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#770 of 7508 Bought my Prius today
Mar 06, 2005 (2:30 pm)
Hi all -
Went to Kendall Toyota in Miami today and purchased a 2005 Prius, package 5 for 23,665 plus got a great trade in on my 2001 Escape.
They had five more Prius' (what is the plurel of Prius?) that had arrived - no waiting list. Had a great salesman that was an former surfing buddy of my housemate.
Was so nervous driving the Prius home - it is white btw - which is what I wanted because it is so hot here in Miami.
Wanted to share this with you all as I have been reading this board since last Feb.
#771 of 7508 [murphy8)CONGRATULATIONS!!
Mar 06, 2005 (5:17 pm)
Sounds like you're a happy camper. Welcome to our hybrid family. You too will enjoy many pleasant moments. Any questions feel free to ask.
Culliganman (04 Prius w/ 16K)
#772 of 7508 Tough Market in Dallas
Mar 06, 2005 (6:45 pm)
I have been out "kicking tires" to see if the Prius is the next car I want to own, having been very impressed with what I have read. There is no such thing here as an on-line price quote. Two dealerships didn't respond at all, two responded with a "come in and we can see what you want and talk about it", and one wrote to tell me to bring a $1,000 nonrefundable check for them to order one, which, if they don't deliver within a year, they will refund my money. Great, a 2005 Prius at *some* price delivered in the Spring of 2006.
In any event, I did go to a Toyota dealership just to check out a car up close and personal and they did have one on the lot available for immediate purchase. It was silver, pkg 5 with a Toyota MSRP of something less than $24K, with about $1,400 of "dealer added options", largely no value extra mark up, i.e. "fabric guard, paint protection, first aid kit"...you get the idea. Finally there was $6k of "market adjustment", bringing the total price to something over $30K.
I was fairly impressed with the car, although I am still in the early stages of decision making. They brought out every high pressure sleaze tactic in the book, which is pretty much par for the course for Toyota dealers in this area. They required me to valet park my car, so I couldn't leave, told me I needed to fill out a credit application, "because it was legally required by law after 9/11 to make sure I wasn't a terrorist"...what BS. Of course I didn't do it. I had made no offer on any car and didn't intend to finance it through them in any event. Anyway, it was such a distasteful experience that I wouldn't buy any car from them at any price.
FYI, before I left, they did agree to sell me the car at MSRP and give me KBB tradein value on my car. A good deal if I hadn't been so turned off by the dealership. Whether they would or not is hard to say, but I won't be back...ever.
I have owned several Toyotas over the years and they have all been great cars. The buying experiences have always been nightmares. One of the reasons I don't currently drive a Toyota now.
Oh...it was Toyota of Dallas, by the way.
#773 of 7508 Re: Tough Market in Dallas [felton1]
Mar 06, 2005 (6:52 pm)
Wow! Can't blame you for not giving them your business. But the Metroplex is a huge car market, with many Toyota dealers. Have you tried any others?
#774 of 7508 Re: Tough Market in Dallas [backy]
Mar 06, 2005 (7:12 pm)
I have lived in Dallas for almost 30 years and have owned Toyotas for probably half that time. Toyota service in Dallas is usually good. The cars are great. The sales tactics are the worst. Consumer's Reports usually give Toyotas very high marks for owner's satisfaction with the vehicles and very low marks for Toyota dealership buying experiences. That is certainly the way it is around here. I suppose it goes with the territory when the first question out of the salesperson's mouth is "how much do you want your monthly payment to be?"
In fairness, the supply and demand of the Prius favors the sellers in this market and I understand that. As my old grandfather used to say, though, "you can shear a sheep many times, but you can only skin them once." I am watching this forum for dealership recommendations, particularly for MSRP deals. I would rather travel and feel good about my purchase. The personal finance columnist for the Dallas Morning News loves the Prius and has two of them, according to his column. Even he found it advantageous to buy in New Mexico.
#775 of 7508 Re: Tough Market in Dallas [felton1]
Mar 06, 2005 (9:04 pm)
The buying experiences have always been nightmares.
That sounds like "TimeShare" tactics. I never allow my car to be valet parked anywhere anytime. That would have had me turning around in their lot and heading out. You wonder if Toyota corporate even cares how their cars are sold. You would think they would pull a dealership like that in a heartbeat. It cannot be that hard to find people willing to sell the easiest selling cars in America.
#776 of 7508 Re: PRIUS FOR SALE.....JUMP!! [railroadjames]
Mar 06, 2005 (11:35 pm)
I believe it depends on your area. A rare find is very very quickly becoming a common find. IMHO i would wait if you can until late spring to purchase. Might be possible in few months to get one below MSRP. No way should anyone pay above MSRP for a prius these days. Just saw an ad from a local dealer. Says they have 40 Prius avail no waiting list. So I think to much hype about waiting lists.
Oh yea I own a toyota and I love it! I just despise these dealers trying to hype the low avail of these cars to milk it for all its worth....
#777 of 7508 [gagrice]INTIMADATING TACTICS!
Mar 07, 2005 (6:38 am)
Rare as it may sound, on this I totally agree with Gary & others about these deplorable sales tactics. We all have a responsablity to red flag dealers that use pressure tactics and unfavorable methods to push up car sales.
To bad too that Toyota fails to act on these dealers.
Culliganman (Buyer Beware)
#778 of 7508 Re: Just bought one [brted]
Mar 07, 2005 (10:44 am)
does anyone know of prius being bought at msrp in california? i'm looking in san francisco bay area..most new ones (basic pkg) can find for 22,700 but not less (about 2k above msrp)... certified 04's around 22K and up also... any thoughts?
#779 of 7508 paying msrp in calif?
Mar 07, 2005 (10:47 am)
anyone paying msrp in calif? looking in sf bay area... most new (basic pkg) finding at 22,700 (about 2k above msrp).. certified 04's at 22-23k and above... any thoughts?