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What do you guys think of dealer installed leather as an option on the sport? I definitely want leather and heated seats and would buy a sport in a heartbeat. Obviously it doesn't come that way, but I have a local dealer with a sport on the lot with Katzkin leather seats upgraded at the dealer. They've added $1,675 to MSRP of a Sport w/no other options. I got them to come down $2k off the # and then told them I didn't want white w/black leather. I'm sure I can get the same deal and have them upgrade another on the lot I'd like, but I'm reluctant to add aftermarket leather to a new car. Curious if i'd get even a penny for it if i ever sell it or trade it in.
 

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I have sat in 9th gen Accord wih the Katskins and really like them a lot . I almost got them but decided to try the stock black seats first and so far I dont feel that I need them .
 

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I also want a Sport trim with leather seats but I'm gonna see how I like the cloth before I get them installed.
 

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I would just buy the sport with no dealer installed accessories. If you're fine with the stock seats after a few months, you'll have saved yourself $1600. If you really want leather, you can always get it installed later for the same price. Or cheaper.
 

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I would just buy the sport with no dealer installed accessories. If you're fine with the stock seats after a few months, you'll have saved yourself $1600. If you really want leather, you can always get it installed later for the same price. Or cheaper.
And don't worry about how much you'll get back on them if you sell the vehicle. If you want them and can afford them, get them.
 

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If they're in good condition when you're ready to sell, you might get another $500. Dealer installed accessories sometimes can increase the resale value. Aftermarket accessories can make it harder for the dealer to sell the car.
 

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I would just buy the sport with no dealer installed accessories. If you're fine with the stock seats after a few months, you'll have saved yourself $1600. If you really want leather, you can always get it installed later for the same price. Or cheaper.
This. I was coming from my '04 TL w/ leather and heated seats....and so far the sport seats are fine with me. More comfortable actually
 

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If you want a sport and you want heated leather seats then have your dealer install them when you buy the car. In a couple of years you won't remember how much you paid for them because you will be enjoying the car.
 

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Thanks, no leather is not an option on this purchase. I entertain clients and frequently cart people around. It's a fine line, 5 series bimmer and they feel like you're robbing them. Corolla w/cloth seats and they think your products must be no good...
 

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What do you guys think of dealer installed leather as an option on the sport? I definitely want leather and heated seats and would buy a sport in a heartbeat.
So, you don't want to buy a Honda Accord Sport with heated leather seats because you carry clients who you don't want to think you are too successful? You sound like the wives, in the 1950s, of Republican candidates who would not wear their fur coats in public until after Election Day. A Honda Acord Sport with or without heated leather seats is still a mid size family car and not a luxury car.

Why did you ask everyone's opinion on dealer installed heated leather seats?
 

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So, you don't want to buy a Honda Accord Sport with heated leather seats because you carry clients who you don't want to think you are too successful? You sound like the wives, in the 1950s, of Republican candidates who would not wear their fur coats in public until after Election Day. A Honda Acord Sport with or without heated leather seats is still a mid size family car and not a luxury car.

Why did you ask everyone's opinion on dealer installed heated leather seats?
You got it backwards. I don't want cloth because IMO it gives a negative perception to both myself and my business. I would not buy the Accord w/o leather. An Accord w/leather does not scream success, nor whisper it. Roll into a customer parking lot in a 7 series bimmer and the buyers and execs will start to question your pricing. My question is really looking for input on getting the value out of the car later and gather opinion, objective opinion, if it fiscally makes cents (pun intended) to add after market leather opposed to stepping up trim level to get it.
 

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Dwight Schrute had cloth seats in his Firebird and he did just fine.
 

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You got it backwards. I don't want cloth because IMO it gives a negative perception to both myself and my business. I would not buy the Accord w/o leather. An Accord w/leather does not scream success, nor whisper it. Roll into a customer parking lot in a 7 series bimmer and the buyers and execs will start to question your pricing. My question is really looking for input on getting the value out of the car later and gather opinion, objective opinion, if it fiscally makes cents (pun intended) to add after market leather opposed to stepping up trim level to get it.
Oops! I read your post and my reply early this morning. I think that heated leather seats are great since I bought the EX-L coupe. As I said in my previous post go for the dealer installed heated leather seats. When it comes time to trade or sell your car you will get back some of your investment. The new owner will be willing to pay extra for the privilage of having the understated look and luxurious feel of leather and the warmth of the heat in the dead of winter. Go for it you only live once. :banana:
 

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My $.02 is to put the $1,600 toward an upgrade to an EX-L. Yeah, it's a $4,000 jump but you will recoup some of that on resale and you get some other upgrades as well. And, everything is factory installed and covered under the factory warranty.

Also, I'm OCPD so when I start seeing aftermarket stuff on a used car it starts making me question things. Why was the interior changed? Who did the install? Is this leather junk and will be no good in a few years? To me accessories in a used vehicle make its value lower. There are a few exceptions to that rule of course.

Just my .02

I completely understand the "image" issue you are talking about. My wife is in the same boat.

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Get Katzkin leather if you do. I would recommend it, see my white 2014 Sport with back and slate contrast stitching perforated combo on 9gen pics topic.
 

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One more thing 1200 -1500 is a ripoff work the deal down so your only paying 800-1000.
 

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I got black leather with red stitching installed by the dealer at their cost $999 (that is what they said); it looks and feels amazing, makes it look like a more upscale interior, see image Land vehicle Vehicle Car Mid-size car Mode of transport


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My previous car has leather and I freaking hate it. It burns my ass on a hot day!!! I'm glad the SPORT is cloth!! =)
 

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I don't know, I have always found that cloth interior developed unpleasant smell after a few years. Maybe because the cloth absorbs moisture, aroma, liquids, etc.? On the other hand, cars with leather always seemed to smell fine after a few years, in my experience.

What do you guys think?

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