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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#2686 of 4032 Re: 2008 Toyota RAV4 4-Cyl AWD Limited [Kamry]
Mar 03, 2009 (8:44 pm)
I paid $28,187 for the exact same car that also had wheel locks,but without the winter mats. I bought the heavy rubber winter mats for $99 at the dealers. The list price at the dealers was $150.
So we basically paid the same thing. I think we both did faily well. My cars MSRP was $30,929 so I got $2741 off MSRP .
Being that there are different methods of determining invoice price, we know MSRP is the same regardless of the dealers attempt to add fees, and confuse us.
Enjoy your new car as I am enjoying mine
#2687 of 4032 2009 RAV4 4WD 4cyl Base
Mar 04, 2009 (4:19 am)
I just paid 22900 + tax, title and reg. for a base 4 cyl 4WD with a third row seat, extra value package and a cargo net in Pyrite Mica. Free oil changes for life. I went to many dealerships and they were all in the same ballpark.
I recently saw a great price posted in these forums for an extended warranty from a Midwest dealership and now I can't find it. Does any one know where that post may be?
#2688 of 4032 Looking for a good Dealer, price & everything.
Mar 04, 2009 (8:45 pm)
I'm a 29 y/o woman (budget-concious), I live in Piscataway, NJ and i'm trying to find a good Toyota Dealer in my area. I don't want to have to travel too far to buy but will if the price is right! I've gotten a few quotes, but they mainly want me to come in, BS with them & waste my time. I want to be in & out because I lose patience with pushy people ( i know it's their job). I'm trying to do thorough research but it's so overwhelming! At this point I think i've narrowed down my search to the following a 2008 Rav-4 base (whatever the mid level one is) or an older model. I'm 5'9 & I need something that will fit me, I hate little cars ( I used to have a 93 duster in College & grad school). I don't have kids to load into whatever I choose but I want to have space in the car for me & my mom. I don't drive to work, so that's not a concern at the moment. My car doesn't have to be new, I just want something reliable, nice looking and that won't give me tons of problems. If I go new it will be my first BRAND NEW CAR, my Duster was a whopping $500 and she ran from Delhi, NY, MD, PA & Buffalo, NY often. I don't currently own a car but Dusty the Duster was the last one I owned.
Here are the things i'd like your advice on:
-Should I go with a New or Used Rav-4? What's the better deal in your opinion?
-If I go with something older could I get it fully loaded for less?
-What year, model do you recommend for me?
-Is certified used a good option?
-Is it worth it to get a V6 or would the V4 be sufficient?
-Is 4wd necessary for NJ?
-How much did you pay for your Rav-4(including taxes & fees)?
-Are there things that you recommend that I ask at the Dealerships?
-What dealership did you buy from, where should I avoid at all costs?
-Do you recommend buying out of state?
-If I buy out of state, do I pay for the state of purchase taxes & NJ taxes on it?
I'm open to all your suggestions!
Thank you for reading!
#2689 of 4032 Dealers in SF Bay Area
Mar 05, 2009 (8:01 pm)
I am trying to find a dealer in the SF bay area that will sell for under invoice. I have walked from 3 so far who all refused to go under invoice. It seems most people here are able to get $300-$500 under dealer invoice. Is this a Bay Area problem? Or my problem?
#2690 of 4032 Re: Dealers in SF Bay Area [blueman4]
Mar 05, 2009 (8:26 pm)
Did you start from the Edmunds site and request Email prices with all the info , specifically TO QZ QY MF etc .
Also read back 75 or so posts instead of expecting to learn something without doing a little homework .
If you read the last 75 posts , and use that site I gave you , you will get 3 bids from dealers so you are informed.
READ, READ, READ.
I read for 4 weeks and communictaed with 8 dealers and started with guys who wanted $1000 over invoice , to getttng my car for about $350 under . Just as important, I got the exact car and color I wanted from a dealer 25 miles from my home.
With what you know, you should NEVER step foot into, nor give your name or phone number to a dealer!
Insulate yourself via Emails till you know whats what, and then go armed to the guys with the best prices, that are probably going to try to swindle you, anyway.
Then stick to your guns and do not pay $1 more than what you figured out is fair , for both of you .
Go to Fitzgerald site for info also :
Google Fitzmall MD VA PA region for prices
#2691 of 4032 Re: Dealers in SF Bay Area [mazda626atx]
Mar 05, 2009 (10:20 pm)
I finally bought a RAV yesterday after several months of speaking with about 7 dealers here in the pacific northwest. I ordered the Consumer Report data for $14, I priced the vehicle out on Edmonds, I went through the Costco pricing system, I looked at dealer invoicing and finally I found the most useful referenced point to start with was the Fitzmall internet price.
My experience of sending out requests for quotes over the internet was not very helpful. And at least half the dealerships I contacted did not answer back. I found it best to speak with live people over the phone and have all my figures sitting in my lap. Several dealerships gave me the impression they would meet my price but after talking to "the man" were $800 to $1100 too high.
I ended up getting my RAV for $200 under invoice plus the $500 rebate for March. Some dealers had differenct invoice pricing for the exactly same vehicles. In the northwest I would recommend Magic Toyota of Edmonds, WA and the Toyota dealer in Lewiston, Idaho, Rogers Motors, they were straight forward and honest.
You probablly won't be able to get the Fitzmall price, less rebates, here in the northwest but it is a good starting point.
#2692 of 4032 Re: Dealers in SF Bay Area [rengaw]
Mar 07, 2009 (10:12 am)
Which Rav did you get? I am sure you made a very wise choice. Congratulations and ENJOY!
#2693 of 4032 Re: Dealers in SF Bay Area [mazda626atx]
Mar 07, 2009 (12:11 pm)
Thanks. I have been reading this site closely for several years. Due to the great info here, I have bought 2 cars so far at great prices. That is why I was surprised that after getting 3 online quotes from 3 Bay Area Toyota deals, none came in under invoice. When I countered all 3 with $300-400 under invoice, all 3 said no and never came back with another offer.
#2694 of 4032 Re: Dealers in SF Bay Area [rengaw]
Mar 07, 2009 (12:37 pm)
Congrats on getting your new car .
Have fun with it like I am having fun with mine
As to the poor person not able to get a decent deal above. Widen your net and consider taking a 3-4 hour ride to get your car if necessary . I find it hard to beleive that you cant get 2-300 under invoice. I kept on going to different dealers untill I got one that would give me areasonable price.
I was prepared to take the train to Fitzmall in Md and drive back ( about 3 1/2 hours ) but in the end I found what I wanted at the price that I wanted.
Are you saying there are only 3 dealers in you area ?
#2695 of 4032 Remote start.
Mar 07, 2009 (11:31 pm)
Does anyone have an opinion or suggestion on an after market remote start for the Rav 4 keyless entry? I am looking for an alarm and remote start in one, it would be for an 09 Rav 4 V6, again with the keyless entry. Thanks