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Toyota Sienna, Car Buying, Van
#9174 of 12253 Re: How to contact dealers - part 2 [andrew007]
Jun 12, 2009 (5:17 am)
I mass emailed Toyota dealers in 2000 when I bought my last Sienna and received some very negative responses because of it. Not too concerned about hurting some dealers feelings, the bad was I may have received less price quotes than had I emailed separately. My suggestion would be to use the blind copy function of your email program (ie; bcc) and post all your dealer list at the same time under that heading. Good luck.
Jun 12, 2009 (5:39 am)
Just go the dealer's websites (yes one at a time- you should only need to go to a handful of dealers)
They usually have an 'email us' or 'contact us' link.
I bought my '07 Sienna this way- I emailed 3 dealers about specific cars that they had in stock.
I ended up buying from the dealer with the best price especially considering the experience I had both via email and at the dealership. The price they gave me was the price (not to mention a great deal well into their holdback), and the actual buying experience was very easy and friendly-surprisingly so considering that this was our first car purchase in a decade.
The Sienna arrived from the railhead on Friday, I bought it on Saturday- when dealing with them I knew it was in transit.
Now I'm looking at Highlanders to replace my other car and I'll likely be back, but I'll still be shopping price first. I really dislike dealing with a lot of dealers and their tactics.
I'm in suburban Boston and there are a number of dealers within an hour of me. On my Highlander, I'm not getting into a transfer, just dealing with stock. Theyre common enough to easliy find the color and package I want.
#9176 of 12253 Re: How to contact dealers - part 2 [andrew007]
Jun 12, 2009 (10:19 am)
OK I figured out how to do this on Edmund, but it seems like I can only e-mail to those dealers that offer "free quote". In my area (CA) there were only 3. So I went on to Toyota website (I'm looking for Sienna), and I was able to pull 49 dealers within 50 miles from my zip.
Now how do you guys e-mail them? one by one to each dealer? that would take me more than a hour. Is here a way I can contact all of them in one e-mail?
If you are okay with entering the email addresses one at a time, you could put them the "bcc:" field, instead of the "to:" in your email application/progam, and the dealers won't see all the contacts.
#9177 of 12253 Advises on Chicago area dealers
Jun 12, 2009 (10:42 am)
I am interested in buying a sienna XLE with option 3 or 2, has anybody bought it in some dealers close to Chicago? Any dealer recommended.
I am now a Honda guy, for Honda most people go to Elmhurt Honda because they can give you the lowest price. Since I am so new to Toyota, not sure if there is such one dealer so I don't need to hassle with other dealers.
I am OK with 2009 or 2010, whichever is cheaper.
#9178 of 12253 Re: How to contact dealers - part 2 [jimbob1]
Jun 12, 2009 (11:40 am)
That's exactly what I was looking for here at Edmunds. Where are the e-mail addresses of the dealers? But they only show the list of physical address. And the worst part is out of 50 dealers I could only e-mail to 3 of them because only those 3 had "Free Quote" options and gave me the check box to include them in my e-mail.
That's when I decided to go to Toyota.com but over there I also had to contact each dealer at a time, fill out a form for each dealer. To save time I just copy and past the body of my e-mail so that I don't have to type the same thing over and over again. But still, filling out the forms for 50 dealers is time consuming. I want to e-mail to all within 50 miles so that I could get the best quote.
I just thought there must be an easier way to do this? I mean, what's the purpose of Edmund? Why at the end I had to go to Toyota.com and do all the manual work? That's why I wanted to post this question here and learn from your experience.
#9179 of 12253 Re: How to contact dealers - part 2 [andrew007]
Jun 12, 2009 (1:51 pm)
I suggest doing it one by one. Yes it takes longer, but the response rate is better than if they think you are mass emailing. If you put them BCC they will recognize that you are doing a mass mailing as well.
I didn't do 49 dealers but I did more than a dozen when i bought my Sienna (where are you to have the dealers that densely packed around you??) I basically cut and pasted the text to each dealer specifying what I wanted.
After that, your next step is playing them against each other. June is a good time to buy: the end of the month is also the end of the quarter and they've already transitioned to the 2010MY. The last week of June they'll be begging you to come in a finish a deal- that is when you have the leverage.
#9180 of 12253 Looking for buying a sienna in so cal
Jun 15, 2009 (11:05 am)
I am looking for buying a sienna LE 7-passenger with value package #1 in so cal? What's the reasonable lowest price I can get now? Should I wait till July?
Thank you for your input.
#9181 of 12253 FWD LE 7 pass with Pkg 2 in NYC
Jun 15, 2009 (11:39 am)
What prices are people paying for a LE7 FWD in the NYC area. Either 2009 or 2010. Thanks.
#9182 of 12253 2009 Sienna XLE AWD Limited $38000 OTD (including trade in) good deal?
Jun 15, 2009 (1:06 pm)
The MSRP on this Sienna is $43,126. It is loaded with the following:
PREFERRED PREMIUM ACCESSORY PKG -inc: cargo net, carpet floor mats & door sill protector, first aid kit (PPO)
TOWING PREP PKG -inc: tow prep wire harness, receiver pkg
REAR SPOILER (PPO)
RUNNING BOARDS (PPO)
XLE LIMITED PKG 2 -inc: JBL AM/FM stereo w/4-disc CD changer, (10) speakers, Bluetooth, DVD rear entertainment system w/9" screen, navigation system, (2) 115V auxiliary pwr outlets
XM SATELLITE RADIO (PPO)
CRUISE CONTROL W/HID HEADLAMPS -inc: laser cruise control, high-intensity discharge headlamps
XLE LIMITED BASE MODEL COMBO *Contents in STD equipment*
DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS
I'm trading in a 2000 Chrysler town & country with 121,000 miles on it for $2000. This is in the cleveland area. The dealer initially gave me $38,600, but just today went down to $38,000 (including tax, title, etc). Do you think there is more room for negotiations? What is a good price as on the edmunds invoice, there was no place to add the extra accessories this car has (i.e. spoiler, running boards, etc)
#9183 of 12253 Re: Looking for buying a sienna in so cal [glomo]
Jun 15, 2009 (6:16 pm)
The end of June is the end of the quarter so Toyota and the dealerships are modivated to get sales completed before the end of the month. Some dealers who were falling over themselves to sell you a van in June won't return your phone calls in July.