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Honda to Dealers: Clear Out 2012 Civics

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Get ready for aggressive deals on 2012 Honda Civics. Honda has told dealers to clear out their current stock of 2012 Civics in advance of the debut of the hastily refreshed 2013 models, according to a report from Autoblog.

Although the Civic has long been the media darling of the compact segment, the current edition has been roundly panned for compromises in everything from interior quality to ride and handling. Consumer Reports, historically a big fan of the Civic, has been particularly scathing in their reviews. They took it off their “Recommended” list, and even called it one of their “Cars to Avoid” for 2012. Honda has responded to these criticisms by launching a comprehensive mid-cycle refresh much sooner than is typical.

Autoblog received an anonymous tip that included a letter to dealers from David Hendley, Assistant Vice President of Honda National Sales. In the letter he mentions "dramatic improvements to the exterior styling that moves Civic into a more premium sporty direction," and regarding the interior, "upgrades and improvements to bring more sophistication and quality to its appearance."

The new Civic goes on sale November 29, and dealers were warned  "The changes made to the 2013 model will make the outgoing 2012 Civic a difficult model [to] sell when they are side to side." Depending on how well dealers heed this advice, this could mean excellent deals on leftover 2012 models. With barely more than a month to go before the 2013 Civics arrive, dealers with excess inventory will be looking to make deals.

TrueCar pricing on the Civic (on AutoBuying101.com, use the Market Pricing tab) shows the average transaction price to be right around invoice price. And that’s the average, so with some shrewd bargaining you should be able to get below that easily.

Oddly enough, despite the poor reviews, the Civic has been selling very well. So look at this as a prime opportunity to get a popular car at a bargain price.