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#175 of 1489 Resale value
Aug 01, 2000 (10:27 pm)
Question for the thread: Let's say we take delivery on a 2001 model. This will be limited to 2 options: (1) floor mats and (2) a 1 disc CD player (I confirmed this today with the western region).
However, 2002 models should have things like cruise control, side air bags, a 6 disc CD changer, etc.
So, if one wanted to sell a 2001 car (with, say, 5,000 miles on it) and then purchase a 2002 model, what do you think one could get by way of a resale price on the 2001 model? What I mean to say is, do you think there will be typical depreciation, or do you think that, given the limited production and high demand, perhaps we can get back what we put into it (or more)?
Incidentally, Toyota will sell 450,000 Camrys this year, but just 7,000 Prius.
#176 of 1489 western regional office
Aug 01, 2000 (10:32 pm)
Re: post #185-
This is the first I've read of someone getting info on their "place in line"- what order number they are.
Is this info coming thru your dealer, or do you have a phone number/email for that office? I'd like that kind of info myself!
#177 of 1489 Corrections
Aug 02, 2000 (5:19 am)
Northern Cal Regional office here.
There are a few misperceptions in some earlier posts that I would like to correct so that everyone interested in Prius will be satisfied with their purchase decision.
Daytime Running lights are not standard on Prius for now. Go take a test drive and look at the front of the car if you don't believe me.
Production of Prius scheduled for the US is currently 1000 per month, minus 100
per month reserved for fleet accounts. Total for 2000 Calendar year is over 7500. Total for 2001 calendar year is approx. 12,000. However, as Cliffy has pointed out, Toyota
may modify the production schedule, or the amount allocated to the US, depending on demand.
Contrary to the above statement, Toyota will only accept orders for 3 months of production (3000 units) before telling customers that the order bank is full.
Currently there are close to 2800 orders so far in the US.
It is true that the only options currently available are single-CD and floormats.
While the timing of additional options has not been determined, it does not depend on model year. Of the 8 Priuses we have here at the regional office, a couple do have cruise control and navigation.
Prius will be advertised on TV in the near future. (Our dealers have already seen the spots)
The regional office is responsible for contacting customers when their Prius arrives at the port to confirm delivery. Other than that contact, customers should get info from their dealers. The dealers can contact the regional office to determine which month of production a particular order is coming from.
Please be patient. Both the product and order process are new and we are working as quickly as we can to get your vehicles to you.
Thanks for everyone's interest in Prius!
#178 of 1489 shaddad . . . thanks
Aug 02, 2000 (12:35 pm)
for the corrections. I sent your post on to the Denver regional office and have asked them to comment (as they had given me somewhat different information yesterday). I'll report anything I hear back.
As for the TV advts, I agree they will be coming soon (as I previously posted). Here is one such advt: http://www.ecomtracker.com/downloads/download.asp?cid=183&mid=26004
#179 of 1489 2800 orders already
Aug 02, 2000 (1:14 pm)
After just one month on the market, there are already 2800 orders backed up. If like what's been stated here, Toyota is only taking orders up to 3 months of production, and production is 1000 a month, doesn't that mean they will stop taking order very soon?
Aug 02, 2000 (2:45 pm)
Aug 02, 2000 (2:48 pm)
If you're ever in the CATD region, look me up. Its good to have a factory voice here. If you know of anybody in the service department, you may want to have them take a look at what is happening in the Sienna topic. A civil disturbance is about to take place over torque converters.
Aug 02, 2000 (7:34 pm)
Of the eight Prius in your regional office, please look at the stickers on the two which have cruise control and navigation and tell us what the ordering codes and MSRPs are for those two options.
#183 of 1489 $150 certificate
Aug 03, 2000 (3:47 am)
Edmunds is selling $150 certificates good towards the purchase of any new Toyota. The certificate costs $50, so the net savings is $100.
I ordered a certificate and it came by regular mail within 1 week. It is clearly a bearer certificate (meaning anyone can use it).
Bottom line: It's a free $100.
#184 of 1489 $150 certificate
Aug 03, 2000 (12:42 pm)
I just posted terms of the $150 certificate on Yahoo. Here is the post:Edmunds is selling $150 certificates good towards
the purchase of any new Toyota. The certificate
costs $50, so the net savings is $100.
I ordered a certificate and it came by regular
mail within 1 week. It is clearly a bearer
certificate (meaning anyone can use it).
Bottom line: It's a free $100.