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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars, Sedan
#996 of 2152 Re: Resale price of 2004 Prius vs Residual value for new Prius [jaxs1]
Sep 04, 2007 (8:06 am)
Can anyone, in any state, recommend their dealer? I am looking for an honest or at least reputable dealership that will not rip me off for a standard 2007 Prius with package number 2 and mats.
This weekend I went to 4 dealerships in Miami, Fl. I thought the sleazy dealers were a thing of the past. Here are SOME of their lies: the window sticker base price is the price paid by the dealer, all cars come only with package number 5, package number 2 cost $1199 (not $850 as advertised on the Toyota site), the 2007 cars on the lot are not leftovers since 2008 cars will not be available until December, $22,500 is the dealers-paid base price without options. That dealer agreed on a price after 40 minutes of negation and changed it on the sales ticket. It was a horrible experience…..each one grabbed our license and one even wanted a credit card as proof we were serious. Every psychological tactics was used to detain us, wear us down, and to confuse us.
With each case…..the cars were around 24,800 for what should be 22,500-23,000. Now as I read your prices….even that would have been too much.
So, I am willing to travel out of FL to any dealership you recommend. I like Toyota’s Prius but the feeling of being swindled has us thinking about other car makers.
#997 of 2152 Re: $21,695 for Standard Prius/SoCal [socalred]
Sep 04, 2007 (1:06 pm)
Your info is very helpful. Could you tell me the
OTD (out the door) price with the Package (#2?) and who was your salesman?
I've been inquiring this past week at several dealerships.
#998 of 2152 Re: Price-fixing in Miami
Sep 05, 2007 (5:12 am)
I spoke to my fifth dealer in Miami and now I am convinced they are price-fixing here. Has anyone else experience dealers taking your license and entering the information on-line? How else can they all be coming up with the same price…and the same lie about “no such thing as invoice price.”?
For a 2007 with package 2, the price they quote is $24,600+ and that is not the OTD price. They will not go lower. This is for a left-over but then again, this pack of sleazy dealers claim 2008 cars will not be available for months and that I must pay over the MSRP price if I want to buy a Prius!
Please, can anyone recommend their dealership (hopefully, not in Miami or in Florida!)
#999 of 2152 Re: Price-fixing in Miami [srm1]
Sep 05, 2007 (5:51 am)
This is what is known as a Sellers Market. People want a Prius, dealers have limited inventory and sell the car for whatever price they want because they know someone will pay their price for it. This is one of the reasons used Prius are going for top dollar as well. I also think the end of thetax incentives ends soon, so there will be a rush to buy the last of the '07 models, and dealers know this. If you are serious about buying one, there are other states you can look to that may offer a better deal, but from what I have seen lately, the lots are empty again and the waiting list is growing. Good luck, maybe you can find a model that doesn't sell as well like a base model like I did, so it doesn't have smart key or play MP3's in the CD deck, but it has everything else, and with the $140 DICE unit I installed I now play my Ipod in it. I got mine April 2, right after the incentive was cut in half, the Saturday before they all sold out at this dealer, but 10 minutes before I pulled in, they got a base model off the truck. I got it for sticker, plus $4K for a 98 Exploder sight unseen. I drove out of there for under $20K, and it has everything I need in the car save for leather and power seats, which was something I was looking for in a car, but I can live without those. Timing is everything.
#1000 of 2152 Re: Price-fixing in Miami [srm1]
Sep 05, 2007 (8:49 am)
A bit pricey but you can fly to Calif and have a nice vacation drive back to Florida. Just got my pkg 4 (base, not touring) for $23,471 + TTL in No. Cal. on Aug 31. Still plenty on the lots up here.
#1001 of 2152 Re: Price-fixing in Miami [pmanza]
Sep 05, 2007 (10:12 am)
Wow, we just moved from CA to FL and thought it would be cheaper to purchase a Prius here. CA is not known for ‘reasonable rates on anything.’ Go figure!
After flipping through this site, I learned a lot about the Prius. I thank all of you for enlightening me. Is it worth buying a Prius in the CARB states for that “generous warranty’? Do you pay extra for it? Since my bad experience with the Miami dealers, buying one in the NE is doable. Any dealer recommendations for CT, ME, MA, NJ, NY, RI, VT?
#1002 of 2152 Re: Price-fixing in Miami [srm1]
Sep 05, 2007 (1:30 pm)
have you looked at fitzmall.com? A lot of posters from back east say that they are fairly reasonable, not the cheapest, but not the most expensive either, and easy to deal with.
#1003 of 2152 Re: prius package #2 in 21400 southern cal [jamesdu]
Sep 05, 2007 (5:47 pm)
Could you pls give me dealer info? I'm in the same boat.
looking for prius with the package #2. No one knows for sure
when the 08's are coming out but all say no changes except
tail lights. Not as many choices of colors towards the end
of the model year either
Sep 06, 2007 (9:42 pm)
Many of my friends warned me from buying a prius. They are all senior citizens and their major complaint is lack of comfortable seats, lack of height adjustment and their spouses complain that the rear seats are not very comfortable either.
Other wise no problems at alls. Some of the Prius I have seen got more than 130 thousand miles with no unexpected repairs.
I am 65; at this point comfortable seats are of importance at this age... My friends suggested go for the leather seats (package #6).No of us have seen, or traveled in a prius with leather seats.
I ordered one with a touring package and, option number 6.
I used Costco buying service. It is about 700 dollars above the invoice and depending upon where one lives there is about 1400$ discount (eco savings) package 6.
The local dealers are not very helpful. They want 1000 $ above invoice plus 175 dollars for dealers preparation.
Buying through Costco seams to be an easy way out without spending time with dealers to get one at a reasonable price. I live in rural Midwest and not in southern California.
#1005 of 2152 Re: using Costco [johnson5]
Sep 06, 2007 (10:13 pm)
With friends like that, who needs enemies? Prius seats are
very comfortable. Rear seats are fine also. It's one of the most reliable vehicles on the road. IMO, the leather seats are a waste of money. For one thing, they are only partially leather seats - lots of the seat is still vinyl.
For what they charge I would opt out of leather and use the cash to buy about 20,000 miles of fuel.