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Which accessories make sense?

I'm giving thought to the EX, 2nd trim level.

As to accessories, I thought maybe all-season mats and splash guards (those are the areas where our old Honda is rusting). Does that sound about right?

Do the mats come as a set of four?

Does the car come with *two* key fobs — whoops, remote transmitters?

What other accessories make sense?

Please post what you got or sought, so we can compare notes on what to get!
 

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I got the all weather floor mats. They come in a set of four and appear to be decent quality. I also got the protective film on the rear bumper (my wife tends to set/drag/drop things on it and really did a job on our last car.) I wish I had gone with the metal one instead. I think it would be sharp on the Touring trim since it already has a little extra chrome on it. I got those accessories thrown in at the end of negotiations in order to seal the deal.
I’ll most likely try to pick up a trunk tray at some point. Once competitors start making them the price should come down a little.
 

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I'm giving thought to the EX, 2nd trim level.

As to accessories, I thought maybe all-season mats and splash guards (those are the areas where our old Honda is rusting). Does that sound about right?

Do the mats come as a set of four?

Does the car come with *two* key fobs — whoops, remote transmitters?

What other accessories make sense?

Please post what you got or sought, so we can compare notes on what to get!

Bond, I got five accessories along with my EX: 1) trunk tray, 2) all season floor mats 3) the metal rear bumper protector 4) splashguards 5) door edge guards. Car comes with two remote keys. The metal rear bumper protector looks great and feels solid. The trunk tray and all season floor mats feel like solid investments in the carpeting of the car. The door edge guards look inconspicuous and I hope I never have to worry about "using" them as protection (lest I get careless and swing my car door at another). The splashguards are relatively inconspicuous compared to what I had on my Subaru Impreza.
 

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The metal rear bumper protector looks great The door edge guards look inconspicuous and I hope I never have to worry about "using" them as protection (lest I get careless and swing my car door at another).
Hey got any pics of the door edge guards or the metal trim to compare to the accessory store?
 

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Goody, Hoboken, much thanks!

Those are immensely helpful observations!

As to another accessory... I ended up side moldings on my old Accord, but I'm unsure they really offered much protection... so, I’m thinking of foregoing them on the Insight. Plus, the photos I’ve seen make them look like an arts and-crafts glued on project! 😎. They may look better in real life, though.
 

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Getting closer to buying the car.

Which accessories would you say are "must-haves"? Or, with a more relaxed standard, smart-to-get items?

And, which of those are best bought at the time of purchase, i.e., from the Honda dealer itself?

Spending an extra $50 or $100 strikes me as no biggie on a $23-25,000 car purchase, so I'd be tempted to go new from dealer on the items.

I figure there are probably 3-4 things that most people would consider essential or that you bought with your new Insight!

As to that, does anyone know Honda is selling a spare tire and jack for it, yet?
 

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You can save boku bucks on a spare tire kit by visiting a junkyard. Anything from a 2016-2018 Civic sedan will fit. The jack, tool kit and foam holder fit the Insight trunk perfectly. I was about to source the whole thing for $110 with all items looking brand-new.

As far as accessories go, I have splash guards (paint protection), High-wall rubber floor mats (stock mats will not last) and a trunk tray.

I bought the splash guards from College Hills Honda online and installed them myself. It took about a half hour and cost less than if the dealer installed them.

I also got my mats and trunk tray from College Hills. Bide your time and each will eventually go on sale there.

Honda's rubber floor mats are nice, but I just came across a set of mats from Husky that look better. I am second-guessing getting the Honda mats.

Hope the above helps!

Don
 

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I agree that the Honda all weather mats are not as good as the Huskys. I feel OK about them because I got. The dealer to throw the, in at the end of the deal. What I did is once I got to a price I was looking for I just told him we had a deal if he could include the mats and bumper protection. He didn’t even blink at that.
 

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I’ll tell you that I did have my dealer (Crest Honda in Nashville, TN) install the welcome lights under the car. Don’t know if they were worth the $500 after the fact, but I will tell you that after looking at the installation pdf for them I said to **** with it I’m not tearing all of THAT apart. The labor was as much if not more than the cost of the part, but is worth mentioning that there’s at least 2-3 hours of labor involved.

They turn on and dim off with the interior lights and do really set it apart in the parking lot at night.

I can take some pics tonight if anyone wants to see them.
 

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I’ll tell you that I did have my dealer (Crest Honda in Nashville, TN) install the welcome lights under the car. Don’t know if they were worth the $500 after the fact, but I will tell you that after looking at the installation pdf for them I said to **** with it I’m not tearing all of THAT apart. The labor was as much if not more than the cost of the part, but is worth mentioning that there’s at least 2-3 hours of labor involved.

They turn on and dim off with the interior lights and do really set it apart in the parking lot at night.

