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Toyota Corolla, Car Buying, Sedan
#162 of 2208 What I paid for my '03 Corolla LE
Dec 03, 2002 (7:17 pm)
$15,200 (less tax and tags) for an '03 Corolla LE (Japan made with "J" VIN number),
purchased at C. F. Schwartz Toyota, Dover, Delaware, Oct 28. 2002. I traded in an
'01 Corolla LE 5-speed with just over 20,000 miles on it, getting about a 9,275 trade-in
allowance. I traded because I wanted the 03's bigger interior, 15" wheels, more
horsepower, and I wanted an automatic this time (got tired of shifting since 95% of
my driving is in city traffic).
#163 of 2208 Here is what I paid for Matrix XR FWD, Seattle Washington
Dec 14, 2002 (11:51 pm)
I just bought Matrix XR FWD Lunar Mist Metalic 3 days ago.
All weather Guard Package
Sport Plus Package
Carpet Floor Mats
Rear Bumber Protector
Seat Back Storeage/First Aidkit
MSRP was $19,533 and invoice was about $17,700.
I paid $17,799 and Out the door was about $19,500.
Is this good deal??? Please let me know.
The Matrix is awesome car and I love both exterior and interior.
I bought it at Toyota of Seattle and their
their customer service and price was very nice.
Robert Hurlock was the person who helped me out and he was very good gentleman. Recommend Toyota of Seattle.
Don't goto Rodland Toyota in Everret.
When I talked to them about Matrix, they didn't know what they were talking about. The first sales associate asked me what is the difference between XR and Basic model.
Then, manager came out and I told him that I want the XR, which has standerd feature of power mirror,power window and lock, but he told me that there are XR that doesn't have those features. I was like "what???" and I asked him if he was sure and he said "Not sure...".
What kinda idiotic car dealer is this? Can't believe. Rodland Toyota sucks. Don't buy from them. Bunch of idiots. Really.
Anyways, give me some response.
#164 of 2208 J VIN Numbers??
Dec 15, 2002 (5:20 am)
How do you tell J VIN numbers from US VIN numbers? What do US ones start with?
Dec 16, 2002 (10:06 pm)
That was informative, thanks.
Dec 18, 2002 (3:59 pm)
What will be the model year designator if 02 was Z?
#168 of 2208 03 Corolla LE , What I paid
Dec 28, 2002 (11:42 am)
I just took delivery of my 03 Corolla on Thursday, Dec. 26. I used the "Fax Attack" from fightingchance.com. Here's my car:
FE 50 State Emissions
BE Driver and Passenger Side Aribags
CL Cruise Control
EJ AM/FM/CASS/CD COMBO W/ 6 Speakers
SR Tilt & Slide Moon roof w/day & night inner Mirrors
AW Aluminum Wheels
Invoice + tax (8.25%) = $17,238
MSRP + tax (8.25%) = $19,209
I paid (out-the door with tax, title, license doc fees, etc.) = $17,604
Highest offer was $18,079 out-the door.
Started a bidding war, the winning dealership picked me up at my home in the Corolla and let me drive it back to the dealership. They also threw in some free items which were already on the car; pin striping (looks really cool & distinctive), window etching, pain sealant and some kind special coating in the wheel wells. I spent about 45 mins. to an hour filling out the paper work then I was gone. seven and a half hours after I started faxing, I had my car.
Note: This car was built on 10-01-02. I think it was starting to bite into their holdback and they really wanted to get rid of it.
#169 of 2208 Comment for Brian
Jan 06, 2003 (4:05 pm)
Differences from Brian (post 163)
est are my est leaning towards Toyota MSRP's, which are lower than Pontiac's invoices. (ripoffs)
With the Vibe, I got roof rack (est $150), 6 CD changer ($250), side aribags (est $250)
He's got spoilers, seatback storage (est $90), rear bumper protector (est $60), 50,000 powertrain warranty (est $200)
My post 156 list everything.
I paid $16,900 before tax, but includes eveything else you have for $17,799 (plus doc fees?)
$20500 (out the door - I got a check for ~$60 for unused registration fees)
- $xxx some GM Card rebate (important for GM Card peeps)
Walked away with car, and less Cash of about $18500 minus GMCard savings - below $18,000.
Vibe would have cost more if it wasn't for $2000 rebate.
Jan 06, 2003 (4:13 pm)
One thing to consider is how long you plan on keeping your car. All of these rebates are having a MAJOR effect on the used car market as well as resale values. If you're planning on trading in or selling your car anytime within the next 3-4 yrs, you very well lose part or all of that initial savings at that time.
I know for one example someone that is a close friend of mine that was looking at a Highlander or an Explorer. The Explorer had an MSRP of $35,000 or thereabouts. The Highlander had an MSRP of $31,000. The average selling price of similarly equipped highlanders and explorers at the largest auction near here, 2001 models, 20,000-26,000 miles had a huge discrepency. He could have bought the explorer for about $26,000 after rebates, discounts, etc. The highlander was about $29,500. The average price of the 2yr old explorers was about $12,000 vs. $21,000 for the highlanders. These were all vehicles with similar miles and equipment.
I'm not saying that all vehicles are the same in the change in value, but keep it in mind.
#171 of 2208 corolla and camry
Jan 06, 2003 (6:27 pm)
tend to drop sharply in resale value for the first year or two because the roads are flooded with them, but then they flatten out considerably, so that by five years they are well ahead of any of their peers in value, and way down the line when other cars have to be donated, the Toyotas are still running generally and still worth something.
I am wondering if the same will be for true for Matrix, which is a much lower-volume car, but is still an econowagon at heart.