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#3059 of 4032 Rear Ended Pre-owned 2006 RAV4
Sep 15, 2009 (5:39 pm)
Last week end we found a 2006 RAV4 with 36k miles, asking was $19k. Got dealer down to $16,800 which included a trade in for our clunker. I decided to think about it and later ran a Carfax only to discover it was rear ended 3 months earlier.
Not sure if I missed a great deal or passed up a possible problem with a rear ended used car. Vehicle was clean, ran well. It was not a Toyota certified pre-owned.
Would you buy a used RAV4 without a "cettification"?
Anyone with similar situation or comments?
#3060 of 4032 Re: Dealer Installed Options [puneecar]
Sep 16, 2009 (10:14 am)
Thanks, puneecar...that is exactly what I was looking for.
#3061 of 4032 Re: Rear Ended Pre-owned 2006 RAV4 [tom0059]
Sep 16, 2009 (10:27 am)
Just because a car has been in an accident doesn't always mean it should be avoided. A couple months ago, we got rear ended in my wife's car, a 2004 Suzuki Verona. The other vehicle was an old pickup with the kind of shocks that raised it by about a foot. The truck pushed my trunk in like it was an accordian but didn't hit the bumper. The Verona ran just fine after the accident and, after the insurance company paid $4500 to get it fixed, is actually in better shape now than it was before. The body shop took out a small ding in one of the rear doors that was not related to the accident and painter the bumper which had some scratches. The old trunk lid also had some scratches that are now gone since they had to replace the trunk lid. If I were looking to buy this vehicle, I would be more interested today than before the accident as it looks a lot better.
#3062 of 4032 Re: Rear Ended Pre-owned 2006 RAV4 [evergreen]
Sep 16, 2009 (4:17 pm)
As you know, looks can be deceiving. Sure it looks great, but sometimes I guess you just have to go with the "gut." Not only did the owner dump the car right after the accident but there is no CPO offerred. So I guess I'm more concerned with future mechanical problems that may have resulted than I am with cosmetics. If it were my own car it would be a different story.
#3063 of 4032 Re: Thoughts Please [sandra4453]
Sep 16, 2009 (7:30 pm)
sandra4453: I used to haave a similar problem on my SUV where when the tailgate was up it would hit the garage door. I just left a towel in the back of the SUV, and placed it on the outside when opening the SUV hatch to prevent it from getting scratched up when opening. Just open the tailgate slowly and there should be no problems.
#3064 of 4032 Re: Thoughts Please [sandra4453]
Sep 18, 2009 (3:33 am)
Just found what looks like a reasonably nice deal for me. I can get into a 2010 RAV4 Sport (w/moonroof package) for my trade (2009 Honda CR-V EX - equivalent to this RAV, as for features, Honda now has 600 miles) for another $4,300 otd, not a penny more. It will end up costing me $24.300...I paid $20,000 cash for the Honda with my trade. I lose out on the trade this time which is what I have to forget about if I want to finally get something I'll be happy with. I traded in a 2000 Camry with low miles and probably could have done much better, privately but didn't want the headache.
#3065 of 4032 Re: Thoughts Please [sandra4453]
Sep 18, 2009 (7:18 am)
Probably not a bad deal if you're holding long-term and were really unhappy with the CR-V. Welcome to RAV4 nation!
#3066 of 4032 Re: Thoughts Please [sandra4453]
Sep 18, 2009 (8:52 am)
Here is a vote to go ahead and do it. $4300 is a chunk of change, but not really THAT bad to get a newer model year and, more importantly, a car you really want. I did the same thing two years ago, trading in a year-old car that I really loved but could not get comfortable in for a new Acura TL. I took a pretty small hit--maybe $2500, and felt it was the right thing for me to do. My biggest worry was that I was acting like a nut-case who couldn't make up his mind. I got over that.
A year later, I got my 2009 RAV 4 cyl., 4WD, Limited. I love it. Oh, still have the Acura.
#3067 of 4032 Quote for 2009 RAV4 FWD V6
Sep 22, 2009 (8:44 am)
Got a quote from a dealer at Fort Worth, TX
For 2009 RAV4 base FWD V6 with minimum features
after $1000 rebate from Toyota
base price $22900
Drive out $24600
Is this a good deal?
#3068 of 4032 2006 Rav4 Price
Sep 24, 2009 (4:43 am)
I'm going to look at a 2006 2wd 4cyl Rav4. The price at the Toyota dealership is $16,799. What is a reasonable asking price? This is my first time purchasing through a dealership, and I'm not sure how low I can reasonably negotiate. I have a 95 Camry that I'm fairly certain won't fetch much as a trade in. Thank you!