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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#3597 of 3960 Re: toyota headrest bait and switch? [bim7]
Oct 23, 2011 (1:06 pm)
I own a 2005 Rav4 with a taller rear headrests. I test drove the 2011 Rav this summer and noticed the lower retriangle rear seatheads. I love it because it is better visibility. When I went to purchase the Rav4 this October and was looking at the different model (basic, sport, & LE), I noticed the change in the headreads. Only one Rav4 on the lot had the lower headread but was not the color I wanted. I point it out to the saleperson and told him that was a "DEAL BREAKER". The dealer didn't know why there was a change in the headrest, but all the Rav4s coming in are like that. The fix was to order the old headrest and swap them out. The COST under $300 but it would take 2 months to get. He asked if I was ok with swap them out if another demo come w/lower headrest. I said yes. In the end the saleperson GIVE ME THE HEADREST AT NO COST since we are swapping them out (the dealer keeping the higher rest). Note: This is the 4th car I have purchased from same saleman. I have purchased 5 cars from this dealer (Star Toyota) in the last 17 years. My suggestion is to go to another dealer. *the saleman did check to see if the change was due to safety reason and the answer was no.
#3598 of 3960 Re: 2010 Certified Rav4 FWD [camrykiller]
Oct 27, 2011 (7:02 am)
Get the vehicle in. There is a recall on defective exhaust cams. A dealer will have a list of the VIN numbers potentially affected. Mine blew on my 2010 Rav4 4WD at about 10K and the dealer has replaced the engine head gasket, exhaust cam assembly, & oil reservoir once & exhaust cam gaskets twice (covered by TMC). BTW I was running 29 highway mpg before repairs, 30.2-30.4 after.
#3599 of 3960 Last minute input please
Oct 28, 2011 (10:40 pm)
Looking for input before making a purchase this weekend or next.
Finally have a solid offer after 2+ months of shopping for a RAV4.
OTD price in LA area is 32.5K. Break down is as followed:
Limited RAV4 V6 FWD base listed at 27385
Navigation value package listed at 2195
Bluetooth listed at 299
Integrated rearview mirror with backup camera listed at 475
Tow prep listed at 160
Preferred accessory package listed at 277
Exhaust tip listed at 85
Wheel locks listed at 81
At 29.6K tax by DMV calculator is 2887 or 32537 to be exact.
Before destination charge would be 29.6 - 810 = 28840.
This looks like a good deal (at least 2 dealers offer this). Any suggestion please? Thanx.
MSRP for this config is 3
#3600 of 3960 Re: Last minute input please [lamacgandalf]
Oct 29, 2011 (8:43 am)
Hi, ask the dealer if they will let you look at an invoice. Once they give it to you, you can try to go below the invoice price. I bought 2011 LMTD. 4WD V6 w/Nav and key less. The dealers invoice was $32,248 including destination $810. I bought it for $30,150 +tax. I hope this helps. Good luck!
#3601 of 3960 Re: Last minute input please [helpmebuyacar]
Oct 29, 2011 (9:47 pm)
Thank you for your input.
Not sure why there is a difference in the MSRP calculation of this vehicle.
The dealer print out says it's valued at 31926. I punched in the options at truecar and get 32666.
At any rate, truecar says dealer cost is 30258 and invoice is 30805 (including destination charge).
Subtracting tax by DMV calculator in CA (2885) from OTD price = 29615 (including destination charge).
It looks like I'm getting ~1200 below dealer invoice. Not as great as your savings. Are you in CA? I hunted for 2+ months, and no dealer is giving any figures near these numbers except for 2 places (way out in the middle of nowhere). Thanx.
#3603 of 3960 2011 RAV4 FWD 4cyl Limtid $30,000 OTD
Nov 02, 2011 (8:27 am)
Recently bought this car with blizzard pearl color. $30,000 OTD, dealer wouldn't go below that and I don't want to spend more time negotiating more. upgrades: Premium Plus Value Package, rearview mirror, window tint, and a few dealer add-ons.
I feel like you can get the car $500-$1000 less if working harder.
#3604 of 3960 Re: 2011 RAV4 FWD 4cyl Limtid $30,000 OTD [tobym]
Nov 03, 2011 (1:00 am)
That sounded like very aggressive pricing. What is the MSRP price and tax rate where you're at?
#3605 of 3960 Re: 2011 RAV4 FWD 4cyl Limtid $30,000 OTD [macgandalf]
Nov 03, 2011 (10:41 am)
The stick price is 328xxx OTD. I am in TX, 6.25%
#3606 of 3960 Re: 2011 RAV4 FWD 4cyl Limtid $30,000 OTD [tobym]
Nov 03, 2011 (5:39 pm)
Thanx for the info.
That is very good pricing indeed. You purchased for 28.1K for 30.8K MSRP - 2.7K off MSRP (8.8% off sticker price). Truecar listed in general dealer cost as 2K below MSRP. You're closed to dealer cost (not even deal invoice). Very good saving! Don't think they'll go another 500 (current incentive is 500 off or finance options).