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Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
#212 of 309 Re: Costco purchase? [moms_max]
Oct 18, 2006 (10:14 pm)
I don't have too much faith in Costco/AAA pricing - but it can be a very good starting point. I helped my cousin with buying a 2007 Toyota Camry. We asked for the AAA pricing and one of the dealers offered us around $300 over invoice - but didn't have any stock. The second dealer offered us around $800 over invoice but quickly matched the 2nd dealer price. So much for the AAA price - but by using multiple dealers, this was one of the easiest car deals that I have done for what seems like a fair price.
The next experience gets more bizzare. I was looking for a Solara SLE convertible. I went to the dealer (a 3rd dealer) on Sunday. Turns out that the AAA guy was not at work on Sunday. So I go through the regular guys - but he quickly brings out his Costco book. The price - $1500 above invoice. Since I had bought the Camry for $300 above invoice, I was getting ready to walk. He dropped the price to $0 above invoice. Since I was flying out of the country for the next few days, I offered to come back on Fri and finish the deal. When I started walking out, the dealer offered me $500 below invoice for a brand new fresh off the truck 2007 SLE convertible in a color that I wanted (blue). He had only one in stock too. I ended up making the deal that day itself! So I went from $1500 above invoice on a regular Costco deal to $500 below invoice - which is a huge difference. The dealer said something about making their targets - but I don't know if I believe it but $500 below invoice sounded pretty good. [By the way, I had talked to the Camry dealer a few days before before and he was $1000 above invoice on a SLE convertible on his AAA price and would not budge even though he did not have any car in stock as yet].
#213 of 309 Re: Virginia Dealer [dvivino]
Nov 01, 2006 (4:05 pm)
Guys........ dont buy a new one!!! 18 months ago, I found a black 04 SLE V-6 coupe with EVERY option........ 1200 miles............ paid 21500. found it using the computer
has anyone heard if the Solara will be cancelled after 07?? I've heard rumors but nothing solid
#214 of 309 Poor Rear View in all Solara's
Nov 01, 2006 (9:02 pm)
I just wanted to let everyone who has trouble with the poor viability in the rear of their Solara's that I found an easy solution. All I did was remove the two rear headrests from the seats and my view is 100% better . Has any body else done this to improve your rear visabilty? Rob in Toronto.
#215 of 309 Re: Just bought 06 Solara SE 4cyl [yasha]
Nov 01, 2006 (9:07 pm)
I was lucky enough to buy an 06 4cyl. with 20k for $15,000 from a dealer off of ebay motors, sight unseen! I took a bus from Toronto to Cleveland and drove it back. I wish I had bought one 10 years ago...a great automobile.
#216 of 309 Re: Poor Rear View in all Solara's [nova7415]
Nov 21, 2006 (7:54 pm)
Do you have a coupe or a convertible?? The headrests in the convertibles are part of the roll-bar system, and can't be removed, from what mechanics have told me.
I would LOVE to remove them....but have seen photos of stripped-down-to-the-metal rear seats, and it looks impossible.
#217 of 309 Re: Poor Rear View in all Solara's [moms_max]
Nov 22, 2006 (8:52 pm)
I have the coupe model. I guess you have a big decision whether to modify the roll bar or not.
#218 of 309 '07 SE Conv Lease
Dec 11, 2006 (10:22 am)
Wife on Saturday leased red '07 SE Conv. Only option is power driver's seat. 36/36. Went to local Philly suburban mega-dealer -- friend of family is a sales manager there. With no $ out of pocket = $380/mo incl 9% lease tax and GAP ins. She does not like to negotiate these things. Went without me; I'm still out of town and will be for next two weeks. Was she taken?
#219 of 309 '07 Sport Convertible Purchase (Long)
Jan 01, 2007 (3:38 pm)
I'm the FNG here as I just bought my 2007 Solara Sport Convertible on Saturday after a protracted search. I paid $28,434 (delivery included) for one with adjustable seat, mats, and "trunk junk" - cargo net, first aid and road assistance kits. That's $1,343 above dealer invoice (adjusted for the options above and excluding the $589 holdback) and $2,383 below the $30,817 sticker. I worked them for 5.99% financing for 4 years on $15,000 of the purchase price too!
I had to work very, very hard for that price and one lesson to pass along to other members here is to be careful about any dealer who tells you that they'll sell a car for some amount or % above "invoice". I couldn't understand why the invoice price that I was given didn't match the one in the Consumer Reports printouts until I got to the dealer and saw the printout. Toyota's "invoice" price for this Solara includes about $800 of what I regard as fluff - a $500 "TDA" or "TSA" charge (AKA dealer prep, advertising, ad nauseum) and a $300 "floor planning charge".
These are supposedly non-negotiable, at least until you get up and start to leave. If a newbie can give some advice, it's 1) do your homework on prices before you shop; 2) don't let your emotions get involved; 3) get lots of quotes so that you can get a feel for who will work with you and who couldn't care less; and 4) if you're getting jerked around or "worked" by one or more amateur psychologists get up and leave. Oh, and 5) always buy your convertible on December 28 when no one else wants one!
#220 of 309 07 SE V6 Convertible Buy Maryland
Apr 01, 2007 (4:06 pm)
I just bought a red SE V6 Solara convertible at Darcars in Silver Spring in Maryland. It had added options of power front seat and floor mat package; I got it for $400 under invoice through Car Bargains. With the advertising cost, dealer fees it came to $25.8K. The dealer folks were super cordial and helpful, I went in with my check from the credit union, so it went very smoothly.
Apr 10, 2007 (10:09 am)
I bought my first Toyota, last week. It's blue streak metallic and I love the color! I would ONLY buy that color, so they had to find one and drive it here. I bought it for 27,000, but the Pontiac I traded in wasn't paid off. I owed 5,500 on it and they gave me 4,500 towards it. I paid a grand to the Toyota dealer and that kept me from going upside down on my loan. I'm really happy to have this car because my Pontiac was ALWAYS in the shop.