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#11792 of 12253 2012 Sienna XLE Cortland, OH
Apr 28, 2012 (4:51 pm)
I was trying to decide between Odyssey EX-L and Sienna XLE with identical options. I went to Honda dealer first and already had my mind set on Honda. But Toyota dealer made me change my mind and here's how i did it:
I used Amex & Costco buying programs and emailed few dealers for a quote from edmunds.com and cars.com to get my starting price point.
This is deal that was done in two days, 4/27 and 4/28.
Went to local dealer with my price sheet printed from Honda dealership. (i took a picture of it when they were not looking as they normally don't let you have it). Showed Toyota dealer my deal sheet from Honda so they know I'm a serious buyer, sheet showed MSRP and my negotiated deal which was $4300 lower from MSRP.
I got Sienna XLE price down to $32340 from $34340 MSRP. I was offered 0.9% APR for 60 Months OR if i paid full MSRP i would get 0% APR for 72 Months. Needless to say i wanted better deal AND 0% APR for 72 Months. So thats what i told my dealer and they said it wont happen so i left and told them if i don't hear from them by noon the next day that means i went and got Odyssey. Total time spent at dealership 2 hours.
9:04am. Sales guy calls and leaves VM asking me to please come in to test drive the car as he might be in hot water for not making me drive it. I ignore it.
9:44am. Sales Manager calls and leaves VM asking me to please come in and drive it as it will make me change my mind.
9:50am. I called back my sales guy at this point and told him that his manager called and i will go ahead and come in and drive it but i already had 12:30pm appointment at Honda to go in and close my deal so i have to be out of there by noon at the latest.
10:45am. I showed up at the dealership to test drive it. Its nice ride but i cant tell much of a difference from Honda and thats what i told my sales guy. It could be just me who cant tell the difference, i don't know.
11:00am. Manager tells me all the great things Toyota does and how its much better than Honda. I don't buy it.
11:15am. My sales guy actually been very nice this whole time today and yesterday, and happen to be professional comedian on the side who just had a show last night and another one tonight. So i chat with him about that for few minutes as i'm getting ready to leave.
11:30am. Sales manager walks in congratulating me on new Toyota and shaking my hand, i say "say's who?", and he goes i got you your deal price AND 0% APR for 72 months!
12:15pm. left dealership, all paperwork approved and signed. done deal.
MSRP: $34,340 (the only add-on it has is "Carpet Floor Mats/Door Still Protector"
Negotiated Sell Price: $31,931
Edmunds Rebate: $750
Total paid for car after rebate and before tax/doc fee: $31,181
I have to say that this is by far the best dealership i ever dealt with in my life. No hard pressure sales, they try very hard to make you happy and they listen to what you want and they just make it happen. I will highly recommend them to my friends and family and anyone on here who needs their contact info just ask.
#11793 of 12253 2012 Sienna LE V6, CA
Apr 29, 2012 (7:21 am)
I am looking for 2012 Toyota sienna LE v6. I email quite a few dealer within 1hr drive. The best price I got is about 28000 (OTD about 30500) with power sliding door and backup camera. Is it a good price? It seems it is still bit high compare to the price posted here. But I am wondering is because the area I live in. I am in San diego, California area.
Many people has mentioned about $750 edmund rebate, where or how can I get it? Thanks.
#11794 of 12253 Toyota or Honda
Apr 29, 2012 (12:51 pm)
We were going to buy a 2012 Honda EX-L w/o NAV or RES tomorrow until we started hearing about transmission issues with Honda? We have a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan that had to have a new transmission installed at 1000 miles so we are terrified about transmission problems! Is Toyota really better?
#11795 of 12253 Re: 2012 Sienna XLE Cortland, OH [slytek]
Apr 29, 2012 (2:11 pm)
Interesting numbers. I bought the exact same vehicle in Indy on 4/26. I negotiated a price of $31,718 then had a $500 coupon from Toyota for $31,218. If you count the $50 Visa card for test driving, then net-net the buy price was $31,168 before trade and all the other stuff.
Then I picked up the phone and bought the 8 yr/100,000 VSA from Doug at Danville (IL) Toyota.
I don't know about you, but I think this vehicle drives and rides beautifully. The assembly is also very good. Perfect paint, good body panel gaps, no rattles. Just smooth and quiet as one would expect. Great job Princeton!
#11796 of 12253 Re: Toyota or Honda [dubblyd]
Apr 29, 2012 (2:16 pm)
Try googling "Odyssey oil consumption". What you read about Honda's VCM V6 and Honda's stonewalling good customers will knock your socks off. You'll go running to your Toyota dealer.
#11797 of 12253 Re: 2012 Sienna XLE Cortland, OH [indydriver]
Apr 29, 2012 (6:58 pm)
you got my deal beat by $13! nice job!
I'm thinking about buying extended warranty but i don't know if I'll be keeping it after 3 years. i like something new around that time frame. do you know if extended warranty can be returned for refund if unused or can it be transferred to a new owner? what did your warranty run you?
#11798 of 12253 Re: 2012 Sienna LE V6, CA [santana9]
Apr 29, 2012 (7:20 pm)
The $750 Edmunds Rebate was a banner ad.
Really another great incentive to buy a Sienna.
#11799 of 12253 Great Buying Experience
Apr 29, 2012 (7:25 pm)
I just wanted to comment on the absolutely great buying experience I had with Hubert Vester Toyota in Wilson, NC.
My salesman and sales manager were absolutely wonderful in working over a couple of weeks with me to get my family in a new Sienna XLE. They treated me so much better than three other Toyota dealerships in my area (Durham, NC) and acted like they truly would do whatever it took to get my business. I felt appreciated and it goes without saying that I truly appreciated them as well.
Sooo if you are in the central or eastern part of North Carolina and are looking for a terrific Toyota buying experience give Hubert Vester a call!!
If anyone is interested in my contacts please PM me and I will connect you with some really outstanding people.
#11800 of 12253 Re: 2012 Sienna XLE Cortland, OH [slytek]
Apr 30, 2012 (2:41 am)
The extended VSA can be terminated early for any reason and is prorated based on which ever you've used most of--time or miles. I believe there is also a $25 processing fee. Of course, you can buy it any time before your 3/36,000 expires, so if you normally trade about then, there is no reason to buy it now.
My dealer's first offer for the 8/100,000 was $1800. I told him I was an Internet shopper and already had some very aggressive quotes and he came back with his best price of $1240. He asked what my quote was but I don't feel its fair to give away discounted numbers I've worked hard to uncover. The Internet dealer earned my business. Why hand it to the guy that wants me to pay 80% more?
I paid $1040.
#11801 of 12253 Re: Great Buying Experience [slidingdoor]
Apr 30, 2012 (2:46 am)
Good to hear. I had a similar experience. It is amazing to me how many shysters remain in the car business. I guess most folks just walk in and pay whatever they ask. I find the process of uncovering the best deal in my market to be a fun challenge.