do a half a$$ job on them and it looks like crap a few years down the road. I would stick something service related like free 1st oil change or to OEM accessories floor mats, cargo mat, or discount on a hitch. I ordered caliper paint on Amazon and found a local shop that did it for $20 per caliper on my 19 MDX.

You might get a deal on those items if you are willing to take your business elsewhere for the exact make/model already sitting on the lot at another dealership. I did this with my 19 MDX Adv hybrid when I purchased new. My local dealership (only one in the state) wasn't flexibly on price; but, I found 3 other Acura dealerships with the exact same make/model/year one state over that had lower prices. My local dealership was willing to meet the out-of-state prices and saved me from the expense of an overnight trip and +600 hwy miles.
 

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I’d take the heated steering wheel and run! Most of the Blue Apex MDXs are all spoken for. At the time I bought mine in August I took the demo the dealer had with 120 miles on it and happily paid MSRP for it. It was the only one in New England at the time. I’m not aware of any Apex Blue MDXs that are just sitting on a dealer lot waiting for a buyer.

Sucks the salesman has just been dicking you around, but the new car market - especially on highly desired cars right now - is just absolutely ludicrous. Hell, even GM just announced no cars other than top trim models are getting heated seats for this model year and next due to chips. So while the wait is painful, just be glad you’re eventually going to be getting a rare ride with all the a-spec options (and a heated steering wheel to boot).
 

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Our local dealer shows one in stock in the Dallas area.
 

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I can see them adding in the heated steering wheel; but, the painted red calipers would be a harder sell. You don't want a tech to do a half a$$ job on them and it looks like crap a few years down the road. I would stick something service related like free 1st oil change or to OEM accessories floor mats, cargo mat, or discount on a hitch. I ordered caliper paint on Amazon and found a local shop that did it for $20 per caliper on my 19 MDX.

You might get a deal on those items if you are willing to take your business elsewhere for the exact make/model already sitting on the lot at another dealership. I did this with my 19 MDX Adv hybrid when I purchased new. My local dealership (only one in the state) wasn't flexibly on price; but, I found 3 other Acura dealerships with the exact same make/model/year one state over that had lower prices. My local dealership was willing to meet the out-of-state prices and saved me from the expense of an overnight trip and +600 hwy miles.
Good point on the calipers, rather have it done well instead of their guy angrily painting them because of a salesmans order...lol
The other sort of close dealerships are all above MSRP (mine is MSRP) so I really have no leverage to go elsewhere.
 

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Our local dealer shows one in stock in the Dallas area.
That's a little too far from Milwaukee. I found a dealer showing 1 in Illinois but their pricing is listed as "call for pricing" on their website so that would be above MSRP, I heard as much as 5K over from someone else...no thanks
 

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I don't see the attraction to calipers painted red or any other standout color but I definitely wouldn't have the dealer service department do it since the job would likely turn out poor but I doubt they'd do it anyway since that's not a task they ever do since it's not a factory item. What they can do and you can negotiate for is anything on the accessory list - the heated wheel you're getting, mats of course, a hitch, a roof rack or maybe accessory to go on that, etc.

Good luck, I hope yours shows up soon, but I'd continue to check other nearby dealers to see if any with the one you want in stock will give you the same deal. Whether you can get a deal can vary with the person you're talking to, the time of the month, etc.
 

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Just curious on what is the average wait time for this exact model / color scheme as this is the one I am targeting Spring of next year? Please show us some pictures when your vehicle arrives to make me jealous!
 

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3 months isn't too bad. Back to my first MDX, it took 7 months, it was just silver (exterior) with ebony touring trim. o_O
 

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3 months isn't too bad. Back to my first MDX, it took 7 months, it was just silver (exterior) with ebony touring trim. o_O
I agree 3 months isn't too bad except my salesman keeps telling me it's on its way when it isn't so I get my hopes up, then nothing happens. Oh well, first world problems I guess...lol
 

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I don't see the attraction to calipers painted red or any other standout color but I definitely wouldn't have the dealer service department do it since the job would likely turn out poor but I doubt they'd do it anyway since that's not a task they ever do since it's not a factory item. What they can do and you can negotiate for is anything on the accessory list - the heated wheel you're getting, mats of course, a hitch, a roof rack or maybe accessory to go on that, etc.

