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Toyota Sienna, Car Buying, Van
#2537 of 12254 I got one!! Here's my story
Nov 12, 2003 (11:05 am)
Well, I now have a Phantom Gray LE, package 4, with gold package and running boards added! I don't have the exact figures in front of me, but I basically got about 2k off the MSRP, and unloaded my 1998 Subaru Outback in the deal. We have two dealerships in my area and I played them both against each other - well, they play dirty so why shouldn't I?? The first place was unwilling to budge from the MSRP. They acted like they didn't even care whether or not I bought the van - and told me it would be a long wait for the one I wanted. I was searching for a Phantom Gray LE with package #7 which is very hard to find. So, the other dealership happened to have a P.Gray roll off the truck that very day, not package #7 but #4 with the other stuff I mentioned. I was adamant that they make me a great deal on my old car so I wouldn't have to go to the trouble of selling it privately. Also adamant that I would not pay sticker price. Well, they worked on me with lowering prices until I absolutely could not refuse the van sitting on their lot - but after I told them the price looked good, they came back at me saying they couldn't do that after all, my car's value was just too low, blah blah blah - I put my coat on and said "hasta la vista, guys" - and they scrambled pretty quickly to drop the price again. I was so disgusted with their sales trickery that I insisted they "throw in a little something" in order to make me happy - in other words, so I wouldn't bad-mouth their dealership. They threw in a $338 paint protection package, which did make me happy, although it's something I never would have paid for.
So, Sienna buyers, there ARE deals to be made out there, but you might have to run the gauntlet of shifty salespeople. My whole deal took four hours, I was there with my 7 year old son while my husband stayed home with my 2 year-old.
And, if anyone is in my area, the dealership is Lithia Toyota in Springfield, Oregon.
Nov 12, 2003 (11:12 am)
good job...didnt realize till the end of your story that you were a female...You sure did better than most of the guys on this board....including me. god luck with the van.
#2539 of 12254 looking for LE with pkg #7 in Sothern New England
Nov 12, 2003 (5:56 pm)
I am trying to find an LE with pkg #7 in Sothern New England in the phantom gray, I found one in MA but the best I could do is $27,000 and thats trading in my 94 Nissna Quest GXLE granted my trade isnt worth much but it is worht at least $2,000 and that puts the price at $29,000 with is over MSRP.
#2540 of 12254 Southeast US invoice
Nov 12, 2003 (7:19 pm)
I am near Atlanta. We are looking for an LE with #4. I have established email contact with several dealerships explaining the way we purchase vehicles which is to find the invoice price on Edmunds add a few hundred to it, pay destination and a small proc/handling fee and tax. I have received a quote from one dealer who said that Edmunds invoice price is not correct for the southeast region. He quoted me an invoice price for an LE #4 with floor mats of $24,572.06. Edmunds invoice price for the identical vehicle is $23,828. I have also checked the invoice price at autoinvoices.com. They are about $60 above Edmunds (the difference is in the invoice price of the floor mats only). They specifically state that the invoice is for the southeast region and list GA as one of the 5 states for which the invoice is valid. Anyone know if Edmunds or the other web site's invoice price are valid in GA. Is the salesman just trying to slip an association or advertising fee in somewhere? Also, he gave me an MSRP of $26,684.06 for the van. Any suggestions?
Nov 12, 2003 (7:33 pm)
Go to Tennessee
Seriously, Georgia is in an area covered by a distributor (SET) who adds fees to the purchase price. Ditto for Gulf States, another distributor.
Tell 'em you don't care what their invoice says, you're ready to buy one for your price and if they don't want to deal, you'll go to the next dealer. And the next...
#2542 of 12254 tmdteach
Nov 13, 2003 (6:47 am)
I to am in Ga (savannah) - I bought my car from the Toyotacenter in columbia, SC - They carry no inventory on the Sienna, but will order exactly what you want color, packages etc. You can even get it without Toyoguard like I did. They will give you a fair price - and you pay no doc fees etc, all you will pay is price plus tax, tag and title. I can give you my sales persons name if you want. I think they will come off $1500 on a LE model. I got my 8 pass le for 2k off MSRP there. They are straightforward and play no games. my email is nyfn1yahoo.com
#2543 of 12254 LE pk. #7
Nov 13, 2003 (7:35 am)
ad11ad - I have a better luck in MA. I ordered the same car back in October. Give me your email (on your user profile) and I will tell your the details.
#2544 of 12254 Dealer in Long Island NY has 50 Siennas
Nov 13, 2003 (9:44 am)
As long as you are willing to pay MSRP plus $1200, you can have immediate delivery. No one else in the area has any with options, my order is in for XLE FWD with #14, for $800 under MSRP (best deal I could get in the area). 8-10 weeks delivery.
#2545 of 12254 lok888 -- send me an e-mail
Nov 13, 2003 (11:43 am)
lok888 -- I am interested in your experience in MA. I've been shopping around for a 2004 LE with package #1 (AM) + floormats (the most common "stripped down" LE that seems to be available in greater Boston) and the universal response seems to be "MSRP". I'll admit that most of my shopping thus far has been via e-mail and phone with internet sales managers, but before I start negotiating in earnest, I'd like to hear your story.
Please see the e-mail address in my profile -- I'd like to hear about your experience.
Nov 13, 2003 (1:44 pm)
Let me let you in on a secret: Women are far better car buyers than men are.