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Toyota Avalon, Sedan
#1208 of 1559 Re: Toyota USA & Export [havalongavalon]
Feb 03, 2007 (11:41 am)
I didn't pick a Limited, as any specific replacement parts needed might involve long waits for Canadian delivery. My 2005 XLS has only about 16,000 KM and is going to a family member (whose 2002 low-KM Camry goes to another family member). We play musical cars in this gene pool. I have not had to trade in or sell in the market any of my gently used vehicles since 1974 - there's always a relative in line and in need.
The 2005 Avalon is an excellent car, one of the five Toyota/Lexus vehicles I have driven exclusively for the past 26 years. I considered the Lexus LS460 to replace my 1998 GS400, but decided the Avalon is better value. I was interested to learn that the 2005 Avalon 3.5 litre highway fuel consumption is very nearly the equal of that 2002 4-cylinder Camry - each well-loaded at 75 mph over 2500 KM of interstate driving.
#1209 of 1559 2007 Phantom Gray Limited w/Nav
Feb 03, 2007 (8:41 pm)
Here are some numbers for anyone in the metro Atlanta area:
2007 Limited w/Nav, the Toyoguard package and floor/trunk mats. List was $37,550., paid $34k even plus local taxes and title fees. No trade-in. Obviously, that's a discount of $3750 from list.
You can probably do a little better, but this dealer, Marietta Toyota, is the one that has done all my service ('99 and '03 Avalons) and is closest to my house. Negotiation is a pain as the sales department tries to intimidate the customer, using every offensive tactic you read here on these boards. But you only see them once. The service department, seen regularly, is really what's important and they have been very good with quality work and fair prices.
Good luck in the search.......
#1210 of 1559 Re: 2007 Phantom Gray Limited w/Nav [fin]
Feb 04, 2007 (5:12 am)
Make that a $3550. discount...typo...to $34k even...
#1211 of 1559 Re: Toyota USA & Export [gws]
Feb 08, 2007 (4:07 pm)
talk to john mason sales manager at prestige toyota in billings montana. i just purchased a rav4 there and brought it back to alberta with no problems you should be able to save big time . montana has no sales tax. saver
#1212 of 1559 Limited Pricing
Feb 09, 2007 (5:52 pm)
The invoice for the Avalon I want (Limited w/Nav, Stability, Dynamic Cruise, XM) is 33,000. I plan to offer $34250 + $625 destination. Is this a reasonable offer?
#1213 of 1559 Re: Limited Pricing [wbb56]
Feb 10, 2007 (3:54 pm)
wbb56: Remember, the dealer gets a 3% Holdback on the vehicles MSRP. So on a vehicle with an MSRP of $30K he automatically makes $900 even if he sold it to you at invoice. Best way to figure if your offer is a good one--first take 3% of the MSRP and then subtract the invoice price from what he'll sell you the vehicle for. Example: MSRP $38500 times .03%= $1,155. Say he'll sell the car to you for $35K--the invoice is $33K----he just made $2K plus the $1,155--not to bad for the dealer!! Work the figures backward from the 3% Holdback and then see if you have a "sweet" deal or not. Work as many dealers as possible against each other. Good luck!
#1214 of 1559 Re: Limited Pricing [bobwiley]
Feb 10, 2007 (6:13 pm)
Thank you very much!
#1215 of 1559 Re: Limited Pricing [wbb56]
Feb 10, 2007 (7:47 pm)
Billy---glad to help. Not surewhere you live; however, if close to a metropolitan area, go to www.toyota.com and you can get a list of the dealers in that area. You'll note that when you check a particular dealers inventory, you'll see "In Stock" and "Available." Check another local dealer and you'll notice that his "Available" vehicles match those of the other dealer! This is because all the dealers in that area can draw from the same "pool" of cars. It would be interesting to see just how much difference in the "bottom line" existed between the dealers! Good luck!
#1216 of 1559 Fleet pricing
Feb 13, 2007 (5:32 pm)
I have been given access to a friend's 'fleet pricing' on an Avalon LTD. The dealer says he has to go in and look at each invoice, to give me the fleet price. Yesterday, before the local winter storm, I looked at an '07 LTD, MSRP of roughly $36,600....he said fleet price was $33,000....approximately $430 over invoice. Unfortunately, I don't have the equipment list, but hope to get it tomorrow, to compare invoice to MSRP to what he offered.
Any ideas if this is fair, and is there somewhere you can find fleet pricing info?
Steve, excited to buy an '07 Avalon this week!
#1217 of 1559 Re: Fleet pricing [airboss]
Feb 16, 2007 (6:43 am)
My '07 Limited had an MSRP about $1k higher than the one you mention and I paid 1k more ($34k) plus local taxes, tag, etc. I thought it was fair. You might do a little better if you try as several posts indicate the dealer will get money from Toyota in addition to what the consumer pays... good luck...