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Scion tC, Coupe
#69 of 114 good experience, though i don't have the car yet
Oct 13, 2005 (6:07 am)
i bought mine from galaxy toyota/scion in eatontown nj and had a good experience overall. the first day i went in someone came to me while i was looking around (: ( at toyotas cuz they had no scions) and asked if i needed help, which i said i did. even when i told the dealer i was 19 and didn't have much of a credit history, but wanted to buy a scion, he was incredibly helpful. he explained pure pricing to me like this- scion sets a "menu' of prices and the dealers have to charge that. he also told me that for any other information could be garnered from the web site. he did a quick glimpse at my credit report and told me i would be able to finance a purchase without a co-signer. i wanted an xb but there was a 12 week wait, and the dealer told me that they would have 2 auto xas and 2 auto tcs in next week. i decided on the xa and then told him i wanted a day to think about everything, to which he was greatly receptive. i didn't have to commit to anything, sign anything, or pay for anything (even the credit check.)
i called the next morning and told him that i changed my mind, i wanted to go with the tc in silver, and that i would be in at 5 with a down payment.
so i got there, he went over the price with me, and it actually came out to be almost exactly what was on the website. i arugued that i really wanted the tc but the xa was much more affordable (based on the projected credit check) and i basically asked him if he could adjust the apr on the tc so that the total and payments would be equal to the xa. so he did my official credit check (which added $15 to the total, which isn't too bad for a credit check) and did it. i also refused to buy the car when i read that the deposit (in my case $2000) isn't refundable, after which he modified the contract and wrote refundable and initialed it. so i was very happy and satisified.
then the only not so kosher thing occured... after i signed everything the time frame changed to "we expect it in next week, but it would be in by the end of october (roughly 3 weeks) at the latest."
i forgot to mention as well- he didn't really ask me if i wanted any of the options or accesories. which i didn't plan on getting, but still, if he'd given me totals with and without i might have got some.
and that kind of pissed me off. but we'll see what happens.
overall it was a really easy and happy experience and i would def. buy another car from them when the time comes. now i just have to get the car and spend the next, oh, 5 or 6 years paying for it lol.
btw- brand new 2006 tc, auto, standard features, classic metallic silver.
i'll post updates when i have them!
#70 of 114 Re: What's Included in the Price [nacho]
Dec 11, 2005 (4:03 pm)
Hi, I just wanted to know if you ever did get choose to get trade in or privately sell your Audi. I am actually in the same delima right now. I am planning on selling my '98 Audi for a Scion TC. Are you happy with your change of vehicle? Maintenace on the Audi is just killing me, and that is why I made my decision. Thanks for your help!
#71 of 114 Buying a Scion at less than MSRP: has anyone done it?
Dec 26, 2005 (9:10 pm)
I have a simple question that I can't seem to find an explicit answer to on this board.
Has anyone personally been able to buy a new Scion at less than sticker price? If so, what was the price you paid, what were the circumstances, and where did you buy your car?
It seems dealerships are really sticking to their "no haggling" policy, even though it's clear they have the power to set their own prices (as explained at http://www.scion.com/showroom/tc/pricing/). Still, I'm
looking to see if there's any room for negotiation at all, or if I'm stuck with the price on the window.
Many thanks in advance.
#72 of 114 Re: Buying a Scion at less than MSRP: has anyone done it? [mikey432]
Dec 27, 2005 (5:07 am)
The dealership must charge every customer the same price. But, they aren't required to stay with the sticker price.
#73 of 114 Re: Buying a Scion at less than MSRP: has anyone done it? [axiomowner]
Jan 09, 2006 (9:06 pm)
Why is this such a good thing? I just don't understand this gimmick played by Scion and Saturn. It just seems like an excuse for the dealers and manufacturers to set a price and force everyone to pay it. In the end, it's the dealers making the fat cash on us consumers on a bunch of low-end cars. Maybe it's everyone being afraid their friends and neighbors will get a better deal than they did, but come on people, is it better to hand over $$ to the dealers for basically setting up a lame pricing scheme so they don't have to do any work?
#74 of 114 Re: Buying a Scion at less than MSRP: has anyone done it? [harrybush00]
Jan 09, 2006 (9:23 pm)
It seems to me they do everything that all other car dealers do, other than haggle with customers and potential customers...which many customers don't like to do anyway. I can appreciate why tough negotiators (as well as some buyers who don't feel good about a purchase unless they believe they are getting "a deal") don't like this system. But besides simplifying the buying process, the beauty of it is that it makes it so much easier to judge the value of the car, because you know what it's going to cost before you ever set foot in the dealership. If you didn't think it would provide value at its MSRP before you decided to go, you wouldn't bother, and you only need the test drive to confirm what you thought going in.
The tC is still in pretty short supply - which admittedly may be somewhat intentional on Toyota's part - but it does show that many buyers do like the car and the buying process. As with any other product, if you don't like the product or don't think it's worth it, you can always say no.
#75 of 114 Re: Buying a Scion at less than MSRP: has anyone done it? [harrybush00]
Jan 11, 2006 (11:01 am)
Do you walk into a department store and "bargain" on the price of a sport coat - knowing that you are getting "ripped off" by an over 100% mark-up? or a sofa, shoes, etc.?
Why should a vehicle be any different. Personally, I am miffed by the fact that everyone through the door gets a different price based on the time of month, if the dealer has reached his quota, the mood of the sales manager, etc. How fair is that?
If you do not find the "no haggle" price to be fair then move on or look for a used car that you can play the bargaining game with. Do you really believe the dealer is "giving" you somthing when they budge on the sticker price? And how do you feel when you find out that your sale made the quota and the next guy thru the door gets the same vehicle for a few hundred dollars less?
Enough with the games. Make a quality vehicle, price it fairly and let the chips fall.
#76 of 114 Waiting for my 2006 Scion Tc
Jan 24, 2006 (5:00 pm)
I ordered my Tc November 5th and the dealer said that it should be in no later than 12 weeks. we are approaching 12 weeks and its still not here. And the dealer told me to call him back yesterday or today and i did, and he hasnt returned my calls...im getting very anoyed and i think i may get a diffrent car since my other car is sold bc i thought the tc would be in...so now i dont have a car and i dont even know when the tc will be in...any one have a similar experience?
#77 of 114 Re: Waiting for my 2006 Scion Tc [lildevil2o0o]
Jan 24, 2006 (10:21 pm)
No, but I would ask the dealer if he has a car you can use while you wait. That should speed things up a little...
#78 of 114 Re: Waiting for my 2006 Scion Tc [lildevil2o0o]
Feb 02, 2006 (8:57 am)
I'm having a similar issue. I ordered my TC on January 2nd (Flint Mica, Manual, Side Curtain Airbags, & a Pedastal Spoiler). I was told since I didn't want a TC from another dealer I'd have to wait, which I didn't have a problem with. The following week the salesman called & said they couldn't get the car I wanted & asked if I wanted to change any options or wait until the next shipment of cars were delivered. I told him I'd wait. 2 weeks later the salesman called & gave me the same story. Again I said I'd wait. I should hear something again next week. In the meantime I sent Scion an e-mail questioning their "Customized to your specifications" line in their brochure & received a generic reply that the cars are in demand & I may have to wait 12 weeks. I'm not confident that I will ever get my TC since it seems that I have to keep my fingers crossed that a TC will be delivered that meets my criteria & if it doesn't then I'm out of luck.