Good luck, I hope yours shows up soon, but I'd continue to check other nearby dealers to see if any with the one you want in stock will give you the same deal. Whether you can get a deal can vary with the person you're talking to, the time of the month, etc.
I saw the Type S in blue with the red calipers, thought it looked pretty sharp, I think it fits with the sporty appearance of the A-Spec. Although I might change my mind when I see mine in person, I've only seen it in pictures so far.
 

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I saw the Type S in blue with the red calipers, thought it looked pretty sharp, I think it fits with the sporty appearance of the A-Spec. Although I might change my mind when I see mine in person, I've only seen it in pictures so far.
I really like the Apex Blue - a better color than my Fathom Blue 2014 MDX. Yours will look sharp.

For painting the calipers - I'd either do it myself or have a body shop do it - or maybe someone else who specializes in such a thing (maybe a wheel repair specialist?). Some attention to detail will need to be done to properly degrease it and prep it and then apply the right type of hi temp paint that'll hold up. Powder coating would probably be best but I wouldn't expect that to be done when painting existing calipers.

But I'd still leave the calipers alone and just enjoy the nice blue color of the vehicle but you can always make that decision later.
 

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And so what was the “true” story your wife got?
The "true" story was the car has never actually been on the production line as of yet (even though he has said it has been a couple of times), there is not a VIN # yet (not sure at what point that gets assigned). He started bumbling on to her about them not producing any more base models for now, she asked if that had any affect on our car and he said no so she told him not to mention it then. Then he told her it might be in early next week, she asked if that was really possible and he said its not likely. He is a typical car salesman who just can't help but lie, even when he's actively being caught in the lie.

Bottom line, if he tells us 1 more non truth, I'll be done working with him.
 

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You’ll only be lied to as many times as you’ll tolerate it. He’s rewarded for lying if you complete the transaction there.

I’d start looking around for another deal, get a firm delivery date from them, and tell the liar you’re done.

What’s the worse that happens? You still don’t have a car that you don’t have now for another 3 months and find a new liar?
 

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I would switch to another sale person (or deal with manager direct) or go to other dealer if this happened to me.
 

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she asked if that had any affect on our car and he said no so she told him not to mention it then
That's pretty funny - good for your wife.

I wouldn't deal with that person anymore. Go to his manager and tell the manager you refuse to deal with that person and the reason is because he repeatedly lies to you and you have no confidence in anything the person is saying, plus what he's doing is unethical and a poor representation of that dealership. Be sure to use the term 'unethical'.

Alternatively, just work through another dealership's internet sales department remotely and work out a deal with them. There's no need to physically go to a dealership or to talk to their line salespeople. You already know exactly what you want so it's just a matter of placing an order, in which case you don't need to deal with the normal salesperson hijinks. Better yet, try doing this with a dealer that shows they have the vehicle you want in stock (if possible).

If it were me I'd choose the latter and skip using the first unethical place. I've purchased my last several vehicles, including the MDX, this way - remotely via internet sales without a typical salesperson.
 

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@Meef, I'm not sure if you're willing to travel but I just bought my new MDX out of state in Georgia. They had a blue A-Spec on the lot and it's still available. It would be an easy flight and they'd pick you up at the airport.

(I had been waiting 2 months at a local dealership but I had to cancel my order due to the manufacturer no longer making certain color combos. They offered to let me change colors but I decided not to go that route since I found the one I wanted out of state)
 

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@Meef, I'm not sure if you're willing to travel but I just bought my new MDX out of state in Georgia. They had a blue A-Spec on the lot and it's still available. It would be an easy flight and they'd pick you up at the airport.

(I had been waiting 2 months at a local dealership but I had to cancel my order due to the manufacturer no longer making certain color combos. They offered to let me change colors but I decided not to go that route since I found the one I wanted out of state)
Do you know if they had any advances in stock?
 
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