I can take some pics tonight if anyone wants to see them.
Attached are those photos of the Welcome Lights
 

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Dealer installed accessories are usually a rip off. Tint is probably fine, if you want to roll the cost of tint into your loan but I'd still compare prices. Paint protection, nitrogen filled tires, rust proofing, fabric protection? That stuff is a rip off. I'd also be wary of dealer offered warranties. My dealership tried to sell me a $3000 third party warranty and told me Hondacare is junk. Everything I read says otherwise, and Hondacare for the same term was $1000.
 

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Hasarad, is the spare tire kit one of those compact spares? Or, can one fit a full-size spare in the Insight well?

Derek, great photos! Those welcome lights are spiffy! (Advanced, technical term!...

Do they come on when you approach the vehicle or are they always on?

We don't do much night time parking, but if we did, those would be a pretty cool addition!
 

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Hasarad, is the spare tire kit one of those compact spares? Or, can one fit a full-size spare in the Insight well?

Derek, great photos! Those welcome lights are spiffy! (Advanced, technical term!...

Do they come on when you approach the vehicle or are they always on?

We don't do much night time parking, but if we did, those would be a pretty cool addition!
It's a compact spare, jack and toolkit along with the foam tool-holder from a 2016-2018 Civic. Let me know if you want a photo of it in the Insight. It fits perfectly. Not sure if a full size spare would fit with the toolkit. The well looks big enough for a full-size tire, but I doubt the tools would fit with it.
 

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I bought the door shields and trunk mat, and I gotta say, I love both. I'm the kind of person who puts a premium on protective surfaces, though. I'm posting here partly to remind myself to take photos to share with you all. Right now I'll just post Honda's stock photos. I installed both myself.

I'm interested in the illuminated door sill trim as well. I'll probably have that done when I need my first oil change. The instructions look pretty fearsome. The dealer quoted me ~$400 with labor included.

I had the metallic rear bumper protector, but it was really ugly on my lunar silver, so I returned it before installing it. Note that the stripe looks black in Honda's stock photos, but it is really just another shade of silver. Hoping some good aftermarket option shows up eventually. I like this one, but there's no Insight-specific model. https://www.amazon.com/Auto-Accessories-Dealer-2016-2018-Applique/dp/B073HYNQCS/ref=sr_1_4?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1540337895&sr=1-4&keywords=honda+civic+bumper+protector
 

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Thanks for the extra info on your accessories — and the links.

I'm definitely interested in the splash guards and the all-season mats.

Happy to get more comments on accessories from you all and anyone else!
 

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I bought the door shields and trunk mat, and I gotta say, I love both. I'm the kind of person who puts a premium on protective surfaces, though. I'm posting here partly to remind myself to take photos to share with you all. Right now I'll just post Honda's stock photos. I installed both myself.

I'm interested in the illuminated door sill trim as well. I'll probably have that done when I need my first oil change. The instructions look pretty fearsome. The dealer quoted me ~$400 with labor included.

I had the metallic rear bumper protector, but it was really ugly on my lunar silver, so I returned it before installing it. Note that the stripe looks black in Honda's stock photos, but it is really just another shade of silver. Hoping some good aftermarket option shows up eventually. I like this one, but there's no Insight-specific model. https://www.amazon.com/Auto-Accessories-Dealer-2016-2018-Applique/dp/B073HYNQCS/ref=sr_1_4?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1540337895&sr=1-4&keywords=honda+civic+bumper+protector
How are the lower interior door covers attached? I'm a little leery if it's just adhesive. I'd think heat would eventually cause them to slip.
 

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Well I just placed an $1100 order for accessories for my red insight touring. Once I get the stuff I'll take a bunch of before pictures of the car and have it all installed and take some after pictures. I guess I'll be everyone's guinue pig. I got all the interior lighting stuff except the armrest (if anyone gets this installed please send before and after pics) the mats and trunk tray, the puddle light (I see we have some good pics of them on this thread) , the rear bumper protector, the splash guards, and the spoiler. I'll keep you guys in the loop and let you see what it looks like. I'm hoping other people will send before after pics of some of the other stuff like the bumper accents , side accents etc. Cheers all.
 

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Well I just placed an $1100 order for accessories for my red insight touring. Once I get the stuff I'll take a bunch of before pictures of the car and have it all installed and take some after pictures. I guess I'll be everyone's guinue pig. I got all the interior lighting stuff except the armrest (if anyone gets this installed please send before and after pics) the mats and trunk tray, the puddle light (I see we have some good pics of them on this thread) , the rear bumper protector, the splash guards, and the spoiler. I'll keep you guys in the loop and let you see what it looks like. I'm hoping other people will send before after pics of some of the other stuff like the bumper accents , side accents etc. Cheers all.
The trunk tray, splash guards and all-season mats are a must-have! I'd be interested in the lighting, but I'm not really crazy about needing to take half the car apart to install it.
 
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