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#11767 of 12160 XLE+carpet mats and door sills
Apr 14, 2012 (3:42 am)
Trade=$2,600 (2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport w/167,000)
Down=$5,501 (not required)
Plus $50 test drive Visa card
My goal going in was a trade difference of $29,000 before tax so I am satisfied with this deal. Plus, using Toyota's money free for three years, what's not to like? Also, this vehicle was not on the lot but in their build queue for 4/19. I am taking the wife to Princeton to watch Siennas being built on 4/17--a pretty cool way to commemorate the purchase.
#11768 of 12160 Re: XLE+carpet mats and door sills [indydriver]
Apr 14, 2012 (3:58 am)
Very good deal. In what city/state you purchased this van?
I am looking to buy 2012 Sienna LE V6 with floor mats only. What is the best price in April? Any one know?
#11769 of 12160 Re: XLE+carpet mats and door sills [desna78]
Apr 14, 2012 (7:18 am)
I sent a shotgun email to five dealers from the Toyota website telling them exactly what I wanted, when I intended to buy and that the successful bidder would be below invoice. Three wanted to play. I ranked them in reverse priority of most likely to deal, then visited the worst one on the list. This way, I know that I always have a (potentially) better deal in reserve which makes it easy to walk. Unfortunately for my most likely (and third in line), #2 didn't let me get away.
Since I had a trade in that wasn't worth a whole lot, the value assigned to it became the decision maker. My three finalist were within $200 of each other on the new van and started at the exact same number on the trade--$2000. I went equipped with Edmonds trade in values which showed the lowest number in fair condition to be $2617. When the dealer asked my favorite question, "What will it take to get your business today?", I was ready with an answer of $29,000 difference which would require a trade at $2800. They offered the $2600 shown by Edmonds and I thought that was pretty good movement on their part so I shook their hand.
#11770 of 12160 Re: Sienna XLE with Nav and Ent system [mtv_bmw]
Apr 14, 2012 (9:06 pm)
Which nav system did you get? I feel tricked, as their brochure only speaks to one nav system . . which is about $3000. The new system is only $1500, called ENTUNE. We can't get ours to work and have called the dealer to tell them to take the van back. It's been a horrible experience with SUPERIOR TOYOTA in Merriam, KS! Wouldn't recommend them to anyone.
the van however, is lovely . . but I can't figure out what is worth $1500 with this Entune nav system? It runs off your smartphone, uses your data plan of the smart phone . .
Any thoughts on this folks? Thanks.
#11771 of 12160 Re: XLE+carpet mats and door sills [indydriver]
Apr 15, 2012 (9:45 pm)
Could you please let us know the dealer and his location from whom you got the vehicle?
#11772 of 12160 Re: XLE+carpet mats and door sills [buytoyota]
Apr 16, 2012 (5:59 am)
I'll let you know after I have the vehicle. It is being built on 4/19 and I should have it the following week. But, my deal was pretty straightforward and I believe can easily be replicated by anyone in a competitive Toyota market using the tactics I outlined previously. The dealer made money on me, and that's OK, that's why he's there. I just wanted to make sure I got as good a deal as possible in my market.
#11773 of 12160 Re: XLE+carpet mats and door sills [indydriver]
Apr 16, 2012 (9:38 am)
Does you model include the DVD and Rear Entertainment System too?
#11774 of 12160 Re: XLE+carpet mats and door sills [buytoyota]
Apr 16, 2012 (10:21 am)
Obviously not-see the MSRP information listed in a previous post. It really doesn't matter what options are involved. Do your home work on what you want. Identify the difference between MSRP and invoice, be realistic about what your trade is worth and know what your financing capability is before you start shopping. Present yourself as a serious buyer ready to pull the trigger when a dealer has your stock and gets to your number. Take your time. You cannot help but get a good deal using my formula.
Your questions reveal that you haven't done your homework yet.
#11775 of 12160 Re: XLE with flr mats + all st tint + crossbars [pattysue1]
Apr 16, 2012 (10:30 am)
Please if you do not mind, could you please let me know the dealer that you got this from?
#11776 of 12160 Similar deal on an SE
Apr 16, 2012 (6:44 pm)
I had a very similar experience in the Chicago area. I was looking for an SE Sienna and emailed 4 dealers. Only one gave me a quote that I thought was fair along with a detailed spec sheet of the actual vehicle. The other dealers wanted me to come in and they agreed to beat my best deal by $250.
I went to the dealership with the fair quote. After looking at other Siennas my wife decided she really like the SE with the Nav. The Nav and rear camera are nice. The Entune is not very good in my opinion, but you can make a phone call simply by talking to the car. Say, "Call Home" and it will.
Anyway we agreed on a deal that matched my original one which was $3000 below msrp. The car listed at $36,900 and we agreed at $33,200. This was $1300 less than Edmunds Trueprice so I felt it was a good deal. We could have gotten an LE $31,000. My wife and kids love the van, and I admit it is nicer than I expected a minivan to be.