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#314 of 596 prepackaged options
Jul 16, 2009 (6:19 am)
I am looking to buy a 2009 Toyota Venza w a moon roof, leather seats, smart key but the quotes are all for the upgraded radio,camera,floor mats & other options that I just don't' need or can afford.
They claim because I want the moon roof the cars come prepackaged & you can't pick & choose options,is this true? By the way, is the standard radio of good quality or should I bite the bullet on that option & just get it??
#315 of 596 Re: prepackaged options [laurie77479]
Jul 16, 2009 (8:43 am)
If you can choose the upgraded stereo it is well worth it. I'm hoping the quality of the regular one is ok because my package order wouldn't allow me to upgrade but it also includes the bluetooth technology. I might just order that and have them install it at the dealership and I'm still disappointed that I can't get the JBL.
I think they are building certain colors with certain features and thats it for now, probably trying not to mass produce them.
#316 of 596 Re: prepackaged options [laurie77479]
Jul 21, 2009 (2:51 pm)
We were in same situation, factory ordered Venza on 5/23/09 with all options you desired including the JBL system less leather seats, received car 6/30/09. We planned to have dealer install leather seats for $1500, but now reconsidering as the cloth seats are nice.
#317 of 596 Re: prepackaged options [westchester]
Jul 21, 2009 (3:14 pm)
I did the same this week (that is: convenience package and JBL but no leather). The salesman gave me the address where they do the after market leather, so I went to the place and instead of charging me the 1500 the dealer would, they said it would cost me 1000. Like the cloth as well though and am waiting for the first big stain that will push me towards having the leather installed.
#318 of 596 Re: Venza - Good Dealerships in CT & How much you paid for it? [free2run]
Jul 21, 2009 (3:20 pm)
I bought mine in Danvers, MA. They were willing to negotiate. I got the high end Kelly Blue Book value for my trade-in and the invoice price on the Venza (of course they may have allocated things differently internally but I don't know since I negotiated in an 'out the door basis').
#319 of 596 Re: Overall Ratings for the '09 Venza - Positive? [sherb2000]
Jul 22, 2009 (5:05 am)
Actually in looking at all the various "crossover" SUV's on the market, they all have a very similar aesthetic (swoopy shape) and pretty close to the same stats, ie MPG, interior space, keyless ignition, all those optional bells and whistles. Makes it pretty good for apples to apples comparisons. At this point I'm looking for user reviews in re the longevity of the various makes, and Toyota seems to have a pretty strong following. I trust the opinions of people who have owned a given car for years over anything the manufacturer says. Of course anyone can get a lemon - so I generally try to get a cross-cut of opinions to go from. I appreciate all the feedback on the Venza. Still pondering my options...
#320 of 596 Re: Overall Ratings for the '09 Venza - Positive? [emjay1]
Jul 22, 2009 (7:44 am)
If mine would ever come in I'd be happy to give you my opinion. Hopefully within in the next 2 weeks its here. Not many on the road so its hard to find people to ask about the vehicle.
#321 of 596 Re: Venza - Good Dealerships in CT & How much you paid for it? [japj]
Jul 22, 2009 (8:34 am)
Hi, japj. You mentioned that you got "the high end Kelly Blue Book value" for your trade-in. Those values can vary a lot based upon whether the trade-in is regarded as being in "EXCELLENT", "GOOD", or "FAIR" condition. Supposedly, only 5% or so fall into the "EXCELLENT" category, while most fall into the "GOOD" category. Separating the new car selling price and the allowance for the trade-in -- as you did, was "the high end Kelly Blue Book value" you got for your trade-in based upon an "EXCELLENT", "GOOD", or "FAIR" condition rating?
As a general question to all, isn't it very difficult to get an "EXCELLENT" condition rating for your trade-in? It seems like dealers often make most of their profits from the trade-in's they take -- i.e. they'll nickel & dime down the condition of your trade-in.
#322 of 596 Re: Venza - Good Dealerships in CT & How much you paid for it? [yurko]
Jul 22, 2009 (10:29 am)
Based on my calculations it was the EXCELLENT value in KBB (which was slightly lower than the TMV on Edmunds for my car but higher than NADA and Blackbook). What I had done is taking the invoice price from Edmunds for the Venza, take the TMV for my car (2006 Mercedes C280) and used that as my reference point. I ended up setting my self a max out of the door amount and stuck to that (even walked away when we were 300 dollars apart.
#323 of 596 Re: Venza - Good Dealerships in CT & How much you paid for it? [japj]
Jul 22, 2009 (1:52 pm)
Thanks, japj. You were obviously very thorough in doing your "homework" and it looks like you got a good deal. I hope the Venza works out for you.
I'm also leaning towards buying a Venza, but want to see what the new Honda CrossTour (or whatever they end up calling it) is like.