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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#4404 of 5207 2010 Highlander Limited in So.Cal
Apr 06, 2010 (7:52 am)
We took advantage of the 0% offer for 60 months, which Highlanders almost never offer on their vehicles. We conducted our search late so it was extremely difficult finding the vehicle that we wanted. We defintitely wanted Blizzard Pearl, sand beige with EVP#8. The dealership we worked with (North Bakersfield Toyota) could not locate this vehicle, they were all sold or did not have VIN numbers attached to them so he could not sell it.
Instead, he found us a Blizzard Pearl, with Grey Interior and EVP #8. I don't feel like I got the best deal for this, but considering he had to do a trade and ordered it in freight (we should be receiving it within 2 weeks) we will be driving it off the lot with less than 15 miles on it easily. I figured the price was fair. We literally signed the purchase documents on April 5th which was the last day to take advantage of the offer. This is what I got and paid for this vehicle:
2010 Highlander Limited 2x4 (NEW)
FE PC QI RF TO CT
EVP#8 (Navigation, Bluetooth, JBL, Multi-Staged Heated Seating, Moonroof)
Price I paid: $36,335.00 (so just $2k off the MSRP).
Not the greatest deal, but I had contacted other dealerships in S.Cal and they wanted closer to MSRP for this vehicle, and could probably sell it at a higher price because of the demand. Overall, I'm extremely happy with the purchase though I have not seen the vehicle yet.
The dealership offered a Platinum package coverage which would extend my new vehicle to 7 years/100k miles, but it adds $2k extra to my payments. Has anyone purchased this particular coverage and gotten a better deal with their Highlander Limited with Nav? We'll probably buy it cause if the Navigation fails, it is a very pricey item for them to fix without the insurance.
#4405 of 5207 Re: 2010 Highlander Limited in So.Cal [shopper55]
Apr 06, 2010 (9:39 am)
I got the blizzard pearl with Ash interior and actually think it flows better. The black dashboard ruins the beige interior look to me at least. Wait on the warranty, i was in the same boat but you can get a better deal on purchasing the warranties from other dealers. I have the same ride as you but in the hybrid version, enjoy!
#4406 of 5207 Re: 2010 Highlander Limited in So.Cal [synch22]
Apr 06, 2010 (10:12 am)
Thank you! We really wanted the Hybrid intially, but they weren't offering 0% on them. Figured the Limited Highlander would be perfect. Did you end up buying a warranty from another dealer? And if so, which dealers offer it and at what cost? If you know that is...
#4407 of 5207 Re: 2010 Highlander SE 4WD [duvalu]
Apr 06, 2010 (1:52 pm)
duvalu, i am curious to know, if there was any glitches in your deal.
if the deal went through, you made a great buy. please advise.
#4408 of 5207 Re: 2010 Highlander Limited in So.Cal [shopper55]
Apr 06, 2010 (7:20 pm)
In Seattle we had the 0% on the hybrid so i was fortunate. They wanted $1700 for i think 8yr/100k i passed on it. Consensus seems to be ride it out for a while with the 3 yr 36k and then get the extended before that expires. There were some posts in this thread and other deal sites on the net about dealers in the midwest selling cheap platinum toyota warranties that were legit. Good luck.
#4409 of 5207 2010 Highlander SE AWD Black/Black
Apr 06, 2010 (8:42 pm)
2010 Highlander SE AWD Black on Black leather
Purchase price $32,000 + $500 gap insurance = $32,500 OTD
Fletcher Toyota, Joplin Missouri - Internet Manager Dan Clark
I did my homework and I think I got a pretty sweet deal! The best advise I can give anyone is to deal with the internet sales dept. Theres a great article on Edmunds Buying Tips, "Internet vs. Traditional Car Buying".
First I called the internet department Midwest Toyota in Hutchinson Kansas asking them to email me some info on the car. I recieved specs on the car and the email read.. "I am going to just be right up front with you, this is the only way we do business! I own this Highlander for $32,192, I would sell it to you for $32,692. That is an even $500 over!", additional $795 for gap insurance. I never responded back. I hope an employee can get a better deal, and I bet he doesn't even have the exact car!! Horrible sales pitch.
Then, I called Dan at Fletcher Toyota, he emailed me the specs along with an offer. $32,642 plus $695 gap ins, $33,337 OTD.
Last, I called to Molle Toyota in Kansas City MO, and the salesman said $32,000, $500 for gap ins. Great price, but main issue was Kansas City is 5 hours from Oklahoma City.
I called Dan back and he was able to match the offer. Fortunately, Joplin MO is ony 3.5 hours from OkC.
It wasn't as simple as it seems. There was alot of phone calls and emails throughout the week, but these are the main points.
Initially, I contacted the dealers on Sat March 20th and we purchased the car a week later Sat Mar 27th at 0%. I got some great advise from contacts at local dealerships. One sales manager said if I could get the car for under $33k he'd be surprised, since Black/Black leather AWD is rare, and when they're avail, ppl most likely buy at sticker price. Also, most dealers weren't negotiating because there was no money to be made with the 0% offer.
#4410 of 5207 Re: 2010 Highlander Limited in So.Cal [synch22]
Apr 07, 2010 (11:01 am)
im in norcal but do you guys know if i can go to socal and take advantage of the 0% for 36 months in socal? in norcal there's no 0% available anymore...
#4411 of 5207 Re: 2010 Highlander SE 4WD [nace]
Apr 07, 2010 (5:52 pm)
The deal did not work, after I showed up to, the dealer said that they did not have any more SE in stock.
#4412 of 5207 Re: 2010 Highlander Limited in So.Cal [synch22]
Apr 08, 2010 (6:35 am)
Thank you. I checked another forum (the one about purchasing extended warranties) and luckily I did. I was able to contact the superstore in Kansas and they are selling the same exact warranty as my dealership is trying to sell me at a much much lower price. They quoted me $810, vs. my dealer who swore he was giving me the "employee" discount and it amounted to a little over $2,000 once it was added to my monthly payments. Ridiculous. Never buy from the dealer that is trying to sell you the vehicle it seems like another way they fix in a huge profit margin for their pockets. BTW, you are lucky you had 0% on Hybrids!! Wish we had it in CA. Enjoy your car!
Apr 08, 2010 (6:59 am)
I've had my black on black Highlander SE for just over a week now and I love it. I've been getting 22.5mpg according to the dashboard reading but I mainly drive on the highway so the number is a little skewed.
After reading the posts the past few weeks, I am ecstatic that I grabbed the SE for about $5,500 off the sticker. Probably got such a good deal because they will retail my trade on their lot (I got full blue book but they will sell as a certified preowned so it was a win/win for both sides).
Hope the number of cars in Cali picks up so you guys can get yours soon!