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#824 of 1188 Excessive add on fees in Florida
Dec 29, 2011 (12:52 pm)
On 19 Dec 2011 I purchased for my wife a 2011 prius three hatch in which our dealer advertised 20 % off any prius in stock(they had 21). This came out to $21,081 from a MSRP total monroney sticker price of $26,353. I asked our salesman to take me directly to the general sales mgr. in which I informed him that I would be paying cash in the form of a cashiers check and wanted him to delete the doc fee of $599.50. He told me he could'nt do it due to the low price with little profit to the dealership. We decided to go ahead and purchase the car anyway after thinking it over for an hour. We had the salesman take us back to him and then he told us for that price we would have to finance the car through Southeast Toyota Distributors. We told him we did'nt want to do that and had already earlier told him we would be paying cash. I was very angry but asked how much woulf the fee be. He picked up the phone, called accounting and told us $785. We left telling him this was rediculous. The salesman, who we like, convinced us it was still a good price. We went back to conclude the deal and the comptroller told us the genera Mgr had made a mistake and the fee would be $2000. but he would ask the same Mgr if in view of the circumstances a $1000. fee could be accepted. I then told him that the General Mgr had already offered the fee for $785. origonally offered to us. He said yes. If it was'nt for my wife, I would have told him what he could do with his "if you pay cash fee". The out the door price with all the add on junk and fees was a total of $24173.19. I am going to go to the Florida Attorney General about these obviously deceptive sales practices.
#825 of 1188 Re: 2011 Prius III price [amitb1]
Dec 29, 2011 (3:08 pm)
I didn't see an email address on their website, did you use the 'request a quote' link for dealer in Hayward... AutoWest?
#827 of 1188 2011 Toyota Prius
Dec 30, 2011 (9:40 pm)
Purchased a 2011 Prius II today for $23,500 OTD. The best deal I was coming across were ~$23,000 OTD on advertised specials (on specific cars in the dealer' inventory). I didn't have the patience to chase them down (dealers start playing games on what's available or not, etc.).
This was in the Peninsula in SF Bay Area.
#828 of 1188 Prius lll w/out nav 60mnth finance @ 0%
Jan 01, 2012 (6:40 pm)
Dec 31, the last day of the month and the last day of the year. The stars are aligned for great car deals.
The opportunity to connect with dealerships via the Edmunds site is fantastic. After narrowing my car search to a Prius lll without nav. I started the day early on Saturday emailing dealers (about 10-12) in three regions of Virginia using the Edmunds site to request price quotes. By 9am my phone was ringing off the hook. Negotiations went back and forth until about noon when I narrowed the offers to two. A dealership in Northern VA offered to sell me a new Prius lll w/out nav for $22,300 including everything except tax and title, this deal also included the 60 month finance at 0%. A dealership in Maryland (just over the VA line) offered the same deal for $22,700. The critical factor in closing the deal would be what could I get for a trade-in of my 100k+ miles vehicle?
A little after noon I loaded in my aging car to make the 2 1/2 hour trip to Falls Church in northern VA. Not only did the dealership there deliver on their promised price for the car plus 60 mnth 0% financing, but they also offered a very fair deal for my aging car (you have to know your numbers going into this and the Edmunds site and Kelley Book helps with perspective).
Needless to say, I'm loving my new Prius 3 and I am very impressed with the sales team I met. BTW, the second dealership was in Salisbury, MD. I was also very impressed with my phone dealings with them.
Remember, only a few days left (Jan 3) on that sweet 60mnth 0% finance deal by Toyota. Happy shopping.
#829 of 1188 Re: Excessive add on fees in Florida [subjective]
Jan 01, 2012 (6:24 pm)
This is a classic example of "low-balling" practice, it should be included in all textbooks.
#830 of 1188 dealer quotes $23,000
Jan 02, 2012 (11:57 am)
The cheapest I am able to get a 2011 Prius around here (midwest) is $23,300 (includes all fees except sales tax). Seems like others in this thread have gotten a lot better deals, not sure if I am lacking in negotiating skills or this is just how it is in my area. Gonna make a decision today, any advice?
#831 of 1188 Re: dealer quotes $23,000 [newprius37]
Jan 02, 2012 (12:14 pm)
Yes, that's the number I get a lot here in Ohio. But today, so far, I have 2 dealers going down to match Columbus OH price of $22,500 for Prius II., plus tx, title and doc fee of $250. I want to buy today, and on the phone they say they can sell at that price. Now to see if I get a surprise when I get to dealer to get the deal done.
#832 of 1188 one more feature
Jan 02, 2012 (12:21 pm)
Ya it sounds like you are getting about $550 less than my quote. I am getting Blizzard Pearl so that adds $220 generally, and this one has lighted door entry which is an extra that I probably don't care too much about but is on this model.
The nearest dealer to me was about $200 higher and I felt like I did all I could to negotiate but they weren't budging.
I am headed to dealership today as well...good luck!
#833 of 1188 Re: one more feature [newprius37]
Jan 02, 2012 (4:43 pm)
My dealer here in Ohio did come through. No hard sale, very quick and easy. I got my Prius II for 22,500, plus tax and title, and OH doc fee. I financed it all for 3 yrs at .9 percent. Other dealers did not budge below $23,600! I got to that number by getting Columbus dealer quotes and then taking it my dealer who matched it.