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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#4498 of 5158 Used 2008 AWD Limited - 2 previous owners
Aug 09, 2010 (9:38 am)
Hi folks - I have come across a certified used '08 AWD Limited Highlander with premium sound, leather and moonroof (no navigation) with about 30,000 miles on it. I've never bought a used car, but it is a Certified Used vehicle being offered by a Toyota dealership in Maryland. It looks to be in good condition with one big caveat for me - it has had 2 prior owners within the last two years. While it checks out on carfax and is certified, it gives me some sense of hesitation. The listing price is nearly $32K and seems a bit pricey to me.
The questions for the community are this:
- Should I be automatically suspicious given it has had 2 previous owners?
- If I trade this car in or sell it in the future, will it hold significantly less residual value for me in the future as the 3rd owner vs. if I were only the 2nd owner?
- What's a reasonable price to pay? My thought is to low-ball at ~$28-$29K...is this crazy?
#4499 of 5158 Re: Used 2008 AWD Limited - 2 previous owners [eugene123]
Aug 09, 2010 (10:05 am)
Just as a comparison, I paid exactly $ 32,000 in late Dec 2009 for a brand new 2010 Limited just like that one except mine had the Blizzard Pearl color (extra $ 220 MSRP I believe) and it was not AWD. Mine was a FWD.
The term "certified used vehicle" would be worth $ .00 to me.
So would the carfax report. They list only what is reported to them. Doesn't mean there are not other items that were not reported.
How many owners it had should not have any bearing on its value as a used car in the future. Unless those multiple ownerships in such a short time were due to some type of defect.
"I" would be suspicious because it already has had 2 previous owners and would try to determine the exact reason(s) why each got rid of it. If you could some way get their names & contact them, I believe they might be truthful since they have already unloaded any problems they had.
Bottom line is "I" think you would be better off buying a new 2010 even if it means going down to the base model if price is a major factor to you.
That 2008 model is IMHO grossly overpriced!
#4500 of 5158 History of Incentives and 2011 Highlanders?
Aug 09, 2010 (7:00 pm)
Does anyone have a list or know where there is a list of past incentives by chance? I am looking at Highlander now and there is $750 cash back in my area. Im toying with waiting til the 2011, but think the current incentives are OK. It would be good to know what they have been for the year if anyone knows.
Also anyone know when the 2011s will be hitting the lots?
#4501 of 5158 Re: Used 2008 AWD Limited - 2 previous owners [eugene123]
Aug 09, 2010 (8:10 pm)
I would buy a new one instead. I also researched used highlander before settled on the new one. Nobody seem willing to sell a 1 to 3 year old highlander for reasonable price.
#4502 of 5158 Dealer Fee or Doc Prep Fee
Aug 20, 2010 (8:45 pm)
I am in the market for a 2010 HL Limited 2WD with EVP#8 Silver metallic. Here in Jacksonville, FL all dealers are charging $599 as doc fee. Is it a common practice elsewhere also.
I was given a quote at $34,500 plus doc fee $599. TTL is additional of course. Is that a good price or still negotiable. Also, why do dealers keep selling price and doc fee separate. From consumer perspective, what goes out from the pocket to the dealer matters. Tax and Title are Government components so there is no fuss about it.
I really appreciate your feedback and any good dealer in Jax, FL to negotiate with less torture. I need to close the deal by the end of August.
Thanks for your time!
#4503 of 5158 Re: Dealer Fee or Doc Prep Fee [ichl]
Aug 20, 2010 (9:05 pm)
Doc fees are required to be a separate line item on your sales contracts in all states, but some states set a maximum amount that can be charged and others do not. Florida (your state) does not cap them. They are negotiable, even when dealers say they're not.
Example - In my state (Illinois) there is a cap of $150 for doc fees. They're negotiable up to that amount. Too many buyers think that the cap means that's what they have to pay. Wrong! That's just the most they can be charged...
#4504 of 5158 2010 Highlander Limited V6 AWD
Aug 22, 2010 (5:56 am)
Just bought it yesterday. MSRP $39038. It basically has everything but Navigation, such as Extra VP #7, Towing Prep, etc. OTD $34900 including $1500 rebate. I'm in GA.
Happy car shopping
#4505 of 5158 Re: 2010 Highlander Limited V6 AWD [ben73]
Aug 24, 2010 (8:07 pm)
Hey Ben---That is a phenominal price!! It looks like about 12% off MSRP.I live in Illinois but no one is remotely close to your price. I'm looking at a Ltd with the VP #7 pkg,pwr door,tow prep,etc. Can you post the dealer name and city or email me that info so I can contact them? At that price I'd fly south to pick it up.Thanks!
#4506 of 5158 Re: 2010 Highlander Limited V6 AWD [zzooomm1]
Aug 25, 2010 (10:40 am)
I am also looking for SE or LTD, I live in IL, so far the best quote I got on SE is $31,736 from Fox Lake. They offer lifetime power train warranty.
Ben, Can you pease also send/post the dealership. The price is awesome..
#4507 of 5158 fieca / a thought for you
Aug 25, 2010 (2:04 pm)
i purchased my 2010 se awd in may with some additional options (tow package, cross rails, power seat, mirror defroster and extra program key for about the price you were quoted (otd).
my suggestion is to try libertyville toyota and shoot them a fair offer which you would be willing to pay..
that is what i did after shopping many dealers. vary little haggling with them.