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#865 of 1207 Help in buying a 2012 Toyota Prius 3
Mar 09, 2012 (2:14 pm)
I'm looking to purchase a Toyota Prius 3 in the San Francisco Bay Area and would appreciate any helpful advice that I can get.
I've made a few inquiries from the Costco Car Buying program through a local dealer (Piercey Toyota) and got a verbal offer of $500 off invoice price for the base Prius 3.
The invoice price that I have from Edmunds is $24,559.00 which will bring the offer to $24,059.00. Good deal?
The salesman did say that their selections are low right now because of the increasing gas prices. I'm not sure what the inventory levels are right now.
Anyways, I would greatly appreciate any helpful insights and recommendations that you guys have to share (especially in the South Bay!).
#866 of 1207 Re: Help in buying a 2012 Toyota Prius 3 [kwailau]
Mar 09, 2012 (2:44 pm)
OK, it looks like the invoice price at the dealership is not the same as the one listed on Edmunds.
They told me that the invoice price for the Prius 3 is: $25,367. Edmund's is $24,559.00 which is $808 less.
Not sure if they are artificially jacking up their invoice price...
#867 of 1207 Re: Help in buying a 2012 Toyota Prius 3 [kwailau]
Mar 09, 2012 (3:04 pm)
You can try Toyota Sunnyvale where I got my 2012 Prius 2 2 weeks ago. Sticker price is $24,985, dealer price is 23,900 I think, they had it on sale for $23,200 but they matched the sale price from Piercey which is $22,988. I had a trade-in where they added $300 on the price that they matched from autotrader.com. Goodluck!
#868 of 1207 Re: Help in buying a 2012 Toyota Prius 3 [bebesalinas]
Mar 09, 2012 (3:24 pm)
Thank you! I have made a call over to Stevens Creek Toyota and they have not called me back yet. Will check with them to see what I end up getting!
#869 of 1207 New 2011 Prius II
Mar 16, 2012 (8:52 am)
On Feb 16, 2012, the total price (includes freight, taxes, title) was only $21,980 (Washington, DC area) This did include the $1000 rebate that Toyota was offering. There was no trade-in. This was a steal of a deal! This was a brand new car with an odometer reading of 1 mile.
#870 of 1207 Re: Koons Toyota in NOVA playing pricing games :( [chipl]
Mar 16, 2012 (9:05 am)
We stopped by Koons on the way to 355 Toyota in Rockville in mid February. They would NOT match the documented price that we had from 355 Toyota, and insisted that the price did NOT include freight. I called 355 Toyota and twice, they said the quoted price INCLUDED freight. Koons lost the sale. When we got home, there were frantic calls from the salesman who talked to "another manager" and knocked off an additional $400. I called him back and said sorry, we bought the Prius for hundreds below what their "best" price was. Their original deal was only 200-300 off MSRP. We laughed and said you have to do better than that. They had all the smoke and mirrors... LIFETIME Virginia safety inspections... (think about it... $20 x 7 years of ownership). Also said they offered free nitrogen tire fill ups.... Costco has the same thing when you buy tires there....
Koons was preferred due to its proximity of our house, but once you lie and play all those stupid car dealer games, I shutdown and stop listening...
In the past 2 years, we have purchased two cars from 355 Toyota. Each time, all the pricing was done via email, and they honored all that when we arrived to finalize the paperwork.
#871 of 1207 Re: Help in buying a 2012 Toyota Prius 3 [kwailau]
Mar 16, 2012 (9:16 am)
Inventories might be artificially low by Toyota because they have all of their Prii locked up in storage lots in Long Beach, CA. Back in 2008, we wanted to get a Prius, but supply was tight and we couldn't justify the cost difference between the Prius and a Camry, even with the gas mileage differences. We bought the Camry, and within 2 weeks, there's a story on Yahoo about how Toyota had stored all the incoming Prii in storage lots, and not releasing them to dealers. So, go back to those slimy salesman and ask them to check the storage lots in Long Beach for your Prius, in the color YOU want.
#872 of 1207 Re: New 2011 Prius II [goprius]
Mar 16, 2012 (10:05 am)
That's a great deal. What was your base price before Tax, title and license and doc fee (if any)? And what was the actual MSRP of the vehicle you purchased? Just trying to calculate what the actual $ discount off of MSRP is. I'm hoping to replicate this deal in my area for a family member.
#873 of 1207 Re: New 2011 Prius II [goprius]
Mar 16, 2012 (10:57 am)
That price sounds really good! We ended buying one last Saturday for $500 below invoice through the Costco Auto Program here in Silicon Valley. The cost of the Prius3 base w/floormats is $24,867.00 which is a lot more than the price you got.
There were no rebates on the Prius, only the Highlander. I think the rebates changes from month to month.
#874 of 1207 Re: Help in buying a 2012 Toyota Prius 3 [goprius]
Mar 16, 2012 (11:00 am)
You're right about the inventory. The dealer we went with had only 5 Prii on the lot whereas they had over 30+ Camrys. The fleet manager basically says that half of the Prii were sold before they arrive (which is my case) and once the car is on the lot, they pretty much get sold within days.
No room for price haggling...