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#1486 of 1560 2011 Limited -nav- floor mats
Jun 08, 2010 (4:18 am)
Bought at Koons Toyota of Annapolis MD. The reason was they had the model and color I wanted in stock, Cypress Pearl.
They asked what would it take to make the deal, and I said "10% off of list and a REASONABLE trade for my 2008 Avalon Limited".
They had no problem with the 10%, but we had to arm wrestle about the trade.
Eventually I got the 'reasonable' figure for the trade, and the deal was done. My 2008 Limited w/ nav was 9++ for appearance, and I took the service records with me to show it had always been serviced at the Toyota dealer. on the down side it had 60,000 miles and needed tires.
I had cars.com listings for 2008 Avalons as well as NADA and KBB used car values. There is so much less 'dealership BS' when you have your facts in writing for them to see. Having documentation and being ready to take a fair deal is the key to walking away happy.
I got the 2 year free service - which really isn't all that much. . . it stops at 25,000 miles, so what it really includes is 5 oil changes and a cabin filter change.
In the F&I part of the deal, I had figures from other Toyota salesmen on the extended warranty. The F&I guy started at $2300 for the Platinum warranty, but dropped to $1245 when I showed him figures from other dealers.
As to the 2011, I am thrilled with the changes. It's my 3rd Limited had a 2006 and 2008. The nav/entertainment system has been completely overhauled, new user manuals too. Lots of good changes. 90 day free XM, traffic reporting, USB plug, full ipod control.
My wife loves the new interior - say it's richer and classier.
There have been other tweaks, such as an information center where the laser cruise display was.
Mechanically the car is pretty much the same as the 2008.
Overall, it's evident to me Toyota took a fresh look at the user interface for the whole car, and made a serious effort to upgrade, improve and correct flaws in previous Avalons with the 2011
I believe the Avalon Limited is a really great value. It's got a wonderful ride and is like driving an electric turbine for quietness.
BTW, I started my shopping Koons by contacting them through email, the salesman who responded was very helpful and professional. Although I can't mention his name here, if you ask for the new young man, you will probably get him.
#1487 of 1560 Re: 2011 Limited -nav- floor mats [henryat1140]
Jun 08, 2010 (6:40 am)
henry, it seems as though you had a pleasant buying experience. Enjoy the ride. By the way, before buying, did you seriously consider other models such as the Lexus ES350, Buick Lacrosse or the Hyundai Genesis? And what about Toyota's recent unanticipated acceleration problem, I see that did that not influence your buying decision but it but perhaps it may have affected the price because apparently they were quick to make a deal.
#1488 of 1560 Re: 2011 Limited -nav- floor mats [henryat1140]
Jun 09, 2010 (6:38 am)
What was wrong with the 08 Avalon that needed trading in?
Jun 29, 2010 (4:35 pm)
I'm not sure if I got the best deal, but I traded in a 2009 Avalon with GPS which I was upside down on and it had over 16,000 miles. They gave me on paper 20,000 and paid off the loan. They wanted $2500 down, but I gave them $1500. I paid $36,900 for the car this is without the extended warranty and 4 year maintenance). It took me 4 hours to do that one purchase. It's unbelievable with these folks and all of them seem as though they are ripping you off. You just can't see where.
#1490 of 1560 Re: 2011 Avalon [jwillin]
Jun 30, 2010 (7:38 am)
Your post did not indicate that you wanted comments, but I'm going to give you my two cents with the best intentions.
First, you did pay too much for your new (2011?) Avalon, but this was probably due more to the upside-down position with your tradein than with the dealer's intent to rip you off. All dealers are in business to make as much profit as possible and it is up to all of us to get as much price information as possible and use it to negotiate the best price.
Secondly, because you paid too much for the new car and made only a small down payment, you are probably already upside down in it. The first year's depreciation on any car is always the highest. Therefore, this situation is going to continue and get worse, if you buy a new car every year. Your best way out is to keep this car until your loan is paid off, then reevaluate your financial situation. Maybe a less expensive car would be more appropriate.
#1491 of 1560 Re: 2011 Avalon [iamknott]
Jun 30, 2010 (8:35 am)
Well, thanks for your input.
I'm not in the habit of purchasing a car every year. I normally pay them off or keep them for years. I thought I would get a good buy on this due to Toyota's miseries and the fact that the interest rate had gone down. I think the other mistake I made was not going to my credit union first. These folks were aggressive. You can barely get out of the door without them forcing a car on you. The next time I will take a friend to pull me away from these vultures.
But, yes I know they are in it for a profit. I truly believe they got over on me because it was if they did a hurry up purchase before I could back out of the deal! Oh, well. I hope this will be my last car for a long while.
#1492 of 1560 Re: 2011 Avalon [jwillin]
Jun 30, 2010 (3:06 pm)
Nobody makes a perfect deal, we all live and learn. Enjoy your new Avalon, it's a beautiful automobile.
Aug 05, 2010 (5:48 pm)
Here's the scoop!
I was searching for a 2011 Limited w/o Nav, but wanted Crimson Mica with Black/Bordeaux interior. I live in MD, so imagine my disappointment when I can't find even one. A dealer says they are not available in that color combination in the region.
But! I'm looking through internet prices for many dealers and I like the Magnetic Grey one, so I find one WITH Nav for 33,500 (MSRP 37,884).Then they can get me one without nav for 32,500. But THEN!! I found a dealer that gave me the same grey car WITH Nav for 32,590. I HAD to call. The guy FURTHER gives me an internet coupon for $500 off. I insisted on the phone that I get 20K for my trade-in ('08 Avi Limited, no nav, 22K miles), and he said he'd try to get that. Long story short, everything went exactly to plan, I got my '11 Avalon Limited for $32,090 (plus TTL) (MSRP $37,884), got my 20K for my trade in (if you search around Feb 08, I posted about buying that car in this very thread!), and rolled over the old balance into this new one. I'd say I fully recommend kjtoyota in VA, thru the internet... I feel I got an AWESOME deal.
BTW, I feel that the 2011 Avalon has softer seats than my 08, much better as I hated the seats on the 08. I do miss the trip time indicator (started counting time when you turned the car on). The new interior is incredible, hope Toy comes up with more two-tones.
#1494 of 1560 Re: New 2011 Avi!! [emperorjvl]
Aug 06, 2010 (1:33 pm)
Ah, meant to say "sticker" instead of MSRP, as the sticker price has the options like nav and freight charge in it, vs MSRP.
#1495 of 1560 2011 Avalon - factory to dealer incentives
Sep 01, 2010 (9:29 pm)
does anyone know what/how much the factory to dealer incentive is for 2011 avalons? or how to obtain that info.? i'd like to purchase and get a better estimate of the dealer's actual cost. currently, there's no incentives/rebates offered to customers.
if none, i can still wait until the end of the yr., when it's hopeful that toyota may offer some cash rebate or 0% or low apr, etc.
thanks in advance.