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Scion tC, Coupe
Aug 07, 2005 (12:42 pm)
enjoy your 2006 Scion tC in Azure Pearl...automatic or manual transmission?
They are super nice looking cars and it should hold up fine mechanically and hold it's value as well. Read up on the few complaints on the car if you haven't yet. They seem petty yet really bug some tC owners, you be the judge of your own tC ownership experience, obviously, and do chime back in on how your tC and Scion are treating you, OK?
#46 of 114 Re: srn3... [iluvmysephia1]
Aug 07, 2005 (3:18 pm)
Thanks.. and its a manual. Been driving an auto for the past two years and it can get pretty boring.
Just can't wait till 6pm tomorrow to pick it up. Guess I was lucky to get one delivered in just 2 days.
Will keep you posted on how the car treats me.
#47 of 114 Great scion tc buying experience -- twice
Aug 08, 2005 (9:36 am)
I bought a 2005 tc (flint mica/auto trans) from McGeorge Scion in Richmond, VA in January. Pricing was exactly what the website promised, the salesman was super-informed, and delivery came in a couple weeks ahead of when promised because another car came free. I couldn't have been happier and the next six months only confirmed me in my initial impression that it was a great, fun, comfortable car.
Unfortunately, I got in a wreck last week. Thank you Toyota for the great safety features that left everyone shaken but unhurt. The car, though, was totaled. (This was in part because even though the repair costs were not huge, the 75% of fmv threshold before State Farm would total the car, was pretty easy to reach.)
I was so happy with my first Scion that I right away ordered a new one. The salesman at McGeorge was, again, great. I ordered it with the same specs as the first one, but got a 2006 and side airbags (once bitten...). The Richmond dealership was able to get this one from a Virginia Beach dealership, the car came a day later, and just yesterday I picked it up, only nine days after the accident that totaled the 2005. I made an appointment Friday afternoon to pick the car up yesterday at 10:30. The salesman was ready for me when I got there, had all the paperwork filled out and ready to go, and the car was washed and gassed up. After test-driving and signing, I drove out of the dealership at 11:20.
After driving a Taurus-ified Volvo rental for a week, I couldn't have been happier to get back behind the wheel of my tc. Plus, the 2006 radio is 100% better than the old one and I noticed the annoying radio cover now opens and shuts smoothly. I also really like the steering wheel mounted radio controls. I won't belabor this point, but the Volvo I rented sells for, literally, almost double what I paid for the tc. While the Volvo's seats were very comfortable, I honestly cannot tell why anyone would spend $15,000 to $18,000 for leather seats.
Anyway, to each his own. My experience, though, with Scion, my tc, and McGeorge Toyota-Scion in Richmond has been outstanding. I'd recommed all of the above to anyone.
#48 of 114 Good but not great buying experience
Aug 08, 2005 (7:23 pm)
I’ve been following this board pretty closely while planning my buy. It finally came through today so I thought I’d relay my experience in return. Ordered a 2006, naval blue, manual transmission with ipod stereo with upgraded door speakers, and tinted windows. Expected delivery to take about six weeks, but it only took two and a half. Would have been thrilled, but the salesman didn’t understand the difference between delivery at the port and delivery at the dealer, so he had me on pins and needles by declaring the delivery date a week earlier than the actual date (today). No haggle pricing was great and the dealer followed the online pricing, but when it came to financing, they really tried to make up for it with all sorts of built in fees. I avoided these by getting my own financing. I highly recommend having alternate financing available. Also, the purchase would have set a new record for brevity but for the “financial” guys hard sell of Toyota’s extended warranties which more than doubled the purchase time. Overall, the experience was better than those in the past, and if the Toyota dealers ever get the idea behind “no haggle,” it will only get better. I’ll relay my experience with the car itself once I’ve had more time with it. I can already say, the 2006 blue seems a bit darker than the 2005's I’ve seen around town.
#49 of 114 Capital One Auto Finance Check
Aug 10, 2005 (8:27 am)
I am looking for a 06 tC. I went to a bay area dealership and he quoted me all the prices exactly like on the web site. I have a few questions.
1. He is charging $1200 for leather package. Is this a good priice?
2. Financing Question. I have a pre approved Capital One check. He says I have to sign up a backup loan agreement is this normal?
3. Because the car I want is not in stock, he has to order one and he says I have to put up a deposit of $500 for this. Is this normal?
4. He says he can order the exact car I want and get it in 2-4 wks. Is he correct?
#50 of 114 Re: Capital One Auto Finance Check [venk]
Aug 10, 2005 (2:08 pm)
The leather package is somethign which is not offerred by Scion directly, so I guess he is free to charge what he wants. The deposit is reasonable. I paid 500 for mine too, but I was lucky to find the exact same color I wanted off the dealer lot, so maybe he took the deposit to reserve the car for me.
#51 of 114 Re: Dealership Expereince [srn3]
Aug 14, 2005 (5:05 am)
You get what you pay for i.e., part of what you get when you pay for a luxury car.
Well worth it, in my opinion.
I sat for 4 hours being ripped off by a Subaru stealer having the brakes replaced. They won't give you a loaner. Wait on a gubment cheese line to get service. BMW dealer waits on me like hand and foot.
#52 of 114 Re: Dealer From Hell [aeroluvr]
Aug 16, 2005 (6:31 am)
Just wanted to reply since i live in the Orange County area. My girlfriend and I search high and low for a scion Tc. Called about 15 dealers from southern california all the way out to thousand oaks. Finally ended up placing an order for one arriving in about 1 week. Scion of Rancho Santa Margarita was the location where we placed the order since they are giving free sirrus radios w/ 9 month free sub. in all there scions. We figured since your going to pay the same amount everywhere might as well get someone free. The staff at Santa Margarita was terrific. Gave test drives answered all questions and even informed us of the college grad incentive. Just wanted to suggest this dealership since is was a great experience.
#53 of 114 My Dealership Experience
Aug 16, 2005 (7:17 am)
I too live in the So. Cal area (Riverside). I called four different dealerships and like the others, no TCs in stock although expecting some "soon." They all wanted a $500 deposit and said 2-3 weeks for any color but flint mica which would be 3-6 weeks. I visited a 5th dealer, Moreno Valley Toyota and they had two TCs on the ground that had just arrived, one auto, one stick. I test drove and knew this was the car I wanted. FYI, the two TCs that were there that day sold within two hours. This dealership alleges an allocation of 2 TCs per week. They happened to be expecting a flint mica in within two weeks and said that they could option it out the way at the port -- no $500 deposit required. The car arrived as scheduled. "First come, first serve" is the motto of this dealership - this prevents "bidding wars" between customers. Fortunately, my salesperson was a tenacious and saved the car for me. When I left the dealership, there were 4 other sets of people all wanting the blue TC that arrived that morning and the sales manager didn't want to sell it because he needed to have something for people to look at and test drive. There are just not enough TCs being built to satisfy demand right now. So I got a flint mica TC in 2 weeks vs. the 3-6 from everyone else. I stayed in frequent contact with the sales dept. to keep my name fresh in their minds so that when the car arrived, they called me first. I still recommend MV Toyota and now I know why they don't ask for a $500 deposit - they don't need to. Paid same as pricing on Scion website. No dealer markups on options. Just stay in frequent contact with your salesperson and get there as soon as the car does though.