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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars, Sedan
#209 of 2152 Re: Toyota Prius: Prices Paid & Buying Experiences [librarychick94]
Sep 06, 2006 (10:51 pm)
If the choice was mine, I would wait until the 3/36000 warranty was ready to run out before I made a decision regarding an extended warranty. Remember, that the extended warranty piggybacks the basic warranty, so for example, a 7 year "extended" warranty is for all practical purposes a four warranty because the first three years are covered already by the basic warranty. Particularly since you haven't yet taken title to the car, you can cancel the extended warranty at any time before the date of purchase.
Once the warranty goes into effect, you have a 30 day window in which to cancel the warranty for a full refund. After that, any refund is on a pro rata basis.
With respect to the waiting list, even though Toyota is already building 2007 models at the factory, they still
keep a supply of 2006 vehicles that they meter into the distribution channel to minimize the dry period when you can no longer get this years model but it's still to early to get next years model. No manufacturer likes this window to be of significant duration because it invites a prospective customer to consider another brand. Thr reason that the waiting list situation is a little murky is that the dealers don't necessarily know what cars they will be getting until fairly shortly before delivery. Sometimes, they will get cars in without any notice whatsoever. There is also another factor that is transparent to the customer -dealer to dealer accomodation. While on one level, dealers are in vigorous competition with each other, on another level, dealers often help each other out by exchanging inventory to help another dealer complete a sale. The factory encourages but doesn't require this level of cooperation. So the car you get may have originally be assigned to another dealer.
But not to worry. You'll probably get exactly or close to what you want. Get ready for a whole new life style, cause the only thing foxier than a library chick is a library chick driving a Prius!
#210 of 2152 Did Toyota get Metallic Gray paint cheap?
Sep 07, 2006 (12:03 pm)
While waiting for my Prius it seems most remaining 2006 streaming into dealers are metallic gray. They kept telling me it's the most popular color, but I hardly see them in SoCal. And when I got my Previa 13 years ago just about every one is a dark red. And that dark red is such a bad color (for fade, scorch, nicks), it's giving me chills about any Toyota red's. So I wonder, did Toyota get a fire-sale discount on gray paint? And will this gray go the distance (15 years looking new)?
#211 of 2152 Re: Did Toyota get Metallic Gray paint cheap? [ck90211]
Sep 07, 2006 (7:45 pm)
Grey isn't a widely popular in Northern California either. I think the least popular color is black. I think current paint technology has gone a long way to overcoming the fade problems of red.
#212 of 2152 Just hope it's not paint by Earl Sheib
Sep 07, 2006 (8:20 pm)
Crusing, thanks for your opinion. Toyota red really has no place to go but up. I did find 2 white Prius #3 (due 9/15) but dealer wants $3K+. So grey is looking better. Or perhaps I will learn to like the ocean blue too.
So what are the popular colors in NoCal?
#213 of 2152 Found white one finally
Sep 08, 2006 (10:26 pm)
I went to Frontier Toyota (north of LA) and found a White #3 at MSRP, coming in mid Sept, with VIN. It turned out they do sell more Prius then anyone in nation because they handle the LA county/city account, which gets few hundred Prius for meter maids/DOT workers/etc.. So they got 14 allocated today, and I was the 10th. I think they have a few more #3, 7 and 8 at MSRP. Anyhow, glad the wait is almost over.
#214 of 2152 Re: Found white one finally [ck90211]
Sep 09, 2006 (8:14 am)
Just be sure your paperwork shows that you purchased the vehicle prior to October 1 to protect the full tax credit.
Also, get the HOV application on file ASAP.
#215 of 2152 Re: Just hope it's not paint by Earl Sheib [ck90211]
Sep 09, 2006 (9:05 am)
Actually, there's nothing wrong with Earl Scheib paint, per se. The secret to a long lasting paint job depends more on the surface preparation for the paint than the paint itself. Consequently the quality of the paint work from aftermarket painters varies widely depending upon the skill and integrity of the particular shop. If the surface isn't completely stripped of wax or silicone polish and lightly sanded for adhesion, the best paint on earth will fail.
As a culture, we're all really a bunch of idiots. Every culture has its essential mediums for expressing personal color preferences but using the automobile as a venue for expressing it, is just bizarre. We (or the OEM) spend thousands of dollars for painting a car to make it look pretty on the outside, KNOWING that it will be doomed by rain, snow, smog, road salt, sun, rust, bird droppings, fender benders and vandals. Then we proceed to climb inside the car where we can't see the paint. All we can see inside is the car interior, which is dull beige, duller grey or deathly black. The only color we get to see are the paint colors OTHER people have chosen for their cars. Surely there has to be a more benign environment for expressing our color choices than having it defaced by the concerted cruel assaults of nature and man. If we had a scintilla of common sense, we would demand every car be totally galvanized, including the brake pedals! So why do we do this? There can only be one reason: Somewhere deeply recessed in our DNA there is the vestigial element of the birds from which we evolved. Our cars represent our awkward attempt to fly, the horn dimly replicates the chirp and the colors we bathe them in represent our pitiful efforts to regain some plumage. It's time we faced up to the fact that wasting money painting a car is ....just for the birds.
Popular colors for Northern Cal? The dominant colors in no particular order seem to be blue, green and gold with white, silver and red trailing behind and black at the bottom of the list. I think that in the warmer climate areas of the country that the incidence of white would be substantially higher.
#216 of 2152 Re: Just hope it's not paint by Earl Sheib [cruising7388]
Sep 09, 2006 (1:48 pm)
So you think the Delorian ugly gray stainless finish is cool?
Oh, and you can see the hood (and the sides in the mirrors, unless you don't use those ).
#217 of 2152 Re: Just hope it's not paint by Earl Sheib [pathstar1]
Sep 09, 2006 (2:14 pm)
No, I wasn't turned on by his stainless surface aesthetically. It leaves smudges and fingerprints. But I was turned on by the thought that I would never have to worry about fading, scratches, corrosion or some spittle drooling moron keying the side of the car because he couldn't afford one.
Well, OK, I'm willing to compromise. Paint the hood and the sides but galvanize all the rest. Actually, I think the bodywork of cars in the future will pretty much be a recyclable composite material. And now that you've got me started, no car should have a body panel more than 12" x 12". On half the cars made today, if you have to replace a front fender, the first part of the procedure is: "Remove rear tail light......." And that's only half of it - the tail light you remove to start the repair is on the opposite side of the damage.
#218 of 2152 Is the 2007 Prius elegible for max tax break?
Sep 10, 2006 (8:48 am)
I was just told by a Toyota salesman that he could obtain the VIN for a 2007 Prius and begin the sales paperwork by Sept 20th which he said is all we need to qualify for the max tax credit. First of all, I have read that you have to take physical possession of the car, not just have one on order. Second, I have not seen anything that tells me that a 2007 Prius is going to qualify for the credit. Does anyone have any verifiable last minute information that might confirm or refute what I am being told? The irs.gov site does not list the 2007 Prius as eligible for the tax break.
Not being born yesterday, I have learned that a car salesman is capable of saying anything to sell a car. I am confident that if what he said turned out not to be true, when tax time came around he would not remember making any such statements.