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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#3255 of 4696 Re: RAV4 Extended Warranty [wester8]
Apr 27, 2006 (4:33 am)
Sorry I had my year wrong I think its actually a 7 year 100k warranty when I looked in 2002. Also be careful with warranties. If you are getting a warranty from a dealer make sure its an actual warranty backed by Toyota. I have heard horror stories about extended warranties from dealers that have nothing to do with Toyota and going belly up. On the other hand I would trust Sams with something like this they are too big to put up with nonsense. They have had these extended warranties available for many years. Read fine print as well on whats not covered and deductibles are important.
Also the longer you wait to get a warranty the more expensive it gets. When I first looked into getting one for my Sienna it would have cost 1100.00, when I looked 2 years later it would have cost 1800.00 for the same length of time as the original.
#3257 of 4696 Re: RAV4 Extended Warranty [wester8]
Apr 27, 2006 (5:33 am)
Well the list prices for the RAV4 warranties are available on the Toyota web site. I think the 6/75K was about $1000.
#3258 of 4696 Re: RAV4 Extended Warranty [wester8]
Apr 27, 2006 (5:53 am)
I got the Platinum Warranty, 6/75, $0 deductible for $470. With the warranties, the dealership can only make money. It's another line they add to the sales paperwork. If they sell it for $470 then they make, I don't know, $50; but if they can sell it for $870, then they get $450 for filling out the same couple pages of paper. They don't have a stock of warranties that they have to sell, like cars on the lot.
#3259 of 4696 Re: RAV4 2007 [sushilover]
Apr 27, 2006 (8:05 am)
Actually someone posted earlier that the European RAV4 has run-flat tires and no spare. Not sure if that's true or not.
If this was an option in Canada I think I would go for it; get rid of the spare on the back door.
#3260 of 4696 Re: RAV4 Extended Warranty [sayers1]
Apr 27, 2006 (9:03 am)
Actually warranties are just insurance policies with the dealership acting as the insurance agent. The bulk of the money goes to the insurer, which I'm assuming Toyota chooses. The F&I person acts like your life insurance agent in this case and gets a small commission. It's not a huge money maker IMO. Perhaps those in Finance can confirm or clarify.
I do know that the more prone to repair and more complex and more expensive the vehicle is the higher is the cost of the policy. Like everything else the insurer sets a price based on the acturarial estimate of what it will cost down the road.
#3261 of 4696 Re: RAV4 Extended Warranty [gunga64]
Apr 27, 2006 (11:01 am)
I today checked with my local Sam's and they knew nothing of a New Car Warranty that Sam's offers. I checked on line and got no hits. I also called Sam's 1-888 number and got so frustrated with their automated phone system that after 5 tries, I gave up (never got to talk to anyone). Can you give anymore info on who in Sam's to contact for this info???
#3262 of 4696 bike rack problem
Apr 27, 2006 (1:53 pm)
I haven't checked all the messages, but has anyone had trouble mounting a bike rack? I have the kind that's mainly supported by straps and two metal hooks that attach to the rear roof (in this case, the top edge of the door hatch. (Of course, I had to de-mount the spare, but that's not a problem.) Here's the issue: the hook latches onto the edge of the plastic spoiled, not the metal frame of the door itself, and I think a good bump with four bikes on the rack could rip the spoiler right off - and the dealer agreed with me. But to get the hook over the actual metal of the door, it would have to be opened up much wider, and that would be very tough to do.
The dealer suggested mounting them on the roof, but that seems way too hard with four bikes to carry. Then there are racks that attach to the trailer hitch, but I'm not going to install a hitch just for that.
Anybody have any thoughts on this?
rs in boston
#3263 of 4696 Re: bike rack problem [rsaltus1]
Apr 27, 2006 (3:43 pm)
Well a good strong hitch costs $130 bucks and takes 30 min with four bolts on the RAV4 not counting the wiring which you do not need to carry bikes.
#3264 of 4696 Re: Decision time! [raydahs]
Apr 27, 2006 (6:40 pm)
I took your advice and couldn't be happier. Yesterday morning, I called CarMax and told the salesman that I wanted the Black Limited. Early afternoon, Dealer A, who had been trying to get me a Flint Mica Sport V6 4x4 for 9 weeks, called me and asked if I had been to Carmax, I told him my intentions of buying the Limited I saw there. He was nice at first, but then mentioned that the $500 "refundable" deposit I gave him on Feb 18th might be forfeited. He said he had done a lot of legwork for me. I told him to keep the deposit (I knew they could not). He wanted to get me a similar model by the end of the day for the same discount. I told him no. He said his sales manager would be calling me. He called 2 hours later and also threatened to keep the deposit. I bluntly said "Fine, goodbye" and hung up. He called back 10 seconds later and now was a nice guy. He said he would send my check back to me and asked me to consider them in the future. How nice.
So, at 7PM sharp, I arrived at the Kenosha Carmax/Toyota dealer in southern Wisconsin. The process of buying from them was so smooth. I have bought 4 new cars in the past and helped 5 others buy cars. This was the best experience. It was 10PM when I got out of there, partly because it took them a long time to get my plates off the Camry. One screw was stuck. Anyway, I was so nervous driving it back to Illinois, I stayed on the frontage road for the 5 miles to the border instead of getting on the expressway. Now, 24 hours later, I have put over 100 miles on it, and picked up my mother's 6 foot wide dining table and 4 chairs with it so she would not have to pay $40 to have it delivered. The V6 is unreal. Even pushing the accelerator about a half inch down will give you enough acceleration to keep up with normal traffic from a stop light. The radio/CD changer is very nice. I only have some very minor complaints. The clock is hard to read in any lighting situation. I'm 6 foot 2 inches, but could not adjust the seat and steering wheel so that I could see the top of the speedometer without lowering my head. Also, I don't mind that the speedometer only shows numbers at 20, 40, 60, and 80, but I would have preferred the line at 30, 50, and 70 to at least be as thick as the ones that are numbered. Very minor issue, but until I got used to it, it took a couple of seconds to figure out my speed. I'm really glad I got the black. Black is a lot of work to keep clean, but looks great when it is clean. My black 1999 Camry was washed about 500 times in 7 years, almost all by hand.
One other minor issue is the amount of brake dust on the fron wheels. The car had 11 miles on it when I picked it up. At 100 miles, I washed the brake dust off the two front wheels. I see so many nice cars that have filthy front wheels because they never clean the brake dust off them. My Camry never seemed to have any brake dust on the wheels. Must different brake linings or something.
One more thing I love is the temperature reading on the dash. I drove from Grayslake illinos to North Chicago Illinois on the lakefront of lake Michigan. The temp was dropping one degrees each mile and fell from 66 to 58. The reading seems to be very accurate.