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#27 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [civicbuyer]
May 15, 2009 (12:43 am)
Well I did it. I bought my Prius tonight. I made an offer of $21,000 plus taxes out the door on a #2 package to my local dealer. They said they would take it with $399.00 dealer handling fees added on. I turned it down and said I would shop around. The first delaer I called in Denver "Go Toyota" said yes and I had a short but pleasant buying experience. the MSRP on my Prius is $24568.00. They sold it for $3568.00 below sticker. I financed through my own bank and was given a 4.99% rate (fair). I then put 200 miles on my new car tonight, mostly highway and the onboard computer read 43 MPG average. My average speed was between 70 and 75 mph. So far I could not be happier. My other vehicle is a 2006 3/4 ton 4x4 Dodge diesel. It will be spending alot of time parked from now on on!!!!!
#28 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [archer1]
May 15, 2009 (4:06 am)
Great job and good negotiating. That fuel economy is pretty typical right out of the box for highway speeds of 70-75 mph. There's a 5000 mi and a 10000 mi 'breakin' ( nothing that you have to do ) and familiarity issues that will increase your FE values up to the 45-50 mpg range.
Your net after about a year's driving should be in the 47-49 mpg range.
#29 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [archer1]
May 15, 2009 (10:31 am)
I've got inquiries out to several dealerships -- sent them late last night. So far I've only heard from 3 with actual information. I'm also looking for a Package 2, (flexible on color), and the lowest price I've gotten them to quote is $23,888. Planning to do the 0%, so no cash back offer. I am still hoping to get it for under $23,000, but many of the sales people have written that they are unwilling to "take a loss" since there are so few left and the new ones are coming very soon. The invoice, destination and package 2 come to $22,666 according to Edmunds, and the Edmunds TMV is $23,262. (I offered $22,500.)
I'm in Seattle, and I think they are pretty popular around here. Wonder if my timing is not so great or if it's a combination of factors. Or maybe this is just part of the runaround? It is still early in the day.
Would love to hear your thoughts!
#30 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [civicbuyer]
May 15, 2009 (10:56 am)
they are unwilling to "take a loss" since there are so few left and the new ones are coming very soon.
LOL, that's funny. I can understand them not wanting to take a loss, but I can't imagine them not wanting to clear the lot before the 2010 hits their dealership. having a 2010 sitting beside a 2009 will not be a good selling point for the old ones.
#31 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [wvgasguy]
May 15, 2009 (11:05 am)
Yeah, I must say this is definitely different than 4 years ago when I bought our Civic... It was easy to get a price over the phone, and I got it for very close to invoice vs. this which is over $1k above it. And the salespeople seem almost... standoffish. Definitely irritated. Maybe they figure they have so few left that they can easily sell it to someone who's not doing quite as much research?
We'll see! I've been without a car for 8 months, so if this doesn't work out, I will live.
#32 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [civicbuyer]
May 15, 2009 (12:36 pm)
It is ironic that they will tell some people they want to move the 09's to make room for the 2010's and then tell people when they get there that they have so few that they don't need to discount them. Right now the lots are bare in a lot of dealerships because production has been cut. The truth though is that production is cut because cars are not selling. It's a catch 22 but it should be working in favor of the consumer rather than the dealer.
#33 of 1269 Central Atlantic Region_WV delivery
May 15, 2009 (4:27 pm)
The sales manager just called me to go over the spec for my preference. He said he had to get it ready tonight as it has to be turned in by tomorrow AM!
I joked with him and asked him what ship is coming in. I had told him about the link I found on PriusChat showing the GPS locations of the ships. He said, I may be able to find out if indeed he gets an allocation.
It's a smaller dealership and while they wouldn't get a large allocation if any at all, I know that when they got my 07 TCH in, it came in the first shipment in West Virginia and I had a VIN ending with 0579. I'm hopeful he will be as lucky this time. However if he can't get what I want or fairly close I will wait since I plan to own this a while and want it pretty much like I've spec'ed.
2010 Prius V
Beige / sand leather
All Weather Floor and cargo mats
Heading to Ocean City next week. Maybe I can keep my mind off of it. I want it to come in, but not while I'm gone
#34 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [archer1]
May 16, 2009 (12:19 am)
hi Archer: did you buy the 2009 or 2010? how was the drive, was it powerful enough or was it too weak? was it rough? I have never driven a hybid. is it similiar to a civic or corolla ? I really like the MPG on this car and the price seems reasonable; i am just concerned about the power and rough drive. also what is the warranty on the hybrid parts such as battery? I heard replacing battery on hybrid are very expensive and wonder what the warranty is on battery? thanks
#35 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [tyler70]
May 16, 2009 (3:50 am)
A hybrid like the Prius is smoother and larger than a Corolla or Civic. The Corolla and Civic are 'torquier' if you step on it but the Prius seems more powerful ( 115,000 mi and counting ).
The ride is more basic than most midsized sedans but somewhat better than the compact cars.
There is no need EVER to replace the hybrid battery....EVER! In both the Toyotas and the Fords these batteries are running upwards of 250,000 to 350,000 miles without replacement. In fact no one has been able to determine when and if they ever wear out. 500,000 mi? 700,000 mi No one has reached those levels yet.
The warranty depends in which state you buy the vehicle and where you live.
#36 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [civicbuyer]
May 17, 2009 (12:57 pm)
Your timing couldn't be any better. I looked at numerous dealer sites in the Seattle area and all seem to have a good inventory on hand. I've also been looking in NorCal for the same.
I saw a Belleview Area dealer with 45 - 50 on hand. NorCal is loaded with excess 09's.
Try sending an email to all the dealers within 75 miles and tell them exactly how much you will pay for an 09 Prius.
I've been hitting dealer lots (twice weekly) in the NorCal area for a month. I have never seen more then 3 car buyers at any time during this period. Additonally, I hit Honda, VW and Accura as well since they are all together. The same Prius cars are still unsold with the exception of 1. Cars are sitting, really!
There are far more Prius' sitting on lots, back lot's and on boats in the Long Beach harbor then most people realize.
If I were ready to buy an 09, I'd be offering 21,000 (max) for the package 2. Once the 2010's come out, it will be less. IMO!
If this doesn't work you can alway's go up on your offer. The car will still be there.
Toyota was late in cutting back production on the 09 when (shtf) they profited during the gas hike. They were building and selling during that time.
This is a great (maybe greatest) time to by a Prius!