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#18 of 1269 holding back
May 11, 2009 (8:27 pm)
Seems to be a glut of 2009 Prius in Northern California. Dealer told me they already had deposits on 75. Also said that toyota was going to slowly release them to keep up the "anticipation"
#19 of 1269 Re: holding back [shay2]
May 12, 2009 (3:31 am)
Word out on PriusChat is they will all go on sale the first of June rather than trickle in and hit the streets. Perhaps every state or large city should have a BBQ party on the evening of June 1st after everyone picks up thier car from the first shipments. Everyone could come out together on that first day and see all the different colors and features.
#20 of 1269 Prius 0% financing & questions
May 13, 2009 (9:50 pm)
Hello -- I had a great experience here about 4 years ago getting help with buying my Civic. Now I'm back and thinking of getting a Prius now that they have a 0% deal and WA state tax exemption going. Last time was the first time I'd ever bought a new car, so I still have questions!
I may only want to buy the car at this time if I can get the 0% deal. If I can't get it, I'd prefer to wait awhile and look at my other options. My husband and I both have excellent credit, so I'm thinking if anyone can qualify, it should be us. How soon am I able to find out if I would qualify? Last time, financing was almost the last thing to happen. I called around to get quotes, then went down to test drive the car and spent some time waiting around for the finance guy to try and sell me all his junk. I was prepared with my own financing which they were able to beat.
Also, I'm wondering: Do you suppose they only offer these 0% deals when the rest of the deal works for them -- i.e. purchase price? If I haggle the price down far enough, will they suddenly say "Ooooh sorry, no 0% for you" ? Seems logical (though disappointing).
I think that's it for now. Thanks in advance!
#21 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [civicbuyer]
May 14, 2009 (3:53 am)
The 0% is from Toyota Finance not the dealer. I see no reason from what you've said to think you wouldn't qualify. Visit the dealer strike the deal and follow the process. You can always walk out.
#22 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [civicbuyer]
May 14, 2009 (5:38 am)
As wvgasguy noted that financing offer comes from Toyota Financial Services/Toyota Motor Sales.
It gives the buyers the option of a $1000 rebate OR 0% financing for 60 days, but not both AND it applies only to the remaining 2009 models currently in stock...not the 2010 models soon to arrive.
If you want one you shop and haggle and decide soon. Whatever models are left on the lots are the last ones so your choices might be limited
#23 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [kdhspyder]
May 14, 2009 (6:08 am)
Sounds good -- I'm on it today...
See, I learn something new with each car-buying experience -- you're saying there may only be a conflict when these special offers come from the dealer in particular -- not the manufacturer?
#24 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [civicbuyer]
May 14, 2009 (9:30 am)
Good luck and make it fun!
Call the finance department and ask them what credit score is needed to qualify for the 0%. If you fall in the window, you're good to go.
The reason I'm posting is to remind you and anyone else,
"Be prepared for the Finance Manager calling the following morning telling you the loan did not go through". They will usually try to extract additional interest from you.
ie: 2.9%, 3.9%, 4.9% etc. If they try this on you. Tell the Finance guy you will be returning the vehicle in 10 minutes. He will call back and tell you the loan was approved.
Same thing applies when negotiating the initial deal with finance. They will tell you, "you qualify for a higher rate" to feel you out. If you take the bait, they win!
Have a copy of your credit score before ever entering a dealership!
#25 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [rbk3]
May 14, 2009 (11:58 am)
A lot of what you mentioned is old stuff.
Yes everyone should have a good knowledge of their personal credit score, but see below*. The procedures in the Toyota system are simple. Your Fico score falls into different 'tiers'. If your score is Tier 3 and higher you automatically qualify for the 0%....providing your debt to income level is not out of whack. This is a new requirement for nearly all banks.
*We had two married military officers both with FICO scores over 700 but every scrap of credit was maxxed out. They had a Hummer and I believe a Bimmer on credit and they wanted to buy a Corolla for their daughter. No bank or lender would accept the loan. This is the new 'make or break' criteria.
*A lady with a 750 score had bills totalling $5500 a month and wanted to finance a new Sequoia for $750 a month. Her stated monthly income was $3000!!! In the past before the credit crisis she would have been approved in a heartbeat. Now no bank would take the loan.
#26 of 1269 Re: Prius 0% financing & questions [kdhspyder]
May 14, 2009 (12:01 pm)
Thanks to both of you -- I did give my local dealer a call to ask about the tiers, and it looks like we'll be fine. I'll post back to let you know how it goes if/when it's all done. This web site is so helpful
#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!!!!!