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#228 of 7508 Still Frustrated in Southern California
Mar 10, 2004 (4:51 pm)
I tell ya. I went through CarsDirect.com in August 2003 and found a dealer who promised me a package 3 Seaside Pearl by October. Now it appears as if I will never get my new car, especially if I don't want it all loaded up with extras. If Toyota advertises the Prius for $20K, but only actually stocks those for $26K, is that not bait-and-switch? A kind of fraud?
--P.O.ed in Pasadena
#229 of 7508 Prius Price
Mar 10, 2004 (5:21 pm)
Sorry to hear of your lengthy wait. I can understand your frustration. I DID, however, buy a Prius with only the rear wiper and side/curtain air bags (pkg #3) and mats for $21,524. You can get the car with lesser packages, but I think most people are wanting the #9 with everything so that is probably the one they are making the most of. Hope yours comes soon.
#230 of 7508 Re: Prius Prices
Mar 11, 2004 (10:59 am)
It may be true that pkg#9 is most popular, but I've seen pkg#9s on Southeast Toyota's list with an additional $2000-3000 in add-ons such as toyoguard, tinted windows, pin stripes, bumper protection, etc. This gets the MSRP up to near the 30k mark. The same add-ons are being put on the lower cost packages getting them up to the 23k-24k price range. This is just a sneaky way of getting more than MSRP without just marking the price up on the basic car. The add-ons are marked up substantially. It's not right that those of us who ordered the basic Prius can't get ours, partly, because of this practice. The dealers committed to us and they should deliver or just admit they can't or won't get the car for us--not play dumb when they probably know what is going on. Afterall, they too make more money because of this practice. Everyone wins except the customer.
#231 of 7508 Re: Prius Prices
Mar 12, 2004 (9:09 am)
Shame on those dealers for taking advantage of customers who have little choice to just go to a different dealership! I don't think that I could do business with them. I would consider flying to another region to get my car rather than pay for lots of extras that add little to the car and I didn't want for outrageous prices. You could try emailing or calling other dealerships with your situation - maybe you will get lucky because the lesser packages ARE not as popular. Good luck.
#232 of 7508 Re Prius prices
Mar 12, 2004 (8:17 pm)
Sounds like the old Toyota dealer practices I remember from the '80s. Fortunately the dealers in my area aren't playing those games and are sticking to MSRP or even a little under with no mandatory add-on packages. If they did play the games, I'd take my business elsewhere, even if it meant buying something else. The Prius is a great car, but IMO it's not worth $30k.
#233 of 7508 Still Waiting
Mar 13, 2004 (1:17 pm)
I've been on the list at my dealer since early January and after talking to my salesman (who has been very informative) I will probably wind up with a 2005. Since I'm not in a mad rush, I've decided to remain on the list. My dealer says I would probably be high in the pecking order for a 2005. I'm going to wait.
#234 of 7508 Heard from my salesman!!!
Mar 16, 2004 (2:08 pm)
What a surprise! My salesman called and offered me a white pkg 8 with floor mats, msrp $24,582. I want a millenium silver pkg 3 with floor mats, msrp $21,563. I said no thanks because I don't want white, and I want the side airbags which pkg 8 doesn't have. He said I was the 6th on the list that has turned it down. When I asked him why Southeast Toyota didn't send him one that fit what his customers ordered, he said they send whatever is available. Finally the truth comes out!! It will be pure luck to actually get what you order. I do find it interesting that when they finally get one, it is hard to get rid of. I wonder how many of you out there have taken a second or third choice car just to get one.
#235 of 7508 Random Car Selection...Not So!!
Mar 16, 2004 (3:02 pm)
I spoke with my Toyota Dealer in Ohio...who stated that Toyota builds a car per each order for each dealer...The delivery should not be random...if that were so we would here many more dissatisfied customers. For our region I heard the delivery rate was about 1.5 cars per dealer per month. Two days ago I saw Two Prius's marked for an AUTO SHOW here in Dayton OHIO.
#236 of 7508 In Southern California
Mar 16, 2004 (8:49 pm)
there are 3 things that just too over priced.
1. The cost of a small 2 bdrm 1 bath home has passed the 250K mark in some neighborhoods.
2. The price of regular gas has been $2.10 on the average for a month now.
3. Local Toyota dealers are taking advantage of the tight Prius supply that they are now asking 3-5k on top of MSRP. I met 3 people who just put off ordering a Prius because of dealer markups.
#237 of 7508 Inconsistent Story
Mar 17, 2004 (11:27 am)
There seems to be an inconsistent story by Toyota dealers regarding the process of filling orders. I ordered my Prius from the Burlington, NC dealer on Nov. 11, specifying pkg. #9, mats, and super white color with gray interior, thinking that I could avoid all the high-markup distributor-installed add-ons. I was quoted full retail price plus a $200 dealer service fee. I gave them my $500 deposit as required. I was told that it would be a 3 to 6 month wait for delivery. Last week when I called to inquire about my order, I was told by the sales manager that the dealer has yet to receive any Prius', except two for rental, that the dealer has no control over what Prius' are sent them, that I was no. 5 on the list, and that when they received any Prius they would go down the list in order and sell it to the first one willing to take it. The sales manager had no idea of how much longer it would be, suggesting it may be several more months and that the delay had to do with the difficulty Toyota had in getting batteries. I wonder what the true story is.
Also troublesome is that, according to the Toyota Prius brochure and website, package #9 is suppose to come with a self-dimming rear view mirror and the homelink security system. Yet when I go to the dealer's inventory web site (which seems to be no longer available as of last week), which is actually the inventory of the Southeast distributor, there have been several Prius' listed with package #9 plus a $200 or $300 option for the self-dimming mirror and Homelink system. Is this not double charging? Has anyone been charged extra for this feature with package #9? Thanks.