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Scion tC, Convertible
#1145 of 2039 And that is what keeps me interested in this
Nov 30, 2004 (3:51 pm)
attractive new car from Scion. A fair price and a lot of feature content plus arrestingly hot looks plus fair trade-in values. I don't know how long I'm gonna wait until trading but the Scion tC is right at the top of my "futures" list, along with Kia's 2005 Sportage. The better trade-in deal may be the one I go with eventually.
The other point in the tC's favor with me is that I wouldn't require any expensive options on mine. The only one I'm considering is the side airbag option, one I think does make some sense.
#1146 of 2039 Re: pricing [ndsax707]
Dec 01, 2004 (8:14 am)
Ndsax707: geez, I didnt know that. That's pretty shifty. I like the scion but can easily go for the mazda 3 hatch, they are 50/50 in wants. I was going to use my costco card and buy it thru costco so i wouldnt even have to negotiate. I am wanting to buy the tc auto without any options. Everything else are frills, I can add them on myself, pay someone else, or do it in the future. The car comes loaded with everything I need anyway.
#1148 of 2039 Re: Watch out for your rims [dante1]
Dec 01, 2004 (2:46 pm)
All you y'all are going to hate my guts... I used to work to AIG (a big dealership corporation that has a couple of dealer on Camelback Rd in Arizona) I worked for the Toyota and Honda dealers, they have people in charge of these accessories (rims, alarms, etc, both factory and aftermarket) If you are to order rims for the tC, all the money that you pay is profit ($2800 to $3000) because these leadership have spare rims to cover for any damages on the line of new cars, these are provided by the manufacturer (Toyota or Honda) for free as an incentive to have all these new cars looking new. At times, customers would come to see the accessories guy and he would come out of his office laughing because he would charge something that crazy ($2800) for the factory rims and all of it would be profit for the dealership because they get them for free anyway. Though you cannot get them for free from the dealership $300-$450 should be fine for these rims (17"). If you see yourself having to pay that much money and they do not want to help you, then just buy aftermarket. Someone said that you can get some nice rims for $2800, DO it.. you will get better value for your money. Do not get ripped off by the dealer.
#1149 of 2039 Re: Watch out for your rims [wonderland]
Dec 02, 2004 (1:35 pm)
That price is crazy. I bought a single stock wheel and tire--shipped very quickly, from a dealer online for $180, who had them left from people who got the wheel upgrade. I'd check around on the more well-populated Scion message boards, and maybe put up a request. I cannot see a scenario where you should pay that much, unless these are special magical stock rims they're talking about.
Dec 02, 2004 (1:35 pm)
Hi all im in pursiut of a Flint or Indigo tC, Love the car. Ive bought many cars and 2 from Toyota, I like the dealership experiance in my case (possibly because Landcruiers buyers shell out a bit more change than Corola buyers) Every car I have ever bought I have negotiated the price down. Method being Cash deal instead of credit or payments. Ive gotten deals on 3 BMWs, 2 Toyotas, and one Honda. I hear that Scion does not Bargin? It is a set price thing, And I am aware that it is a bargin car but I am not one to take it at the window price. My question is Will they make Cash deals? When I was in search for my Honda in 2000 (R.I.P.) I went to Saturn to check out the leading competitor at the time. I was there with my wife and asked the sales man, who didnt even stand up to greet us, if he would make a cash deal. He flat out said no, reasoning being that "everyone wants a Saturn" My wife and I turned around and left, drove across the strees walked into Honda whos reps were very Profesional, made a cash deal and drove of the lot with a new Accord that same day... I guess some car companys dont get it... but anyway, my view is that if Scion refuses to make a cash deal they might upset the buyers and possibly losing a sale. Will they risk that?
#1151 of 2039 Re: [tlcman]
Dec 02, 2004 (1:44 pm)
Oh, they will make a cash transaction; but, not a cash deal. I wrote a check for mine but still had to go through the Credit Manager routine to try to get me to purchase warranties and service contracts. Almost left the place without the tC. It took nearly three hours to hand them the check.
I WAS able to negotiate the price of the leather installation by going directly to the installer. He gave me a firm quote ($500 under dealer)and the dealer wrote it up at that price. It worked wonders because I had to wait for the side airbag templates to be cut so the dealer HAD TO FURNISH A CAR (Scion - if we have to keep the car overnight thing ..) while it was spending two days getting the install. Go figure!!!
#1152 of 2039 Re: [tlcman]
Dec 02, 2004 (1:47 pm)
You're not going to be able to bargain. The most I've heard is some people managing to get free floor mats, or maybe getting somewhere with the document fees. I don't really think it is a matter of losing sales for them, because in most areas, the tC is in high demand. There are plenty of takers.
The other thing, though, in response to the post above that even though it's pure-priced, dealers can tack on what they want as long as they tell you--well, sure, in theory, but most dealers charge some kind of document fees, which seem to vary a lot from state to state, but they're not just going to go crazy and tack on exorbitant fees and get away with it because they were disclosed. Yeah, people might get hit with various paint protection packages and all that kind of stuff, but that happens with every car. I don't think that dealers on a large scale are really circumventing the pure pricing notion by charging $1000 miscellaneous fees--people (I hope) are just not that dumb. Sure, they're going to push the accessories, but that's par for the course.
#1153 of 2039 Wheels and crashes
Dec 02, 2004 (4:03 pm)
Amen on buying wheel locks. Aftermarket McGuards are $25 - a bit cheaper than the dealer.
For those of you who haven't read it elsewhere, the NHTSA full crash test results are in - and very good. The tC got a 5 star front for the driver and a 4 star on the side. That 4 star on the side is without SAB's too. So, the car's as safe as it is good looking.
Dec 03, 2004 (9:02 am)
I work at a large dealership in central New Jersey. The price of Scion is the price you will be charged plus tax, registration fees and a documentation fee. In New Jersey most DOC fees are $95 which is pretty standard. As I have posted on other boards, now that price is going to be standard, the place you buy your TC from should be a place you trust and are confident you can get good service and repairs if needed. I have read horror stories about the way some potential customers were treated. Please do not take offense the you can not negotiate the price on the Scions. This is how this car line is marketed. It is for the consumers good in the long run.I can tell you right now TCs are hard to find in stock. That is why if you are going to factory order one go to a dealership that you like the salesperson so you can have an open line to info on when your TC will be ready for you.